St John of God Foundation is governed by a highly professional board of directors who bring exceptional skill and experience within the healthcare industry.
St John of God Foundation Board Members
Our Board directors ensure that the Foundation operates responsibly, maintaining the highest level of ethics, to enable transformational care to our patients and their families to help provide better health outcomes in our communities.
Mr Tony Howarth AO, CitWA, Hon LLD WAust, SF Fin, FAICD
Chair of the Board, St John of God Foundation
Mr Tony Howarth AO joined the St John of God Foundation Board as Chair in October 2019.
Tony is a former Chair of the St John of God Health Care Board (January 2004 to May 2018), during which time the organisation grew from employing 5,700 caregivers with 10 hospitals and pathology and radiology services, to employing more than 13,000 caregivers and running 23 facilities in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand.
Tony’s career spans more than 30 years in the international banking and finance industry. He brings a diverse range of executive experience to the Foundation Board, and currently holds non-executive director roles with Alinta Energy, BWP Trust and Viburnum Funds.
Dr Shane Kelly - MBBS, MBA, MPH, FRACMA, FCHSM, FAIM, FAICD
St John of God Health Care Group Chief Executive Officer – appointed June 2018
Dr Shane Kelly has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare including more than 16 years as Chief Executive Officer at hospitals and health care organisations in Western Australia and Queensland.
His previous roles include Mater Misericordiae Group Chief Executive Officer, WA North Metropolitan Health Service Chief Executive and St John of God Subiaco Hospital, where he was Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2013.
Shane is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and Australian Catholic University.
Professor Shirley Bowen - BMed, MM, FACSHM, FRACP
St John of God Subiaco Hospital Chief Executive Officer - appointed June 2017
Prior to joining Subiaco Hospital as Chief Executive Office, Prof. Shirley Bowen was the Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle.
Shirley has more than 20 years' experience in executive management of hospitals and public health, including roles as Chief Medical Officer of the ACT and Director of Communicable Diseases for Western Australia.
She has also maintained her practice as an Infectious Diseases Physician (FRACP) holds a Fellowship in Sexual Health Medicine and a Master of Medicine.
Shirley is passionate about delivering patient-centric care and is committed to visible and authentic leadership.
Mr Steve Goldsworthy - Bcom, CA
Group Chief Finance Officer - appointed December 2017
Steve has over 16 years’ experience in finance, working in Australian and US Listed multi-national companies across Australia and Canada.
He has previously held senior finance roles at Austal Ltd, Cliffs Natural Resources and Schlumberger, and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Mr Stephen Roberts - Bbus, BHA, MBA
St John of God Geelong Hospital Chief Executive Officer
Stephen has been Chief Executive Officer at St John of God Geelong Hospital since 1991 and prior to that, St John of God Goulburn. He holds a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Health Administration and an MBA from the University of Melbourne.
He is also currently the Chair and Director of the Board of disability and employment services provider genU.
Mr Ben Edwards
St John of God Murdoch Hospital Chief Executive Officer
Ben was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Murdoch Hospital in April 2017. He is also the General Manager, Mid-West region, overseeing St John of God Geraldton Hospital.
Ben’s early career involved six years in the National Health Service in the UK. He completed their graduate management program and ran all clinical services across a multi campus NHS Trust. Ben then spent 10 years in health care consulting in the UK and Australia with Ernst and Young and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Mrs Larissa Johnstone
St John of God Health Care Group General Counsel/Company Secretary
Larissa has over 21 years’ legal and commercial experience as a lawyer, including 7 years as General Counsel and Company Secretary at St John of God Health Care, 5 years as a partner with Sydney's leading boutique commercial law firm, and prior to that experience with top tier law firms in Sydney and London.
Larissa has a keen interest in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people, and supports the Foundation’s goals through her own fundraising activities.
St John of God Foundation senior leadership team
Bianca Pietralla - BComm. MAICD. MFIA
St John of God Foundation Chief Executive Officer
Bianca has 20 years’ experience in Marketing, Communications and Fundraising. Prior to joining St John of God Foundation, Bianca was a Director at Curtin University and previously held senior management roles with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Bankwest. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fundraising Institute of Australia. Bianca says the best thing about her job is being able to help make a difference to people’s lives.
Director of Community Engagement
As the Director of Community Engagement, Rachel drives brand awareness, oversees community fundraising campaigns, appeals, and events, and leads the communications program with the Foundation’s supporters.
Rachel has over 20 years’ marketing experience, most recently as Senior Manager, Marketing for Royal Flying Doctors Service (WA). Her previous senior roles include Head of Marketing and Intelligence for Activ Foundation, Director of Development and Communications at Murdoch University, and Group Marketing Manager at Lotterywest.
Director of Philanthropy
As the Director of Philanthropy, Preema leads one-to-one relationship fundraising with major donors, trusts, foundations and philanthropic partners. Preema brings over ten years of experience in major gift fundraising to this role.Prior to joining the Foundation, Preema worked in the higher education sector, most recently as Senior Manager, Donor Engagement and Acting Director, Development at Deakin University. She has extensive experience in donor stewardship, capital campaign and bequest fundraising.
Preema is passionate about enacting change and facilitating positive impact through philanthropy and compassion.
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Leading medical research
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Personalised patient treatment
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Gifts of Hope. A life-changing health initiative.
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