Board

The Board is appointed by our Trustees, with Board members accountable to the Trustees for the organisation's ongoing stewardship and strategic development.

Board members are selected for their varied and complementary skills and are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds.

Chairman: Mr Tony Howarth – AO, CitWA, Hon LLD WAust, SF Fin, FAICD

Chairman since January 2004 (appointed May 2001)

  • Executive career in local and international banking and finance, with senior positions in regional and major banks, building societies and stockbrokers
  • Chairman MMA Offshore Limited; Non-executive Director, Wesfarmers Ltd, BWP Management Pty Ltd, Alinta Energy and Viburnum Funds Pty Ltd; Member of industry and community organisations including: Chairman of Western Australian Rugby Union and Member Rio Tinto Community Fund
  • Past Chairman Alinta Limited, Home Building Society Ltd, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the International Chamber of Commerce of Australia, the Committee for Perth, and Deputy Chairman of Bank of Queensland Ltd and the University of Western Australia Senate
  • Deputy Chair UWA Business School and Adjunct Professor (Fin. Mgt.) UWA Business School

Deputy Chairman: Mr Mark Bahen – LLB 

Deputy Chairman since February 2012 (appointed January 2008)

  • Former Partner of Clayton Utz Solicitors, practising in corporate and commercial law
  • Headed the health service and agribusiness divisions of Clayton Utz’s Perth office, providing legal services to St John of God Health Care for 10 years
  • Chairman of Consolidated Pastoral Pty Ltd

Dr Julie Caldecott – MBBS, MBA

Appointed January 2015

  • More than 20 years’ experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors, with a focus on consumer goods and health, for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a Director and Partner until 2011
  • Trained as a medical practitioner prior to joining BCG and has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne
  • Director Victorian Major Transport Infrastructure Board
  • Previous Board memberships include non-executive directorships at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research

Mr Justin Carroll – Bcom, FCA 

Appointed January 2015

  • Managing Partner of PwC Australia’s Perth office and has more than 25 years’ experience in the provision of external audit, due diligence and advisory services
  • A Governor and Director of The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and chair of UNDA’s Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a registered Company Auditor and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of Western Australia.

Assoc Prof Rosanna Capolingua – MB BS, FAMA, FAICD

Appointed January 2010

  • Career built in general medical practice
  • Involved in medical education and professional development and ethics, serving on medical and Government ethics committees
  • Current positions: Chair of the WA Immunisation Strategy Committee, Deputy Chair of the WA North Metropolitan Health Service and Chair of its Quality and Safety Committee, Member of the Alcohol and other Drugs Advisory Board of the Mental Health commission, Chair of AMA (WA) Services Pty Ltd, Medical Director of the AMA (WA) Youth Foundation, and a member of the Board of Governors of The University of Notre Dame, Australia
  • Past Positions: Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, Chair of Governing Council Child and Adolescent Health Services, Chair of Australian Medical Publishing Company, Member Board of Medical Defence Australia, Member Board of UWA Raine Foundation

Hon Robert Knowles – AO MAICD

Appointed November 2014

  • Holds commercial directorships at Global Health Ltd, Drinkwise Australia Ltd, Silver Chain Group Ltd and IPG Ltd
  • Member of the Victorian Parliament from 1976 to 1999 and responsible for a number of portfolios, including Minister for Health from 1996 to 1999 and Minister for Aged Care from 1996 to 1999
  • Current Chair of the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission
  • Awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the community through a range of aged care, mental health, research and cultural activities and his work in the Victorian government

Dr Michael Levitt – MBBS, FRACS

Appointed January 2016

  • Member of clinical staff at St John of God Subiaco Hospital since 1990, including Director of Medical Services from 2005 to 2013
  • Long serving member of the St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Advisory Committee for 13 years, including four years as Chairman
  • Member of clinical staff at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where he held various senior roles from 1990 to 2005
  • Current Medical Co-Director at Osborne Park Hospital

Mr Peter Prendiville – B Com

Appointed May 2012

  • Chairman Prendiville Group, his family-owned and operated group of hotels which includes multi-award winning Sandalford Wines, Tradewinds Hotel, Pier 21 Resort, Norfolk Hotel in Fremantle, Karratha International Hotel, Mangrove Hotel, and the iconic Cottesloe Beach Hotel and Hotel Rottnest
  • Chairman of Tourism WA and actively involved in promoting Western Australia as a revitalised destination
  • A Trustee, Director and Deputy Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, and has been involved with the university since its inception

Dr Michael Stanford – CitWA, MB BS (UNSW), MBA (Macq U), Grad cert LCC (ACU), FAICD, FAFPHM, FAIM

Group Chief Executive Officer

  • Appointed Group CEO of St John of God Health Care in February 2002
  • 30 years’ experience in health care management – the last 21 years as Chief Executive Officer of large, complex, multi-campus health care organisations
  • Non-executive Director of Curtin University
  • Board member of The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA
  • 2010 WA Citizen of the Year Award winner in the industry and commerce category
  • Under Michael’s leadership, SJGHC has significantly expanded its number of operating divisions, greatly diversified its range of services, quadrupled its size in terms of revenue and become a recognised leader in the provision of high quality health care

Mr Jack de Groot - BASt John of God Health Care Board Member Jack de Groot

Appointed November 2016

  • CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW one of the largest Social Service Agencies in NSW specialising in homelessness and disability services
  • More than 17 years’ experience as a senior executive in the not-for-profit sector including 13 years as Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia, one the country’s biggest international aid and development agencies
  • Previously the Group Leader of Mission at St Vincent’s Health Australia, the biggest not-for-profit provider of health and aged care services in Australia
  • Chair Board of Jesuit Mission; Board Member Catholic Social Services Australia; Board of Governors University of Notre Dame
  • Previous board memberships include St John of God Health Care, Uniya, One World Centre, Act for Peace, Companions Volunteer Communities, Edmund Rice Centre, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Catholic Social Services Victoria, The Australian AIDS Fund.

Mr James McMahon - MBASt John of God Health Care board member James McMahon

Appointed July 2017

  • Previous experience in the public and private sectors, including as the Commissioner for the Department of Corrective Services in Western Australia and advising organisations on strategy, operations, risk, governance and management
  • 24 years’ experience in the Australian Defence Force, including holding roles as Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) and SAS Squadron Commander. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal
  • Board member of the SAS Resources Trust Board and the Australian War Memorial Board
  • Former West Coast Eagles Football Club board member
  • Ambassador for The Fathering Project.