Board Members

Ms Jane Schwager AO - Chair

Ms Jane Schwager has led both government departments and national non-profit organizations and is now working independently as a board director, mediator and consultant primarily in the area of workplace disputes, philanthropy, management, strategy and governance.  She is a general member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and a nationally accredited mediator.

Jane has previously worked in the Departments of Health, Community Services, Ageing and Disability and Treasury in the NSW Government. During her time in Government she was the Director General of the NSW Department of Ageing and Disability and the NSW Social Policy Directorate. She has a solid understanding of political processes and government accountability and is well networked into the leadership of the business, government and nonprofit sectors in Australia.  In 2009 she was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for her services to nonprofits and government and was a recipient of a 2003 Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society in Business Leadership. She was also a recipient of the Harvard Club of Australia Non-Profit Fellowship in 2001.

Jane has a depth of experience consulting and engaging with communities across NSW and Australia.  As head of NSW Dept of Ageing and Disability, the NSW Social Policy Directorate and CEO of The Benevolent Society she consulted extensively with individuals and groups in  residential facilities and community based services in the community health, Ageing, Disability and child protection communities.  In particular she led consultations across NSW for International Year of the Family and International Year of the Child.  During her time in Government she also lectured on and wrote papers on Community Development and Social Capital.  She also wrote the first NSW Government manual on community consultation.

Jane has also consulted extensively with Indigenous Groups across rural NSW.  When reviewing support for Indigenous young people for the NSW Government, she consulted with communities in Moree, Walget,Wee Waa, Wilcannia, Toomelah, Bourke, Wellington, Dubbo, Goondiwindi and Mungindi. Following this review she worked collaboratively with the Wilcannia community towards establishing a range of community directed services. She also collaborated with the Rock Eisteddfod to establish the Croc Festivals targeting remote and indigenous communities.  Over a ten year period she visited remote and indigenous communities across Australia as part of the Croc Festival program.

Dr David Briggs

Dr David Briggs has a Bachelor of Health Administration, a Masters of Health Management, PhD (UNE) and an honorary Doctorate in Public Health (Naresuan University, Thailand). He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, a Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives, Adjunct Associate Professor, Rural Medical School and the School of Health, University of New England and Editor, Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management.

David has extensive senior management experience in the public health sector, which includes Chair, New England Medicare Local, CEO of a large Area Health Service, General Manager of a District Health Service, and CEO of a 300 bed acute regional referral hospital, as well as extensive experience in both rural and community health services and in the accreditation of health and aged care services. His consultancy, research and publications include work in the health sector, most recently in primary health care, in the Asia Pacific as well as Australia.

Dr Grahame Deane AM - Member of the Order of Australia

Dr Grahame Deane is a rural procedural general practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in rural general practice (MBBS, DACOG, FRACGP, FACRRM, DRANZCOG (Advanced)).

Grahame has had vast experience as a Board Director including over 15 years as a director on the Barwon Division of General practice (10 years as Chair), 10 years as a director on the NSW Rural Doctors Network (3 years as Chair), a past director of the Australian Rural Workforce Agency Group, and a past director of Gunnedah Rural Health. Grahame was the inaugural recipient of the Dr Aloizos Medal for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Divisions Network (National), and was the recipient of the RDAA Australian Rural Doctor of the Year (2011).
Mr Michael DiRienzo

Mr Michael DiRienzo is the Chief Executive of Hunter New England Health. He is responsible for all services across the district from small rural community health centres to major tertiary referral hospitals. With over 15,500 staff and an expenditure budget of $1.8 billion per annum, Hunter New England Health provides services to a community of more than 850,000 people across an area of 130,000 square kilometres.

Dr Belinda Guest

Dr Belinda Guest is a general practitioner (BMed, BMedSc (Hons), DCH, FRACGP, GAICD). Belinda is currently a director of General Practice Training Valley to Coast and a member of the RACGP National Standing Committee for GP Advocacy and Support.

As a GP in the Newcastle region, Belinda supervises Registrars, PGPPP doctors and medical students. She was previously Chairperson for General Practice Registrars Australia and understands the powerful role that primary health care can play in improving the health of communities.
Mr Graham  McGuinness OAM  

Graham McGuinness has a Bachelor of Health Administration degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations and is a past President and current Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives.

Graham has had vast Board Director and consultancy experience at the executive level, over 50 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and is passionate about the delivery of the Central Coast’s healthcare/ hospital system. Graham is currently on the Board of the Central Coast Local Health District, Chair of the Central Coast Community Care Association (an aged care organisation), Chair of Employment & Training Australia, (a Central Coast Training organisation) and a Director of the Central Coast Hospice, Palliative Care Foundation, Regional Development Australia, PACE Limited and Salvation Army Regional Advisory Board. He was a past CEO of the Central Coast Area Health Service.

Mrs Elizabeth Ward

Mrs Elizabeth Ward is a Physiotherapist and Hand Therapist and is currently the Practice Principal of Coastal Physiotherapy Clinic/ Coastal Hand Clinic. She has previously been Deputy Physiotherapist in Charge Central Coast Area Health Service (1985-1995), Vice President of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) (2006-2010), Chair of the AHTA Research Subcommittee and Scholarship Committee (2006-2010), Chair of the AHTA Governance Committee (2010-2014), and was Conferred Life Membership of the AHTA in 2014.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science (UNSW), Post Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (USyd), Master of Public Health (USyd) majoring in health care management and health promotion, Master of Health Science (USyd), and has satisfied the requirements for Graduate Membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Dr Trent Watson

Dr Trent Watson is a dietitian with doctoral qualifications (BHSC (N&D), PhD, APD, GAICD). He is the CEO of Ethos Health, a multidisciplinary allied health business based in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

Trent brings 20 years’ experience in finding new ways to integrate the knowledge, skills and resources of allied health professionals and smart technology into medical practice to improve access, efficiencies and equity in health care, and improve quality, safety, performance and accountability of health care services.

Dr Andrew Montague

Dr Andrew Montague is Chief Executive of Central Coast Local Health District. Dr Montague has extensive clinical and senior management experience within the health sector in both QLD and NSW. He was previously the Executive Director Operations for Northern Sydney Local Health District, where he also acted as the Chief Executive for an extended period.

Dr Montague studied medicine at the University of New South Wales and has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of NSW. He is a fellow of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. He has held the roles of Director of Medical Services, Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland; Deputy Director of Medical Services, Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of Medical Services Northern Beaches Health Service.’

Mr Anthony Ashby

Mr Anthony Ashby is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor and has over 20 years domestic and international experience in public accounting (CA, RCA, B.Comm), with industry specialisation within the NFP and NGO sectors.

Anthony’s accounting business provides a mix of assurance, taxation, accounting and consulting services to his diverse client base which includes those within the health sector.

Anthony is an experienced Board Director, serving on numerous Boards including; Indigenous Business Australia, Indigenous Land Corporation and National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

Mr Bradley Twynham

Mr Bradley Twynham is a Technology Entrepreneur and Innovator, Strategy Consultant and Investor/Board Director with over 25 years working and consulting in the areas of enterprise technology adoption and enterprise operating model transformation. Integrated Patient Care, Health Data Analytics and Patient Engagement have been a major area of focus over the last 3 years.

Bradley has successfully started and built technology companies and has also acted in roles ranging from CEO to Corporate Development to Technology Strategy Consulting. Currently an investor in a number of companies focused on preventative health care, he resides on a number of Boards and acts as a Board Advisor.

Bradley is also a member of the Central Coast Medical Precinct Task Force which is a Federal Government Initiative focused on the Economic Development of the Central Coast Region, and is a Board Member of the Central Coast Montessori Primary School. Brad is a member of The Institute of Company Directors and Director Institute and also holds a number of International Memberships with Information Technology and Health Care Technology working groups and think tanks.