Board Members

Dr Robin Williams

Chair

Dr Robin Williams is a General Practitioner and hospital Visiting Medical Officer at Molong and Yeoval. Having spent a year in Australia as a doctor at Dubbo Base Hospital in 1985/86, before returning to his home in Wales, life as a doctor in rural NSW beckoned and Dr Williams emigrated to Australia in 1997, settling as a General Practitioner in Gulgong. Dr Williams was Chairman of the Dubbo/Plains Division of General Practice from 2000 to 2016. He has also served as a Director and past Chair of the NSW Rural Doctors Network. Dr Williams was the Chair of the Western NSW Local Health District Board until his term finished at the end of 2016, and was also a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health. He has been a General Practitioner VMO at Molong Health Service and Yeoval UPA since 2007. 

Melina Saunders

Ms Melina Saunders

Deputy Chair/Director

Ms Melina Saunders is a proud Wiradjuri and Gunditjmara woman who is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people to build capacity in their own communities.  As a consultant at KPMG Ms Saunders specialises in providing core governance, operations and advisory services for Government projects working with Aboriginal organisations and draws on her extensive experience in facilitating workshops and stakeholder engagement to achieve this. Ms Saunders has spent her career working in Aboriginal organisations, such as the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and the Wirrpanda foundation, helping them to transform into strong and effective institutions to the benefit of the community. She is also a current member of the Netball Australia RAP working group.

Ms Saranne Cooke

Dr Saranne Cooke

Director

Dr Saranne Cooke is a professional director currently serving on a number of boards across a variety of industries including education, health, racing and charities.  Dr Cooke is a Racing NSW Board Member, Deputy Chancellor of Charles Sturt University,Director of Leading Age Services Australia, Trustee Director of HESTA Superannuation and Director of Fisheries RDC and the inaugural Chair of the Western Region NSW Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Cooke holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business (Marketing), a Master of Commercial Law and a PhD Degree in Board Governance. She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Certified Practising Marketer and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. 

Mrs Yvonne Rowling

Mrs Yvonne Rowling

Director

Ms Yvonne Rowling previously served as a non-executive director of Far West NSW Medicare Local.  Ms Rowling holds qualifications in Education and Epidemiology and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She had a long executive career and held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of Sutherland Division of General Practice and Transitional CEO of South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local until retirement in late 2012.

Cathy Baynie

MS CATHY BAYNIE

Director

Cathy has extensive experience in the public, private and aged care sectors. This includes working in Primary Health Care for the last 18 years. Cathy is a Registered Nurse and Certified Practice Manager, having managed both semi-rural and urban practices. Whilst continuing to manage a Multi-Disciplinary General Practice and a Specialist Obstetric Practice, Cathy has held positions with NSW AMA as Practice Management Advisor and is the Academic Director of the Medical Practice Assistant Program with the University of New England Partnerships and consults with practices nationally on governance and practice management issues. Cathy is a Director of the Australian Association of Practice Management and current National President as well as being a Fellow of the Association. Cathy was recently appointed as a member of the Primary Health Reform Advisory Board. Cathy is a firm believer that Practice Managers are key in the development and delivery of strong systems of leadership and management enabling the delivery of quality care in Australian Primary Health Sector.

Mr Greg Sam

MR GREG SAM

Director

Greg has led the Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section since 2013, guiding the organisation through a four-year transformation. Greg has held various international, national and statewide CEO and senior level positions in government, non-government, not-for-profit and private health and social development organisations. His experience includes time with Rural Health Workforce Australia as program director for the AUSAID-funded Fiji Health Sector Improvement Program. Greg has also worked on primary health projects in Central Asia with the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, in a Senior Executive Service position within the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and as a Director in Public Health for the NSW Health Department. Over the years, Greg has held corporate governance positions on many Boards including Palliative Care Australia, Asthma Australia, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council and more. He is currently a NSW Board Director of Carers Australia. Greg is a qualified Nurse and has Bachelor of Applied Science and Business Administration, as well as a Master’s in Public Health.

Dr Vlad Matic

Dr Vlad Matic

Director

Dr Vlad Matic has over 30 years of clinical and management leadership expertise in shaping and transforming the delivery of healthcare. The founder and Lead Consultant of VM Health Solutions, Dr Vlad believes that the best strategy for health organisations and systems is to better leverage their existing capability to maximise patient safety, minimise clinical risk, meet quality standards, maximise revenues and enable sustainable improvements in health outcomes. Experienced and competent mentors, the VMHS team work collaboratively with all levels of a practice or service to effect sustainable improvements in quality and financial stability.

Executive

Andrew Coe

Andrew Coe

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Coe has held various executive roles in healthcare across the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Qatar. Having operated in both private and public healthcare sectors, as well as for other PHNs, Andrew is a highly experienced change management and health systems professional. Andrew has extensive expertise in stakeholder management, quality improvement and outcomes-focused service delivery, and is dedicated to improving health outcomes for residents across our region.

 

 

For further information on our structure, the Organisational Chart is available upon request.