Management Team

Cabrini Health has a ten-member Executive Committee, established in 2009-10, it provides a combination of experience, deep commitment, energy and enthusiasm.

Our management team

Cabrini Health has an nine member Executive Committee, including Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh. The Executive Committee supports the Chief Executive in performing his duties, including leadership of our mission and implementation of our Cabrini Health Strategic Plan 2010-12.

This team was established in 2009-10 and includes five Executive Directors who were new to Cabrini Health or to their executive roles. A combination of experience, deep commitment, energy and enthusiasm had created a dynamic leadership team that is well placed to lead the organisation forward.

Dr Michael Walsh – Chief Executive

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 Mission and People Committee; the Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee; the Board Executive and an invitee to the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Judith Day – Executive Director, Commercial Services and Business Systems (Deputy Chief Executive)

Judith has worked at Cabrini for eight years. She is a Certified Practising Accountant and completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide. Judith has approximately 20 years’ experience in the health sector. Previously, she was Director of Finance and Administration at St Andrew’s Hospital in Adelaide. Prior to that, she worked in various roles at Faulding Healthcare, Flinders Medical Centre and Ashford Community Hospital. Her responsibilities include finance, payroll, information technology and health information services. In August 2014, Judith Day accepted executive responsibility for health fund contracts, as well as responsibility for deputising for the Chief Executive.

Geoff Fazakerley – Executive Director, Diagnostics, Major Projects and Infrastructure

Geoff began working for Cabrini in 1985 and in 1990 became Director of Support Services until 1997, when he was made Director of Building and Business Development. In 2009, Geoff was appointed to the position of Executive Director, Diagnostic Services and Infrastructure and to his current position in 2014. Geoff has played an integral part in overseeing the development and expansion of Cabrini Health, including our premises at Ashwood, Brighton, Elsternwick, Hawthorn, Malvern and Prahran.

Cath Garner – Executive Director, Mission and Strategy

Cath has worked at Cabrini for a total of 25 years. She has a background in nursing and education and in 2002, she was appointed as Mission Integration Officer, joining the Executive Committee in 2007. She has worked in Australian healthcare for almost three decades in a wide range of key clinical, staff development and management roles. She holds postgraduate degrees in education, information systems, innovation/service management and theology. She oversees Cabrini Health’s social outreach program.

Associate Professor Peter Lowthian – Executive Director, Medical Services

Since 2002, Peter was Executive Director of the Cabrini Institute and in 2013 he also gained executive responsibility for clinical governance at Cabrini. In August 2014, he was appointed to his current position. Peter is a rheumatologist and a graduate of Monash University. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, of the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, of the Royal College of Physicians London and of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. Peter believes that management systems, quality staff, education, research and patient involvement are the fundamental underpinnings of safe, high quality patient care.


Associate Professor Leanne Boyd - Executive Director of Nursing and the Cabrini Institute

In August 2014, Leanne joined the Executive Committee as Executive Director of Nursing and Cabrini Institute. She has a clinical background in critical care and began working at Cabrini in 2012, appointed Director of Education and Staff Development. Leanne has more than 20 years’ experience in health professional education. Prior to Cabrini, she worked at Monash University as Director of Academic Programs (Middle East) and Head of Department Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice.

Leanne holds postgraduate qualifications in education and critical care from Monash University and a Masters in Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne. In her doctorate, she investigated health program evaluation models. Leanne is keen to facilitate a learning and research culture within Cabrini with a focus on safety and high quality care.

Natalie Sullivan – Executive Director, Brighton and Continuing Care

Natalie joined Cabrini in 2010 and oversees services at Ashwood, Elsternwick and Prahran. She is responsible for service development in the areas of allied health and community integration. In 2012, Natalie took on executive leadership and responsibility for implementation of Cabrini’s patient and family experience strategy. In August 2014, Natalie accepted executive responsibility for Cabrini Brighton, in addition to her responsibilities for Cabrini’s facilities at Ashwood, Elsternwick and Prahran. Her background is in allied health as a prosthetist/orthotist and she holds a Master of Health Administration. Previously, Natalie worked at Eastern Health where she was Chief Allied Health Officer and General Manager of Angliss Hospital, Healesville & District Hospital, Yarra Ranges Health and Yarra Valley Community Health.

Associate Professor Simon Woods – Executive Director, Cabrini Malvern

Simon has worked at Cabrini Malvern since 1988 as a general surgeon specialising in upper gastrointestinal surgery. He was elected Chair of Medical Staff from 2006-07. In 2007, he was appointed Cabrini Health’s Medical Director. He has presided over significant changes in the accreditation of medical practitioners to ensure that we appoint the best doctors available and that we can offer them a realistic opportunity to establish a significant practice within our organisation. 

In August 2014, Simon was appointed to his current position responsible for leading clinical services at Cabrini's largest hospital in Malvern.

Mary-Anne Gallagher - Executive Director, People and Culture

Mary-Anne has been with Cabrini since 2010 and has worked in the role of Principal Consultant, Organisation Development reporting to the Chief Executive. In 2014, she was appointed to the new role of Executive Director, People and Culture. Mary-Anne is a registered psychologist who has worked in human resources for more than 25 years in private and public sector organisations including finance, corporate rehabilitation, environmental management, public and private health and tertiary education. She has held roles as director of organisation development and human resources at a global level in complex, dispersed organisations. Mary-Anne holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology and a Master of Science in Positive Organisation Development. She is a member of the Mission and People Committee.