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 financial services, health, aged care 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 Premier Investments Limited, Regis Healthcare Limited and Suncorp Group Limited.  She was recently appointed to the board of Zebit Inc, a USA based ecommerce and BNPL provider. Sylvia also chairs the Cabrini Foundation Board. 

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.


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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. Caroline is a member of the Cabrini Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee.


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Fr Joe Caddy

Appointed 2018

Fr Joe is the Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. In addition to this appointment, he is Episcopal Vicar (Archbishop’s Representative) for Social Services in the Melbourne Archdiocese. Fr Joe is a trustee of the Roman Catholic Trusts Corporation for the Diocese of Melbourne which holds the assets of the Archdiocese. 

He is the former CEO of CatholicCare in Melbourne.  Fr Joe has served on the Cabrini Mission Governance Committee and is a member of the Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee.


Sister 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 requests 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 representative in Cabrini Australia.  Sr Sharon has been the Chair of the Cabrini Mission Governance Committee, member of the People and Nominations Committee and the Foundation Board.  Currently, the CAC (Community Advisory Committee) is urging her to get more involved.


 Professor David Copolov

Professor David Copolov AO

Appointed October 2020

Professor David Copolov, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Major Campuses and Student Engagement at Monash University. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Monash and at the University of Melbourne. Following graduation in Medicine at the University of Melbourne, he completed specialist training in both Psychiatry and Internal Medicine and a neuroscience-focussed PhD from Monash University. He is a long-standing member of the Cabrini Visiting Medical Staff. He was the Executive Director of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria between 1985 and 2004, where his research focussed on the interface between the symptoms and neurobiology of schizophrenia. He has co-authored more than 250 publications. For nine years, until 2013, he was a Director of the Board of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, the last six as Deputy Chair. Following that, he was a Director of the Board of the Royal Women’s Hospital (from 2014-2020). At both Peter Mac and at RWH he was the Chair of their Research Committees. For eight years (2008-2016) he was a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2016. 


Jeff Gleeson

Jeffrey Gleeson QC

Appointed August 2015

Jeff 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. Jeff was a member of the Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee and is Chair of the Cabrini Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee.


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Simeon Goldenberg

Appointed April 2019

Simeon’s association with Cabrini commenced in 2015 as an independent member of the Cabrini Major Project Committee, overseeing the Gandel Wing development. He has 20 years of executive experience within the investment, financial services and real estate industries via private businesses and subsidiaries of listed companies. Prior to his current role as an Executive Director at Besen (family office) overseeing the group’s international real estate portfolio, Simeon was appointed Chief Executive of Icon (Kajima Corporation’s Australian Real Estate business) following a decade long association.

Previous executive experience includes positions at KPMG Corporate Finance and Gersh Investment Partners. Simeon’s non-executive roles have been in the retirement, fintech, investment and construction industries, whilst his not-for-profit governance roles have been in religious and community organisations spanning sport, aged care and education.  Simeon is a member of the Cabrini Audit and Risk Management Committee.


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 19 years as a partner, has worked across a number of industries. She is an expert in audit and international financial reporting 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 raisings, initial public offerings, remuneration and the optimisation of internal controls. Lisa holds a commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.  Lisa is Chair of the Cabrini Audit and Risk Management Committee.


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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).  Paul is a member of the Cabrini Technology Group Advisory Board and the Cabrini Foundation Board.


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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.

Francesca retired from Newcrest Mining in July 2020.  She was a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel, Director of AMMA - Australian Resources and Energy Group and Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Waste Management Group. 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, Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Francesca is a member of the Cabrini Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee and the People and Nominations Committee.


Anthony Rice

Anthony Rice

Appointed November 2016

Anthony’s background is as a specialist real estate and healthcare corporate adviser with over 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 and 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 is currently Chief Financial and Investment Officer of a listed aged care provider with 50 homes and more than 4,000 residents. He holds a Master’s 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.


 Bob Santamaria

Bob Santamaria

Appointed November 2020

Bob Santamaria was ANZ Group General Counsel for 12 years until September 2019. Leading a large team of lawyers, his work concentrated on two aspects: first, issues stemming from the GFC and secondly, dealings with regulatory problems in various parts of the world. He spent most of his last 18 months leading ANZ’s response to the Banking Royal Commission. Prior to joining ANZ, Bob was Partner from 1987 of Allens Arthur Robinson and also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, being the Executive Partner of the Corporate department. Bob plans to concentrate on community work (primarily, the youth mental health, hospital and aged care areas) and coaching and mentoring.


Invitees to the Board


 Dr Nicholas Houseman

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 surgery.

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.


 Paul Vine

Paul Vine

Invitee since December 2020

Paul joined Cabrini in December 2020 as General Counsel and Company Secretary and is responsible for Cabrini’s legal and company secretariat functions. He has close to 30 years’ experience spanning legal and governance functions in industry and legal practices. Paul previously held senior executive in-house legal and governance roles at Austin Health, IOOF and Bell Potter, following an early career in legal practices in London and Melbourne and in-house at Telstra and AXA. He also has a passion for coaching, having worked with a leading performance coaching consultancy and in his own coaching business. Paul is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.