Executive team2021-11-29T10:08:22+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

Jackie HansonActing Health Service Chief Executive, 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 a Bachelor in Nursing Science.

Office of the Chief Executive

<– Dr David Rosengren

Dr Rosengren is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine with more than 20 years of clinical and leadership experience in both public and private hospital emergency departments. While continuing to work as a clinician in the Emergency and Trauma Centre at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, he has in more recent times embraced opportunities with operational executive roles in the public hospital setting.  As the Executive Director of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Dr Rosengren has the responsibility of overseeing the continued legacy of more than 150 years of extraordinary health service from the largest hospital in Australia. –>

Alister has extensive financial and corporate management experience in executive roles over the past 12 years, most recently as the Senior Finance Director, Princess Alexandra Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Alister is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Alister has previously held roles with Metro South Health, Princess Alexandra Hospital, The Princes Charles Hospital and Department of Community Safety. He was also responsible for establishing the statutory, financial management reporting and financial governance systems of Metro South Hospital and Health Service as the interim CFO.

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.

Kate CopelandKate has more than 25 years’ experience in the health infrastructure sector, including statewide health services planning and leading major projects in high profile and complex health infrastructure projects within the public sector. With an oversight of $3B capital assets and $2B capital projects, her portfolio includes Strategy and Planning, Consumer and Community Engagement, Building Engineering and Maintenance Services (BEMS), Property Services, Asset management, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Projects (IPCP), across six hospitals and multiple community facilities.

Kate was recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday awards as a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) ‘for significant services to the health infrastructure planning and management

Office of the Chief Executive, Director: Ms Vivienne Hassed

Board Secretary: Ms Jane Albatal


Chief Operating Officer:

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), Acting Executive Director: Helen Boocock

Community and Oral Health, Executive Director

Clinical Support Services, Acting Executive Director: Dr David Rosengren

Mental Health, 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, Executive Director: Professor Daniel Chambers

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