IHF board

Meet our board.

Prof Geraldine Mackenzie

Board Member

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland. Prior to joining the University in September 2017 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University.

Professor Mackenzie returns to USQ having been Foundation Head of the University’s School of Law in 2007 and 2008, before she took up senior executive positions at Bond University: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Community Engagement), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law. Prior to joining USQ in 2007 she held various senior roles at QUT, and served on QUT Council for nine years. She has had a strong commitment throughout her career to widening participation in higher education, particularly in Australia’s regional areas, flexible learning opportunities and encouraging a strong link between the University and business, government, industry and the community.

In addition to her extensive organisational leadership experience, Professor Mackenzie has a PhD in sentencing law from the University of New South Wales and many years’ experience teaching in higher education. Her research interests are in law and public policy. A Barrister-at-Law and lawyer since 1985, she is a member of the Queensland Bar Association, American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Professor Mackenzie has held a number of senior positions at State and Federal level including Deputy Chair, Universities Australia DVC (Research) Committee; Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women; Chair, NSW DVC (Research) Committee; Chair, RUN Research group; Chair, RUN Executive Women; Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts; Chair, Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission, and was an executive member of the Council of Australian Law Deans.

Professor Mackenzie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an experienced company director.

Prof. Geraldine Mackenzie

Board Chair

Lana Carter

Board Member

Lana joined the Board in 2018. Lana is a legal practitioner who has recently started her own law firm. Lana has been in the legal profession for approximately 10 years. Having studied at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, she obtained a double degree; a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science. Lana and her small family have lived in the Ipswich region for approximately seven years and have established strong community connections during that time. During her time on the Board, Lana has developed a passion for broadening her knowledge and experience in the area of governance.

Lana Carter

Board Member

Sue Scheinpflug

Board Member

Sue Scheinpflug is a board member of West Moreton Health. Sue has more than 20 years of experience as a CEO. Most recently Sue was CEO of Brisbane South Primary Health Network. Sue is currently the Chair of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, a community board member of the Parole Board Queensland and a board member of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life.
Sue holds qualifications in education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has held numerous advisory and policy development roles at local, state and national government levels, and has won awards as a business and community leader, including the 2009 Queensland Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award. Sue and her family have a long association with the West Moreton Community having first lived in Ipswich in 1982.

Sue Scheinpflug

Board Member (WMH Representative)

Greg Chemello

Board Member

Greg Chemello has some 35 years’ professional and management experience, generally in the property and development sectors. Greg has held senior professional, management and leadership roles with both property asset owners and advisory/consulting businesses and organisations within organisations undergoing significant change.

With a background of development manager/director roles with both private and public sector development projects, Greg has extensive business management experience and has demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, corporate governance, change management, commercial negotiation and stakeholder management and communication.

In August 2018, Greg was appointed by the Queensland Government as Interim Administrator of Ipswich City Council following dissolution of the Council by the Queensland Parliament. Greg was responsible for ensuring Ipswich City Council delivered accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable local governance in the best long term interests of Ipswich residents and ratepayers. This involved a significant program of reform and refocus of the council, towards leading local governance principles, policies and operations.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Moreton Bay Regional Council, the third largest local government in Australia. Greg is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has been a Director of a range of companies over the past 28 years. Greg joined the Board in December 2019.

Greg Chemello

Board Member

Dr Margaret Cook

Board Member

Dr Margaret Cook is a history lecturer at the University of Sunshine Coast and holds Honorary Research Fellow positions at La Trobe University and University of Queensland. She has been a freelance historian for many years, working in the heritage, museum, government and private sectors and publishing on numerous topics, including “A Hard and Nobel Life”, a history of nursing the Ipswich Hospital. She is an active member of the Ipswich community and was added to the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame in 2015.
Margaret served on the Queensland Heritage Council (1998-2006) including three years as Deputy Chair. She was also Councillor of the National Trust of Queensland (1997-2003), including terms as Vice President and Secretary, and an executive member of the Professional Historians Association at state and national level (1995-2003).
Margaret joined the Board in January 2020.

Dr. Margaret Cook

Board Member

Dr. Kerrie Freeman

Board Member

Kerrie is a highly respected and experienced executive with more than 15 years' in leadership of health care delivery and transformative change.

She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health, Bachelor of Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an Adjunct Professorship at The University of Queensland. Kerrie is also a Board Director for Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, a research collaborative.

Before joining West Moreton Health as Chief Executive, Kerrie led health services in New Zealand, remote Queensland and quaternary health services at Children’s Health Queensland. She also has senior executive experience in purchasing health services ($11.5 billion), implementing large scale digital change (>$30 million), redeveloping hospital infrastructure ($>168 million) and leading organisational cultural improvement.

Her driving passion is to serve the community, ensuring health services meet community needs and expectations by taking a population health approach to health strategy.

Dr. Kerrie Freeman

Board Member

Laura Wedmaier

Board Member

Laura is an Executive finance and governance leader with a passion for bringing commercial thinking to the not-for-profit sector. A graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney, Laura holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Information Technology. During the completion of her MBA in 2016, Laura was nominated for the Zonta Prize for most outstanding female graduate within the degree
Laura is a CPA member and has had various roles within compliance, financial management and strategy development. Currently working as Commercial Director (CFO) and Company Secretary at Stuartholme School, Laura’s accomplishments have included leading the development of new risk management framework, launching a fundraising strategy based on building community, and improving financial stability of the school through years of funding changes.
Over the past ten years, Laura has team leader, mentor and participant in the Can Too Program fundraising for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation in both Sydney and Brisbane. An Ipswich local, Laura became a Board Member with the Ipswich Hospital Foundation in October 2020.

Laura Wedmaier

Board Member

View available IHF Board roles here.

ROLE DESCRIPTION – Chairperson

The Ipswich Hospital Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organisation that supports our community by helping to fund equipment, services, and programs as well as staff development, research and scholarships to support the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (WMHHS).

Our Vision

A thriving West Moreton community in which people experience the best possible health and wellbeing

Our Purpose

To be a trusted community partner supporting West Moreton Health to deliver safe, quality healthcare and promoting community health and wellbeing

Legislative Objectives:

  1. To support, improve or promote WMHHS
  2. To give financial support for education, training or development of WMHHS staff and volunteers
  3. To give financial support for persons studying medical/health services
  4. To give financial support for research in medical or health science
  5. Support or promote the objectives of preventing illness and improving health and wellbeing

 

The Foundation Board 

The Foundation is governed by its Board, whose role includes:

  • maintaining high levels of accountability to stakeholders and external regulators
  • developing and protecting the integrity of the Foundation
  • developing strategies and directions for the Foundation
  • monitoring the performance of the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer
  • approving the Foundation’s annual budget
  • monitoring the performance of the Foundation against strategic and financial goals
  • identifying and managing areas of business risk
  • raising organisational awareness of the external environment
  • ensuring compliance with statutory, financial, social & corporate governance responsibilities and
  • identifying fundraising opportunities for the Foundation.

 

Requirements for Board Members

Membership of the Foundation’s Board is established by the Hospitals Foundations Act 2018.  Board members should demonstrate most of the following skills and attributes to successfully meet the Board’s and the Foundation’s objectives:

  • strategic capability and leadership
  • an ability to build corporate and community relationships
  • governance / risk management skills
  • audit, accounting, and financial management skills
  • fundraising and not-for-profit sector experience
  • previous experience as a Board member
  • alignment with the Foundation’s vision and purpose.

 

Requirements for the Chairperson

The Chair will ideally have strong local connection to the Ipswich and West Moreton community to facilitate strong community engagement.

The Chair acts as an important link between the board and the organisation’s management via the CEO.  The chair is responsible for leadership of the board including:

  • facilitating proper information flow to the board
  • facilitating the effective functioning of the board including managing the conduct, frequency, and length of board meetings
  • communicating the views of the board, in conjunction with the CEO, to the organisation’s broader stakeholders and to the public.
  • lead the maintenance of a strong relationship with WMHHS with regard to the needs and priorities West Moreton Health
  • leading the process of the CEO appointment, performance monitoring / review and professional development.

 

In performing his/her role, the chair’s responsibilities also include, in consultation with the CEO:

  • setting the agenda for the matters to be considered by the board
  • seeking to ensure that the information provided to the board is relevant, accurate, timely and sufficient to keep the board appropriately informed of the performance of the organisation and of any developments that may have a material impact on the organisation or its performance
  • seeking to ensure that communications with stakeholders and the public are accurate and effective
  • Seeking to ensure that the board as a whole has the opportunity to maintain adequate understanding of the organisation’s financial position, strategic performance, operations and affairs generally and the opportunities and challenges facing the organisation
  • Facilitating open and constructive communications amongst board members and encouraging their contribution to board deliberations
  • Overseeing and facilitating board, committee and board member evaluation reviews and succession planning
  • Liaising and interfacing with the CEO as the primary contact between the board and management; and
  • Liaising with and counselling, as appropriate, board members.

The Chairperson serves in an honorary capacity and receive no fees for their services on the Board or its Committees.

Expressions of Interest 

If you are interested in nominating for membership of the Board, please e-mail your CV (2 pages maximum) and a covering letter in support of your nomination to the contact details below by COB 19 April 2022

Enquiries

Any enquiries seeking further information should be directed to James Sturges, Chief Executive Officer Ipswich Hospital Foundation, 0408 778 755.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

ROLE DESCRIPTION – Board Member

The Ipswich Hospital Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organisation that supports our community by helping to fund equipment, services, and programs as well as staff development, research, and scholarships to support the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (WMHHS).

Our Vision

A thriving West Moreton community in which people experience the best possible health and wellbeing

Our Purpose

To be a trusted community partner supporting West Moreton Health to deliver safe, quality healthcare and promoting community health and wellbeing

Legislative Objectives:

  1. To support, improve or promote WMHHS
  2. To give financial support for education, training, or development of WMHHS staff and volunteers
  3. To give financial support for persons studying medical/health services
  4. To give financial support for research in medical or health science
  5. Support or promote the objectives of preventing illness and improving health and wellbeing

 

The Foundation Board 

The Foundation is governed by its Board, whose role includes:

  • maintaining high levels of accountability to stakeholders and external regulators
  • developing and protecting the integrity of the Foundation
  • developing strategies and directions for the Foundation
  • monitoring the performance of the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer
  • approving the Foundation’s annual budget
  • monitoring the performance of the Foundation against strategic and financial goals
  • identifying and managing areas of business risk
  • raising organisational awareness of the external environment
  • ensuring compliance with statutory, financial, social & corporate governance responsibilities and
  • identifying fundraising opportunities for the Foundation.

 

Requirements for Board Members

Membership of the Foundation’s Board is established by the Hospitals Foundations Act 2018.  Board members should demonstrate most of the following skills and attributes to successfully meet the Board’s and the Foundation’s objectives:

  • strategic capability and leadership
  • an ability to build corporate and community relationships
  • governance / risk management skills
  • audit, accounting, and financial management skills
  • fundraising and not-for-profit sector experience
  • previous experience as a Board member
  • the ability to forge a strong relationship with WMHHS with regard to the needs and priorities West Moreton Health
  • alignment with the Foundation’s vision and purpose.

 

Experience in at least one of the following is also considered highly desirable:

  • Strategic-level fundraising experience, marketing and events creation and event management experience
  • Legal Background and experience
  • Recognised Private Sector Leader providing Commercial Focus/Entrepreneurial skills and commercial/business development and
  • Local Health sector, knowledge, and experience.
  • Demonstrated strong connection to the West Moreton Community

 

Members serve in an honorary capacity and receive no fees for their services on the Board or its Committees.

Expressions of Interest 

If you are interested in nominating for membership of the Board, please e-mail your CV (2 pages maximum) and a covering letter in support of your nomination to the contact details below by COB 19 April 2022

Enquiries

Any enquiries seeking further information should be directed to James Sturges, Chief Executive Officer Ipswich Hospital Foundation, 0408 778 755.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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