Board of Directors


Ms Lisa Davies-Jones

Chief Executive, North West Hospital and Health Service

Lisa has had a broad ranging healthcare career within nursing, service improvement, healthcare management and clinical governance. Lisa has worked in a number of senior leadership roles within healthcare organisations in the United Kingdom and more recently in Queensland.

In her previous role as Executive Director Clinical Governance, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, Lisa worked closely with executive colleagues and clinicians to lead the development and implementation of a strengthened clinical governance framework to support clinical teams in their delivery of safe, high quality health care.

Lisa is passionate about creating an environment where staff at all levels of the organisation can flourish in their work and are able to generate new learning and continuous improvements in health care.

Lisa has qualifications in registered and specialist nursing and post graduate management and leadership. Lisa is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Clare Douglas

Chief Executive, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

Clare Douglas is currently the Chief Executive for Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service commencing in June 2016. Clare was previously the Chief Executive for the Mackay Hospital and Health Service, taking up this position on 15 September 2014.

Clare has over 15 years’ experience as a senior executive in acute public health, private health, and aged care sectors. She has a proven ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders including Boards, State, and Local Governments. Clare has a demonstrated capacity to develop effective teams to deliver financial and operational outcomes whilst maintaining quality services.

Clare has a background in nursing with post graduate management qualifications.

Ms Beverley Hamerton

Chief Executive, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service

Bev has a long history of working in the Torres and Cape region, most recently as Executive General Manager (South) based first in Weipa and then in Cooktown.

She also previously worked as the Executive Director of Nursing Services for the former Torres Strait–Northern Peninsula Area Health Service District from 2009 to 2013 and before that as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Torres Strait and NPA from 2002 to 2009.

From 2013 to 2017 she worked in Western Australia as a Health Operations Manager and then Regional Nursing and Midwifery Director for the Western Australian Country Health Service in the wheatbelt region.

Bev has a strong interest in focussing on the patient experience, workforce planning and management, advancing robust models of care, and resource allocation and service planning in remote areas.

Mr Kieran Keyes

Chief Executive, Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Kieran joined the Townsville HHS as Chief Operating Officer in December 2012. Before taking up the role as COO in Townsville in 2012, Mr Keyes was previously interim HSCE at the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. He has also held senior executive roles with Metro North Hospital and Health Service and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Nursing Science, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Richard Malone

Member, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network Board

Born in Atherton, North Queensland, Richard was schooled on the Gold Coast and trained at Royal Brisbane Hospital. He moved to Mackay in 1988 and has been a principal at Ambrose Medical Group since 1989.

During his time in Mackay, Richard has served on various school boards, the Mater Hospital Ethics committee, and sub committees.

He has a long-term commitment to medical education and has been involved with teaching students and registrars. He is a senior examiner with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Richard spent 10 years as honorary Director of Palliative Care Services at Mackay Mater Hospital, and is currently the President of the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation. In his practice he has an interest in preventive medicine, aged care and sports medicine.

He is a medical provider to Rowing Australia and holds senior coaching qualifications.

Mr Tony Mooney AM

Chair, Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Tony Mooney was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Townsville City Council and was elected Mayor in 1989. He held the position of Mayor of Townsville until 2008. In 2008, Tony was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2011, Tony was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to local government and the community.

Tony served on the boards of numerous government and community entities, including Ergon Energy, LG Super, Townsville Entertainment Centre Board of Management (Chair) until 2008, and as the inaugural Chair of the Willows Stadium Joint Board (currently 1300 Smiles Stadium). In 2011, Tony was appointed by the Federal Government to the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority where he served until 2016.

Mr Tim Mulherin

Chair, Mackay Hospital and Health Service

Mr Tim Mulherin was born and raised in Mackay, where he lives with his wife, Erin, and his three teenage children.

Prior to entering politics, Tim was an administration officer in the electricity supply industry in Mackay. After resigning from the electricity supply industry in 1994, he was appointed state organiser with the Australian Labor Party. In 1995, he was elected to the Queensland Parliament as the Labor member for Mackay.

In 2005 he became Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries. He remained a Government Minister until 2012, and during his time as a cabinet member he held Ministerial responsibilities for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries, Forestry Industry Development, Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension, Regional and Rural Communities, and Regional Economic Development amongst others.

Following the 2012 election, Tim was appointed as Deputy Opposition Leader. After twenty years in politics he retired from politics in 2015 to spend more time with his family.

Distinguished Professor Louis Schofield

Director, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University

Distinguished Professor Schofield is inaugural Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) and the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA). He was for 24 years an NH&MRC Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, has twice held an International Research Scholarship of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and was co-founder of Ancora Pharmaceuticals Inc. A recognised authority in the immunology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, his research programs cover basic molecular sciences, product development and commercialisation, epidemiology and public health. His approach to malaria has resulted in promising vaccine development programs, and clinical trials in Papua New Guinea and Africa. He has published key articles in the highest ranked international journals and received over 6,500 citations to date.

Mr Clive Skarrot AM

Chair, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

Mr Skarott is the Chair of JCU Dental and President of the Cairns Historical Society and Museum. He was Chair of Ergon Energy and a director of Energy Queensland Ltd as well as being Chair of the Cairns Port Authority until June 2010. Mr Skarott has also served in a number of other positions including as a director of Advance Cairns; Treasurer of the Regional Development Australia Committee (Far North Queensland and Torres Strait); and director and Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Credit Union.

Associate Professor, Dr Ruth Stewart

Member, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Board

Dr Stewart is Associate Professor of Rural Medicine and Director, Rural Clinical Training and Support at James Cook University. She was a member of the Cape York HHS board from 2012-2014 and has served on the Torres and Cape HHS board since its formation in 2014. Dr Stewart was granted a PhD at Flinders University for her thesis on lessons learnt in a Managed Clinical Network of rural maternity services. She has served on the boards of several General Practice regional training organisations and rural medical organisations as well as being a past president of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Ms Cate Whalan

Member, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network Board

In her early career, Cate graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland, interned at Mater Hospital Pharmacies in Brisbane, and registered in 1995 to be appointed as a pharmacist in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. She had postings in charge of barracks Medical Centre dispensaries, medication supply warehouses, and saw operational service with the Combined Health Element of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville in 1998.

Cate retired from the army to locum and part time pharmacist in charge positions. In 2006 she purchased her first pharmacy in Townsville, and rebranded it ‘Cate’s Chemist’ with a shopping centre development in 2007. In May 2017, Cate purchased another pharmacy in a Townsville GP Superclinic, and rebranded it to Cate’s Chemist Hyde Park with a junior partner. In October 2018, Cate opened her third pharmacy at the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service.

Cate maintains a clinical interest in chronic disease management for the elderly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In practise, she emphasises continuity of care, building health care teams across acute, primary, and specialist care, and between community and hospital pharmacy. Cate is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Townsville Enterprise, Committee Member for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Queensland Branch), and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Jo Whitehead

Chief Executive, Mackay Hospital and Health Service

Jo is a long-term health professional with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare in the UK and Australia.

She has held senior positions working in hospitals of all sizes and for the Department of Health in the UK and is passionate about providing more services for people in their own community.

Jo has a BA (Hons) in History, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management and Post Graduate Certificate in Health Service Economics.

Mr Paul Woodhouse

Chair, North West Hospital and Health Service

Paul is a primary producer resident of North West Queensland. He is currently also a Member of CSIRO’s Land & Water Flagship. In 2016 he was elected by other Hospital and Health Board Chairs and appointed by the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services as the Chair of the Queensland Hospital and Health Board Chair Forum. He is also Chair of the North West Hospital and Health Board’s Executive Committee.

Former roles include Chairman of Regional Development Australia for the Townsville and North West region, Mayor of McKinlay Shire, Chairman of Southern Gulf Catchments Ltd., Flinders / Gilbert Agricultural Resource Assessment (Governance) Committee, Health Minister’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and the Northern Australia Health Roundtable.

Originally appointed as inaugural Chair of the North West Hospital and Health Board on 18 May 2012, Paul was reappointed on 18 May 2016, until 17 May 2019.

Professor Ian Wronski AO

Interim Chair, Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre

Professor Ian Wronski is Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University (JCU). He has over 40 years’ experience in rural, remote, tropical, public and Indigenous health as a clinician, health service director, Professor of Public Health and in policy development.

Prof Wronski is the Interim Board Chair of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre and is a Board member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Life Sciences Innovation Forum. He led the foundation of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health Medicine at JCU, Australia’s only dedicated tropical health institute. He was Medical Director of the then newly established Broome Aboriginal Medical Service and was the first Director of Health Services upon the formation of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services’ Council.

Ian is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and Fellow of the Australian College of Tropical Medicine. In 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education, particularly in the areas of tropical and rural health and the health of Indigenous Australians. A recipient of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Medal and the Life Sciences Queensland Industry Excellence Award, he was invested as a Life Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.