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.

September 2017October 2017November 2017February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018

Board Members

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

PresidentPeter Matthews Peter and his family have lived near 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 PresidentGerald AshmanGerald was appointed to the Board on 1 July, 2014.

The Hon. Gerald Ashman lives in Kyneton and brings executive management and corporate communication skills to the board. He has served on many parliamentary committees (1980 – 90’s) during his membership of the Legislative Council of Victoria and seats for Boronia and Koonung Province. Gerald has many memberships and interests in the local community.
TreasurerSteven WlazlySteven was appointed to the Board in July 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 will enhance 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.
Rhyl GouldRhyl 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 will be a great asset to the Board.
Jayne HowleyJane joined the Board in July, 2011. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts (History & Politics) and a Master of Communications (PR). Jane brings a practical understanding of community consultation and community engagement for providing focused solutions and mutually beneficial outcomes to the Board.

Jane held a senior role in the UK National Health Service where she gained an understanding of the funding and hospital systems of the world’s biggest healthcare provider.
Bronwyn MalignaggiBronwyn joined the Board in 2016. Bronwyn 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.
Danielle RomanesDanielle joined the Board in 2016. Danielle is a health economist with expertise in clinical governance, safety & quality, health information and analytics. She also has experience managing community service organisations.

Danielle joined the Board to gain experience in hospital governance and make a positive contribution to safety and quality of care.
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 commencing in the role in February 2018. 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, Michael was appointed to the Board in July, 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 Latrobe Business School teaching in IT ethics and corporate governance.

Michael holds B.Sc.(Math.Sc.) and MBA (Computing) degrees, and is also currently undertaking research in corporate governance for a doctorate at Victoria Law School.