The Townsville Hospital and Health Board comprises nine 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:
Tony Mooney AM
Tony Mooney is the current Chair of the THHB (commencing in May 2016) and THHB (‘Board’) Executive Committee. Tony is a Member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, Board Finance Committee, Board Safety and Quality Committee and Board Stakeholder Engagement Committee.
Tony is the Chair of Queensland Government’s Resources Community Infrastructure Fund Advisory Committee and holds Director positions at Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre and North Queensland Bulk Ports. He is also a member of the Upper Burdekin Irrigation Project Reference Panel. Previously Tony 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 appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to local government and the community.
Tony previously 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 is the longest-serving Townsville Hospital and Health Board Member and is currently Deputy Board Chair, Chair of the Board Finance Committee, Deputy Chair of the Board Executive Committee and Member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee. Michelle has held the position of Chair of Queensland Health’s Finance and Audit Committee since 2018.
Michelle has extensive experience in the administration of hospital services, financial management and organisation as well as risk management, regulatory compliance, corporate and public-sector governance. Michelle is a Managing Partner of a law firm and holds several Board positions including Member of the Racing Queensland Thoroughbred Advisory Committee. Michelle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations and Personal Injuries.
Debra Burden, a degree-qualified accountant, is the Chief Executive Officer of selectability and selectability Training.
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 has previously been recognised by Queensland Business Review and Queensland Telstra Businesswomen’s Industry Awards.
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. Recent previous Board positions include Deputy Chair of North and West Remote Health, North Queensland Primary Health Network and Tooth Booth Ltd.
Debra is the current Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Board Executive Committee and Board Finance Committee.
Luke Guazzo is the newest member of the Board, appointed in April 2022. No stranger to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service having served on the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee from 2018 to 2021. Luke brings with him broad business and governance experience accrued in his near 20-year career in North Queensland.
Luke is the current Chief Executive Officer of Northern Australia Primary Health Limited and holds committee level positions on various not-for-profit and commercial sector boards. Luke remains a strong advocate for ensuring health equity across our region, born in Ingham and raising a young family in Townsville.
Luke graduated from James Cook University (B.Com Accounting) and completed his CPA through Deakin University. Numerous industry awards have acknowledged his professional authority in the fields of business strategy and leadership.
Nicole Hayes is currently the Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Legacy. Her previous health-related roles include managing the Department of Education and Training’s Hospital School, based in the Townsville Hospital Paediatric Unit.
Nicole also ran the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ education program in Northern Queensland.
Nicole has successfully project managed initiatives to support at-risk and disadvantaged youth, with a focus on Indigenous engagement including a major youth suicide prevention pilot project for Queensland Health and Education Queensland.
Nicole previously led the Federal Government-funded Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program for James Cook University, boosting university participation for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the Marketing and Business Development leader for AECOM across Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Nicole is a Graduate of the Australian Company Directors. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Administration (MBA), and has completed the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Certificate of Engagement.
Nicole joined the Townsville Hospital and Health Board in 2019 and is the Deputy Chair of the Board’s Stakeholder Engagement Committee.
Danette (Danni) Hocking
Danni Hocking is a Senior Director in Occupational Therapy/Allied Health with over 20 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 within the NDIS. Danni has broad experience in managing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs and 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 and completed the AICD course in 2019.
Danni joined the Townsville Hospital and Health Board in 2019 and is the Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Ajay Rane OAM
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).
Professor Rane holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Poona and a PhD from JCU.
Ajay was a finalist for Australian of the Year in 2012 and was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013. In 2016, the Government of India awarded Ajay the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Award for Humanitarian Work in Women’s Health.
In 2021, Ajay received a Queensland Great award for his work both locally and across the developing world as a champion for women’s reproductive rights and for the care of women with urinary incontinence and pelvic dysfunction.
Ajay also received a Public Service Medal in the 2022 Queen’s birthday honours list for outstanding public service in Women’s health in Queensland. Professor Rane has spent two decades treating and operating on women with catastrophic childbirth injuries in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Donald Whaleboat is a senior lecturer at the College of Medicine and Dentistry and Associate Dean at Indigenous Health, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University (JCU).
Donald’s experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare, health promotion and health workforce development spans nearly three decades.
Donald has served as a member of the Board since 2012 and is the Chair of the Board Stakeholder Engagement Committee and Deputy Chair of the Safety and Quality Committee.
Donald was a 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 to the Board of the Northern Australia Primary Health Limited in 2018. Donald is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Public Health.
Georgina Whelan is Site Manager at Townsville’s Icon Cancer Centre. Georgina is a Registered Nurse with over 27 years’ experience in the health industry across both public and private health sectors. Georgina has experience across a range of medical and surgical specialties, however, has a reputable passion and commitment to the specialty of oncology where she has dedicated the last two decades of her career.
Georgina has a demonstrated passion and drive for regional cancer care by ensuring patients have equitable access and exceptional standards of care. She has successfully commissioned and established cancer day hospitals in both Townsville and Mackay.
Georgina completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia in 1995 and started her nursing career at The Royal Adelaide Hospital. Georgina relocated to Townsville in 2002, working as a Registered Nurse at the Townsville University Hospital oncology unit and was later appointed as Clinical Nurse in the Oncology Day Unit.
Georgina moved into the role of Site Manager at Icon Cancer Centre in 2013, where she has developed exceptional leadership and business management attributes. Georgina has since completed her Master of Business Administration through the Australian Institute of Business and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Georgina also holds an Advisory Board position for an international organisation developing an integrated oncology software solution.
Georgina joined the Townsville Hospital and Health Board in 2020. Georgina is the Deputy Chair of Board Finance Committee, a member of both the Board Audit and Risk and Board Stakeholder and Engagement Committees.