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The establishment of Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (GCHHS) as a statutory body under the control of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Board (GCHHB) occurred on 1 July 2012. This provides an opportunity to have enhanced local decision making about local health services to benefit the local community. The Board will strive to add genuine value to Gold Coast Health.

The Board consists of a chair, deputy chair and members. Secretariat services are provided through Governance Risk and Commercial Services. The board is committed to developing ways to involve the community in designing local health service delivery into the future.

The GCHHB will be focussing on strategies to meet the growth in demand for health services. It will be looking at innovative ways to increase resources to the region, including the possibility of increased public/private partnerships. It will look to improve access to hospital services, including making sure the excellent facilities in the region are used to their capacity. The range of services provided locally will be increased. This will reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the need for the public to travel to Brisbane for treatment.

The GCHHB will be facilitating a review of all the current services that are provided across the spectrum of health care, including community services. This will allow informed decisions to be made on the direction of health services that the GCHHS will provide into the future.

Board Chair

Mr Ian Langdon
Ian Langdon

Mr Ian Langdon has extensive board experience encompassing roles such as board chairman, audit committee chairman and non-executive director with a wide range of companies. Ian has also held various academic positions with the last being Associate Professor and Dean of Business at Griffith University (Gold Coast campus).

Ian has a strong background in agribusiness, food production and marketing. Ian was appointed as Chairman of the Peanut Company of Australia in March 2008 after joining the Board in March 2005. He was Chairman of Australian Co-operative Foods Ltd (the Dairy Farmers Group) from 1989 until its sale in November 2008. Ian was also a director of Rabobank Australia Limited 1995-2004, Pivot Limited between 1993 and 2003 and Delta Electricity 2000- 2006.

He has held various positions in tertiary education including Associate Professor and Dean of Business Faculty at Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus), Dean of Business at The Darling Downs Institute of Technology (now University of Southern Queensland) and Senior Lecturer in finance at Deakin University.

Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) Australia and New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Diploma of Education.

Board Members

Prof Judy Searle
Judy Searle

Professor Judy Searle is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She started her career as a medical specialist before moving primarily into leadership and management positions in academe both in Australia and the United Kingdom, including roles at Griffith University’s School of Medicine, and as a member of the Academique Corporate Governance Board.

Judy has held a range of senior advisory positions within both Federal and Territory Governments and more recently as Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand. Judy has worked across many sectors in health including clinical service provision, academia, policy development, regulation and accreditation and medicopolitics.

Dr Andrew Weissenberger
Andrew Weissenberger

Dr Andrew Weissenberger is the Practice Principal at Hope Island Medical Centre and has been in the medical profession for more than two decades. His special interests include aged care and chronic disease management.

Andrew graduated with first class honours in medicine from the University of Queensland in 1988, where he was awarded the William Nathaniel Robertson Medal and the J.R.L. Lahz Memorial Prize.

He began his career in hospitals, working at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, before moving into community general practice in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

Andrew also has a keen interest in training and education of both medical students and registrars, and is a Senior Lecturer with Griffith University. He is also actively involved as a surveyor for accreditation in general practice.

In 2013 Hope Island Medical Centre was recognised for its efforts in quality improvements and was awarded Australian General Practice of the Year.

Andrew has previous board experience for Hopewell Services Inc (which incorporates Hopewell Hospice and Paradise Kids) and the Gold Coast Division of General Practice. He has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (GAICD).

Ms Teresa Dyson
Teresa Dyson

Ms Teresa Dyson has leadership and governance experience across the private and public sectors. Through her legal practice, Teresa has been closely involved in business issues affecting the financial services sector, transport services, infrastructure projects and the energy and resources industry.

In her legal practice, Teresa provides tax and structuring advice on infrastructure arrangements, merger and acquisition activity, and financing arrangements. Teresa specialises in asset finance and leasing, Public-Private Partnerships and private infrastructure arrangements, securitisation and transactions in the energy and resources sector and the aviation and transport industry.

Teresa was named Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. She has also been Chair of the Board of Taxation and member on the Board of SEQ Water Grid Manager and the Audit and Risk Committee of Lifeline Australia.

Mr Robert Buker
Robert Buker

Mr Robert Buker has over 43 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience delivering internal and external audit, accounting services, corporate governance, project management, as well as providing financial and management consulting.

His extensive experience includes both the public and private sectors in local, national and international markets. Robert was the former Managing and Audit Partner of Acumen Alliance in Canberra, Audit Partner of WHK Horwath (now Crowe Horwath), Director of Audit for Vincents Chartered Accountants and most recently was Chief Financial Officer of Careflight Group Queensland.

Robert has extensive direct experience working with all levels of government covering Commonwealth, State and Local over the past 25 years. Whilst Robert was a partner at WHK Group he was responsible for managing the external audit of the City of Gold Coast for approximately four years, on behalf of the Queensland Auditor General.

Prof Helen Chenery
Helen Chenery

Professor Helen Chenery is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University and has a career total of more than 130 peer reviewed research publications.

Helen has extensive strategic and operational experience in executive leadership roles within the higher education and health sectors, and has led policy and practice reform in dementia care, health workforce and service design, and interprofessional education/practice. She is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence entitled The Dynamics of Language and holds other ARC and competitive grants.

Helen is a Non-executive Director of the Board of the Cerebral Palsy League, a position she has held since 2012, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee of the Cerebral Palsy League.

Prof Allan Cripps
Allan Crips

Professor Allan Cripps has strong academic expertise in health. Allan is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Health at Griffith University and has served as a member of many academic and health industry boards and advisory committees.

Since 1976 Allan has held academic positions at Flinders University, the University of Newcastle, the University of Canberra and Griffith University.

Allan is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Australasian Society for Immunology, and the American Association of Immunology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK), a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Allan worked in the health sector as a hospital scientist for nearly 20 years before taking a fulltime academic position in 1994 at the University of Canberra. He joined Griffith University in 2003 to commence the rollout of the Medical Program and in 2005 was given the task of forming the University’s Health Group.

Allan has chaired the Griffith University/Queensland Health Medical Liaison Committee, the Hospital Relationship Management Committee, the John Flynn Hospital Human Ethics Committee and was a member of the Queensland Health Education and Research Council.

Allan has an extensive research track record with nearly 300 peer reviewed publications mostly in the field of immunology. He has presented his research at numerous national and international meetings. He has received nearly $15 million in research grants from national competitive grants and industry sources.

Allan has a Bachelor of Science (Hons 1) from University of New England and PhD from University of Sydney. His majors were in physiology and immunology.

Dr Cherrell Hirst
Cherrell Hirst

Dr Cherrell Hirst graduated from the University of Queensland in medicine and practised for 30 years, predominately as Director of the Wesley Breast Clinic (1982-2001) where she achieved a national reputation in the field of breast cancer screening and diagnosis.

Her interest in the value of education, both in the practice of medicine and more broadly, led to her appointment on the Council of Queensland  University of Technology in 1990 and she was elected Chancellor in 1994, serving until 2004.

In addition, Cherrell served on the Board of Trustees at Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 1990 to 2006 and was chair from 1996.

She has pursued a career as a professional non-executive director since 2001 and served as a director on a wide variety of corporate entities across the finance, insurance, biotechnology, arts and education sectors.

Cherrell currently serves as a non-executive director on Medibank Private Ltd, Tissues Therapies Ltd and is chair of ImpediMed Ltd.

In addition, she has a number of private company, not-for-profit and advisory board directorships and has held a part-time Chief Executive Officer position with QIC BioVentures since 2007.

In recognition of her work in the fields of breast cancer and education, Cherrell has been awarded three honorary doctorates, a Centenary Medal (2003) and the title of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (1998).

She was named Queenslander of the Year in 1995 and is an elected member of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Ms Colette McCool
Colette McCool

Ms Colette McCool is a senior executive with 20 years public sector management experience at senior executive level. Colette is Deputy Chairperson of Regional Development Authority (RDA) Gold Coast and Director of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. Colette was awarded the 2007 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Queensland) for the Government and Community category.

Colette has outstanding leadership, management and business skills. She is an exceptional communicator, presenter and negotiator who has proven herself in collaborating with diverse stakeholders. Colette's strengths include political relationship management, leadership, consultation and community engagement and ethical corporate governance.

Colette has held numerous senior positions including director, general manager and Director of Community Services for Gold Coast City Council, the second biggest Council in Australia.

Colette is an experienced board member and is currently Deputy Chairperson of RDA Gold Coast and Director of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. She has been a representative for the Gold Coast Community Safety Executive Forum since 2001.

Colette is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Master of International Management.

Last updated 21 Dec 2016