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. She has 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 as well as a degree in Business Management.

Leanne McPherson - Director of Nursing

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 and holds a graduate certificate in leadership and Catholic culture.

Paul Burgess - Acting Finance and Corporate Services Manager

Paul was appointed to the role of Acting Finance and Corporate Services Manager in May 2018 having spent over two years working with St John of God Health Care as the Finance Manager at St John of God Warrnambool Hospital and Regional Performance Analyst for eastern state hospitals. Previous to this Paul spent five years in the Victorian public health sector as Finance and Corporate Services Manager at a regional hospital and brings extensive finance, accounting management and general management expertise gathered over 40 years to the role.

Felicity Barker - Director of Mission Integration

Felicity was appointed to the role of 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 as 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 and has 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 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.