Executive Team

Noni Bourke - CEO

Noni Bourke – Chief Executive Officer

BAppSc (Speech Pathology), Grad Cert Gerontology, Grad Cert Health Professional Education, Dip Project Management, Masters Health Services Management

Noni has more than 30 years’ experience in public health, working initially as a Speech Pathologist and then within quality, safety and risk across acute, sub-acute, aged care and community health services. She has worked in clinical and leadership roles in metropolitan, rural and remote health services including an Executive role at Bass Coast Health. Noni has a deep commitment to partnering with consumers in all aspects of care and sees the growth and development of individual staff and teams as a key factor in providing safe, high quality care. Noni commenced as CEO with KRHS in January 2021.

David Ramsay

David Ramsay – Director of Nursing

Certificate in Nursing; Post Registration Certificates – Neuroscience Nursing, Teaching & Assessment, ICU Principles; Certificate in Management; Diploma in Business Studies

David is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of experience in the health sector in both the United Kingdom and Australia. David completed his initial training in Scotland and has worked extensively in the areas of neurosciences and stroke management across a range of settings. David has held key roles in the development of stroke management guidelines in Australia at both a national and state level. David joined Kooweerup Regional Health in 2014 as a Nurse Unit Manager and was appointed Director of Nursing in 2016.

Margaret Bakonyi – Deputy Director of Nursing

Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Margaret has more than 40 years’ experience working in both the public health and private sector, with the last 25 years focused on the aged care industry in a management capacity. She commenced working at KRHS as a nurse unit manager in 2006, working across both the acute and the aged care areas. Her passion is in aged care and she enjoys working with the external community, to support the aged care person and their family and carers transition smoothly through home care, respite into the permanent aged care environment at a time of their choice.

Aileen Thoms – Primary Health & Innovation Director

Master of Health Promotion, Grad Cert Health Education/Health Promotion, Emergency Nursing certificate, Cert 1V TAE, Diploma Life Sciences/Nursing, Registered General and Registered Psychiatric Nurse.

Aileen has more than 35 years’ experience in public health with a background in acute, sub-acute and community health including a range of leadership roles. Aileen has built strong partnerships with community and other agencies to strengthen collaboration and achieve positive health outcomes. Aileen has a special interest in how the determinants of health affect the liveability of the environments in which we live and the impacts on those who have the poorest health outcomes. Aileen has been with KRHS for 13 years having commenced as Health Promotion Manager and now leads a dynamic team through her role as Primary Health and Innovation Director.

Ragulan Karunanantham

Ragul Karun – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


Ragul has nearly 20 years of financial management experience both at strategic and operational levels. Ragul started his career as accounts trainee with KPMG, progressed to management roles in multinational companies Shell and Aviva before moving into the Victorian public health system. Ragul has held previous positions at Melbourne Health, Mercy Health and was most recently part of the executive team as CFO at Swan Hill District Health. Ragul has extensive skills and experience in strategic financial management, business improvement planning, people development, budgeting and forecasting, performance reporting and business analytics. Ragul is passionate about consumer engagement and consumer centred care as much as finances. Ragul joined KRHS in June 2021.