Executive team

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Mr Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive

Andrew has extensive experience in executive roles in a variety of hospitals and health care settings; and within the State Government's Department of Health and Human Services as the Director for the State's mental health system, as Regional Director for Health, Housing and Community Services and as Director of Strategy. Immediately prior to joining Monash Health, he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Alfred Health.

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Mr Martin Keogh

Chief Operating Officer

Martin Keogh joined Monash Health as Chief Operating Officer after many years of clinical and management experience in a variety of roles within acute health care settings. This has enabled him to develop a broad level of knowledge, skill and understanding of the contemporary drivers for health service performance and the need for continual organisational improvement. Prior to joining Monash Health Martin was acting Chief Operating Officer of Alfred Health.

Having originally trained as a registered nurse, Martin practiced in the areas of emergency and cardiology before finally specialising in intensive care nursing. Subsequently, he embarked on a management career. Martin has a proven track record in identifying and implementing improvements to enhance patient safety, access and importantly enhancing the patients’ overall experience. He has a strong interest in patient safety and quality of care initiatives, incorporating evidence based practice.

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Professor Erwin Loh

Executive Director, Innovation, Patient Safety and Experience
Executive Director, Research Strategy (interim)
Chief Medical Officer

Erwin has executive accountability for the professional governance of over 2,000 doctors, which includes the medical workforce and education, as well as research governance across clinical and translational research, patient experience, and the implementation of the electronic medical record.

Prior to this he was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and before that he worked full-time as a lawyer at Sparke Helmore, and has trained in psychiatry. He has qualifications in medicine, law and management. He is an adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University and Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training for the Royal Australasian College of Administrators training program in Victoria.

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Adjunct Professor Cheyne Chalmers

Executive Director, Residential Care and Support Services
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Cheyne is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background of respiratory and palliative care nursing and was involved in the development of national standards and education pathways for nurses in New Zealand during the 1990s. In early 2000 Cheyne was involved in leading the amalgamation of four large hospitals onto one site, in Auckland New Zealand. From 2005-2009 Cheyne was the Director of Nursing at Capital and Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand. After joining Monash Health in 2009 Cheyne as Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, she developed the “Target Best Care” approach to redesign within Monash Health and is the executive lead for Infection Control within Monash Health.

 

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Mr Stuart Donaldson

Executive Director, Financial Services
Chief Finance Officer

Stuart Donaldson joined Monash Health in January 2017. Stuart is an experienced senior finance executive with a strong record of achievement and a wealth of experience in a number of multi-national organisations. His track record demonstrates excellent financial acumen and strategic thinking combined with commercial know-how. He recognises the importance of partnering to deliver excellent outcomes aligned to the overall strategy or an organisation.

Stuart's previous role was Chief Financial Officer at RMIT University since 2010. Stuart has also worked in senior finance roles with multinational fast moving consumable goods, including Cadbury Schweppes, Kraft Foods, Nestle and Pacific Dunlop.

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Mr Emilio Pozo

Executive Director, Information Development

Emilio has more than 20 years’ experience in Information Technology having undertaken appointments in a number of global enterprise organisations across various industries, enabling Emilio to develop the skills necessary to successfully manage complex and major business transformation projects. Emilio has worked as an Executive Director at a tertiary health service, has led EMR related programs and developed solutions in acute, subacute and community health settings.

As Executive Director Information Development, Emilio has executive accountability for leading a multi-million, multi-year hospital wide Electronic Medical Record (EMR) program as well as having operational accountability for Information Technology across the entire health service. The EMR is a digital version of the patient record that will transform the way in which Monash Health delivers high quality health care to its patients.

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Ms Karen Lowe

Executive Director, People and Culture

Karen joined Monash Health as Executive Director People and Culture in September 2016 with a broad range of experience across many industries including chartered accounting, utilities, steel, professional services and banking. She has developed her passion for people through a variety of roles including shared services, finance, human resources and general management roles.

Karen’s most recent role was Head of H R - Branch Banking for NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank based in Scotland.

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Mr Geoff McDonald

Executive Director, Capital and Infrastructure

Geoff McDonald joined Monash Health in December 2016 after many years of experience working within the mining and petrochemical, sports and entertainment venue management and health industries. Most recently he has held executive roles with the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust where he has led the facilities maintenance and capital planning areas, and prior to this at Austin Health and Alfred Health.

Geoff has worked in both the private and public sectors managing infrastructure planning for large facilities and leading projects from feasibility planning through to commissioning and completion.

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Ms Katherine Lorenz

Executive Director, Corporate Services and Governance
Chief Legal Officer

Katherine was appointed Chief Legal Officer Monash Health in April 2015 with Corporate services and Governance added to her portfolio in late 2016. Prior to joining Monash Health Katherine was Executive Director of Legal and Information Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Katherine has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation matters; regulation; commercial advisory; strategy and enterprise-wide strategic execution; governance; and, compliance and risk.

Prior to joining The Royal Children’s Hospital in 2012, Katherine was Special Counsel for the Australian Wheat Board, now Agrium Asia Pacific Limited. A Special Counsel for Clayton Utz – one of Australia’s preeminent commercial law firms – Katherine was also Solicitor and Senior Associate (commercial litigation) with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

Updated 13 October 2017