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Our Board

Tony Mooney


Tony Mooney was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Townsville City Council and was elected Mayor in 1989. He held the position of Mayor of Townsville until 2008.


In 2008, Tony was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2011, Tony was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to local government and the community. Tony served on the boards of numerous government and community entities, including Ergon Energy, LG Super, Townsville Entertainment Centre Board of Management (Chair) until 2008, and as the inaugural Chair of the Willows Stadium Joint Board (currently 1300 Smiles Stadium). In 2011, Tony was appointed by the Federal Government to the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park authority where he served until 2016.


Michelle Morton

Deputy Chair

Ms Michelle Morton has experience in the administration of hospital services, financial management and organisation as well as risk management, regulatory compliance, corporate and public-sector governance.


Ms Morton is a Managing Partner of a law firm and holds several Board positions including Chair of the Townsville Fire WNBL, member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and member of the National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland Board. Ms Morton is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations and Personal Injuries.

Ms Morton is the Chair of the Townsville Hospital and Health Board Finance Committee and was appointed Chair of the newly formed Queensland Hospital and Health Board Finance and Audit Committee in 2018.


Georgina Whelan

Georgina Whelan is currently the Site Manager at Townsville’s Icon Cancer Centre. Georgina completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia in 1995 and spent eight years at the Royal Adelaide Hospital within various medical, surgical and oncology wards.


In 2003, Georgina relocated to Townsville, accepting a position as registered nurse at the Townsville University Hospital oncology ward before spending a few years working within oncology services abroad. In 2006, Georgina was appointed as clinical nurse in the Oncology Day Unit at the Townsville University Hospital. Georgina moved into the role of site manager at Icon Cancer Centre in 2013, where she developed exceptional leadership and business management attributes. Georgina has since completed her Master of Business Administration through the Australian Institute of Business and continues to be a strong advocate for providing exceptional cancer care to regional patients.


Debra Burden

Debra Burden, a degree-qualified accountant, is the chief executive officer of NDIS provider selectability (formerly known as SOLAS and MIF-NQ).


Debra has previously held CEO and executive management positions with Queensland Country Credit Union and Health Fund, ASX listed dental services company 1300SMILES and Canegrowers Burdekin. Debra’s business management expertise has been recognised with her being awarded the Queensland Business Review Women in Business Award Winner (Business and Professional Services) and the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Award Winner (Corporate Sector).

Debra, a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Institute of Leaders and Managers, has extensive board level experience having successfully completed the AICD course twice and held Board positions in numerous companies as chair, deputy chair, treasurer, chair of audit and risk committee and company secretary, including currently holding the position of deputy chair of North and West Remote Health and formerly a directorship with Tooth Booth Ltd. Debra is a current director of the Northern Queensland Primary Healthcare Network.


Chris Castles

Chris Castles is the managing director of Coscer Partners Pty Ltd, an integrated financial services business with accounting and financial planning offices in Innisfail, Ingham, Townsville and Brisbane.


Chris is a certified practising accountant, certified financial planner and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Following his service in the Royal Australian Air Force, Chris has served as director and committee member for both listed and unlisted public companies involving international and domestic operations and spanning financial services, funds management, health and agribusiness. He is currently a director of Northern Australia Primary Health Ltd and deputy chair of the TUH Finance and Stakeholder Engagement Committees.


Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Legacy. Her previous health-related roles include managing the Department of Education and Training’s Hospital School, based in Townsville University Hospital Paediatric Ward for more than eight years.


She also ran Ronald McDonald House Charities’ education program in Northern Queensland. In 2018, Nicole was appointed to the Townsville Hospital and Health Board’s Safety and Quality Committee.

Nicole has successfully project managed a range of initiatives to support at-risk and disadvantaged youth, with a focus on Indigenous engagement. She developed and delivered a major Youth Suicide Prevention pilot project - a partnership between Queensland Health and Education Queensland.

Prior to her role at Legacy, Nicole led the Federal Government-funded Higher Education Participation Program for James Cook University, boosting university participation for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Nicole gained considerable experience in the private sector as the Marketing and Business Development leader for Fortune 500 Company, AECOM, across Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Nicole is a Graduate of the Australian Company Directors and has extensive boards and community-based volunteer committees experience. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Management, and has completed the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Certificate of Engagement.


Danette (Danni) Hocking

Danni Hocking is the Senior Director Occupational Therapy/Allied Health. Danni has a passion for advocating affordable and accessible health care in rural and remote locations.


Danni is an occupational therapist with more than twenty years’ experience across a range of domains including aged/disability care, mental health, drug and alcohol, corporate health and public/community health.

Danni has extensive knowledge of the disability sector and working with the NDIS in addition to broad experience in managing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs.

Danni also has broad experience in the management of people-risk issues including the development of award-winning corporate safety and wellness programs. An experienced provider of safety/risk consulting and training services to industry for more than 15 years, Danni is considered a thought leader on health, safety and wellness and is a well-regarded speaker at national and international safety and wellbeing forums.

Danni holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and has post-graduate qualifications in Wellness, Risk Management and Business Administration. Danni is a member of the Occupational Therapy Australia Board.


Professor Ajay Rane

Professor Ajay Rane is the Director of Urogynaecology at Townsville University Hospital, Director of Mater Pelvic Health and Research and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at James Cook University (JCU).


Born in England, Prof Rane completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Poona before returning to England to undertake sub-speciality training in urogynaecology.

Prof Rane moved to Townsville as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in 2000 joining the medical faculty at JCU where he also completed his PhD. Prof Rane was a finalist Australian of the Year in 2012 and awarded the Order of Australia in 2013. Prof Rane has spent almost two decades treating and operating on women with catastrophic childbirth injuries in some of the world’s poorest countries and in 2016 received the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Award for Humanitarian Work in Women’s Health.

Prof Rane is the current Chair of the Fistula Committee for the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is leading the charge for fistula education and prevention in the developing world.


Donald Whaleboat

Donald Whaleboat is a senior lecturer at the College of Medicine and Dentistry and Associate Dean Indigenous health, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine James Cook University.


Donald has more than 27 years experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care, health promotion and health workforce development. His current work in health professional education and research evolved as a passion to help shape the future health workforce to better meet the needs of communities in regional and rural Australia.

Donald has served as member of the Townsville Hospital and Health Board since 2012 and member of the Board’s Safety and Quality, and Audit and Risk Committee. Donald is a local, with strong community links in the Townsville region and extended health professional networks across northern Queensland.

He was former Board member of the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services for seven years and Chairperson for five years. During this time, he led the development of strong corporate governance, quality improvement and consumer engagement for the organisation. Donald’s commitment to health also led to his appointment on the board of the Northern Australia Primary Health Limited in 2018. Donald is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters of Public Health.