Board of Directors

Our Board brings a broad range of experience to its governance role. It is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring appropriate governance structures are in place.

Cabrini Board of Directors

A Board of Directors, appointed by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, governs Cabrini Health Ltd.  Our Board brings a broad range of experience to its governance role. It is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring appropriate governance structures are in place.

The following list details our Board members, their roles and their biographies.

Peter Matthey, Chair

Member since July 2005, Chair since September 2010

Peter is a retired chartered accountant with 38 years of experience in public accounting. He was previously a partner at KPMG and a Director of KPMG Transaction Services. His primary industry focus was financial services with significant sector experience in health, energy and natural resources, infrastructure and transportation and market-traded products. He worked extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region. Peter is a Director of Church Resources and Catholic Network Australia Limited and contracts privately in his areas of specialisation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is Chair of the Cabrini Mission and People Committee and a member of both the Cabrini Foundation Board and the Board Executive.

Bruce H Barraclough AO

Member since December 2009

Bruce is Board Chair of the Australian E-Health Research Centre and a Board member of the Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney. He is Chair of the Expert Advisory Committee for the CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services Flagship. He serves on working parties for the World Health Organization and is Past President of the International Society for Quality in Health Care. He was Associate Dean (Clinical Strategy) at the University of Western Sydney Medical School 2006-10. The title of Emeritus Professor and the award of Doctor of Science have been conferred on him by the University of Western Sydney. Bruce is Chair of the Cabrini Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee.

Peter Black

Member since September 2012

Peter Black has a broad range of corporate experience, having held senior roles at the international company Amcor Ltd including ten years as Group General Manger Internal Audit. During this time, this department expanded to five international countries. For more than a decade, he has served as a member of the Province Finance Advisory Committee for the IBVM Loreto Sisters’ Australian Province, providing commercial advice to the Sisters, covering oversight of their schools across Australia, as well as their Australian and international community projects. Peter holds a degree in commerce from Canterbury University in New Zealand. Peter is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. Peter is a member of the Cabrini Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Sister Sharon Casey MSC

Member since August 2008

Born in USA, Sr Sharon has served two terms as a Provincial Councillor for the Stella Maris Province. Her background is in education and she holds a Master Degree in Religion and Spirituality from New York’s Fordham University. Sr Sharon has served as Executive Board Committee Member for Cabrini High School in New Orleans and the Cabrini Centre for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New York. She also served as Vocation Director for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sr Sharon is a member of the Cabrini Mission and People Committee and the Board Executive.

David Curtain QC

Member since March 2007

David is a barrister who practises in a wide variety of areas including medical and other professional negligence, commercial litigation, civil juries and personal injuries. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. David is a former Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, a former President of the Australian Bar Association and the former President of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria. David is a member of the Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee.

Sylvia Falzon

Member since March 2010. Deputy Chairman from November 2013.

Sylvia has worked in the financial services industry for more than 27 years and during that time, she has held senior executive positions responsible for institutional and retail funds management businesses both domestically and internationally. Her roles have included Head of Business Development at Aviva Investors Australia, an equity partner at Alpha Investment Management and Chief Manager International Sales and Service at National Mutual Funds Management/AXA. Currently Sylvia is a non-executive director of Perpetual Limited, SAI Global and Museums Board of Victoria. Sylvia holds a Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Western Sydney. She is a senior fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a graduate diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Chair of the Cabrini Foundation Board and a member of the Board Executive.

Fr Laurence McNamara CM

Member since September 2012

Fr McNamara, a Vincentian priest and moral theologian, is parish priest of St Joseph’s Malvern and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Moral and Practical Theology at Catholic Theological College, MCD University of Divinity, Melbourne. He has lectured at St Francis Xavier Seminary, Adelaide College of Divinity, Flinders University and the Catholic Institute of Sydney. Fr McNamara is a graduate of the Gregorian University, Rome, and Oxford University, England and he has a doctorate from the University of Adelaide. He was Deputy President of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and President of the Catholic Moral Theology Association of Australia and New Zealand and has served as a member of human research ethics committees for health and public sector organisations.

Peter Mahon

Member since March 2009

Peter is the CEO of corporate advisory firm Royce. He has extensive communications experience in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Peter’s healthcare experience includes the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Victorian and Commonwealth Departments of Human Services, Medicare Australia, GMHBA, Royal Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women, St Vincent’s Health, Affinity Health, Villa Maria Society, Freemasons Hospital and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Peter is a former member of the Xavier College School Council, Chairman of the Xavier Foundation and the Sacre Coeur Foundation. Peter is a member of the Salvation Army Board of Advice and a member of the Cabrini Foundation Board.

Sister Helen Monkivitch RSM

Member since July 2008

Sr Helen is a member of Mercy Health’s executive team. She is responsible for the group’s leadership development and mission. Sr Helen was CEO and Sister Administrator of the Mercy Hospital for Women 1984-95 and CEO 1986-88. She holds a Master of Health Planning from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne Institute of Technology and a Diploma of Nursing Administration from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences. Sr Helen was a member of the congregational leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy Melbourne 1994-2000 and a member of several Boards of Governance. She was awarded the 2012 Catholic Health Australia Maria Cunningham Award for Outstanding Service. Sr Helen is a member of the Cabrini Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee.

Professor Robyn O’Hehir

Member since September 2010

Robyn is Professor and Director of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, The Alfred and Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne. Also, she is the current Deputy Head (Clinical), Central Clinical School, Monash University and Deputy Head Research, Alfred Health. Robyn is a consultant physician, educator and researcher in allergy and anti-inflammatory therapies and has won substantial grant support from the National Health and Medical Research Council and as Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Asthma, Monash University node (1999-2012). She is editor of the international journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy, a former Director of the Menzies Foundation and the Asthma Foundation of Victoria and is a Life Governor of Asthma Victoria. Robyn is a current member of Council of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation. She is a member of Cabrini Institute Council.

Richard Rogers

Member since June 2007, Deputy Chairman October 2009-November 2013

Richard’s professional experience is in retail, property development and business advisory. Richard was co-owner and joint Managing Director of Roger David. He undertakes property development, is a Trustee of Gandel Philanthropy and sits as an advisor on company boards. Richard is a mentor to a number of young people in start-up businesses. He has been heavily involved in community activities and is a former President of a number of Jewish community organisations. Richard is a member of the Cabrini Foundation Board and the Cabrini Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee.

Sr Barbara Staley MSC

Member since June 2010

Born in USA, Sr Barbara holds a Master in Social Work and a Bachelor in Science Education. She studied theology in Rome. Since 2004, Sr Barbara has been Director of Child Care Services and Administrative Services (Finance) at Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland, Africa. From 1995-2004, she was Director of Programa CIELO at St Anthony Hospital Chicago, an agency providing health care and social service access for immigrants. She also worked as a therapist in the outpatient psychiatric unit at the hospital. Sr Barbara has worked in pastoral care in Guatemala. Sr Barbara is a member of the Cabrini Mission and People Committee effective May 2012.

Robert Zahara

Member since July 2005

Robert has had wide experience in manufacturing and currently provides mentoring support to a number of CEOs of national manufacturing businesses. He has been the CEO of both publicly and privately owned businesses with strong links to the building industry. Robert is Vice-President of Melbourne University Boat Club and Vice-President of the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta Committee. He holds degrees in chemical engineering and arts, as well as a Master of Business Administration. Robert is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers. He is Chair of the Cabrini Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Board Executive.

Dr Michael Walsh, Secretary

Secretary since December 2008

Michael has more than 25 years’ experience in hospital and health administration in Victoria, Western Australia, the UK and the Middle East. He is a medical graduate of Monash University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Michael is a Fellow and current Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Also, he is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers. Michael is a member of the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board and he chairs the Health Policy Sub-Committee. In 2012, Michael was appointed by the Federal Government to Australia’s Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Board. Michael is a member of the Cabrini Foundation Board; the Cabrini Institute Council; the Cabrini Mission and People Committee; the Cabrini Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee; the Board Executive; and an invitee to the Audit and Risk Management Committee.