Board of Directors

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.

Michael Kalimnios



Michael is a senior health executive and a Fellow of Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand with over 30 years’ experience and expertise in general and executive management in health services across Australia.

Michael has worked in a wide variety of roles in both the private and public sectors. He is currently running his own consulting business within the healthcare sector, and has previously been the Chief Operating Officer (CEO equivalent) for Top End Health Service (TEHS) in the Northern Territory and been the Deputy Director General – Corporate Services for Qld Health.

Michael is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Rosemary Kennedy


Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2019, Rosemary has spent most of her career in the health care sector and has 30 years' experience in clinical healthcare and government leadership roles including community and hospital environments ranging from Australia to Saudi Arabia and including Christmas Island.

She is currently Adjunct Lecturer ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Health Administration and a Master of Public Health degree. She has been a member of the Australasian College of Health Service Management for 27 years, and a Fellow of the College for the past 14 years.

Her experience ranges from clinical to infrastructure and business support services including procurement and contract 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 and WA Branch Council. A Health Manager and Senior Physiotherapist for the WA Country Health Service (WACHS), Daniel is also a Board Member of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), Vice-President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Branch and 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. 

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.

Karen Orsborn

FCHSM, President NZIHM

General Manager and Deputy Chief Executive of the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Commission was established in 2010 to lead national improvement in patient safety and quality across the health and disability sector. Previously I worked for the Ministry of health as Manager, Electives Services then Group Manager, Funding. I am a registered nurse and have a Master's in Business Studies. In my current role I have responsibility for a range of programmes to improve patient safety and the quality of health services and throughout my varied career a consistent theme is a focus on leading large scale change and improvement initiatives. I am passionate about the professional development of all people that work in the health sector and would like to see strong membership of NZIHM with opportunities for learning and networking at multiple levels. I subscribe to the 'all teach, all learn' approach and support collaboration and innovation. (Local Branch – Wellington)

Kate Plowman


Additional Board Director

Kate is a partner of MinterEllison, one of Australia’s largest law firms and a leading advisor to the health sector.

Kate acts for Australian hospital and health care providers (both public and private), as well as governments, colleges and insurers on a range of commercial, strategic and litigious matters.

Kate advises both in development and operational facets of health services, as well as dealing with disputes, employment matters, safety, quality and governance frameworks, and commercial and contracting matters.

Kate’s experience includes advising on the operational aspects of Australia’s largest health services projects and high-profile professional misconduct matters.

Amanda Quealy

AFCHSM, Economics (Hons) and Social Work, MBA, PG Dip HSA, Chartered Institute of Public Sector Finance & Accountancy, GAICD, ACHS Hospital Surveyor

Branch Councillor Director

Amanda has had an executive career in the health care industry for the past 26 years in the government, private and not-for-profit sectors.

She is CEO of The Hobart Clinic a private not-for-profit mental health service and holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer role in School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.

She is a director of Dementia Australia and represents Tasmania on the Australian Private Hospital Association Council, Chair, Tasmanian Alcohol and Drug Tribunal, Member of the Health Services Establishment Advisory Committee, President, Australian College of Health Service Managers (Tas Branch).

Amanda has been recognised as a Top 100 Women of Influence, Westpac & AFR 2013 and was Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Tas) 2010.


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.

Catherine Chaffey

Chief Executive Officer, ACHSM

Catherine has a substantial executive background CEO / GM level with particular expertise across all sectors of adult education and association management - from strategic consulting, business management and development through to research and industry policy advice. Prior to taking on the role of CEO of ACHSM in November 2013 Catherine was employed as General Manager within the Workforce division of ASX listed education business, Navitas. She was a Board Member of the NSW Vocational Education and Training Board for 7 years.