Our Experts

Independent convening can greatly enhance the development of performance for governing bodiesand in many sectors is now mandatory to ensure external rigour, and a full and comprehensive review of all systems, processes and behaviours with respect to effective governance.
Governance Evaluator’s expert conveners bring localised, sector and governance expertise and skills to ensure that you are receiving the best advice and the most straightforward direction to advance your governance capabilities.
Convening packages can be tailored to the needs of customers to ensure that time, budget and regulatory requirements are met.

Expert independent convener

Dr Elizabeth Mullins

M.B., B.S., BScHons, FRACMA
Director of Medical Services,
Djerriwarrh Health Services

Expertise: Aged Care and Health

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Dr Elizabeth Mullins is the Principal of Mullins Health Consulting (MHC). She assists organisations to better manage their clinical risk by more effective engagement of clinical staff, data and systems.

She assists with the review of clinical services, systems and review of clinical data; supports facilitation of change within the organisation; supports management of medico legal risk and education of staff in areas of medico legal and clinical risk management. She also provides strategic advice to improve effectiveness of teams to optimise clinical outcomes.

Expert independent convener

Janet Farrow, OAM

BSW, MBA, Grad. Dip. Law, Churchill Fellow,
Williamson Fellow, GAICD

Expertise: Aged Care, Community, Community Transport and Health

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Janet’s experience of health and welfare services is grounded in a background of care delivery and has been elaborated in a variety of management, policy advisory, educative and governance roles.

The current focus on clinical governance reminds individual directors and boards that building transparent, professionally engaged and capable systems of care is at the heart of what all competent health and welfare organisations are tasked to achieve. Evidence of the successful operation of these systems of care is central to the task of providing effective governance in our sector.

She has been privileged to have led and provided expertise to many organisations both as a senior executive, board member and consultant though a number of reform programs. She looks forward to working with Boards who are deeply interested in improving their performance through engagement with the Governance Evaluator platform.

Expert independent convener

Greg Pullen

Greg possesses accountancy, management and directorship qualifications. He is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Expertise: Aged Care and Health

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During his professional career Greg has chaired a community health service and a catchment management authority and served as a director of VHA, the Victorian Country Football League (VCFL) and has served on the Victorian Quality Council. He is currently a director of Forensicare and is Chair of its Finance committee.

Greg is a firm believer in corporate and clinical responsibility and accountability, which is evidenced by the fact that during his time at Goulburn Valley Health the organisation won the Regional Health Service of the Year award and three successive Regional Quality of Care awards

Expert independent convener

Dr Alison Brown

PhD, MPH, BSc, BAppSc, GAICD
Consultant, Alison Brown Consulting
Director, Your Community Health

Expertise: Health

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Over the past decade, Alison has focused on the challenges of board governance. She has been involved in the development of innovative new approaches to healthcare governance such as the development of guidelines and resources for the internal audit of clinical areas. She recently completed a  PhD at the University of Melbourne examining the characteristics of effective governance of healthcare quality in health services in Australia.

This has given her the opportunity to explore in depth the challenges and successful approaches to contemporary governance. This research combined with extensive consultancy experience in the health, community and aged care sectors, and of course experience as a board member, gives her the knowledge, skills and passion to work with organisations to explore areas for governance development.

Expert independent convener

Associate Professor Grant Phelps

BMBS MBA FRACP FRACMA FAICD FAIM

Expertise: Health

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A/Professor Phelps has practiced for over 20 years as a Gastroenterologist and Acute Physician in public and private practice in regional Victoria. He trained in safety and quality at Dr Brent James’ Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held major management and leadership roles at organisational and at a jurisdictional level for Victoria and Tasmania for over 10yrs. More recently he has completed a two-year project as Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network following a major consultancy in 2016 resulting from a series of major clinical failures. Grant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Grant has had national policy roles in safety and quality, including membership of key inter-jurisdictional committees with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. He has also been a board member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and from 2016-2018 was President of the Adult Division of the College. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Leadership with Deakin’s Medical School where he auspiced a Master of Clinical Leadership program.

Grant currently works as an independent consultant providing advice to hospitals and organisations on clinical leadership and safety and quality.

Expert independent convener

Ivana Gillard

Executive Program Strategy & Organisations – Stanford University USA
MBA (Strategy and Organisational Development) Melbourne Business School
Professional Development Certificate in Executive Coaching, Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology
Action Learning Coach - World Institute for Action Learning
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Member of the AICD

Expertise: Community and Water

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Ivana has previously worked in the private sector as general manager in a large organisation ($3B turnover) responsible for expenditure of $1.5 billion. Leading the strategic procurement team Ivana worked across international businesses and demonstrated her ability to negotiate effective outcomes amongst a wide group of stakeholders. As a manager on a major organisational change project Ivana was responsible for identifying and delivering on opportunities to improve organisational results.

An experienced consultant and facilitator Ivana works with organisations in the public and private sector facilitating and developing business strategies and organisational development strategies with Boards, management teams and organisations.
Ivana works with organisations on major change initiatives confirming change objectives, how they link to strategy, and engaging people across the business to effect change and has a demonstrated record of achieving results.

Expert independent convener

Jodie Willmer

Cert IV Governance
Cert IV Training and Assessment
Member of AICD
Member of Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)
Member of Skal Tourism Melbourne
Member of Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)

Expertise: Community, Community Transport and Finance

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For the past 15 years Jodie has been facilitating boards and CEO’s of Not for Profit organisations to be strategic, and achieve their vision, in a vastly changing world. She works with boards and CEO’s to help them devise and define their strategic direction; assisting them to conceive and develop short and long-term strategies that achieve organisational agendas and goals. She also assists them to redefine and redirect culture, change management and organisational identity to focus on their mission, and operate from a place of strategic awareness and insight.

Jodie joined Travellers Aid Australia as their Chief Executive Officer in 2006. She was appointed to the Victorian Council on Social Service (VCOSS) Board and is a member of Destination Melbourne’s Visitability Taskforce, Victorian Tourism Industry Council’s Transport and Tourism Policy committee, and the Public Transport Ombudsman’s Stakeholder Consultative Committee. She previously worked for COTA (Council on the Ageing Victoria) and peak body, Tourism Alliance Victoria. Jodie is President of peak body for ER (Emergency Relief) Victoria.

Expert independent convener

Kate Barlow

Expertise: Community
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Kate is a health and community services executive with extensive experience across the not for profit sector. She has demonstrated leadership expertise and capability, particularly during times of transformation, organisational development and reform.

Kate has a keen interest in cross-sector integration and coordination to address complex social issues whilst utilising strategic planning, relationships and thinking to identify and drive organisational performance. Kate’s recent role as Deputy Chief Executive of Western Victoria PHN provides significant health sector knowledge, particularly the issues faced by rural and regional health organisations. Along with extensive communication and engagement skills, Kate has strong corporate and clinical governance experience, analysis and critical thinking capability and the ability to translate vision and process into practical application

Expert independent convener

Robyn Duffield

MBA (Business Consulting)

Expertise: Community

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Robyn has over 15 years of experience coaching and supporting business leaders in best practice human resources across government, corporate and commercial industry both public and private. MBA qualified she has broadened this to include governance and is an accredited convenor with Governance Evaluator working in the community and local government space. Robyn understands the scope of change community service NFP organisations are currently experiencing and how good governance forms the platform for future success.
As a project manager working on large complex events in Europe, the Middle East and Australia Robyn has highly developed stakeholder engagement and communication skills with the ability to build empathy and trust easily with her clients.
Commercially focused, Robyn is passionate about governance and working with businesses and individuals to operate effectively, strategically and operationally, to excel.

Expert independent convener

Fiona Lukatis

Expertise: Health, Aged Care
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Fiona has worked as a nurse and midwife for 35 years with a key focus on improving systems and experience for consumers and health professionals, as a clinician, manager, educator, prokect manager, director and board memer. Fiona has strong experience in developing, leading, implementing and evaluation of: quality improvement, systems analysis, risk management, clinical governance, consumers engagement and clinical review.

She as a particular interest in clinical governance across the continuum of care, from primary care to teriary services and how good governance influences consumer outcomes from the bedside to the Board.

Expert independent convener

Lisa Mahood

Lisa is a governance expert, facilitator and high-level contributor across several levels of government and community sectors.

Expertise: Local Government

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Lisa has extensive experience and knowledge having worked in local, state and federal governments, including 17 years as a councilor and 6 terms as a mayor. Lisa also worked as an advisor to two Victorian Premiers and has served as board member on various statutory authorities.

As a governance professional, Lisa has a unique perspective and understanding of the particular needs of different roles, gained from her extensive experience as a mayor, councilor, board member, chairperson, facilitator, advisor and CEO.

Expert independent convener

Miles Callaghan

BCom (Hons), Accounting and Finance

Expertise: Aged Care, Finance

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Miles is passionate about solving customer problems, and in doing so producing great commercial outcomes.  An energetic leader and expert in driving whole of business change and responding to industry wide regulatory change.

A senior commercial executive with expertise in corporate and commercial strategy, marketing, business development, commercial operations, projects, corporate communications and financial management.

Miles has blue chip Australian and international experience in healthcare, health insurance, aged care, pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, professional services, telecommunications and mining.

He is highly analytical, a strong strategic thinker, with an innovative, entrepreneurial flair. He excels in

rapport building and effectively leading cross functional teams.

In addition to his strong commercial acumen, Miles is a strong developer of teams and individuals with exceptional coaching capabilities.