Board of Directors

Jim Vivian (Chair):

Jim is currently employed as Executive Officer at Gippsland Sports Academy. Prior to this he worked as Executive Director of Academic Programs, General Manager of Industrial Operations at GippsTAFE. Jim holds a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, an Advanced Certificate in Management Skills and a Diploma of Technical Teaching.

Arthur Skipitaris (Vice Chair):

Arthur is currently the General Manager, Corporate Services for the Wellington Shire Council. Prior to this role, Arthur was a senior executive for the Finance Shared Services Division of General Electric, Australia and New Zealand. He was also the General Manager of Australia Post’s Shared Services Division and has worked in a number of senior banking and finance roles.

Arthur holds a Bachelor of Business double major in Accounting and Economics, is a CPA, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tony Anderson:

Tony is the Branch Manager of Rabobank in Sale. He is a specialist in agribusiness finance and investment with over 20 years experience in rural lending, establishing Rabobank’s first Gippsland office here in 2004.   Prior to moving back to Sale, Tony spent 6 years with the NAB in various locations across Australia, finally working in its head office in the position of Manager of Sales & Marketing for the agribusiness Division.    Tony holds a Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment. Born and raised in Sale, Tony has a strong affinity with the local community and is driven by a desire for it benefit from the best possible health services that can be provided.

Abbas Khambati:

With over 15 years of senior and executive management experience within the public and private sectors, Abbas Khambati is an experienced director providing and leading Business Support functions at Monash Health. He is an experienced Board director within not-for-profits and represents Regional Health Services as a Board Member with Victorian Healthcare Association.  His experience and skill-set include leadership, governance, risk management and delivery of financial improvement initiatives. As a Graduate with the Institute of Company Directors, Chartered Accountant and with a Masters in Health Services Management, Abbas is renowned for his strategic and analytical thinking, business & negotiation skills and risk analysis & management. He is inspired by values of respect, excellence and integrity.

Kumar Visvanathan:

Professor Kumar Visvanathan is a specialist in infectious diseases and the immunology of the innate immune system with a career spanning over three decades. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Medicine at the University of Melbourne(Eastern Hill Campus), Co-Director of the Immunology Research Centre at St. Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) as well as a Senior Infectious Diseases Physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Following his medical undergraduate degree in 1986, Kumar completed his PhD thesis at the University of NSW and undertook postgraduate work at Rockefeller University in New York. He came back to Australia in 2000 and started his laboratory in innate immunity at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, moving to Monash University and Monash Medical Centre in 2005 before relocating more recently to the University of Melbourne and St. Vincent’s Hospital in 2012.

Glenys Butler:

Glenys recently retired from full time employment following a career spanning 18 years in Local Government. All of this time was been spent with Wellington Shire Council where she has worked in the community sector as Manager Community Development, Manager Community Strengthening, Emergency Manager, General Manager Liveability and General Manager Community & Culture. Glenys originally trained as a nurse and has worked in the community health sector and leisure industry. Glenys is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a bachelor of Social Welfare degree and in 2008 completed a PhD with Monash University focussed on organisational response to community decision making.

Jenny Dempster:

Jenny is currently the Associate Program Director of the Acute & Aged Medicine Program, Box Hill Hospital and Director of Nursing, Acute Medicine, Eastern Health. She has a Masters in Public Health – Health Service Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Advanced Clinical Nursing. Jenny has extensive management experience in both the Public and Private Health Sectors. Jenny brings knowledge and skills related to asset management, clinical governance, executive management, human resources management, finance, risk management, information and communication technology.

Gerry Watts:

Gerry has a strong grasp of hospital board governance and an extensive history in procurement, his most recent role being that of Regional Procurement Advisor with Health Purchasing Victoria, which supports a strong understanding of governance, process and probity. Gerry is a competent and experienced Board member who is enthusiastic about his contribution to Central Gippsland Health Service.  He holds an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management, a partial Masters of Information Systems and AICD Clinical Governance.

Lauren Carey:

Lauren has worked in the power generation and mining sector for the last eight years, employed by ENGIE as the External Communications Manager for the company’s Hazelwood asset and holds a Bachelor in Public Relations. Born and schooled in Sale, Lauren has significant links to the Wellington Shire and is passionate about using her skills in corporate communications, stakeholder engagement, strategic leadership and governance to benefit the patients, residents and clients of Central Gippsland Health Service now and into the future.

Frankie MacLennan:

Frankie MacLennan lives on a farm near McLoughlins Beach. She has had a varied career in education, small business and most recently community engagement in public land management in Gippsland and statewide. She has a Masters of Applied Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Frankie has recently completed a term as Chair of the Yarram and District Health Service and is a current board member of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Claire Miller:

Claire has over 10 years of board level experience across the public and commercial sectors with a focus on the utilities, resources, infrastructure and energy industries. In her executive capacity she has held the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary managing governance, compliance, risk and audit functions across a range of industry sectors including energy, infrastructure, gas, utilities, resources, and property in government, ASX and private entities.


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