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    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 Hanson

    Adjunct Professor Jackie Hanson

    Jackie has extensive executive, strategic and tactical leadership experience spanning more than 15 years across public health systems in Queensland and South Australia.

    As Australia’s largest Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive, Jackie provides authentic and inspirational leadership to a workforce of over 24,000 staff to deliver high quality public health services to over 1 million people.

    Throughout her career, from the bedside to Chief Executive, Jackie’s commitment has remained focussed on increasing access and equity particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, ensuring high quality safe services and improving patient outcomes and experience through the healthcare system, research, innovation and partnerships both nationally and internationally across a wide range of sectors.

    Jackie has led systemwide transformation and improvements based on strategically assessing the environment and providing foresight to maximise impact across the care continuum.

    Jackie is a respected leader with a collaborative style and people focused approach which strongly aligns with the Metro North values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, High Performance and Teamwork.

    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 Brown is a Burns and General Surgeon, the A/Director of the Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Centre and the 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.

    Grant Carey-Ide is an experienced health leader, having worked across three Australian jurisdictions. He is a Registered Nurse by profession and holds an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration. He has worked across acute, community and mental health settings, and is passionately committed to patient safety and the quality-of-care health services provide, as well as the achievement of health equity for First Nation peoples.

    Grant’s commitment to the Metro North community is shaped by a long career delivering and leading the delivery of health care, and in developing platforms of change to empower consumers in their health care journey, and to embedding patient-centred health care as a guiding principle.

    Strategy, 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

    Chief Medical Officer: Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook

    Dr Liz Rushbrook is a Specialist Medical Administrator who graduated Medicine from The University of Queensland in 1994. She has extensive medical and military experience and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

    Liz initially worked as a young doctor in Queensland before serving in the Royal Australian Navy. She rose steadily through the Navy ranks as a Medical Officer to Commodore, serving ashore and afloat before returning to Queensland in 2016. She is passionate about Emergency and Disaster Management, Business Continuity, Medical Workforce Wellbeing, and Management and Clinical Governance.

    Liz separately serves as a Member and Director of the Australian Medical Council (Member with experience as a Senior Executive of an Australian Public Hospital) and as a Director (and Chair) of Disaster Relief Australia.

    Liz is married to Andrew. They have three (mostly independent) sons who they enjoy supporting making their way in the world.

    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.

    Sherry HolzapfelSherry Holzapfel is a proud Yidinji woman from the Atherton Tablelands and has cultural blood line connections with the Kuku-Thaypan tribe from Laura, Gungarri tribe from Mitchell and the Butchulla tribe from K’gari (Fraser Island).

    Sherry has over 25 years of extensive health experience, working in a variety of roles including health worker, registered nurse and midwife, management and senior leadership roles within Queensland Health and the Aboriginal community controlled primary health care sector.

    Sherry’s priority is community and clients, she demonstrates on a daily basis that their voices, lived experience and stories are heard. Sherry listens and learns with her community and follows through by ensuring better health outcomes, improved access, and the delivery of culturally appropriate services.

    Sherry led the implementation of the Metro North Health Equity Strategy which made history of being the first strategy launched across the state. She worked in true co-design and consultation with the community and stakeholders and remains committed to achieving life expectancy parity for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples by 2031.

    Sherry holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Midwifery from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and a Master of Applied Management at University of Newcastle. She was awarded the 2021 USQ Alumni of year for Health and Wellbeing.

    Associate Professor Glen Kennedy is a haematologist who specialises in the treatment of malignant haematological disorders including bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. He is actively involved in clinical and translational research, and has authored / co-authored >130 articles in peer-reviewed journals to date.

    Glen is responsible for monitoring and strategically directing the performance of Metro North Health’s clinical streams, including provision of data sets to help understand issues and opportunities for clinical performance across Metro North. Clinical Services are also responsible for the Metro North Office of Research, including with respect to strategic planning, and reporting.

    Clinical Services work with the Primary Health Networks (PHN)  around community programmes and partnerships.  Clinical Services also manages the development, implementation and reporting of clinical projects and models of care across Metro North, as well as Innovation programmes and ideas via Helix Hub and relevant parties.

    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, Executive Director: Mr Cang Dang

    Caboolture, Kilcoy and Woodford Clinical Directorate, Executive Director: Karlene Willcocks

    Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), Executive Director: Dale Dally-Watkins

    Community and Oral Health, Executive Director: Ms Glynis Schultz

    Mental Health, Executive Director: Dr Kathryn Turner

    Clinical services

    Acting Executive Director: A/Prof Glen Kennedy

    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
    HERSTON QLD 4029
    Phone: (07) 3647 9501
    Email:  MD16-MetroNorthHHS@health.qld.gov.au

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