Management team

Chris Hanna - Chief Executive Officer

Adjunct Associate Professor Chris Hanna has significant health management experience in Western Australia and New South Wales, having held a number of senior leadership positions within private and not-for-profit hospitals. She was previously Director of Nursing and Midwifery at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, Deputy Director of Nursing at St John of God Murdoch Hospital and Director of Nursing at Mount Hospital, Perth.


Chris is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife and has a Master of Business Administration and a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture.  She is Fellow of Leadership WA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a WA finalist in the 2009 Telstra Business Women’s Award.

Vanessa Unwin - Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Vanessa Unwin has extensive experience across the public and private health sector.


Previously working as Director, Safety and Risk at Fiona Stanley Hospital, she has also held executive positions at St John of God Subiaco and Murdoch Hospitals.  Vanessa has a Masters of International Health Management, a Graduate Certificate in Catholic Culture and a Bachelor of Nursing.

Dr George Eskander - Director Medical Services

Dr George Eskander is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP),a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK and holds UK Diplomas of Child Health and of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

George has extensive experience in clinical informatics, clinical governance and education. His holds local and national level positions as a Board Member of the WA Medical Board of Australia, Medical Specialist Surveyor of the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards and as Regional GP Medical Educator for WA General Practice Education and Training.  He is also a Senior Examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Liz Beal - Director of Mission Integration

Liz has an Executive Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership. She has worked in the not-for-profit and tertiary education sectors and in 2018, Liz was awarded the medal for distinguished service from the University of Notre Dame Australia where she held the dual roles of Deputy Director of Admissions and Student Services and Manager of the Prospective Students Office.

Nivedita (Niv) Kelkar - Director of Finance

Niv Kelkar brings a wealth of skills and experience in finance, working at senior level in various organisations before joining St John of God Health Care in September 2017.  She previously worked with KPMG (Oman), WA Hardware Services, and for the past ten years in SGS Australia in a variety of roles including Acting Chief Financial Officer, Malaysia and as Financial Controller for Australia.

Niv has a strong background in working in business partnering, results analysis, budgeting and forecasting, business process improvement and working capital management. Niv leads our Finance, Admissions and Health Information teams.

Darren Jones - Director of Corporate Services

Darren Jones has experience in Human Resources in both public and private hospitals, and tertiary qualifications in Business.

Darren was previously Manager HR Partnering for the Perth Northern Hospital Structure at St John of God Health Care, and prior to that, Acting Director Workforce and Corporate Services at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

Sally Harris - Director of Business Development

Sally Harris has worked extensively in executive level health care and commercial roles in both public and private hospitals. 

Sally is actively involved in establishing specialists and services, and delivers a range of GP related initiatives.