Management team

St John of God Warrnambool Hospital's management team is led by Chief Executive Officer Jo Bell.

Jo Bell - Chief Executive Officer

Jo was appointed St John of God Warrnambool Hospital Chief Executive Officer in May 2018 after more than 30 years’ experience in health care, with extensive management experience in private hospitals in Melbourne, most recently as the Director of Nursing as Bellbird Private Hospital.  Jo has a background in nursing and midwifery and holds a degree in Child, Family and Community Health and a degree in Business Management.

Leanne McPherson - Director of Nursing

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.

Renee Drysdale - 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 18 years.  Renee has a strong work history in private health management, holding a Master 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.

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.

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 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.