Vanessa Hicks - Chief Executive Officer

Vanessa is a qualified health professional, currently at executive level, with a nursing background and diverse experience in a range of roles, including management, change management, strategy and finance. She possesses a sound understanding of budget, funding and financial issues. Recently she was Director of Revenue Financial Services at Melbourne Health. In this role she was committed to change in order to facilitate turning around the organisation's financial situation in extremely challenging times, optimising revenue captured, collection and cost reduction across a number of campuses in public health.

Michael Carney - Programs and Education Manager

Michael's role as Programs and Education Manager at HFMA allows him to work closely with key stakeholders in the sector to develop HFMA programs.  With a clinical background as a Physiotherapist, Michael has developed a strong interest in the business of healthcare through a range of roles in operational management, business development and regional management, along with the completion of an MBA.

Trudi O'Donnell - National Relationships & Events Manager

Trudi's role as Relationship Manager involves working with our Members and Corporate Partners to build strategic relationship for the Association. After 10 years in financial community banking, Trudi decided it was time for change and set off to have a higher purpose. Working with HFMA has engaged her ability, through her role, to support a healthy Australia.

Heath Penbrook - Marketing & Sponsorships Manager

Heath started his career in sales working for companies like Sanity, Harvey Norman and Clive Peeters. After moving into the finance industry Heath found a passion for marketing, social media and events. After a successful career in the finance sector Heath moved into the not-for-profit space and begun working for a Buddhist temple and major tourist attraction here in Bendigo. Through previous work connections, an opportunity came up to join HFMA as a marketing manager. The role has now evolved to include the sponsorship space. For all things marketing, comms, advertising or sponsorship opportunities Heath is your man!

Dannielle Hoyle - Projects and Systems Support

Dannielle is the Projects and Systems support officer at HFMA, which allows her to assist in the development of Programs and Events, in addition to her management of the E-Learning Program and Webinars. Dannielle’s two main passions are Microbiology (which she specialised in at university) and Fitness (which she is currently undertaking a Cert 3 &4 in). Dannielle is always eager to get hands on with an array of projects, as well as learning new ideas and concepts every day.

Swathi Suresh - Administration Officer

Swathi has more than 7 years of experience in administration and has worked in procurement and marketing roles before joining HFMA. Prior to moving to Australia in 2015, she worked at the Medical Research Centre, Doha (Qatar) as an Administration Assistant supporting day to day operations and medical research projects. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and believes that "there are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work and learning from past experience."