Management team

Management team at St John of God Richmond Hospital

Colman O’Driscoll - Chief Executive Officer, St John of God Burwood and Richmond hospitals

Colman is the Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Burwood and Richmond Hospitals, having started in the role in January 2019. Colman has over 20 years’ experience across the health system, including senior leadership roles within the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. His experience includes working as the Chief of Staff in the NSW Government where he was responsible for driving significant reforms within the NSW Mental Health system, including the establishment of the NSW Mental Health Commission.

Colman is a psychiatric nurse having trained at St Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin, and holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing (Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). He moved from Dublin, Ireland to Sydney in 2003.

Cindy Foot - Director of Nursing, St John of God Burwood Hospital

Cindy has been the Director of Nursing since 2014, following roles as the hospital’s Deputy Director of Nursing and as a nurse unit manager. Cindy has strong involvement in the improvement of our services including revision of nursing care practice and the introduction of the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) service.

Cindy completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) in 1993 and has worked in nursing for over 20 years in Australia and the United Kingdom in mental health and acute care hospitals. 

Lorna O'Brien - Director of Nursing, St John of God Richmond Hospital

Lorna O'Brien was appointed Director of Nursing in January 2017 and prior to this was Nursing Unit Manager.  Lorna has over 25 years of experience working in a health care setting and ten years working as an independent business operator, serving as a Councillor on Hawkesbury City Council for eight years.  Lorna brings a unique set of highly developed skills and capabilities gained through many years working in demanding environments both with the healthcare sector and community.

Jae Lee - Director of Allied Health and Programs, St John of God Burwood and Richmond hospitals

Jae Lee was appointed Director of Allied Health in 2010 and is a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience in mental health. Jae has worked in public and private settings, hospitals and community services and has a special interest in trauma and complex trauma. Jae holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales.

David Burns - Director of Finance and Corporate Services, St John of God Burwood and Richmond hospitals

David has a wealth of experience having worked in a variety of finance roles for the past 20 years in Australia and England. His experience includes working at banks, insurance companies and various superannuation and investment management companies.

He is now responsible for all aspects of the operational finances and corporate services of the hospital as the Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the past six years. He holds the same role at St John of God Richmond Hospital.

Deborah Morris - Director of Mission Integration

Deborah Morris was appointed Director of Mission Integration in August 2017.  Prior to that she was the Coordinator of Pastoral Services at St John of God Richmond Hospital and also at St John of God Frankston Hospital.  She gained her Clinical Pastoral Education at the Mercy CPE Centre in Melbourne.  Deborah's background is in nursing and she holds a Masters in Clinical Nursing, Palliative Care, attained at the Australian Catholic University, North Sydney.

Karen Burns - Director of Strategy & Engagement, St John of God Burwood and Richmond hospitals

Carole Rodden – Clinical Lead and Patient Experience Manager, St John of God Burwood Hospital

Carole is currently the Acting Director of Nursing and has worked at St John of God Burwood since 2008 in a number of roles including Nurse Unit Manager, Quality Manager and Clinical Operations Manager. Carole has previously worked in various management and clinical positions in NSW Health and Justice Health.

She has a strong interest in Perinatal Mental Health, Quality in Healthcare and improving the physical health of mental health consumers and has recently completed the ACHS Quality Improvement Lead Training Program.

Rebekah Guthrie - Clinical Lead and Patient Experience Manager, St John of God Richmond Hospital

Dr Lavinia Schmidtman - Medical Director, St John of God Richmond Hospital

Dr Lavinia Schmidtman was appointed Medical Director in 2005. Prior to this Dr Lavinia worked for 10 years at St John of God Richmond Hospital as a consultant psychiatrist/staff specialist with interest and area of practice in posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr Lavinia graduated from New South Wales University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1986 and completed her psychiatry training at Cumberland and Westmead Hospitals in Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry.