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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is appointed to oversee the management of Bendigo Health as a public health service under the Health Services Act 1988. The Board of Bendigo Health is accountable to the Minister of Health for conduct, performance and culture of the organisation. The board is committed to the highest standards of professionalism, probity, diligence and excellence.

Bendigo Health is governed by a nine person board appointed for a term of up to three years by the Governor-in-Council upon the recommendation of the Minister of Health. Sound board governance systems provide protection for the organisation, its stakeholders, the board and its directors against fraud, illegal practices and poor performance by its own members, its chief executive and staff. The board is responsible for setting the ethical framework for the organisation, defining and nurturing the organisation’s fundamental values. The board is committed to the adoption of ethical conduct in all areas of its responsibilities and authority. 

Directors are committed to acting honestly and in good faith at all times. The board is required to regularly review its own performance as the basis for its own development and quality assurance. It must also ensure that Bendigo Health’s assets are protected, including development of a suitable risk management strategy. 

The board appoints the chief executive officer to manage the functions of the organisation. The board meets monthly to receive financial reports, to monitor performance of the organisation in regard to patient and client care and the organisation's other functions and to consider recommendations for future development of the organisation and its services.

Dr Ewa Piejko - Board Chair

Dr Ewa Piejko is a General Practitioner at Strathfieldsaye Primary Health in Bendigo. She is also the medical advisor for the Central Victorian region of Murray PHN and Clinical Director for St Anthony's Family Medical Practice. Dr Piejko has extensive experience in the primary care sector across the Loddon Mallee and Campaspe region through her work as a GP, Medical Advisor with Murray PHN, and her previous role as Director of General Practice Training for Beyond Medical Training. In addition to professional appointments, Dr Piejko has been involved with local community organisations. Within Bendigo Health, Dr Piejko is chair of the Primary Care and Population Health committee, member of the Finance, Quality Care, Audit and Risk and Visiting Committees. 

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2024.

Ms Marilyn Beaumont OAM

With a general and psychiatric nursing background, Marilyn’s career includes holding the position of Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria, a statewide women’s health promotion and advocacy service between 1995 and 2010.  She has also held the position of Australian Nursing Federation Federal Secretary between 1987 and 1995, and, from 1982 to 1987 she was the ANF South Australian Branch Secretary.  Her previous Board work has included Northern Health, Melbourne Health, Commonwealth Health Insurance Commission and Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia (HESTA). In addition to Bendigo Health, Marilyn’s current work incudes mentoring young women in executive roles.

Marilyn was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2007 and awarded an Order of Australian Medal in 2017 for service to the community, particularly to women’s health.

She joined the Board of Bendigo Health in 2015 and is Chair of the Quality Care Council and a member of the Audit and Risk, Primary Care and Population Health Advisory and Visiting Committees.

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2023.

Mr Trevor Elliott

Trevor is a Partner/Director with Strategem.

Throughout his time in professional practice, Trevor has provided taxation and accounting services to a diverse portfolio of clients, with a focus on providing specialised support to the medical industry.

He is well respected for his efficiency and attention to detail which lends itself to his vast experience as a Business Services advisor where he provides strategic advice to businesses.

Trevor has previously led the Strategem board as Chairman and his current role as General Manager for Strategem’s Melbourne based office, has provided an opportunity for him to coach and mentor future leaders.

Trevor is a local resident of Bendigo and has been actively involved with many community organisations, holding roles such as; Director of Access Australia and Director of ARC Justice. 

Within Bendigo Health, Trevor is a member of the Fundraising Advisory Board, the Council Care Council and the Finance and Visiting Committees.

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2025.

Dr Umair Masood

Partner at Neal Street Medical Clinic.

Umair graduated from medical school in 1998. Since then he has worked as a doctor in the UK and Australia. He has worked in both public and private hospitals. He went on to do his Fellowship in General Practice. Umair has also been involved in medical research throughout his career. He has published a thesis, journal articles and presented at scientific meetings. Umair is currently a senior partner at Neal Street Medical Clinic, which is a GP and Specialist medical clinic in Gisborne. He helped establish the clinic and works full-time as a GP at the clinic. Umair is also involved in the management of the clinic. He is a GP Supervisor and helps mentor GP Registrars and medical students at the clinic. 

Within Bendigo Health, Umair is the Deputy Chair of the Quality Care Council and a member of the Community Advisory and Visiting Committees.

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2025.

Katerina Angelopoulos MAICD, BSW, DipWS

Katerina has extensive background in Public Sector management, health issues planning, human resources and community engagement. Katerina has held a number of board directorships and committee positions and is currently a member of Greater Melbourne Cemeteries Trust and the Australian Government Professional Services Review Determining Authority. Katerina is passionate about creating health services and settings that are responsive to community need and enabling continuity of care for clients. She has a reputation for both effective advocacy and enabling community engagement in policy and service development.

Within Bendigo Health, Katerina is the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee and a member of the Quality Care Council, Primary Care and Population Health Advisory and Visiting Committees.

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2024. 

Julie Green

Julie is a passionate, professional Company Director, supported by 23 years as a Senior Executive (Operational and CFO roles) reporting to various Boards. She is an experienced change manager in public and private sectors, across diverse industries including professional services, healthcare, transport and infrastructure. Julie was a business advisor for 10 years with chartered firms in the UK and Australia, including Ernst & Young. 

 Within Bendigo Health, Julie is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Quality Care Council, Finance and Visiting Committees.

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2025. 

Dr Stan Capp

B Comm, M Admin, D Health Sciences, LMFCHSM, FAICD, FCPA

Dr Stan Capp is an experienced senior executive and CEO in health services, health ICT, local government and the education sector.  He has also conducted his own successful consulting practice since 2004.

Stan has had over 25 years as a CEO in a range of health care organisations in Australia and internationally, including Southern (now Monash) Health – the largest and most complex health service in Victoria.

Stan has led major health reforms with the creation of Barwon Health, which led him to be an advisor to the Government of Victoria in its Review of Health Care Networks, 2000.

Stan has been engaged in several consulting assignments throughout Victoria with a particular emphasis in assisting rural and regional health services. He also led a major project for the Government of Dubai that provided advice on the transformation of its public health system.

He has a strong interest and experience in delivering high quality health services that are well co-ordinated and responsive to community needs.

Stan is the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Quality Care Council, Audit and Risk and Visiting Committee.

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2024. 

Dianne Foggo AM

Dianne Foggo AM was appointed to the Board in August 2015. She works as a Bendigo Health board member, Dianne Foggo AMprivate conciliator and mediator primarily in industrial disputes. She worked as a teacher in Victoria, SA and the NT. She was President of Australian Education Union and a Vice President of the ACTU. Dianne was a Commissioner at the Fair Work Commission for 19 years and the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University. 

She is a Life Member of the AEU and the IR Society of Victoria and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Victoria University in 2011. Dianne was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2015 in recognition of her work in governance and administration in the university sector, the representation of women and industrial relations.

She is currently the community Council member of Kyneton Primary School and the independent member of the Victoria Police Review Steering Committee to implement the 2015 VEOHRC Report.

 Within Bendigo Health, Dianne is the Chair of the Fundraising Advisory Board and a member of the Finance, Community Advisory and Visiting Committees.

Term of appointment expires 30/6/2023. 

Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of the Bendigo Health Board of Directors.  The Community Advisory Committee has two critical roles, firstly to provide direction and leadership in relation to integration of consumer, carer and community views into all levels of the Health Service operations, planning and policy development.

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