Management team

Ben Edwards - Chief Executive Officer

Ben Edwards was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Murdoch Hospital in April 2017. He was previously Acting CEO at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital and prior to this role, he led the Transformation Team’s innovative work on the One Pathology Program, Procedural Areas Transformation Program and Business Analytics and Reporting Program.  


Ben’s early career involved six years in the NHS in the UK. He completed their graduate management program and ran all clinical services across a multi campus NHS Trust. He then spent 10 years in health care consulting in the UK and Australia with Ernst and Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers before joining St John of God Healthcare.

Alison Parr - Director Medical Services

Alison qualified in Medicine in the UK and has been a Specialist in Palliative Medicine since 2002. She moved to Australia in 2014 to join St John of God Murdoch Hospital as Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services, having been Medical Director of a UK Hospice for seven years prior. She worked part time as Deputy Director Medical Services for 18 months and has been in her current role since June 2017.  Alison also works part time as Discipline Leader for Palliative Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, has completed the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture and holds an MBA.

Sarah-Jayne Powell - Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

Sarah-Jayne has been at Murdoch Hospital since 1998, having commenced her career as a registered Nurse in Orthopaedics, then progressing through the Hospital  in a range of Nursing roles, including Nurse Manager positions.  Sarah-Jayne held the position of Deputy Director of Surgical and Midwifery Services from 2015-2019. 

Sarah-Jayne holds a Bachelor of Nursing along with The Catherine McAuley Award for developing women in Leadership and Service Sarah-Jayne also holds Post Graduate certificates in Clinical Nursing, Orthopaedics, Frontline Management and Leadership and Catholic Culture.

Dilwyn Griffiths - Director of Finance

Dilwyn joined St John of God Health Care in 2015. Originally from Zimbabwe, Dilwyn completed his studies in the UK and holds ACA (ICAEW). Having started his career in auditing Dilwyn has gone on to work in a diverse range of industries from construction to dot com, manufacturing to mining, all providing the experience brought to his current role with SJGHC.

Michael Salter - Director Corporate Services

Michael has worked with St John of God Health Care for 12 years and commenced with St John of God Murdoch Hospital in August 2017.  Michael has extensive experience at an executive leadership level across the public health sector and St John of God Heath care. He previously oversaw facilities management across St John of God Health Care's Perth Northern Hospitals that include Midland, Mt Lawley and Subiaco.

Ben Dellar - Director Business and Services Development, Marketing and Community Relations

As a management consultant, Ben has lead change projects in the health, education and resources sectors. When significant delays occurred on the Fiona Stanley Hospital build, Ben was engaged to oversee the recovery process. In his time at St John of God Healthcare (Group) Ben developed the Clinical Command Centres in Murdoch, Subiaco and Geelong, patient admission portal, VMO app, Net Promoter Score patient satisfaction program and supported accreditation processes across all St John of God Health Care hospitals.

Kirstie Bennett - Performance and Improvement Lead

Kirstie has a broad range of international experience in optimising performance in health care organisations. She was most recently a Director in PwC's Healthcare Consulting Practice and prior to this, held a range of positions in government in the United Kingdom.

Helene Bordas - Director of Mission Integration

Helene has extensive professional experience in management consulting, operational improvement and service design in health care. Helene has previously held several roles within St John of God Health Care, in which she has led the development and implementation of new services, strategic projects and initiatives to improve patient experience. In addition to qualifications in Social Science, Commerce and Project Management, Helene has completed the AICD Company Directors Course and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Theology at the University of Notre Dame.