The Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network Governing Board

The Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN) Governing Board is responsible and accountable to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for local decision makingThe board’s role includes setting strategies and priorities for the health services within BHFLHN, as well as ensuring achievement of the performance indicators in its Service Agreement.

BHFLHN covers the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island regions, with health services in towns including Mount Barker, Mount Pleasant, Gumeracha, Strathalbyn, Gawler, Angaston, Eudunda, Kapunda, Victor Harbor and Kingscote.

Chair - Jim Hazel

Jim is an experienced company director, sitting on the boards of listed, unlisted, government and not-for-profit companies and organisations where he is regularly appointed board chair and chair of major subcommittees. He has deep experience in risk and financial management.

Current roles include ASX listed companies Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and Ingenia Communities Group (Chair). He is also a Council Member and ProChancellor of the University of South Australia.

Previous board roles include Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (Chair), Motor Accident Commission and the South Australian Government Financing Authority.

Jim’s executive career included time as Managing Director in an ASX listed environment (retirement living and aged care), and extensive senior executive roles in banking and finance.

Jim, who holds a degree in Economics from Adelaide University, is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Deputy Chair — Dr Helena Williams

Dr Helena Williams is a general practitioner (GP) and has had a rich and varied career as a GP, most recently providing a visiting GP service to the SA Refugee Health Service.

Helena is currently a Member of the Clinical Advisory Council of the SA Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health, and is the Executive Medical Director, SA/East Coast, with the Silver Chain Group.

She brings extensive governance experience on a range of medical, health service, local health network and nursing boards, and is currently a Board Director on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, for which she also chairs the national Primary Care Committee.

Board members

Pru Blackwell

Pru has long standing leadership experience in working with communities, not-for-profit groups, peak associations and local government. She has run her own consulting business in strategic planning, operational management reviews, training and mentoring.

She is currently involved in leading community action for the elimination of violence against women.

Pru was the Presiding Member of the Gawler Health Advisory Council and an inaugural member of Country Health SA Presiding Member’s Panel.

Carol Gaston AM

An experienced board member, Carol started her professional life as a nurse and has worked in the Victorian, Western Australian and South Australian health systems, in a remote Aboriginal community and as a volunteer in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Sabah.

She has also acted as an advisor to public, private and not-for-profit human services industries in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Carol has also worked for the World Health Organisation in the Asian, Pacific and African regions establishing health workforce plans for countries such as Vanuatu, the Philippines, Laos and Zambia.

Carol was the chief nurse in the South Australian health system and led the drive to transfer hospital training to the higher education sector. She was also the first female and nurse to chair the Board of the Royal District Nursing Service. In 2008, Carol was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services in health and nursing and for humanitarian work in Australia and overseas.

Greg Russell

Greg has held senior roles in major Australian public companies involved in mining, energy and food production and, for the last 20 years of his career, in the aviation industry.

His roles in aviation included Managing Director of Australia’s air traffic provider, Airservices Australia, Director of Aviation at Sydney Airport Corporation, Chief Operating Officer at Athens International Airport, and General Manager of the regional carrier Hazelton Airlines.

He is a past deputy chair of the international air traffic organisation and chair of its Asia Pacific CEO Committee. He has held honorary roles as Chair of The Australian Aviation Associations’ Forum and as a member of The Aviation Safety Advisory Panel of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Alexander Zimmermann

Alex brings extensive corporate governance experience to BHFLHN having been involved in Boards for nearly 30 years.

He has been Chair of the Boards for two major South Australian organisations – Workskil Australia and the Police Credit Union SA/NT. Alex has previously served as Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia (Barossa) and whilst a member of these organisations has chaired or been a member of sub-committees such as Audit, Risk and Governance and Remuneration. Alex’s working career included 45 years at SAPOL, 27 years of which as a senior manager, during which time he served in many diverse positions including Internal Investigation and Anti-Corruption.

Alex is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Governance Institute of Australia and the Governor’s Leadership Foundation.

Rosey Batt

Rosey is CEO of Rosey Batt & Associates, a firm providing legal and business services. Prior to establishing her own firm, Rosey was a Partner at Minter Ellison.

Rosey has an active portfolio of directorships including GPex Ltd, Cancer Council SA and Windmill Theatre. She is an experienced Chair and has held directorships on the ASX, private, public and not-for-personal-profit boards in the health, retail, manufacturing, transport and education sectors. Her corporate governance expertise is strengthened by 40 years of experience working as a commercial lawyer both locally and internationally, and 21 years spent facilitating the AICD Company Director course, of which she is also a Fellow. 

Rosey has a Masters in Science and Technology Commercialisation from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Adelaide.

Monthly Board Meetings

For previous agendas and minutes, see Barossa Health Fleurieu LHN Archive.



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