Management team

Royce Vermeulen, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Royce Vermeulen has more than 20 years’ experience working in a variety of roles in the health sector, including senior health service and facility project roles. Formerly a physiotherapist, Royce has completed a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Western Australia. Previously Royce worked for Serco Asia Pacific (Fiona Stanley Hospital), Aurora Projects and the South Metropolitan Area Health Service.

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.

Nivedita (Niv) Kelkar - Manager 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 - Manager 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 - Manager 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.