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The Ambulance Victoria Board of Directors develops strategic direction, oversees financial and service performance, and ensures regulatory and government policy requirements and standards are met.

The Board draws upon the collective and considerable expertise of its members in health, clinical governance, community engagement, executive management, finance and auditing, industrial relations, law, and risk management.

The Board represents the diversity of our community with members from culturally diverse backgrounds, from both metropolitan and rural areas and a mix of males and females.


Shelly Park

Board Chair

Ms Park has over 25 years in CEO and senior executive roles and governing complex organisations.

She has extensive experience and knowledge of high-performing Boards and brings a broad strategic focus to her role as a non-executive director, ensuring organisation deliver commercial outcomes and perform to ethical standards.

Ms Park brings strength in financial stewardship, is an experienced crisis leader and demonstrates passion for quality, leadership, safety and risk governance. Her work is informed by deep experience in leading turnaround strategies and transformations in large and complex health/life science related organisations (including business process, automation, technology, digital and ICT security).

She also has a strong passion for leadership, strong stakeholder engagement (including Government and regulatory bodies) and achievement of strategic outcomes in highly complex and regulated environments. Ms Park has a strong track record of delivering on strategic goals by applying her understanding of the voice of the patient, clinical and professional leadership, people leadership, and embedding governance frameworks.

Ms Park was appointed Ambulance Victoria’s Board Chair in August 2022.

Amanda Watt

Amanda Watt

Board Member


Appointed July 2022.

Amanda’s 30 years’ experience advising in the public and private sectors across education, health, essential services and manufacturing has seen her work with clients on strategic and sustainable workplace solutions, reflecting a comprehensive understanding of risk management, particularly around employee relations and culture.

Amanda has extensive expertise in employment, industrial, and equal opportunity law. She has a deep appreciation of the human, societal and economic impact of systemic sexual harassment and discrimination in our workplaces. She was a contributor to the Champions of Change Coalition’s report: Disrupting the System – preventing and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace and has supported the work of the Respect@Work Council on its best practice guidance for confidentiality agreements.

Amanda has been independently recognised by Best Lawyers in the areas of Employee Benefits, Labour and Employment, Government, and Education, and as a leading individual in Employment Law by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Amanda Chairs the Equality and Workplace Reform Committee and is a member of the People and Culture and Quality and Safety Committees.

Denise Heinjus

Denise Heinjus

Board Member

Denise was appointed as a new Director with Ambulance Victoria from 1 July 2023.

She is an experienced leader in driving positive cultural and clinical change for the mutual benefit of an organisation, its people, and the community.

Denise is passionate about shaping ‘just’ workplace cultures, in which an organisation’s people thrive as individuals and team members. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with employees and volunteers to create strategies, procedures and resources to minimise harm from occupational violence and sexual harassment.

Denise values the importance of and fosters environments of shared leadership and teamwork and genuine community consultation and engagement. She is committed to closing the health gap for First Nations people and encouraged to see the increasing numbers of health workers identifying as First Nations people.

Denise was Executive Director of Nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) for 16 years. Prior to her appointment at RMH, she held similar roles as Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash Health, Illawarra Area Health Service and Northern Sydney Central Coast. Her roles have included managing nursing services, workforce and education, residential aged care, allied health services, Aboriginal health and emergency management.

Denise’s nursing career spans 55 years. She became a Registered Nurse in 1972 before completing her midwifery training in 1973. She has achieved a Graduate Certificate in Management and Masters of Health Science (Honours). Throughout her career, Denise has held professional appointments with University of Melbourne, Australian Catholic University, Deakin University and University of Wollongong.

Dipak Sanghvi

Board Member

Mr Dipak Sanghvi was appointed as a new Director with Ambulance Victoria from 1 July 2022.

Mr Dipak Sanghvi is a pharmacist and pharmacy owner in Victoria and is currently Chair of Member Benefits Australia Pty Ltd, Chair of Musculoskeletal Australia and Chair of Monash Health Board.

His previous positions include President of the Pharmacy Guild Victoria Branch 2006-2011, Chair of Gold Cross Products and Services Pty Ltd, Chair of Return of Unwanted Medicines, Board member of Guild Insurance and Superannuation and Meridian Lawyers, as well as several other board positions in the community and the pharmaceutical industry.

Ian Forsyth

Mr Ian Forsyth

Board Member

Ian Forsyth has been a Board Director with Ambulance Victoria since December 2015.

Combining a Board and highly successful private enterprise career, Ian holds more than two decades experience in developing and leading teams across complex, high profile and transitioning organisations. He continues in his role as Managing Partner with behaviour change communications specialists, The Shannon Company.

Current Board Director appointments include the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Emergency Services Foundation Board, and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).

Ian’s Executive roles previously included Deputy Chief Executive, WorkSafe Victoria, and Managing Director, Norwich Union Life Australia.

In 2020-2021, Ian continued to chair Ambulance Victoria’s Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr Joanna Flynn AM

Dr Joanna Flynn

Board Member

Dr Jo Flynn has been a Board Director since December 2015. She is a medical practitioner who specialised in general practice. Jo has held an extensive governance and advisory portfolio of federal and state appointments over many years.

Jo continues in her role as President of Berry Street and a Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). She also chairs the Ministerial Advisory Committee advising the Minister for Health regarding Health Board appointments.

Across her significant governance career, Jo was Chair of Eastern Health (10 years) and the Medical Board of Australia.

She is a member of the Order of Australia and in 2018 was recognised in the Victorian Public Sector’s Top 50 Public Sector Women Awards. Jo has chaired AV’s Quality and Safety Committee since 2016 and remains a member of both the Community Advisory Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Peter Lewinsky AM

Mr Peter Lewinsky

Board Member

Peter Lewinsky has been a Board Director with Ambulance Victoria since December 2015.

He has an extensive private and public sector career spanning investment banking, corporate and government advisory, and stockbroking both in Australia and internationally. Over the past 26 years, he has been appointed across various Victorian Government departments in governance roles, often as a finance, audit and risk specialist.

Peter’s appointments in 2020-2021 included Chair of Holmesglen Institute, TAL Superannuation Ltd and the Audit and Risk Committee (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning). He is also a Director of Carbon Revolution, an ASX listed company, and Emmy Monash Aged Care.

New roles acquired over the past year included his appointment to the Audit and Risk Committees of each of the Labour Hire Authority Victoria, Essential Services Commission and the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate in the ACT.

Peter is a member of the Order of Australia. He has been Ambulance Victoria’s Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Finance Committee since January 2016. Previous appointments also included membership of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and the People and Culture Committee.

Vijaya Vaidyanath

Board Member

Vijaya Vaidyanath is the inaugural CEO of Homes Melbourne – a special entity of City of Melbourne. Prior to this role, Vijaya was the CEO of City of Yarra in Melbourne from July 2012 – January 2022. Vijaya spent over a decade as CEO at Waitakere City Council a very large metro City in New Zealand and as the CEO of Rodney District Council in New Zealand. She is a Board Member on Procurement Australia, Zoos Victoria, Parks Victoria, Ambulance Victoria and Vision Super.

Vijaya’s exemplary qualifications include a Senior Executive Fellow of the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MBA from JMKatz Graduate School of Business in Pittsburgh USA, Master of Arts (Economics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Bangalore.

Vijaya draws inspiration from a variety of global thought and academic leaders as well as from her overseas mentors who have shaped her world view. It led to her interest in social justice and value-based leadership. She has been a leader from the very early stages of her career in sectors such as commercial and central banking, international finance for two decades and Local Government in the last two decades in New Zealand/Australia.

Vijaya is renowned for her innovation, integrity, inspiring leadership style and a unique ability to deliver results. She instils a strong sense of pride and passion in her staff who deliver exemplary outcomes for our communities. Her strong belief in building coalitions and harnessing community capacity has been her work philosophy.

Wenda Donaldson

Board Member

Wenda Donaldson has been a Board Director with Ambulance Victoria since 1 July 2020.

Wenda is a public sector and not-for-profit senior executive, combining her non-Executive Board career with her role as a General Manager at Uniting Victoria/Tasmania. Previous executive roles have been held with the Australian Red Cross, Australian Department of Education and the Australian Sports Commission.

Wenda has proven expertise in advocacy for policy reform and investment to enhance outcomes for those experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage. She has also been involved in the establishment of inter- governmental and multi sector partnership agreements to deliver on major public policy reforms.

Previous governance roles have included Chair of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Reference Group, State Emergency Management Team, Panel Member – Bourke Street Mall Fund, Indigenous Reading Project, ACT Justice Reform Advisory Committee and the ACT One Canberra Reference Group. Wenda is a member of the Board’s People and Culture Committee and the Quality and Safety Committee.

In 2020-2021, Wenda was also appointed a member of the Board’s Sub-Committee overseeing the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) review.