Management team

Meet our management team led by our Acting Chief Executive Officer Luke Edwards.

Luke Edwards - Acting Chief Executive Officer

Luke has almost 20 years’ experience in a number of health care executive roles both at a regional operational and finance level as well as hospital CEO/General Manager within the private hospital industry.

Luke has recently been the Director of Performance Support, Hospitals at the national level after 6 years as the Regional Director of Finance and Performance for the Eastern Hospitals for St John of God Health Care.

Shelley Cooper – Director Clinical Services, Mental Health

Shelley is a UK trained mental health nurse with over 15 years’ experience in clinical, education and leadership roles. Shelley holds a Masters of Business Administration (Health), completed at ACU.
Prior to joining St John of God in 2016, Shelley’s roles included Assistant Director of Nursing and Clinical Services Manager at Australian Private Mental Health Hospitals. Shelley has also lead the development of a greenfields inpatient and day patient mental health service. Shelley is passionate about recovery orientated practice and patient centred care.

Denis Byrne - Acting Director Mission Integration

Denis commenced with St John of God in 2011 as the Director of Mission in our Bendigo hospital. Denis has a background in Social Work, and has worked in a variety of not for profit social services in a broad range of roles including leadership and management. In his substantive role at St John of God Health Care, Denis is the Regional Director Mission Integration for our eastern hospitals.

Denis’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership and Culture, Graduate Diploma Child and Family Leadership Practice, and Denis completed the Ministry Leadership Program in 2018.

Darryl McGeough – Finance Manager

Darryl was appointed to the role of Finance Manager for St John of God South East Sub Acute in September 2019. Prior to his current role, Darryl was with St John of God Group Finance in Western Australia and is a qualified FCCA.

Nicole Hee - Director of Corporate Services

Nicole Hee joined St John of God Health Care in 2012, bringing with her many years of experience in human resource management in the corporate sector. Nicole is responsible for our catering and environmental services, engineering and maintenance, as well as human resource management. Nicole has a passion for integrating non-clinical services within our patients’ journey.

Amber Atkinson - Occupational Health and Safety Manager

Amber joined St John of God Health care as the Occupational Health and Safety Manager in 2018 after working at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in both Nursing then Occupational Health and Safety for 13 years.

While at SVHM Amber led numerous projects and initiatives including the delivery of both the OHS Frontline management and ‘Move Smart’ training for which she received the 2014 SVHA Health Care award ‘Fostering a Safety Culture of Zero Harm’. Amber is completing her Masters in Occupational Health and Safety and Ergonomics, is passionate about Safety in Healthcare.