Board of Directors

Marie_Ritchie

Marie Ritchie CHAIR

GradCert BA (Entrepreneurship and Business Administration, Swinburne)
MAICD, HonMem PDL (Pharmaceutical Defence Limited)

Marie has worked in the Health Profession since 1994, she was CEO at Pharmaceutical Defence Limited and Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Co from 2009 – 2016. Her primary skill set combines Governance, Compliance and Risk. She is passionate about improving health services in the rural region. She regards culture and diversity as a strong focus for any Board of Directors. She is excited by new innovations and highly values respectfulness at Board, Management and Staff level. She is currently a director on the Victorian Pharmacy Authority and The Dolphin Research Institute. Marie joined the KRHS Board in July 2016 and was elected Chair in 2017. Marie is a member of the Quality, Safety and Clinical Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Beverley Walsh

Beverley Walsh Deputy Chair

B.Bus., Grad. Mgt. Cert., FCPA

Beverley has more than 20 years’ experience in the Aged Care Sector through roles including General Manager Finance and Administration and Chief Executive Officer. Beverley also has experience in banking and local government. Beverley contributes significantly to the community through her voluntary roles as President, Treasurer and Secretary across a range of community organisations. Beverley joined the KRHS Board in July 2016. Beverley is Deputy Chair and is a member of the Quality, Safety and Clinical Governance Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Board Members

Sam Afra

Sam Afra

JP, MAICD

Sam studied law with major banking and finance in Beirut, working in the banking sector. He migrated to Australia in 1984. A community advocate committed to social justice and diversity, Sam has been involved in delivering services to the community for over thirty years in various capacities such as a Director, Chairperson, Board member, Advisor, Consultant, Mediator, volunteer, paid and unpaid staff. He is recognised for his work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to achieve government policy changes to improve migrants and refugees’ way of life. Sam is currently self-employed as a Consultant/Director, primarily in the community engagement /cultural diversity space and sits on a number of government and non-government Boards as a Director. Sam is a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of the South East (ECCOSE), former Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) and the Hon Secretary of the Federation of the Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA). Sam joined KRHS Board in July 2019. Sam is a member of the Community Advisory Committee.

Trudy Ararat

Trudy Ararat

LLB (Hons), Grad Cert Legal Skills, BN (Post graduate), RN, FGIA, MAICD

Trudy is an experienced lawyer, specialising in health and insurance law, litigation and commercial law. As Chief Legal Officer of Peninsula Health, Trudy has executive responsibility for legal services, compliance, enterprise risk management and corporate governance. Trudy commenced her career as a registered nurse and is passionate about ensuring the community has access to safe and quality healthcare services. Trudy joined the KRHS Board in July 2020.

Synnove Frydenlund

Synnove Frydenlund

LLB(Hons), BSocWk

Synnove is an experienced lawyer with expertise in health law and regulation, risk management and compliance. She is a former social worker with a breadth of experience across community services, policy and public sector funding. Synnove is a committed volunteer with more than 20 years of providing professional crisis intervention support services and free legal advice at a community legal centre. Synnove was appointed to the KRHS Board in 2019.

Tania Hansen

Tania Hansen

BBehavSc(Psych), BA(Linguistics), GAICD, CertGovPrac+RiskMgt, Cert III + IV Finance and Banking

Tania has been involved in the retail banking industry for more than 25 years with St George Bank and Bendigo Bank. Her time with Our Community Company Ltd, a Community Bank Company, was as a Director and Executive Officer. Tania is currently employed by Bendigo Bank as a Community Business Manager. Through director development and governance education, Tania assists Community Bank Companies in areas such corporate governance, strategic planning, community engagement and capacity building. Tania was born at Kooweerup Hospital (as it was known then) and has remained living in proximity of Kooweerup since. Tania was appointed to the KRHS Board in July 2014.

Brent Kimpton

Brent Kimpton

BCompSysEng(Hons), MBA, MIEAust

Brent is an experienced Information Technology Strategist, Architect and Leader with a demonstrated history in large corporate environments. Brent is currently the Head of IT Strategy and Architecture at Linfox Australia having joined the team in 2016. Prior to joining Linfox, Brent spent seven years at Coles Supermarkets in various roles across IT. Brent also served 7 years in the Australian Army Reserves. This is Brent’s first board appointment. Brent was appointed to the KRHS Board in July 2020.

Rachael McGann

Rachael McGann

BBus (Human Resources), Post Grad Diploma Industrial Relations

Rachael is an executive level, Human Resources (HR) professional with many years’ experience within a range of major national and multi-national organisations, across a broad variety of industries. For many years, Rachael held international HR roles and for more than 10 years has worked as an independent Consultant, advising major public and private sector organisations (including in the Health Sector), on a range of complex HR and Industrial Relations (IR) issues. An experienced Board member with Degree and Post Graduate qualifications in HR & IR, Rachael is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Living in Nar Nar Goon North, Rachael has lived in the area for more than 20 years. Rachael joined the KRHS Board in July 2017. Rachael is a member of the Quality, Safety and Clinical Governance Committee and Community Advisory Committee.

Patrick Nolan

Patrick Nolan

BA, BBus. (Banking &Fin.), Grad. Dip Bus (Acc.), SF FIN, GAICD

Patrick is a successful finance executive with specialist skills in financial analysis, financial markets, corporate and structured debt, and investments. He has had an extensive institutional banking and corporate treasury career spanning more than 30 years. Patrick has been a Non-Executive Director of both ‘for purpose’ and commercial entities for over ten years. He currently holds roles as Non-Executive Director (TruePillars RE Ltd), as an Investment Committee member (Thorne Harbour Health) and a Teaching Associate, Monash University, Dept. of Banking & Finance. Patrick has been a frequent visitor to the Kooweerup region over the last 20 years. Patrick joined the KRHS Board in July 2019 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Kushal Shah

Kushal Shah

CA, LL.B, M.Com, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School

Kushal is a strategic leader in Risk Management, Governance, Compliance and Internal Audit with more than 20 years of professional experience gained in Australia, the UK, China, India and New Zealand. Kushal’s experience consists of senior leadership roles leading ‘in-house’ Risk and Governance functions at large and multinational organisations, senior leadership roles at the ‘Big4’ global consulting firms, and through independent Board and Audit & Risk Committee roles. He has developed deep industry understanding and nuanced insights in diverse industries like healthcare (public and private health), emergency services, public sector, technology, education, energy, banking, manufacturing and retail. Kushal joined KRHS Board in July 2018. Kushal is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr Laurie Warfe

Dr Laurie Warfe

OAM MB BS DRANZCOG FRACGP MHlth&MedLaw FACLM GAICD

Dr Warfe has been in full-time clinical general practice for more than 30 years, in both suburban and rural settings. He has extensive professional experience and has held appointments in the fields of defence health, medical regulation, public health service provision and general practice education and accreditation. Dr Warfe has completed a Masters of Health and Medical Law and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He currently actively participates in medico-legal panel and tribunal work and has an on-going interest in evolving health law and bioethics. Laurie joined the KRHS Board in July 2017. Laurie is a member of the Quality, Safety and Clinical Governance Committee.