Executive team2021-05-12T11:38:26+10:00

Executive team

The Board appoints and delegates the administrative function for Metro North Health to the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive and leadership team are responsible for the operational implementation of the strategic direction and day-to-day management of Metro North Health.

Chief Executive

Shaun DrummondHealth Service Chief Executive, Shaun Drummond

Shaun Drummond is the Chief Executive of Metro North. He has been Executive Director Operations of Metro North since 2014 and has been a Chief Operating Officer in the Health Sector for 15 years.

Shaun’s professional background is Industrial Relations and Organisational Development. During his career he has worked in the public health system in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand.

Office of the Chief Executive

Melissa MacCabeMelissa has extensive experience in leadership and engagement with proven record of adding value through the public health sector. Mel has held Senior positions in both NSW Health and QLD Health for the past 12 years with her most recent role being the Executive Director, Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance within the Department of Health.

She has led the allocation of $14B of funding for purchasing of Health and Hospital Services ensuring delivery of health outcomes as specified in HHS Service Agreements, and has managed the complex consolidation of Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) into Queensland Health.

Dr Jason BrownDr Jason Brown is a Burns and General Surgeon, the A/Director of the Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Centre and the A/Chief Digital Health Officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

He has been delivering health outcomes across Queensland for over 25 years, 14 of those at the RBWH. He is passionate about delivering innovative, person-centred healthcare and optimal patient outcomes. Jason is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.

He is also currently the clinical lead for the Burns Program at Herston Biofabrication Institute (HBI), where he leads a diverse team that implements innovative, safe and optimal recovery solutions for injured burns patients.

Michele Gardner is a Registered Nurse and experienced healthcare leader. She holds qualifications in Critical Care, Health Counselling, Public Administration with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG) and has been an Accredited Surveyor for the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) more over a decade.
Michele’s previous leadership experience includes Executive Director of The Prince Charles Hospital, General Manager of Medicine Wide Bay HHS, Executive Director of Rural and District Wide Services Central Queensland HHS, and Chief Executive of the Victorian State Coroners Court and Offices and Director of Justice Health. During her career Michele has worked in the South Australian, Victorian and Queensland public and private Healthcare and Justice sectors.
Michele is passionate about leading and supporting all health care teams to implement the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS)  in every aspect of healthcare delivery and continually striving to improve the quality and experience of care for all health consumers and their families.
Colleen JenColleen Jen is an experienced nurse and health service planner. Colleen has over 20 years’ clinical experience including 15 years of nursing management. She has more than 10 years’ experience in health service planning at a facility, health service and state level. Her previous health portfolios have included asset management and property services, infrastructure planning, strategic policy and indigenous health. Colleen holds a Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and a Masters in Critical Care Nursing.

Chief Operations Officer: Adjunct Professor Jackie Hanson

Jackie Hanson has extensive leadership experience in executive, strategic and senior operational roles spanning more than 11 years across public health systems in Queensland and South Australia. Through strong leadership and influence, Jackie has led successful transformations within South Australia in her role as the CEO of Northern Adelaide Public Health Network. As Executive Director Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, she has also made significant achievements strengthening staff engagement and redesigning care. Jackie is a registered nurse, and holds bachelor in Nursing Science.

Office of the Chief Executive, Director: Ms Vivienne Hassed

Board Secretary: Ms Jane Albatal


Chief Operating Officer: Adjunct Professor Jackie Hanson

Assets and Infrastructure, Executive Director: Ms Kate Copeland

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Executive Director: Dr David Rosengren

The Prince Charles Hospital, Executive Director: Ms Tami Photinos

Redcliffe Hospital, Executive Director: Ms Louise Oriti

Caboolture and Kilcoy Hospitals, Executive Director: Angie Dobbrick

Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), Executive Director: Adjunct Professor Debbie McNamara

Community and Oral Health, Acting Executive Director: Ms Glynis Schultz

Clinical Support Services, Acting Executive Director: Adjunct Professor Adam Scott

Mental Health, Acting Executive Director: Dr Kathryn Turner

Clinical services

Dr Elizabeth WhitingDr Elizabeth Whiting is a pre-eminent specialist geriatric and general medicine physician at The Prince Charles Hospital. Liz’s extensive career includes working at The Prince Charles Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Cairns, the PA Hospital, and in Ireland. She has been a senior lecturer for the University of Queensland, the recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Service Delivery and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand.

She is currently a member of the Senior Examining Panel and is the Chair of the Clinical Examinations Committee.

Heart and Lung, Executive Director: Professor Peter Hopkins

Medicine, Executive Director: Associate Professor Jeffrey Rowland

Surgery, Executive Director: Dr Jason Jenkins

Emergency Medicine and Access Coordination, Executive Director: Dr Sean Clark

Women’s and Children, Executive Director: Professor Leonie Callaway

Cancer Care, Acting Executive Director: Associate Professor Glen Kennedy

Research, Acting Executive Director: Dr Elizabeth Whiting

Professional leads

Dr Elizabeth RushbrookDr Liz Rushbrook is a Specialist Medical Administrator with a wide range of hospital and military experience. Her 25-year medical career with the Royal Australian Navy included a variety of roles onshore and afloat, in general practice, emergency & disaster management and medical administration. Since joining Metro North in 2016, her interests expanded into Health Capacity Management, Emergency Preparedness, and Business Continuity. She is passionate about doctors health and wellbeing, conditions and professionalism.

Outside of health, Liz is a passionate supporter of Rugby Union, previously holding the positions of Vice President and President of the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union. She can often be found at a local rugby match. She has also retained her passion for Defence and Veterans health through Defence Force Reserve work and her role as Chair of Disaster Relief Australia.

Adjunct Associate Professor Alanna GearyAdjunct Professor Alanna Geary has a nursing and midwifery career spanning more than 30 years and has worked in various specialties at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital including surgery, intensive care, orthopaedics, general medicine and infection control. Alanna holds a Masters of Health Science, and is Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland and Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Mark Butterworth is a Radiographer and Nuclear Medicine Scientist. He is an avowed technological determinist and has observed sustained, accelerated development of technology, drive not only in his profession but many of society’s social and cultural values. He uses significant strategic and operational experience from working in and with public, private, commercial and academic organisations to ensure he has an engaged workforce, delivering competent, compassionate and connected health outcomes that matter to care participants.

Contact us

Metro North Chief Executive
Located: Level 14, Block 7
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Phone: (07) 3647 9501
Email:  MD16-MetroNorthHHS@health.qld.gov.au