The Board of Directors is the governing body and driving force behind HFMA Australia. The board are dedicated to improving the capability and capacity across the Health Finance sector, and all volunteer considerable time to achieve this.

The Board is responsible for guiding the HFMA team to develop programs, and are commited to the national strategy of HFMA.

Meet the board below.

Brandon Howard

President

Karingal - Executive General Manager Corporate

Brandon Howard has been with Karingal (now genU) since August 2014 and has responsibility for all corporate functions across the group, excluding Finance and People & Culture. Prior to this, Brandon has held senior finance and operational roles in public and private hospitals, including Epworth Healthcare (Richmond), St Vincent’s Public Hospital (Melbourne) and Barwon Health (Geelong).

Neville Onley

Vice-President

NSW Health - Executive Director

Neville is currently the Executive Director of Activity Based Management, NSW Health, formerly known as the Activity Based Funding (ABF) Taskforce, established in September 2011 by NSW Ministry of Health to oversee and implement the ABF aspects of the National Health Reform across the NSW Health System. Prior to this Neville held the position of Director Financial Services for the Southern Clinical Support Cluster and was Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the former South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service. Neville has extensive experience in reform processes having been involved in the National Rail Reforms across Australia, the Reform of NSW Ports and Waterways and the Sydney Olympic Games.

Shaun Eldridge

Vice-President

Bendigo Health - Chief Financial Officer

Shaun Eldridge is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Bendigo Health, and has previously worked as the CFO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) and Townsville Hospital and Health Service in North Queensland for two years. Prior to these roles he was in similar positions in the Victorian public health system for 19 years. Shaun has experience in the oversight of finance, planning and non-clinical functions in the health finance sector, and strives to be part of dynamic teams that turn around financial performance.

Andrew Whittingham

Treasurer

The Royals Children's Hospital - Director of Management and Accounting

Andrew Whittingham has over 20 years of Health Finance experience. Originally from the United Kingdom, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, Andrew worked in the National Health Service prior to moving to Australia in 2002. Andrew has held senior positions at St Vincent’s hospital and Alfred Health. He has been Director of Management Accounting at the Royal Children’s Hospital for over ten years and leads the Management Accounting and Business Management Group. Andrew was the recipient of the 2013 Chairman’s Medical Award for the provision of financial training to The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Mark Lawrence

Board Director

Western Health - Chief Executive Officer

Mark has a background in commercial enterprises, having worked as a purchasing officer, warehouse manager and inventory controller before moving into finance. He spent the first 15 years in manufacturing before moving into the not-for-profit area in aged care, and finally from there to acute care at Western Health in Victoria. Mark has over 17 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer and has held Board positions with Chaplains without Boarders and HFMA. He also has interests in harness racing, owning, breeding and racing, and has also been a member at Kooyong Tennis Club and 13th Beach Golf Club where he was Treasurer for a time.

Ian Moody

Board Director

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service - Executive Director of Finance and Business Services

Ian Moody joined Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services in 2013 as the Executive Director, Finance and Business Services, after working for more than 15 years in assurance and consulting in various commercial industries locally, in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. With the ongoing pressures faced by those delivering healthcare services, Ian enjoys contributing to the strategies employed to deal with these challenges and ultimately to providing value to patients and the local Gold Coast community.

Greg Stenton

Board Director

Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria - Chief Financial Officer

Greg Stenton is the Director of Finance for the Victorian Department of Health. In this role Greg is responsible for managing and reporting on the $14 billion health budget, including working with health agencies to identify financial risks, improvements to financial reporting and preparation of budget submissions to Government. Greg has more than 25 years’ experience in public sector administration, primarily in the health and human services portfolios. With an original background in Human Resources and stints in finance, strategy, and business improvement along the journey, Greg brings a unique perspective to his current role.

Thomas Pamminger

Board Director

North Adelaide LHN - Chief Financial Officer

Thomas was appointed Chief Financial Officer with NAHLN in June 2017. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the University of South Australia, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia/New Zealand. Thomas has a background in the accounting profession in the audit and corporate services area and working in management and Chief Financial Officer roles in various entities including publicly listed, state government and incorporated bodies.

Paul Monaghan

Board Director

Women's and Children's Health Network - Chief Financial Officer

Jacquie Ferguson

Board Director

Sydney local Health District - Director of Finance

Melissa MacCabe

Board Director

Metro North Hospital and Health Service - Chief Financial Officer

George Kapitelli

Board Invitee

Melbourne Health - Executive Director of Finance and Logistics

George Kapitelli became the Melbourne Health Executive Director – Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain in June 2014, following a distinguished 26-year international career with global multinational General Motors. Before his move into health, George played a key role in establishing and developing start-up national business operations, into successful long-term ventures as well as restructuring mature operations into leaner entities, better established for long term sustainable success. The move into health has confirmed that strong finance skills are transferable across very different industries, and is reflected as George successfully leads finance teams across a wider variety of cultures and different phases of maturity to display high levels of adaptability and agility. Comfortable both in reporting and strategizing with senior management and external stakeholders, George also has specialties in strategic direction, restructuring, competitive assessment, financial modelling and team development.

Ross Sinclair

Board Invitee

South Western Sydney LHD - Director of Finance

Mr Sinclair is currently working as Executive Director Finance for South Western Sydney Local Health District.  He is an accounting professional with extensive experience in both public and private sector organisations, and has a passion for building capability and capacity in large organisations and developing sustainable health care systems to meet future population demands.

Ian Wright

Board Invitee

The Mater Private Hospital - Group Chief Financial Officer

Mr Wright holds extensive experience across both the finance and healthcare sectors having spent the past seven years fulfilling a number of roles at Queensland Health, most recently as Chief Finance Officer and General Manager Finance and Business Services for Health Support Queensland (a commercial Business Unit of Queensland Health).

Stuart Donaldson

Board Invitee

Monash Health - Chief Financial Officer

Eleanor Patterson

Board Invitee

Department of Health & Human Services Tasmania - Acting Chief Financial Officer