Management team

St John of God Warrnambool Hospital's management team is led by (Acting) Chief Executive Officer Leanne McPherson.

Alex Demidov - Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Regional Victoria

Alex brings extensive experience in private health care service provision, including working for Healthscope, Ramsay Health Care and Evolution Healthcare as CEO as well as not for profit healthcare organisations, Sydney Adventist Hospital and St Vincent’s Private. Commencing his early career studying law at Harvard University and working as a lawyer in New York prior to moving into nursing, working as a Director of Nursing and Director of Perioperative Services, before taking on a range of management roles. Alex holds a Master of Business Administration (UNE), Graduate Certificate of Perioperative Nursing (UTS), Bachelor of Nursing (USyd), Juris Doctor cum laude: Harvard University. 

Leanne McPherson - Director of Clinical Services

Leanne has been Director of Nursing at our hospital since May 2009 after working over 10 years in nursing and management roles within our perioperative (theatre) department with extensive experience across public and private health care. Leanne has acted in the role of Chief Executive Officer at St John of God Warrnambool Hospital when required and holds a graduate certificate in leadership and Catholic culture, Graduate Diploma in Perioperative Nursing and a Graduate certificate in Management.

Nigel Jarvis - Director of Finance (based at St John of God Ballarat Hospital)

Nigel Jarvis was appointed the Director of Finance and Corporate Services in January 2017. He was recruited from Ballan District Health & Care where Nigel held the position of Director of Business & Finance. Nigel also comes with public health experience at Ballarat Health Services and manufacturing experience with Mars Confectionery. He holds a degree in Commerce and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Felicity Barker - Director of Mission Integration

Felicity was appointed as Director Mission Integration in March 2018 and comes with an extensive background in Pastoral Care having worked for the past eight years at Mercy Place Warrnambool caring for aged care residents and their families.  Felicity also previously worked as a Pastoral Care Associate at this hospital.  Felicity has a Social Science degree and Graduate diploma in Ageing and Pastoral Studies and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment together with experience in teaching at Mercy Health and Holy Family Services.

Paul Johnson - Maintenance Engineer

Paul with over 30 years’ experience in the health care sector is a valued member of the Hospital Management team and was appointed as Maintenance Engineer of St John of God Warrnambool Hospital in 1994.