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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.

 

Board Chair - Mr Ken Lay AO APM

Ken Lay

Ken Lay is a professional non-executive Director. His career was with Victoria Police, concluding as the Chief Commissioner (2011-2015). He has since conducted a number of reviews for both state and federal governments concerning significant social policy, community safety, governance and leadership issues.

In 2020-2021, Ken’s Board portfolio continued to include the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Board (Director), and chairing roles with Ambulance Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). In July 2020, he was appointed by the Victorian State Government to lead a review into establishing a second supervised injecting room in Melbourne which remains ongoing.

Ken is an Officer of the Order of Australia and an Australian Police Medal recipient. He has also been admitted to the degree of Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) by Monash University.

Appointed Ambulance Victoria’s Board Chair in December 2015, Ken attends a variety of Committee meetings in an ex officio capacity throughout the year and is a permanent member of the People and Culture Committee. He also chairs AV’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee and the Board’s Sub- Committee overseeing the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) review.

Board Member Dr Joanna Flynn AM

Dr Joanna Flynn

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.

Board Member Mr Ian Forsyth

Mr Ian Forsyth

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

Combining a Board and highly successful private enterprise career, Ian’s 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.

Board Member Mr Michael Gorton AM

Michael Gorton

Michael Gorton has been a Board Director with Ambulance Victoria since December 2015.

Michael’s extensive commercial and public sector career has spanned more than 28 years, advising the health and medical sectors on all aspects of commercial law, corporate and clinical governance, and risk management.

In addition to his role as a senior partner of Russell Kennedy Lawyers, Michael remains the Chair of Alfred Health and Wellways Australia Ltd. In 2020-2021, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Health Information Sharing Legislation Reform Advisory Group and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act Expert Advisory Group.

Michael is a founding member of the International Academy for Quality and Safety in Health Care and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). In recognition of his substantial contributions to the community, Michael was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

Since January 2016, Michael has been a valued member of AV’s Quality and Safety Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. In 2020-2021, he was appointed a member of the Board’s Sub-Committee overseeing the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) review.

Board Member Mr Peter Lewinsky

Mr Peter Lewinsky

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 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.

Board Member Mr Greg Smith AM

Mr Greg Smith

Greg Smith has been a Board Director with Ambulance Victoria since December 2015.

Greg has enjoyed an extensive career in conciliation and arbitration, both in Australia and overseas, through his previous roles with the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, Industrial Relations Commission and Fair Work Commission. His skills in resolving industrial disputes across a range of industry sectors through conciliation, mediation and arbitration span over 30 years.

Greg retains his position as a Director on the Board of Zoos Victoria and as Chair of the Statewide Classification Committee for the Australian Nurses and Midwifery Federation and the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association. New appointments this past year included his role as Chair of the ACT Government’s Disciplinary Appeals Panel and a member of the newly established Independent Review into the Culture of Victoria’s Prison System. Greg holds the award of Member of the Order of Australia. He remains Chair of AV’s People and Culture Committee (a role held since January 2016).

Board Member Ms Anna Leibel

Ms Anna Leibel

Anna Leibel has been a Director with Ambulance Victoria since 1 July 2019.

During 2020-2021, Anna closed the chapter on her extensive corporate career and became a professional non-executive Director, consultant and author. Her executive specialisations include leading significant organisational transformation programs, IT advisory and technology start-ups.

She was previously the Chief Technology and Delivery Officer for Unisuper (a super fund with circa $100 billion funds under management) and had earlier consulted extensively with PwC, Telstra, IBM and NAB. In 2020-2021, Anna co authored and published her first book on cyber security safety for Boards. She also retained her private consulting firm 110% Consulting and commenced a partnership within The Secure Board Advisory. From 1 July 2021, Anna will commence a new role as non-Executive Director on the Board of Alfred Health. Over the past year, Anna was a member of both the Finance Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Board Member Ms Colleen Furlanetto

Ambulance Victoria

Colleen Furlanetto was appointed as a new Director with Ambulance Victoria from 1 July 2020.

She is a passionate and committed community leader, specialising in diversity, equality and the disability sector.

Living in rural Victoria, Colleen is a Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer leader and supporter of the CFA Rehabilitation Health Monitoring Team and other committee roles in strategic planning, also in diversity and inclusion in CFA. She was recently appointed Board member of Regional Development Victoria – Goulburn Regional Partnership.

With a background in nursing, Colleen’s interests extend across health access for those living in rural and regional Victoria, including those with disability. From 2008 to 2016, she was an elected local government representative (Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor), focusing on community access to healthcare and timely emergency support for rural areas. She has also served on a variety of not-for-profit boards, including organisations involved in the prevention of violence against girls and women.

Colleen enjoyed two terms as a member of Victoria’s Disability Advisory Council including two years as Chair. In 2020, she concluded her three year term as inaugural Disability Commissioner for Commercial Vehicles Victoria (taxi and rideshare industries). In 2015, Colleen was the recipient of the Brenda Gabe award for Women with Disability Victoria, followed by the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Inspire Award in 2016.

Board Member Ms Wenda Donaldson

Ambulance Victoria

Wenda Donaldson was appointed as a new Director with Ambulance Victoria from 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.