Management team

St John of God Warrnambool Hospital's management team is led by Chief Executive Officer Dr Alex Demidov.

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. He commenced 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 (University of New England), Graduate Certificate of Perioperative Nursing (University of Technology Sydney), Bachelor of Nursing (University of Sydney), 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.

Rajan Sawant - Director of Finance

Rajan was appointed as Director of Finance in August 2021. Rajan brings extensive senior finance, operational and strategic leadership experience within large and complex organisations in diverse sectors, which includes ExxonMobil and Boeing. Rajan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai. He is also a Fellow member of CPA Australia (FCPA), Fellow member of Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA) and Corporate Governance Institute (FCG) and a Graduate member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Felicity Barker - Director of Mission Integration

Felicity was appointed as Director Mission Integration in March 2018 and has an extensive background as a pastoral care practitioner, having worked for almost eleven 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 studied social science, has completed two units of clinical pastoral education, a Graduate Diploma in Ageing and Pastoral Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture, 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.