The Townsville Hospital and Health Board comprises 9 independent members who draw upon their individual skills and experience to set the strategic direction of the health service and deliver on key priorities for our communities.
The Board derives its authority from the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 and the Hospital and Health Boards Regulation 2012. The Board, through the Chair, reports to the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services.
The following five committees also support the functions of the Board:
- Audit and Risk
- Safety and Quality
- Stakeholder Engagement
The Board also seeks advice from the following advisory councils:
- Clinical Council
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Advisory Council
- Consumer Advisory Council
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. Tony is also a director of the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network Limited.
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.
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 QLD 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.
Chris Castles is a principal of the Ingham based accounting firm Coscer Accountants, as well as Zest Financial Solutions which has offices in 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 a member of the Finance Committee and Stakeholder Engagement Committee.
Dr Eric Guazzo OAM
Dr Eric Guazzo has been in combined public/private neurosurgery practice based in Townsville since 1994 and is the Director of Neurosurgery for the North Queensland region.
Eric is a member and past president of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, Associate Professor at the James Cook University Medical School, deputy senior examiner in neurosurgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), member of the Academy of Surgical Educators of the RACS and Deputy Chair of the Neurology/Neurosurgery Medical Assessment Tribunal for the Queensland Compensation Regulatory Authority. He has served on many hospital and health committees and related boards. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a university qualification in Business Management. He completed his medical doctorate at the University of Cambridge. Eric was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013 for his services to neurosurgery.
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 the Townsville 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 The Townsville 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 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.