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Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team provides strategic direction and leadership for Central Coast Local Health District (the District) aligned with the District’s strategic vision of ‘healthy people – vibrant community’.

Together with the District’s Board, the Executive Leadership Team drives the strategic priority of ‘Caring for the Coast’ as an intrinsic part of the organisation’s culture.

Whether it is promoting preventative health measures, delivering community based care or caring for the many people who spend time in our hospitals, at every point of every service we provide our key strategic priorities of ‘Caring for our patients, our staff, our community, our resources and our future’ guide what we do.

Scott McLachlan

Chief Executive

Scott has held leadership roles in health in both private and public health systems spanning across two decades. Having been raised in country NSW he understands the highly complex landscape of the health care environment and the unique challenges of health care delivery in Australia. He is passionately motivated every day to head up improving health outcomes for the community through authentic engagement, strong collaboration with clinicians, strategic partnerships and fostering and leading innovation.

Jude Constable

Executive Director Acute Services

Jude has worked in the health sector for more than 30 years as a registered nurse, professional leader and senior executive. With post graduate qualifications in health sciences and an MBA, she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow and Certified Health Manager of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Jude is responsible for leading and managing strategic and operational healthcare delivery for Gosford, Wyong, Woy Woy Hospitals and Long Jetty Health Care Centre and district wide clinical services including medical imaging, pharmacy, patient flow and Cancer Services. She is committed to working collaboratively with staff and other stakeholders to support high quality patient care which provides excellent experiences for patients, their families and our staff.

Adam Cruickshank

District Director Community Wellbeing and Allied Health

Adam has over 18 years’ experience in clinical and executive management roles across a range of health sectors including not for profit organisations, local, district and statewide health services as well as central Government agencies. He has experience working across health, aged care and social care sectors.

He holds a Master of Health Services Management (WSU); Grad Cert Accounting & Financial Management (CSU); Master of Health Science, Occupational Therapy (USYD); and Bachelor of Applied Science, Occupational Therapy (USYD) (Hons).

In his current role, Adam is responsible for developing high performing community services in the areas of community care, mental health, allied health, oral health, public health, health promotion and health services for women, children and families.

Adam is committed to delivering contemporary integrated health services to meet the diverse needs of the Central Coast community.

Dr Steevie Chan

District Director Medical Services

Steevie has over 20 years of experience in medicine and Medical Administration. His career has spanned roles within Health such as Clinical Superintendent, Medical Advisor, Director of Medical Services, Senior Policy Adviser, Manager Clinical Services Planning, A/Deputy Chief Health Officer and A/Director Centre for Health Protection, and General Manager. He has also worked with universities as Clinical Senior Lecturer, Professor, Associate Dean and Head of Student Matters, and Acting Dean, School of Medicine.

Steevie holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, is a Fellow, Preceptor and Supervisor with the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.

In his current role as District Director Medical Services, Steevie provides leadership in clinical service planning and models of care, and profession-specific leadership of the medical workforce. He also contributes expert input into the deployment of medical staff and medico-legal matters, and oversees medical workforce education, medical credentialing and scope of practice.

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Melissa Pickering

Acting District Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Melissa has been a registered nurse since 1999 and has extensive experience working across many clinical areas, including community health, medical, subacute and aged care.

Prior to her appointment as the Acting District Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Mel was the Director of Nursing, Community, Chronic and Complex Care, where she provided professional leadership for all nursing staff in this directorate, as well as community-based nurses within Aboriginal Health Services and the Women, Children and Families Directorate.

This role also supported the establishment, maintenance and evaluation of Quality and Safety systems and promoted excellence in professional nursing practice to ensure continual improvement in work practices, the care environment and health outcomes for the community.

In her current role, Melissa provides leadership to nursing and midwifery staff across our health service, supporting staff to provide high quality, safe and timely care to patients.  Her role also ensures that workforce planning and effective people management strategies are in place, and that continuous improvement is encouraged at all times.

James Ross

District Director Finance & Corporate Services 

James has over 20 years of experience in public-sector healthcare finance, after completing a Management degree – majoring in accountancy, and becoming a qualified CPA.

His career commenced at Central Coast Local Health District, before a role with the National Health Service in England. On his return to Australia, James gained extensive senior finance and management experience in large metropolitan hospitals and also rural and regional settings in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland.

James believes in patient-centred quality care and is motivated to develop management teams to drive innovation and efficiency within healthcare. With a view to the future, James is transformational in his approach to improving patient outcomes and service sustainability.

Ann Mirapuri

Chief Digital Officer (ICT)

Ann more than 27 years of experience in the health sector across the public sector, private hospitals, research and has worked within NSW Health in key ICT and Digital Health leadership roles within Northern Sydney Local Health District and Central Coast Local Health District. Ann has strong field experience leading cross functional teams to design and implement multi-faceted change and digital transformation programs, in particular, the implementation of the electronic medical record.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Business in Health Administration, Health Information Management, Associate Diploma – Marketing and a Grad Certificate in Public Sector Management. Ann is also a Certified Health Informatician Australiasia (CHIA) an industry credential from the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) which certifies an individual’s knowledge and expertise in health informatics.

In her current role as Chief Digital Health Officer, Ann leads, plans, and manages Digital Health service delivery at both the Central Coast and Northern Sydney Local Health Districts. This includes operationalising the Digital Health Strategy and related priorities, as well as building and maintaining effective strategic relationships across the NSW Health system and external partners to achieve high value outcomes.

Fiona Wilkinson

District Director Quality, Strategy and Improvement

Fiona has more than 30 years’ experience with CCLHD. Most recently she has been a driving force behind reshaping our patient services, facilities and governance frameworks.

In her previous role as Manager of CCLHD Redevelopment Program, she oversaw the major transformations of Gosford and Wyong hospital.

She has also led safety and quality improvements for our organisation in other previous roles including: Manager Clinical Governance, Acting Manager Quality Unit and Manager Clinical Redesign.

Fiona has a clinical background. She began her career with us as a registered nurse in 1986 and went on to hold many senior nursing roles. Fiona has completed tertiary studies including a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Business & Technology – from the University of New South Wales.

In the newly established role of District Director Quality, Strategy and Improvement for CCLHD, Fiona is responsible for leading, coordinating and managing the clinical governance, improvement and strategic development functions of CCLHD, providing advice to the Chief Executive, Board and leadership teams.

Her directorate will drive and enable the delivery of key initiatives concerning strategic and operational planning by developing and supporting improvement, research and innovative service provision to deliver high quality, safe patient care, for the best possible value.

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Bonnie Kestel

District Director Workforce and Culture

Bonnie is passionate about helping people and teams build capability, transform culture and deliver results.  Bonnie is driven to inspire people to make a difference every day to: a patient, a customer, a stakeholder, or a colleague.

Bonnie has over 20 years of experience leading people and culture strategy in the private sector across various industries including medical devices, manufacturing, mining services, transport, and logistics. Bonnie holds a Master of Law and Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney, a Master of Labour Law and Relations and a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney.

In her role of District Director Workforce and Culture, Bonnie is responsible for leading the development and implementation of strategic people and culture objectives, providing advice to the Chief Executive and senior leadership teams and directing the efficient and effective provision of talent and capability development, HR services, workplace health & safety and wellbeing services across the District.

Scott Fortey

District Clinical Director

Scott has been a consultant anaesthetist on the Central Coast since 1998, having graduated from the University of Sydney in 1987. He worked as an RMO and Registrar on the Central Coast and trained in Anaesthesia in the UK and multiple Sydney hospitals. He provides clinical leadership to our staff while continuing to offer high-quality care to his patients as an anaesthetist. Scott is a strong advocate for patient safety and improving clinical outcomes.

For 15 years he held the role of District Prevocational Education and Training (DPET) and is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of our staff. In his leadership roles he has establishing a number of important programs to improve mentoring, education and support for junior medial staff.

Scott is a member of multiple sub committees external to CCLHD including NSW Anaesthesia ACI Perioperative Care Network and the Scholar Role and Educators Sub Committees with the College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), where he provides his expertise to anaesthesia-related training, service and strategic matters at a state and national level.

On top of the work he undertakes for the District, Scott also volunteers his time to provide anaesthesia to adults and children suffering from burns or requiring cleft lip/palate repairs with the charity organisation Interplast.

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