Our Board

The KDH Board of Management is appointed by the Minister for Health, and it has well defined responsibilities. The Board is accountable for our service performance.  Board members do not participate in the day-to-day management of our health service. Their expertise is utilised to govern and provide oversight.

The Board develops strategies, oversees financial and service performance, responds and adapts to challenges and opportunities, and ensures that Kyneton District Health meets regulatory and government policy requirements and standards.

Board Key Points

Key points from Board Meetings over the last twelve months are available to view in the following table.

October 2018November 2018December 2018February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019

Board Members

Our Board members volunteer their time to bring a range of expertise and complementary skills to govern KDH.

PresidentPeter Matthews Peter joined the KDH board in 2013 and has lived with his family in nearby Woodend since the mid-1990s. He has worked in the creative arts as an artist, manager, consultant and academic for over 35 years, most recently at the University of Ballarat. As a dancer and choreographer he worked throughout Australia and internationally. He has undertaken consultancy work for arts organisations, universities and government agencies. Peter has 20 years experience on Boards and committees, many as Chair. He holds qualifications in Engineering, Performing Arts and Management. The University of Ballarat granted Peter the title of Emeritus Professor in February 2013.
Vice-PresidentBronwyn MalignaggiBronwyn joined the Board in 2016. She is a business executive with sound experience in Financial Services and Oil & Energy sectors; specialising in IT governance, audit and risk committees and establishing /transforming large functional organisations particularly in a shared services structure.

Bronwyn contributes to Board decision making and problem solving through her skills gained from the various senior committees she has sat on.

Bronwyn has proven operational leadership abilities gained from managing large multijurisdictional teams within a complex global environment and thus aware of the risks and governance issues boards face today. Comprehensive people skills, excellent situational management style, decisive and calm under pressure.
TreasurerSteven WlazlySteven was appointed to the Board in 2015. He is the Budget and Finance Manager for the Grampians Region of the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning. Prior to this he has 16 years’ experience in finance roles across emergency services and acute health. Steven's experience enhances the Board’s expertise in audit, finance and risk management.
Ann CatchloveAnn joined the Board in 2016. She's an experienced public interest lawyer, committee and working group member. She is recognised as a thoughtful and constructive leader and team member with a clear understanding of the perspective of stakeholders.

Ann has a good knowledge of corporate governance through committee and legal experience. She has represented the Law Institute of Victoria and the legal profession on a range of high level committees and working groups.

Ann has excellent knowledge of the health system and the laws impacting on the provision of health care through serving on a range of committees related to health care. Ann also has experience building constructive relationships with internal and external stakeholders both as a lawyer and committee member.
Mary DelahuntyMary joined the KDH board in 2019. She is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a proven senior leader with high-level experience in Media, Government and the Not For Profit Sector. Mary is a non-executive Director of a number of non-for-profit companies, a former senior state Government Minister, an award winning television journalist and presenter, a published author and a media and strategy consultant. She is experienced in organisational transition and managing stakeholder relationships. Mary Delahunty
Rhyl GouldRhyl joined the KDH board in 2013. She is a Director of her own Consultancy which provides Executive Coaching and Mentoring in the Health Sector. Rhyl has more than 35 years’ experience in public health, working in direct clinical roles and the last 15 years in management roles.

Rhyl has exceptional strategic planning experience and the ability to understand the broader policy context. Her understanding of governance and ability to reflect community views is a great asset to the Board.
Alexander (Sandy) HeriotProfessor Alexander (Sandy) Heriot joined the board in 2019. He is the Director of Cancer Surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and a consultant colorectal surgeon and Director of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tumour Stream at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is an Honorary Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and undertakes private practice at Epworth Hospital.

In his role as Director of Cancer Surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, he is responsible for operations, finances and research. He also oversees credentialing and scope of practice for all the medical staff, as well as ensuring ongoing quality of care through clinical governance and audit.
Alexandra Sandy Heriot
Karen O’SullivanKaren joined the board in 2018 and is a member of the Consumer and Community Advisory Committee.
Karen has over 25 years’ experience as a journalist, working across TV and Radio news. She has a special interest in Health Reporting and spent 13 years as Senior Health Reporter at Channel 7 News.
Her community involvement revolves around the Kyneton Football Netball Club where she has been an executive member since 2013. In 2018 she became the club’s first female President in 150 years.
Karen O'Sullivan
Robert RothnieRobert was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Subcommittee.

Robert is currently the Director of Service Planning and Development at Western Health. He has previously held roles at the Victorian Healthcare Association and the Victorian Public Service. Robert holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science.
Felicity ToppFelicity is the Chief Executive of Peninsula Health. She joined the KDH board in 2017.

Felicity is an experienced health executive with a clinical background in nursing. Most recently Felicity worked at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where she was the Deputy Chief Executive, and prior to that the Chief Operating Officer. She has also held senior roles at Barwon Health and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well senior nursing roles in Saudi Arabia. Felicity has a Masters of Public Health, Graduate Diploma of Health Counselling, Bachelor of Nursing Science and a Certificate in Critical Care Nursing. Felicity is on the Board of the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Committee for Greater Frankston.
Michael WildenauerA resident of the Macedon Ranges since 2003, Dr Michael Wildenauer was appointed to the Board in 2015.

He has more than 20 years experience in technology leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, in Australia, the US, UK and Europe, and has served on the Alfred Health Human Research Ethics Committee on the Drugs and Interventions panel. He is currently a Professor of Practice at the La Trobe Business School teaching in ethics and corporate governance.

Michael holds B.Sc.(Math.Sc.) and MBA (Computing) degrees, in addition to a PhD in corporate governance.
Michael Wildenauer KDH Board Member