The Melbourne Health Executive Management Team consists of the Chief Executive and Executive Directors.
The nine Executive Directors each hold an executive portfolio. The Executive Management Team meets twice a month to consider operational decisions, review performance and steer the strategic direction of Melbourne Health.
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Our Executive team
Christine Kilpatrick commenced as Chief Executive , Melbourne Health in May 2017. Previous appointments include Chief Executive, The Royal Children’s Hospital from 2008 – 2017, Executive Director Medical Services, Melbourne Health and Executive Director Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Health. Prior to these appointments she was a neurologist, specialising in epilepsy.
Christine has held several external appointments including Chair Victorian Quality Council in Healthcare and Member of the Women’s and Children’s Health Board. She was awarded a Centenary medal in 2003 and in 2014 was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Ellen joined Melbourne Health as the Executive Director People and Culture in October 2017. Her career commenced in the Industrial Relations field before moving into Human Resources at Fairfax Media, where she worked for many years in Sydney and Melbourne. She has also consulted in and led the People function in other industries, including hospitality, legal and accounting services and aged care.
Originally graduating from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics, Ellen undertook a Masters of Industrial Relations and Labour Law. She has completed a change management qualification at the Australian Graduate School of Management. And in 2016, she graduated in Law.
Ellen is the author of three books, two of which are career guides.
A/Prof Heinjus trained as a general nurse at Albury Base Hospital and as a midwife at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital in Melbourne. She has a Graduate Certificate in Law and Management and a Masters (Honours) in Health Science Management. Before her current role, she was Executive Director, Nursing & Midwifery at Southern Health. Previous nurse leadership roles in NSW include Area Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Northern Sydney Central Coast Health Service; and Area Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Illawarra Health Service. Assoc Prof Heinjus has a strong background in workforce planning, clinical governance, organisational change and disaster management.
Adam Horsburgh was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer in May 2017.
Adam comes to Melbourne Health with extensive experience in operational health service management within Australia and the UK National Health Service (NHS).
Prior to joining Melbourne Health, Adam was the Director of Performance and System Design at the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Adam was responsible for the monitoring and management of performance across Victoria's 85 health services, including Ambulance Victoria.
Before Adam commenced with the department, he spent eight years at Monash Health, managing the operations of the Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Moorabbin Hospital, Ambulatory and Community-based Services and a number of the medical programs across Monash Health. In addition, Adam held the Executive Portfolio of Strategy and Planning; and was the Executive Director for Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.
A graduate of the UK's NHS Management Training Scheme, Adam also held a variety of operational management roles in the NHS and worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers Public Sector Consulting practice in the UK. During this time he undertook financial and operational improvement projects across NHS Trusts and Social Services departments.
George Kapitelli became the Melbourne Health Executive Director – Finance and Logistics in June 2014. This appointment followed a distinguished 26 year career with global multinational - General Motors (GM). His most recent GM roles were the Chief Financial Officer of GM Holden in Australia (2012-14) and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Shanghai General Motors Wuling in China (2009-12). His experience includes establishing and developing start-up national business operations (China JV’s and Thailand) into successful long term ventures as well as restructuring mature operations (Pan-European & Australia) into leaner entities better established for long term sustainable success.
George possesses proven commercial acumen with the ability to assimilate large amounts of information from varying sources, understand key business drivers and implement strategic direction to drive positive business performance ensuring long term sustainable success. He has successfully led Finance teams across a wide variety of cultures and different phases of maturity displaying high levels of adaptability and agility.
Graduating from Latrobe University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting Major), he is also a CPA, a MBA (Deakin University), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on a number of Boards.
Dr Cate Kelly, Executive Director, Clinical Governance and Medical Services, Melbourne Health
Cate was appointed as Executive Director, Clinical Governance and Medical Services, Melbourne Health in February 2016 and brings significant experience at Medical Director level in multiple academic, tertiary health services.
Cate received her basic medical degree from the University of Sydney. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons - Pharmacology), a Masters of Health Administration and a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
Her long term interests are in clinical informatics, new technology and clinical practice and medical education. She has published multiple papers about system improvements with a focus on medical education and new technology / clinical practice.
A/Prof Ruth Vine previously worked at the Department of Health, and was the Director of Mental Health from 2003 – 2008 and the Chief Psychiatrist for Victoria from 2009 – 2012.
A/Prof Vine has also worked as a consultant psychiatrist in forensic mental health, community health and in an advisory role with the Australian Government. She holds both medical and law degrees, and has contributed to the development of legislation and policy in areas including mental health, disability, and the management of mentally ill offenders.
She is actively involved in psychiatry trainee teaching and in teaching to mental health service staff, particularly in the areas of leadership, mental health legislation, risk assessment and forensic psychiatry.
Prof Winship was appointed as the Executive Director Research for Melbourne Health and the Inaugural Chair of Adult Clinical Genetics at the University of Melbourne, in November 2006.
She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1981 then completed postgraduate training in genetics and dermatology before combining an academic position at the University of Cape Town with a clinical position at the Groote Schuur Hospital from 1989-1994.In 1994, she moved to New Zealand to take an academic position at the University of Auckland where she later became Professor of Clinical Genetics within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. She was Clinical Director of the Northern Regional Genetic Service, a comprehensive genetic service based in Auckland that she initiated in 1995. In her last five years in Auckland she was Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Prof Winship is currently a member of the Victorian Cancer Agency, the Board of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and the Peter Doherty Institute Council. She is on the steering committee of the Melbourne Genomic Health Alliance, Scientific Advisor to the Human Variome Project and a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics. She has recently completed terms as a member of the Health System Information, Knowledge and Innovation Management Advisory Committee for the Victorian Department of Health, and the NHMRC Human Genetic Advisory Committee.