Our Leadership & Governance

Board & Executive Team

Meet our leaders

Our Board comprises experienced leaders from across the Healthcare industry.  Together, their diverse experience guides St Vincent's to achieve our mission and focus on delivering to our values. 

Our Leadership Team brings decades of experience in governing healthcare organisations. Many of our leaders have progressed through the ranks at St Vincent's, and gained valuable experience on the journey. While others have come to our organisation after establishing successful careers in the industry, and bring invaluable insight.

Our Board

Mr Paul McClintock AO

First appointed in January 2013

Appointed Chair in October 2019

Chair – St Vincent’s Health Australia Group of Companies

Invited Director – Clinical Governance and Experience Committee 

Member – Research and Education Committee

Member – Aged Care Committee

Dr Michael Coote

First appointed in August 2016

Chair – Research and Education Committee

Member – Clinical Governance and Experience Committee

Ms Anne Cross AM

First appointed in January 2019

Chair – Aged Care Committee 

Member – Audit and Risk Committee

Member – Clinical Governance and Experience Committee

Ms Anne McDonald

First appointed in June 2017

Chair – Audit and Risk Committee

Member – Finance and Investment Committee

Ms Sheila McGregor

First appointed in December 2019

Guest Director – Finance and Investment Committee

Member – Research and Education Committee

Member – Mission, Ethics and Advocacy Committee

Member – Aged Care Committee

Ms Sandra McPhee AM

First appointed in October 2017

Chair – People and Culture Committee

Member – Mission, Ethics and Advocacy Committee

Mr Damien O’Brien

First appointed in November 2019

Chair – Mission, Ethics and Advocacy Committee 

Member – Audit and Risk Committee

Mr Paul O’Sullivan

First appointed in August 2019

Chair – Finance and Investment Committee

Member – People and Culture Committee

Professor Vlado Perkovic

First appointed in October 2021

Chair – Clinical Governance and Experience Committee

Member – Research and Education Committee

Ms Jill Watts

First appointed in August 2019

Member – Finance and Investment Committee

Member – People and Culture Committee

Member – Aged Care Committee

Our Leadership Team

Chris Blake

Group Chief Executive Officer

Chris brings 30 years of leadership experience to SVHA’s Group CEO position, having guided some of Australia’s largest organisations through periods of major change. Following a consulting career as a Partner at PwC, Chris developed and led one of the country’s largest cultural transformation programs at Australia Post and has also driven transformational change in leadership roles in financial services, including with the NAB and Latitude Financial Services. Chris has a long connection with healthcare. He is a Board Member of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Australian Epilepsy Project (AEP), and was previously Chair of the Brain Research Institute.


Rob Beetson

Group General Manager Legal, Governance & Risk

Rob commenced as Group Manager Legal and Governance for SVHA in August 2010. In October 2013, Rob became SVHA's Group General Manager Corporate Governance. Rob has responsibility for all aspects of corporate governance including the monitoring of strategy and group operational planning. Rob has an extensive background in the health sector in clinical, education, executive, and risk management and governance areas. Rob is the Company Secretary for St Vincent's Health Australia Limited and its eight subsidiary companies.


David Brajkovic

CEO St Vincent's @ Home 

David commenced as CEO St Vincent’s @ Home in March 2022. David is recognised for his strong background in process improvement, project management and leadership in health insurance and healthcare services. David led the establishment and growth of Remedy Healthcare, a national organisation delivering care co-ordination, telehealth, mental health and healthcare in the community at scale. Most recently, prior to joining St Vincent’s Health, David was the CEO of Australian Unity health insurance. 


Michelle Fitzgerald

Group Chief Digital Officer

Michelle began with SVHA in early 2022 joining the organisation from the City of Melbourne where she was Chief Digital Officer and General Manager of Customer and Digital. Prior to that, Michelle was a partner of PwC's digital consulting practice, leading teams to deliver across the media and telecommunications, technology, resources, health, and financial sectors. In 2020 Michelle was recognised in the Top 50 Public Sector Women by the Institute of Public Administration Australia for Victoria. 


Adj. Professor Dan Fleming

Acting Group Mission Leader

Dan Fleming holds a PhD in moral philosophy and theology, and is the author of over 50 academic and media publications in the areas of health care ethics, theological ethics and moral education. He has a significant amount of experience in leading ethics and mission related strategy across Catholic health care in Australia. Dan is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine for the University of Notre Dame, Australia and a Fellow in the Law, Health and Justice Research Centre in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney.


Lincoln Hopper

CEO St Vincent’s Care Services

Lincoln commenced as CEO of all St Vincent’s Care Services at St Vincent’s Health Australia in 2018. Lincoln’s impressive 28 years in health and community services are well aligned to the objectives of Care Services, coming to St Vincent’s from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland where he served as CEO and Company Secretary for over six years. His diverse experience includes frontline social work, program management, policy and advocacy, fundraising, property development, and leadership. After moving into the community services sector in the 1990’s, Lincoln became a youth worker for Mission Australia in Sydney’s red-light district of Kings Cross. He remained with Mission Australia for 21 years, serving people in need in a variety of roles, but particularly making significant inroads as national community services executive leader. Lincoln’s recent success includes more than doubling the size, turnover and geographical reach of MS Queensland and receipt of the inaugural Westpac Community Leaders Award.


Professor Erwin Loh

Group General Manager (GGM) of Clinical Governance and Group Chief Medical Officer

Erwin commenced as GGM of Clinical Governance at St Vincent’s Health Australia in 2018. Erwin comes to St Vincent’s from Monash Health, Victoria’s largest public health service, where he held the position of Chief Medical Officer, and prior to that he was Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is qualified in medicine, law and management. Erwin has executive accountability for clinical governance, patient experience, clinical informatics and research strategy, and is an adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University, where he leads the Clinical Leadership and Management Unit at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation.

Ruth Martin

Group Chief Financial Officer

Ruth started at SVHA in July 2015 with responsibility for leading the financial strategy of the organisation. Ruth is a highly qualified CFO with more than 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles across a diverse range of industries including Ruralco Holdings Ltd, Microsoft Australia, Stockland and Sydney Airport Corporation Limited. Ruth is a Chartered Accountant and spent the first part of her career with Ernst & Young. 


Adj. Professor Patricia O’Rourke

CEO St Vincent's Hospitals 

Patricia O’Rourke is the Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent’s Health Australia Hospitals Division. Prior to this she was the CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Patricia has more than 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, including senior management and executive roles. Patricia currently serves as a Director on the Boards of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, the Garvan Institute, the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery and holds key advisory committee roles in NSW and Victoria. Patricia is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of the Harvard leadership program.


Annie Schmidt

Group Chief People and Culture Officer

Annie commenced with SVHA in June 2020 with responsibility for providing strategic leadership to the human resources, communications and safety functions across the group. Annie joined us from Qantas where she worked for 14 years across a range of leadership roles in HR, finance and operations. Prior to that, Annie led HR teams in both the health and construction industries. Much of Annie's career has been spent making a difference with teams who are passionate about excellence and dedicated to compassionate service.