Management team

St John of God Warrnambool Hospital's management team is led by Acting Chief Executive Officer Mrs Renee Drysdale.

Renee Drysdale - Acting Chief Executive Officer, and Finance and Corporate Services Manager

Renee was appointed to the role of Finance and Corporate Services Manager in 2015 after working as the Corporate Services Manager for a number of years prior.  A St John of God Health Care caregiver for over 15 years, Renee has a strong work history in private health management. Renee holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Graduate Certificate in Business from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture from ACU. Renee has been acting in the CEO position since August 2017.

Leanne McPherson - Director of Nursing, Quality and Risk, and Learning and Development

Leanne was appointed Director of Nursing at our hospital in May 2009 after working for over 10 years in nursing roles within our perioperative (theatre) department. Leanne has extensive experience across public and private health care. She has acted in the role of Chief Executive Officer at St John of God Warrnambool Hospital and holds a graduate certificate in leadership and Catholic culture.

Jenny Conrick - Director of Mission

Jenny has extensive clinical and operational experience: as senior clinician at the Royal Children's Hospital Emergency Department; community health services; management experience as Program Manager for MacKillop Family Services; and experience in counselling, adult education and health service management. She brings with her proven capacity to build relationships in a complex environment, having worked as program advisor for the Department of Human Services and in program development for the NGO sector.

John Parkinson - Community Relations and Mental Health Manager

John was instrumental to developing our hospital's mental health services in 2007. He began his career in mental health in 1974 as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in a large psychiatric hospital. During his nursing he also gained ongoing formal education focusing on alternative therapies. In 1999, John changed career paths and ventured into a small business for six years before joining St John of God Warrnambool Hospital to lend us his expertise in mental health services.

Paul Johnson - Maintenance Engineer

Paul has extensive experience in the health care sector and is a valued member of the Divisional Management team. Paul has held the position of Maintenance Engineer of St John of God Warrnambool Hospital since 1994.