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Ipswich Hospital Foundation Announces Five New Board Members

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The Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) is pleased to announce the appointment of five new board members to its Board after an extensive recruitment process overseen by the Office of Health Statutory Agencies (OHSA).

The appointments were approved by Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women and are effective 28 September 2023.

As part of this transition, Ms. Jacinta Dale, a respected local lawyer and fourth-generation Ipswich resident, has been appointed as the new Chair, succeeding the retiring Chair, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, the current Vice Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland.

Ms. Dale, an accomplished legal practitioner and governance professional, brings a wealth of experience in risk management, compliance, and stakeholder engagement. She is also the founder of the local law firm Abedale Law and has previously served as an IHF board member and Deputy Chair.

Ms. Dale paid tribute to Professor Mackenzie, acknowledging her inspiring leadership and dedication to reshaping IHF’s strategic direction over the past several years.

“I acknowledge Professor Mackenzie’s inspiring leadership and significant commitment to the revised strategic direction of IHF over the past few years. The Foundation is in an excellent position because of her incredible work, and I thank her for the time generously given to the West Moreton community.”

Ms. Dale also highlighted the dynamic and diverse composition of the new Board, which comprises ten members with expertise spanning finance and legal, governance and strategy, fundraising and marketing, health administration, local business, and rural representation.

The new Board members are:

Hannah Bloch – Chief Executive, West Moreton Health

Ian Church – CEO, Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Daniel Lalor – Local business owner and fundraising consultant

Tanya Miller – CEO, Focal Community Services, Ipswich

T’aire Olsen – Director of Enrolments and Community Relations at Ipswich Girls Grammar School

Scott Young, CEO of Ipswich Hospital Foundation, welcomed the incoming Board members and praised the retiring members for their invaluable contributions.

“Welcome to our new members, who have a deep connection to our community and will continue to lead us purposefully, making a significant difference in improving the health and well-being of West Moreton residents. I extend my sincere thanks to our retiring members, Professor Mackenzie and local lawyer Lana Carter, for generously dedicating so much of their personal time to steer IHF in the right strategic direction. It has been a pleasure to work with both of these inspirational leaders,” said Mr. Young.

The Ipswich Hospital Foundation looks forward to the leadership and expertise that these new Board members will bring to the organization as it continues its mission to enhance healthcare and well-being in the West Moreton community.

To find out more about our IHF Board, visit Our Board – Ipswich Hospital Foundation