Creating a healthier, better connected Gippsland.

Board Directors

Gippsland PHN Board Directors govern the organisation in order to achieve its mission and strategic corporate plans.

Board members have the overall responsibility for:

Therese Tierney Gippsland PHN Board Chair

Ms Therese Tierney (Chair)

Committees: CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee, Director Independent Selection and Remuneration Committee

Therese has had more than 40 years’ experience in the health sector in CEO and senior management roles since 1994.

She has been a CEO in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria and in both the private and public health sectors. Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service. In that role she was appointed to both the Health Innovation Reform Council and the Victorian Expert Panel on Aboriginal Health.

Her board roles include the Continence Foundation of Australia, East Gippsland Water Corporation and the East Gippsland Marketing Board.

While Therese has primarily worked in the health sector, she has also had significant involvement in local government as both a Councillor and General Manager and also worked as a consultant providing strategic and innovative solutions to challenges with business, change management, health planning and design, people and systems thinking.

Julie Rogalsky Deputy Chair Gippsland PHN

Ms Julie Rogalsky (Deputy Chair)

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (Chair), Director Independent Selection and Remuneration Committee

As a Gippslander (born and educated in Latrobe Valley), Julie fully supports strong local primary healthcare, especially important to more marginalised populations and individuals experiencing disadvantage. 

Julie has more than 20 years’ experience in the Gippsland health sector having worked in the general practice, hospital, community health, government and GP training sectors. 

She has a Master of Health Services Management (Monash), Graduate Diploma in Rural Health (Monash) and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Health Promotion (Deakin). 

Julie is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of Gippsland Community Leadership.

Anne Peek Gippsland PHN Board Director

Ms Anne Peek

Committees: CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee; Community Advisory Committee (Chair).

Anne has served as a CEO and non-executive director in both the public and private healthcare sectors for more than 30 years. 

Anne is experienced in driving change and has a proven track record in building strong stakeholder relationships and developing partnerships through meaningful collaboration with the community. 

She has strong connections in the healthcare sector and at government levels. 

With a health science degree, Anne developed a passion and expertise in quality assurance in healthcare. This led to a successful consultancy in quality improvement/clinical review during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Anne also lectured in management and health sciences at La Trobe University. She continues her strong interest in clinical governance and has assisted with the implementation of clinical governance frameworks within a number of organisations.

Dr Nola Maxfield Gippsland PHN Board Director

Dr Nola Maxfield

Community Advisory Committee

Nola is a procedural general practitioner in a large teaching practice and has more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of health-related organisations from local to national level. 

Based in Wonthaggi, Bass Coast, her involvement spans local, state and national bodies. 

Working closely with rural nursing, allied health and consumer groups, Nola continues to share her extensive and valuable knowledge of the issues facing a diverse region such as Gippsland within her various roles on the Board.

Murray Brice Gippsland PHN Board Director

Mr Murray Bruce

Committees: Bass Coast and South Gippsland Clinical Council; Clinical Advisory Council; Clinical Governance and Performance Committee, CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee

Murray is a strong leader and an experienced commercial lawyer specialising in strategic planning, project management, risk management and governance.

Murray has worked as a senior executive at the Department of Health and Human Services and also served as the Director of Australia’s largest-ever charitable appeal fund, the 2009 Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal Fund.

He has successfully worked across all levels of government, many private and not-for-profit organisations and local community groups to deliver effective and efficient health services to communities.

Murray is committed to helping improve the lives of people in Gippsland and their access to high-quality and efficient health services.

Ms Kellie O’Callaghan PHN Board Director

Ms Kellie O’Callaghan

Committees: Latrobe and Baw Baw Clinical Council; Clinical Advisory Council; Clinical Governance and Performance Committee

Kellie is recognised for her strong leadership in health, community services and governance. She is a well-respected community leader and influencer in Gippsland.

Kellie served for many years as the Chair of the Latrobe Regional Hospital Board and is a long—serving Latrobe City Councillor and former Mayor.

She has served on a range of state boards and committees, including Better Care Victoria, where she is the Chair of the health innovation and service improvement focused state-wide Consumer Advisory Committee.

As the lead of O’Callaghan + Co, Kellie applies her significant experience as a board, strategy and governance consultant to assist organisations and individuals to harness the great depth of opportunity that exists when you develop trusted, connected and genuinely engaged relationships with stakeholders and networks.

She gets straight to the heart of real and very practical ways individuals, organisations and communities can overcome challenges and develop robust governance approaches while embedding strength-led co- design into their planning, service delivery and innovation programs.

Dr Peter Trye Gippsland PHN Board Director

Dr Peter Trye

Committees: East Gippsland and Wellington Clinical Council; Clinical Advisory Council; Clinical Governance and Performance Committee

Peter brings extensive experience from primary care and the hospital system to this role on the Gippsland PHN. He has served as a Director of Medical Services for the last 15 years in a number of public hospitals both in Gippsland and Melbourne.

He has also worked as a part-time general practitioner and has been involved with primary health care through GP Divisions, Medicare Locals and more recently the Eastern Melbourne PHN.

Drawing on his experience he is most interested in developing linkages across these services in order to improve community access to quality health services. He believes that health systems are really important for supporting individuals and families through their life journey.

Peter has Medical, Public Health and Management qualifications and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Fellow of the Colleges of Medical Administration, General Practice and Public Health.

Melissa Bastian Gippsland PHN Board Director

Ms Melissa Bastian

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Melissa has held a long standing interest in the health and wellbeing of Gippslanders and is keen to continue to contribute to the important area of Primary Health.

Melissa has a diverse background and experience in a variety of industries including health, banking, law and education. As a result she has advanced leadership and communication skills and extensive management, business planning, compliance, strategy development, financial management and corporate governance experience.

Melissa is an experienced Company Director and is currently on the Board of Bank Australia. She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Gippsland Committee and was previously the Deputy Chair of Latrobe Community Health Service and a Director of the Victorian Healthcare Association.

Through the various directorships she has been Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and also an active member of Risk, Audit, Governance and Nominations committees.

In addition Melissa holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Society of South Australia, and a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University.

She is also a former state registered nurse, graduate of the 2011 Gippsland Community Leadership Program, and a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alex Aeschlimann Gippsland PHN Board Director

Mr Alex Aeschlimann

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Alex is a passionate Gippslander, with ten years’ experience on the board of Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS) and has recently retired as the President and Chairman.

Alex has served on a number of hospital committees, has strong stakeholder relationships across Gippsland health services and was an active member of the South Gippsland Coast Partnership.

As a local business owner, Alex takes pride in employing local people and contributing to the regional economy.

Alex believes staff safety and customer satisfaction is critical to success. As a Business Advisor, Alex offers expertise in Workforce, Business Direction, Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations. Alex’s family arrived in Gippsland in 1890 and he is proud to be the fifth generation to farm at Arawata.

Alex plans to leave a legacy for future generations and cares for the land on which he farms with that legacy top of mind.

Gippsland PHN Independent Member

Nathan Voll Independent Board Director Gippsland PHN

Mr Nathan Voll

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Nathan has over 20 years’ experience in the private and public sector in executive management, consulting, risk and finance/accounting.

He is currently the Regional Finance Manager for South East Victoria with the Department of Education and Training and has worked as the General Manager Corporate Services at the Department of Justice and Regulation.

Nathan has extensive experience in the healthcare sector serving on the Board of a private health insurance company (Latrobe Health Insurance) since 2011 and as a Director of West Gippsland Healthcare Group for six years.

Nathan is the Deputy Chair of Latrobe Community Health Services.

He is also the Chair of the Latrobe Health Insurance Audit Committee, Chair of the Latrobe Community Services Audit and Risk Committee, a former member of the WGHG Audit Committee and Clinical Governance Committee’s and was previously a member of the Faculty of Education Board at Monash University.

Nathan is currently also an independent member of the Audit Risk and Finance Committee with the Gippsland Primary Health Network.

Nathan is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nathan holds a Commerce degree from Monash University and a Masters of Business Administration with Deakin University.