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.

Sylvia Falzon

Appointed March 2010, Chairman since November 2018

Sylvia brings to Cabrini a senior executive career in financial services, spanning more than 30 years. As a non-executive director since 2010, Sylvia has experience across a range of sectors including aged care, financial services, health and retail. During this time, she has been involved in several business transformations, initial public offers, mergers and acquisitions, and divestment activities. Sylvia is currently an independent non-executive director of ASX listed companies Perpetual Limited, Premier Investments Limited, Regis Healthcare Limited and Suncorp Group Limited. She serves on a range of board committees including chairing the People & Remuneration committee at Perpetual and Audit and Risk Committee at Regis. Sylvia also chairs the Cabrini Foundation Board and the People and Nominations Committee. She holds a Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney. Sylvia is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Black

Appointed October 2012

Peter has a broad range of corporate experience, having held senior roles at the international company Amcor Ltd, including ten years as Group General Manager Internal Audit. During this time, the audit department expanded to five international countries. For more than a decade, he 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 and their Australian and international community projects. Peter holds a degree in Commerce from Canterbury University in New Zealand and he is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.  Peter chaired the Cabrini Audit and Risk Management Committee until November 2018, and since then has chaired the Cabrini Technology Group Advisory Board. 

 board member

Caroline Brand

Appointed May 2020

Caroline brings to Cabrini Board her experience as a medical specialist and health services researcher. Caroline is a Consultant Rheumatologist with inpatient and outpatient experience in public and private health care sectors. She has degrees in Medicine (Monash University) and Arts (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Public Health degree (Monash University). Caroline has a particular interest in designing, implementing and evaluating new models of care for people with chronic conditions and improving the quality and safety of health care. Caroline was Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Evaluation Unit (later known as Melbourne EpiCentre) between 2004 and 2010. She has been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 1984 and is a Member of the Australian Rheumatology Association. Caroline has contributed to a number of committees for both professional organisations as well as State and National health governance bodies. She was president of the Victorian Branch of the ARA between 2006-2007.

 board member

Fr Joe Caddy

Appointed 2018

Fr Joe was recently appointed as the interim Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  In addition to this appointment, Fr Joe is Episcopal Vicar (Archbishop’s Representative) for Social Services in the Melbourne Archdiocese, and is the Parish Priest at St Mary’s in East St Kilda. He is the former CEO of CatholicCare in Melbourne.  Fr Joe has served on the Cabrini Mission Governance Committee and Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee.

Sr Sharon Casey

Sister Sharon Casey MSC

Appointed August 2008

As a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cabrini Sisters), Sr Sharon began her active ministry as an educator. Education was a stepping stone to respond to new invitations, requiring a change in direction and further studies. Advanced educational opportunities opened her mind and heart to more fully embrace the Cabrini Missionary Identity. This life path offered extensive opportunities to serve people on Boards, Provincial leadership, initiate new services in response to emerging needs and respond to the request to be the MSC presence In Cabrini Australia. Currently, Sr Sharon is a member of the Cabrini People and Nominations Committee and during 2019 will join the Foundation Board.

Jeff Gleeson

Jeffrey Gleeson QC

Appointed August 2015

Jeffery is a barrister who practises in sports law and across a number of commercial areas, including building and construction, insurance law and professional negligence. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007. Jeffery was appointed to the Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee in November 2016.

 board member

Simeon Goldenberg

Appointed April 2019

Simeon’s formal association with Cabrini commenced in 2015 as an independent member of the Cabrini Major Project Committee, overseeing the Gandel Wing development. Simeon’s executive experience includes positions within the investment, financial services and real estate industry. Simeon has held a variety of executive roles within the Icon Group (subsidiary of Kajima Corporation) for almost 10 years, most recently as COO of its real estate investment division. Previous executive experience includes KPMG Corporate Finance (mergers and acquisitions) and Gersh Investment Partners (a Melbourne-based fund manager). Simeon’s non-executive roles have been in the retirement, fintech, investment and construction industries. Simeon’s not-for-profit governance roles have been in religious and community organisations, spanning sport, aged care, welfare and education.

Lisa Harker

Lisa Harker

Appointed March 2018

Lisa’s professional career is in chartered accounting. She is an assurance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and in her 17 years as a partner, has worked across a number of industries. She is an expert in audit and international accounting standards and works with listed companies, large privately owned businesses and not-for-profit entities. Lisa advises Boards, audit committees and management teams on a variety of complex areas including acquisitions and takeovers, large capital expenditure projects, divestments, debt raising, initial public offerings and the optimisation of internal controls. She has worked with companies such as Amcor, Foster’s, Orora, Murray Goulburn and Carsales. Lisa holds a commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. During 2018-19, she was a member of the Cabrini Audit and Risk Management Committee.

 board member

Paul Holyoake

Appointed April 2019

Paul was co-founder of Oakton Limited, which grew into one of the largest and most successful Australian IT Consulting and Technology organisations. Paul drove the growth of the company through CEO and Executive Chairman roles, including listing the company on the ASX in 2000 and selling the company to NTT in 2014. Since leaving Oakton, Paul has been involved in the contemporary ICT community, both through membership of the Advisory Board of Melbourne Accelerator Program (University of Melbourne), and the Tech Start Up community in inner Melbourne. Paul also has philanthropic roles in the not-for-profit sector, including being a past Board member of the St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, and is a strong supporter of The Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS).

 board member

Francesca Lee

Appointed May 2020  

Francesca brings to Cabrini a senior executive career in legal, governance, compliance, audit and risk and finance roles with ASX listed companies. She has worked in a broad range of industries, including mining, investment banking, energy and waste. The roles she has held include Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer and Company Secretary of Newcrest Mining Limited, General Counsel and Company Secretary of OZ Minerals Limited, and senior legal positions at BHP Billiton Limited and Rio Tinto Limited. She was also the General Manager Internal Audit and Risk for Rio Tinto Limited and a Vice President Structured Finance for Citibank Limited. She was a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel and was a Board member and Chair of the Metropolitan Waste Management Group. She is on the board of the Australian Resources and Energy Group – AMMA. Francesca's not for profit governance roles have been in religious and community drama organisations. Francesca holds a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Francesca has been a member of the Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee of Cabrini since May 2019.

Robyn E O’Hehir

Professor Robyn E O’Hehir AO FAHMS

Member since September 2010

Robyn is an academic consultant physician, educator and internationally renowned medical researcher with more than 30 years of experience in adult medicine. She is Professor/Director Respiratory Medicine (Research), Alfred Health, and Professor and Head of Department, Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Central Clinical School, Monash University. Robyn holds honours degrees in science and medicine and a doctoral degree in immunology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia and is on the Victorian Honour Roll for Women.  She sits on the Health Innovation Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Robyn sits on the Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee and the Cabrini Institute Council.

Anthony Rice

Anthony Rice

Appointed November 2016

Anthony is a specialist real estate and healthcare corporate adviser with more than 20 years’ experience in investment banking, most recently at Macquarie Group as a Managing Director where he advised clients on corporate strategy, debt and equity raising as well as handling mergers and acquisitions. He describes his switch from arm’s-length adviser to participating in the governance of a mission-driven organisation as deeply fulfilling – both personally and professionally. Anthony currently serves as Chief Investment Officer of a listed aged care provider with 50 homes and more than 4,000 residents. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Accountant. Anthony has also served on Cabrini’s Audit and Risk Management Committee since 2015.

Invitees to the Board

 board member

John Asgari

Consumer Representative invitee since June 2019

John is a clinical nutritionist, dietitian, and has also worked as cabin crew with Qantas Airlines for 25 years. He is a member of The Nutrition Society of Australia, Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and former Australian Institute of Hospitality Management. John was President and National Secretary of the Iranian Australian Association of Health Professionals until June 2019. He is currently a Consumer Representative at The Community Advisory Committee of Austin Health Board, Dental Health Services Victoria – Consumer Advisory Network, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as well as Cabrini Health Community Advisory Committee and Cabrini Infection Prevention and Control Management Committee. Presently, John volunteers with Eastern Health at the Emergency Department Care of Box Hill Hospital.

 board member

Dr Nicholas Houseman

Invitee since January 2020

Nicholas is a Senior Clinician at Cabrini and has been a consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon for over 20 years. He is current Chair of the Medical Staff at Cabrini. At Cabrini, Nicholas has been Head of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery craft group, a member of numerous committees, involved in medical student teaching and performed pro bono surgical. He has worked in public hospitals for 13 years as a consultant surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Western Health and The Northern Hospital and now is full time at Cabrini. He has been a long term volunteer and member of the Surgical Sub Committee of Interplast Australia, which coordinates and provides Volunteer Plastic Surgery to areas in the Asia Pacific region. Nicholas obtained a Medical Degree at Monash University, a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Melbourne and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

 board member

Jill Linklater

Consumer Representative invitee since June 2019

Jill is a consumer at Cabrini Health and considers Cabrini ‘the place to go to for her health care services’. She is a consumer representative invitee to the Cabrini Board, a consumer member of the Community Advisory Committee, the Infection Prevention and Control Committee and the Comprehensive Care Committee and brings a patient perspective into the quality of care and safety of services discussions at Cabrini. Jill is a registered nurse and consultant in health, disability and aged care services and a certified quality management systems auditor and standards certification/accreditation assessor. Additional professional work involves board governance in health, aged care and disability services with a focus on clinical quality and safety.