Our Board of Directors

Board Executive

Dr Neale Fong


President/Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2011 and elected President in 2016. Dr Fong has more than 25 years' experience in medical, health care and aged care delivery and leadership roles. He is currently Chairman of Bethesda Hospital and Professor of Healthcare Leadership at Curtin University. He was Director General of the WA Department of Health and Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Health Care Subiaco. He currently consults through Australis Health Advisory to a number of key health clients in Australia. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Medicine and Surgery, a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Business Administration.

Associate Professor Godfrey Isouard


Vice President/Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2009. Godfrey Isouard is Associate Professor of health Management at the University of New England. He has a medical science and public health background, and before moving to academia held senior clinical and health service executive positions. He is currently chair of the National ACHSM Education Committee, Foundation Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, and Past President of ACHSM NSW Branch and the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education. His research interests focus on leadership, evaluation and review of organisational performance, the health management workforce, and quality and safety improvement.

Graham Hyde


Treasurer/Additional Director

Graham has been an active member of the College since 1974. He served on a number of NSW Committees. He has been a Chief Executive in NSW from 1979 until 1991 and in Queensland from 1991 until 2001 when he retired and established his own Consulting firm specialising in Quality Management Systems, Organisational Development and Financial Accounting. In the last 15 years he has reviewed Queensland and Victorian HACC services and Disability Services. He is a qualified AS/NZS 9001.2105 Lead Auditor and a Coordinator/Surveyor for the Australian Council on Health Care Standards.


Mark Avery


Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2016.  Mark Avery is an academic and the Program Director for Health Services Management at the Griffith University.  His research and consultancy interest areas include leadership and management in health services; patient safety and quality care; community information in health services.  Mark has over 30 years experience in senior leadership, management and corporate roles in both the public and private health care sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. His career and experience has been at senior executive, chief executive, consultant, board director levels in hospitals, community health and regulation. Mark has been a member of the College for some 40 years and in that time has been member of three State and Territory Branches.

Briana Baass

FCHSM BPO Grad Cert Hlth Pol Mgnt MHA MAICD

Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2017, Briana Baass has over 17 years of experience in the health sector across Australia, with a background in clinical prosthetics/orthotics. Her experience spans clinical treatment, health service operations, business management, various roles in a government department and six years of consulting in a global firm.

Briana is a successful graduate of the College’s Management Residency (Internship) Program (2005-06) and she is now passionate about supporting and developing other emerging managers across the sector.

Mark Diamond

FCHSM BA (BCAE - Latrobe University) BSW (University of Melbourne)

Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2009. Mark has more than 25 years' management experience in the health and community services industry in three Australian states. He has worked in both metropolitan and rural environments and has been involved in the implementation of significant reforms in the mental health sector in South Australia. He has also provided management consulting services to the health and community service industry, being sought after for his expertise in providing strategic and operational support to government, non-government and private sector organisations. Currently, Mark is Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA). Mark first joined the College in 1997, is currently the Vice President SA Branch (since 2010) and was appointed to the former Junior Vice President position of the Board in 2012.

Paul Dyer

Paul Dyer


Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2017 and elected ACT Branch President in April 2017, Paul has been an active member of the College since initially joining as a student member in 1982.  Following a highly successful career as a health service executive across public and private sectors in NSW and ACT, Paul is now an experienced executive level management consultant with an extensive background encompassing strategic and operational planning, project management, financial management and governance, services procurement and senior executive level management.

Daniel Mahony


Additional Director
Appointed to the Board in 2016 after joining as an Invitee in 2015, Daniel is an emerging health leader passionate about supporting the next generation of health leaders and managers into the future as a member of the ACHSM Board, WA Branch Council and Chair of the ACHSM Emerging Health Managers Steering Committee. A Health Manager and Senior Physiotherapist for the WA Country Health Service (WACHS), Daniel is also a Specialist Reserve Physiotherapist / Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force (Reserves).

Carrie Marr

FCHSM, BSc Nursing, Dip. Ed (Nurse Teaching), MSc (Organisation Consulting)

Additional Director

Appointed to the Board in 2017, Carrie is the Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC). The CEC provides leadership in safety and quality to improve outcomes for patients. Since its establishment in 2004, the CEC has gained local, national and international recognition by developing and driving improvement initiatives in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, managers, and other health service partners. 

Trained originally as a nurse, she has 37 years experience in healthcare, including oncology, end of life care, organisational development, patient safety and quality improvement.

Born and raised in Scotland, Carrie has worked extensively across the UK and Europe and is now in her fourth year in Australia – a place she now calls home, given the very mild winters!!

Carrie is on a mission to help all of us ignite our passion for safe and reliable care. 

Jayanthi Mohanakrishnan

FCHSM, President NZIHM

Branch Councillor Director

Jayanthi has a wealth of private and public healthcare experience gained during 25 years in a number of senior management roles in India and New Zealand. Jayanthi's expertise lies in having a vision and getting everybody on board, set clear expectations and work efficiently towards a common goal. Jayanthi has built a reputation as someone with high integrity, strong professionalism, and passion, who is committed to high quality outcomes in all her endeavours. Her strong technical abilities, focus and drive play an important role in supporting the DHB. Jayanthi is on a number of Regional and National Committee's as the Health Board representative on health service design.

Prof Len Notaras AM


Branch Councillor Director

Professor Leonard Notaras is the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) (2009-2014, 2016-2017). Professor Notaras was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Department of Health in April 2014. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) (2009-2014). For more than 16 years he also held the positions of Medical Superintendent at Royal Darwin Hospital, General Manager and Principal Medical Consultant.

Professor Notaras holds degrees in Medicine, Law and Arts (Hons) and Commerce and has Masters in History and Hospital Management. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and is a former ACHSE NT President. He was directly involved in the development of the NT Clinical School, as well as the NT Pharmacy School, and was closely involved in the vision that saw the creation of Australia’s NCCTRC.

Professor Notaras was appointed as a government representative on the ACHS Board in 2002 and was Vice President from 2015 to 2017. He was elected ACHS President in May 2017. He has also been on the Board of Directors for ACHS International since 2009.

Dr Tim Smyth


Additional Director

Tim joined the Board in August 2014 as a Board appointed independent director. He is well known in the health sector having had a range of senior executive roles across hospitals, health services and the NSW Ministry of Health. Tim is a Special Counsel in corporate and commercial law with Holman Webb lawyers, Chair of the Western NSW Primary Health Network and a management consultant.

Julie Tate

FCHSM FIR MBus GradDipHSM GradDipEd DipDiagRad MAICD

Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2015. Julie has recently commenced in the position of Operations Manager Medical Imaging Services for the Tasmanian Health Service Southern Region following five years with the Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania as Manager Clinical Support and Cancer Services Development. Julie has extensive health management experience gained during 27 years in a number of senior management roles in Victoria and Tasmania. Some of her special interests include process redesign, workforce planning and community participation in health. Julie has been a member of the College since 1995 and has served on Stage Branch Council in both Victoria and Tasmania. She has previous Board experience as a Board Director for the Cooperative Research Centre for Biomedical Imaging Development and she is a current Board Director for MS Tasmania.


Dr Liu Shao Haei


President - Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives

He was the Medical Superintendent of Tuen Mun Hospital from 1990-1992 and commissioned the regional hospital. In 1993-1995, he was the Hospitals Chief Executive of Ruttonjee Hospital to implement new management initiatives. During the SARS epidemic, he was a member of the Head Office outbreak team and was involved in infection control, data administration and dissemination of information. In 2008, he coordinated the Hospital Authority rescue operations to Sichuan Earthquake and the leader of the Initial Assessment Team. Dr Liu is also the in-charge and Advisor of the Corporate Clinical Psychology Service in Hospital Authority Head Office.

He is now the Chief Manager of Infection, Emergency and Contingency Department. His portfolio includes coordination of various specialist services such as Accident & Emergency Service, Intensive Care Service, Trauma Centres, Isolation Facilities, Major Incident Control Centre, Toxicology and Critical Incident Psychology Service.