Executive team2023-05-04T09:18:49+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 HansonChief Executive, Adjunct Associate 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

Jane Hancock A/ Chief Operations Officer. Metro North Hospital & Health

Jane Hancock is a passionate, motivated, executive leader with strategic vision, business acumen and a strong record delivering commercial objectives while ensuring consumer focussed service excellence for respected healthcare sector organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Jane is strongly committed to value-based health care and the role of culture, strategy, measurement, and funding to deliver positive outcomes that matter to patients. Jane has a deep understanding of service delivery in metropolitan and rural and remote Queensland. Jane enjoys supporting and working in partnership with all members of the healthcare team and is committed to working in partnership to address the health inequalities and inequities that exist for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jane was educated as a registered nurse and specialised in adult and paediatric critical care. Jane has an MBA (Health), Bachelor Education (Nursing). Dip App Science (Nursing) and is currently studying an Executive Masters Public Administration. Jane is a non-Executive Director of the Leukaemia Foundation Board Australia and is a Graduate Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

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.

Chief People and Culture Officer

Kristal is an innovative people, culture and change leader with nearly 20 years experience leading people and culture functions and teams across a range of complex, values-led organisations. Kristal’s most recent leadership roles have included leading a multi-year transformation of the HR function at the Qld Department of Education, leading the HR Strategy & Innovation function and the HR Centres of Expertise at Griffith University, and leading the People Services Unit at the Digital Transformation Agency in Canberra.

Kristal is a certified practitioner of the Australian Human Resources Institute and has a Bachelor of Arts and Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Culture, Communications & Gender), a Post Graduate Practicing Certificate (Human Resources) and a Master of Science (Psychology).

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.

trategy, Planning, Assets, Infrastructure and Strategic Developments Executive Director: Ms Kate Copeland AM

trategy, Planning, Assets, Infrastructure and Strategic Developments Executive Director: Ms Kate Copeland AM

Kate 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

Dr 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 Geary

Adjunct Associate Professor Alanna Geary

Adjunct 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.

Office of the Chief Executive and Communications, Executive Director:  Ms Vivienne Hassed

Board Secretary: Ms Jane Albatal


Chief Operating Officer: Adjunct Associate Professor Jane Hancock

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Executive Director: Ms Louise Oriti

The Prince Charles Hospital, Executive Director: Ms Tami Photinos

Redcliffe Hospital, Acting Executive Director: Ms Louise O’Riordan

Caboolture and Kilcoy Hospitals, Executive Director: Ms Angie Dobbrick

Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), Executive Director: Ms Helen Boocock

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

Mental Health, Executive Director: Dr Kathryn Turner

Clinical services

Acting Executive Director Clinical Services: A/Prof Glen Kennedy

Acting Executive Director Clinical Services: A/Prof Glen Kennedy

A/Prof Glen Kennedy is a Haematologist who specialises in the treatment of malignant haematological disorders including bone marrow / stem cell transplantation.

A/Prof Kennedy began his specialty training in combined clinical haematology and haematology pathology in 1999, and was admitted to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in late 2002 and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in early 2003.

In 2003 A/Prof Kennedy undertook a Clinical Fellowship at the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, Victoria, in areas of malignant and transplant haematology. To date, A/Prof Kennedy has authored or co-authored over 60 peer reviewed publications, over 100 abstracts at national and international meetings, and developed and managed several local investigator initiated studies in haematology and bone marrow transplantation.

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

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

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