The Melbourne Health Board comprises up to nine independent non-Executive Directors.
Directors are elected for a term of up to three years, and may be re-elected to serve for up to nine years. The Board is accountable to the Minister for Health and Human Services.
Linda is a corporate advisor and non-executive director of a number of leading Australian companies and organisations. She is Chairman of Japara Healthcare and a Director of Fairfax Media, Medibank Private, Ingham's Enterprises and the Oliva Newton John Cancer Research Institute, and a Member of the Museum's Board of Victoria.
Previously Linda was Chairman of Healthscope, Chairman of Australia Post, Chairman of Keolis-Downer (trading as Yarra Trams) and a Director of Pacific Brands, Sigma Pharmaceuticals and St George Bank. She has also served on the boards of the Southern healthcare Network (Monash Medical Centre), the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria and the Melbourne Metropolitan Ambulance Service.
Linda is past Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and was a Trustee and Vice President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board (USA). In 2007 she was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australian; in 2014 she was named as Victorian Distinguished Fellow by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2015 was made a Life Fellow.
Linda's executive career was in banking and financial services. Linda has a B.A (economics) from Cornell University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and more than 30 years' experience as senior executive and company director in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. She was appointed to the Melbourne Health Board in May 2018.
Eugene Arocca graduated from Monash University with degrees in Jurisprudence and Law and in 1983 started employment with Maurice Blackburn, where he became a partner in 1990. In 1996 he was appointed lawyer for the Collingwood Football Club where he also acted as a board member from 2002 - 2005.
In late 2005, he retired from both Maurice Blackburn and as a Collingwood board member to take up the role of Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Counsel for the club. During that time, he oversaw the club’s growing interests in external and non-football commercial operations.
In January, 2008 he left Collingwood to accept the position of CEO of the North Melbourne Football Club. He drove a number of historic and important initiatives during his time as CEO, including the return of club ownership to its members, construction of its modern facility and the development of "The Huddle" - an innovative community and education facility operated by the club, which won a Premier’s Award for Excellence in 2012 and the Australian Migration Council’s Award for Sports Leadership in 2013.
Eugene resigned from North Melbourne in mid-2012 and started as CEO of Motorsport Australia in October 2012.
Eugene is an ambassador for the Jodi Lee Foundation and was an Australia Day Ambassador in 2011. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Eugene has served on a number of not for profit Boards including DOXA and Western Leisure Services Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Wyndham City Council, responsible for the management of three key leisure facilities within the municipality.
Eugene was appointed to the Melbourne Health Board in 2016.
Pippa Connolly’s non-executive director career has a background as a senior executive building engineer, successfully delivering multiple major complex infrastructure projects with director responsibility for up to 100 professionals at a time.
Pippa has bid and delivered projects in highly regulated commercial environments with deep international experience. Having graduated with a Masters degree in Architectural Engineering, much of her experience was gained as Director / Principal of Arup in the UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. She has also served as National Vice President, National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and on the Victorian Board of the NAWIC.
Pippa is currently an Associate Professor Practice in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University where she is also a Portfolio Manager in Industry Engagement.
Pippa was appointed to the Melbourne Health Board in July 2018.
Peter is an property development and infrastructure delivery expert with over 17 years of experience in implementing and executing complex public and private sector projects. Peter currently holds a senior position at Vicinity Centres where he is responsible for the redevelopment of key strategic assets. From 2009 to 2018, Peter worked for the Baranagroo Delivery Authority where he led the development of Central Baranagroo, completion of Baranagroo Reserve and the integration of the Sydney Metro project. Prior to this Peter held various roles in property development and construction management across Dubai, London and Melbourne.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Planning and Design (2000) and a Bachelor of Property and Construction (2002) both from the University of Melbourne.
Peter was appointed to the Melbourne Health Board in July 2019
Leigh Hocking’s background is in management and human resources consulting, and corporate governance; fields in which he has over 25 years of experience. He is a director and founder of a specialist management consulting firm that specialises in the human resources aspects of major organisational change, mergers and acquisitions and broad human resources services. In those roles, Leigh has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors in industries as diverse as utilities and infrastructure, mining, energy, transport, manufacturing, defence, emergency services and higher education.
Leigh was formerly Chair of Rural Ambulance Victoria and later served on the board of Ambulance Victoria. He was Deputy Chair of Westernport Water Corporation and was formerly a director of Northern Health.
Leigh has served on the boards of several non-for-profit health sector organisations including Reconnexion, an organisation that provided counselling and other services to people suffering tranquiliser dependency and as Chair of YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV), a youth focused sexual health organisation.
Leigh is a graduate of Monash University and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Hocking was appointed to the Board in July 2019.
Penny’s career began in chartered accountancy, in England, before she migrated to Australia in 1983. Penny was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2000-15, primarily as Director Arts Victoria, also acting in other Deputy Secretary roles and serving on secondment to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
At BDO, Penny led the consulting division which focused on a core client base across many portfolios in the Victorian Public Sector – including health, transport, treasury, environment and community services. Before that, she was a senior policy officer at the Department of Management and Budget and the National Companies and Securities Commission.
From 1985 to 1993, Penny tutored in accounting at Ormond College, University of Melbourne and from 1980 to 1993 she also held the position of Director of Studies for Commerce.
Penny has served on various boards, including Medibank Private, Swanston Trams, Federal Airports Corporation, Victorian Rehabilitation Services Pty Ltd, the Victorian Council of Social Service, the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University.
From 2005-11 Penny was a member of the Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was Chair in 2009. She has most recently been appointed to the board of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority-VRQA.
Penny has a degree in German and Music from the University of London. She has a diploma of music performance in the clarinet, a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Hutchinson was appointed to the Melbourne Health Board in November 2015.
Angela is an experienced public sector economist with 15 years of experience, including as an economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Deputy Chief of Staff to Australia’s Finance Minister. In 2011, Angela completed her Masters in International Health Policy (Health Economics) with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Angela is currently undertaking a PhD in health economics at the Monash University Centre for Health Economics, alongside looking after her two young children.
Ms Jackson was appointed to the Melbourne Health Board in September 2015.
Prof Shitij Kapur, FRCPC, PhD, FMedSci is the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health), University of Melbourne. Shitij is a clinician-scientist with expertise in psychiatry, neuroscience and brain imaging. He trained as a Psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh, and undertook a PhD and Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, similarly Board Certified in Canada and has a specialist medical license in the United Kingdom.
Prof Kapur’s former position was Executive Dean Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (loPPN) Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (loPPN) (2010-2016). The 'Institute', also known as the 'the Maudsley', is Europe's largest and leading centre for mental health research and was established nearly a 100 years ago. Under Shitij’s leadership the Institute grew to where it now has over 300 FTE academic faculty, over 1000 research staff, nearly 800 post-graduate students, and an annual turnover of about £110M with over £50M annual research turnover.
Prior to this role, Shitij was Vice-President (Research) for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Toronto (2003-07). CAMH is both a large hospital and university affiliated research institute and is Canada's premier centre for research into mental health and addictions. In 2007, he was recruited to lead the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London, and after a spell as Vice-Dean Research (2008-09) assumed the role of Dean in 2010.
Prof Kapur’s main research interest is in understanding Schizophrenia and its treatment. He has used brain imaging, animals models and clinical studies which have led to a better understanding of antipsychotic action, its relationship to brain dopamine receptor blockade, the role of appropriate dosing of these drugs and has led to the development of the ‘salience’ framework of psychosis and the ‘early onset’ hypothesis if antipsychotic action. He is now working on how ‘biomarkers’ might be best incorporated into psychiatric care and drug development.
Shitij has published 300 peer-reviewed papers, his work has received over 25,000 citations as he has made numerous presentations worldwide. He serves in advisory capacity to public charities and pharmaceutical companies and has received national and international awards including the AE Bennett Award of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, Paul Janssen Award of the CINP. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK, and Fellow of King’s College London, UK. He led NEWMEDS, an EU-wide Innovative Medicines Initiative and currently leads STRATA, a UK-wide program to enhance stratified medicine strategies in psychiatry.
Prof Kapur was appointed to the Board in December 2016
Harvey is an Endocrinologist and General Physician with extensive clinical leadership experience in the acute health sector. Harvey is Professor and Director of General Medicine, and Clinical Program Director of Emergency and Acute Medicine at Alfred Health and Professor of General Medicine, Central Clinical School, Monash University. Harvey is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a board member of Better Care Victoria and also chair of the board of Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL).
Harvey’s main interests are in delivery and quality improvement of acute medical care, patient engagement and interdisciplinary teamwork. In 2014 Harvey completed Brent James's “Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement" at the Intermountain Institute of Healthcare Delivery Research, Salt Lake City, USA.
In 2016, Harvey was the clinician on a three-member panel contributing to the "Targeting zero: Supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care. Report of the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria" produced by the Grattan Institute under the leadership of Stephen Duckett. This report has led to substantial changes in the Victorian DHHS's approach to its oversight of the quality and safety of healthcare in Victoria.
In his earlier career, Harvey was extensively involved in developing both the undergraduate medical student program and the physician training program at Eastern Health and was chair of the Endocrinology Specialist Advisory Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Harvey has served for many years as a senior member of the National Examining Panel of the RACP.
Harvey was appointed to the Melbourne Health board in 2017.
Greg is a very experienced Victorian public sector manager with nearly 40 years experience in a variety of Victorian public sector organisations.
Greg was a former director and Chief Executive of Worksafe Victoria 2003 - 2012. He has held senior management and financial positions in the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the Victorian Workcover Authority, Public Transport Authority, State Transit Authority (V/Line) and the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works.
He is currently deputy chair of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority , Chair of Dorsavi Ltd and Chair of the Personal Injury Foundation. He was previously a director and chairman of the Victorian Trauma Foundation, director of the Personal Injury Education Foundation, director of the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, chair of the Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities for Australian and New Zealand and the member representing Victoria on SafeWork Australia and its predecessor bodies.
In 2015, he was independent chair of a ministerial inquiry into the use of chemical substances by employees of the former Victorian Department of Crown Lands and Survey.
Greg has a commerce degree from University of Melbourne, is a CPA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors.
Mr Tweedly was appointed to the Melbourne Health Board in 2016.