Ballarat Health Services Board members


Natalie Reiter 

BBus (Marketing) BA (Psychology) MBA 

Director since 2016

Term of appointment 01.07.19 - 30.06.22

Natalie was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 and was Chair of the People & Culture Committee at BHS for three years.
Natalie is a past Board Member of North East Health and St Luke’s Anglicare Bendigo. Natalie was previously General Manager City Strategy for the City of Ballarat, where she led the development of Today Tomorrow Together: The Ballarat Strategy, the long-term plan for Ballarat to 2040.

Natalie has particular expertise in strategy development to deliver transformational change, facilitation and strategic and business planning. Natalie’s skills lie in seeing the big picture, translating numbers into strategy and maintaining a focus on achieving the desired outcomes for the project.

Natalie has published internationally on the topic of work-life balance and has a keen interest in fostering constructive culture in organisations.


Simon Bond 

GradCertTech GradDipInfoTech MACS CP MAICD 

Director since 2017

Term of appointment 01.07.17 - 30.06.20


David Miller 


Director since 2015

Term of appointment 01.07.18 - 30.06.21


Professor Penelope Paliadelis  

RN BNurs MNurs(Hons) PhD (UNE), MACN

Director since 2017

Term of appointment 01.07.17 - 30.06.20


Penny Paliadelis has recently retired from her role as Professor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, Federation University Australia. She retains an Adjunct Professorial role at Federation University and continues to work as a Higher Education Consultant for a number of higher education providers. Prior to relocating to Victoria in 2013, Penny worked at the University of New England in NSW, in a range of leadership roles. Penny has led the development of high-quality, innovative, accredited health curricula across a number of health disciplines, many offered by flexible online delivery. Prior to moving into an academic role in 1999, Penny taught health curricula at the New England Institute of TAFE and worked as a Registered Nurse. Penny’s clinical career has spanned both metropolitan and rural health service roles working in acute care setting, such as emergency departments, intensive care and cardiac investigation units.

Penny has presented her research nationally and internationally and published widely in scholarly journals. She has recently edited a nursing textbook that will be available in 2019. Her research interests and experience are focused on leadership roles in health and  the nursing profession. She has led a number of funded projects to create more collaborative inter-professional health education always with a focus on workforce capacity-building.

Penny is a successful PhD supervisor and examiner and has guided many students to complete their doctoral studies. She is listed on the National Register of Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Experts for curriculum design, and healthcare education.

Penny is passionate about encouraging, supporting and mentoring women who aspire to leadership positions in health and higher education settings. She has developed a reputation for encouraging and supporting scholarly and research collaborations within and across health disciplines. Penny led a ‘women in leadership’ initiative at Federation University that supported academic women who aspired to leadership roles.


Dr. Peter Lynch  

M.B.B.S.(Melbourne), M.H.A.(U.N.S.W.), G.A.I.C.D.,F.R.A.C.P. 

Director since 2018

Term of appointment 01.07.18 - 30.06.21


Dr Peter Lynch joined the Board of Ballarat Health Services in July 2018 and has become a member of the Quality Care and Audit and Risk Committees. 

He has previously served on the Boards of Peninsula Health (2000-2004), the National Ageing Research Institute (1997-1998), Uniting Aged Care of Victoria  and Tasmania (2006-2008) and Frankston- Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local (2012- 2015).

He has worked as a clinical specialist Physician and Geriatrician in a wide variety of clinical, management and  research positions in Victoria, Northern Territory and overseas in both the public and private sectors over the past 40 years.

As a Clinician /Manager he has held several Clinical Director positions at major public Metropolitan Health Services over the past 20 years.

He has been the author or co-author of 6 medical papers, published in peer review international medical journals between 1980 and 2009. He has presented or been a co-author of 21 scientific presentations at national and international medical conferences between 1979 and 2014. He has had several opinion pieces published in daily newspapers. 

He has been a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (1987-1997) and the National Health and Medical Research Council ( 1992-1993).

He worked as Senior Medical Officer in the then AIDS-STD Unit and as Chief Medical Officer for what was then Health Department Victoria from 1989 – 1993 with wide ranging involvement and responsibility for a variety of services.

He has a particular interest in the quality and accessibility of health services,  in good systems of clinical and corporate governance, in appropriate relationships between Governance  Boards and executive management, in ethical and medicolegal issues and ensuring consumer rights in the delivery of complex health services.          


Cora Trevarthen   

PostGrad Dip (Public History, Heritage), GAICD 

Director since 2019

Term of appointment 01.07.19 - 30.06.22


Ms Cora Trevarthen is the Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University. .

Following her successful tenure as a group agribusiness executive at Webster Limited, Cora Trevarthen has more than fifteen years' experience in strategic advisory roles including regional development, creative industries, higher education and innovation.

Her high-level, applied policy instincts are complimented by effective communication and project leadership skills. 

Cora is a director of the Committee for Geelong and serves on the executive of the Ballarat chapter of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   

Cora is an active researcher, member of the Alfred Deakin Institute and contributed to Australia’s Gateway Cities:  Gateways to Growth which was launched in November 2019 by the Australian Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure.


Jane Poletti   

LLB, BSc, MMgt (Strategic Foresight), GAICD

Director since 2019

Term of appointment 01.07.19 - 30.06.22


Jane was appointed to the BHS Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Board’s Quality Committee and chairs the People and Culture Board Committee.

Jane has more than 10 years of experience as a director on health-related Boards. She is currently a director of the Rural Workforce Agency of Victoria and was a director of BreastScreen Victoria for 3 terms. She has extensive board governance experience, which includes chairing the governance committee for both these organisations. She has also served on numerous advisory boards in the entrepreneurial sector.

Jane has extensive senior management experience working in high-growth and start-up organisations, undergoing significant transformation, both in Australia and internationally. Jane has substantive practical experience as a lawyer and business consultant, working with company boards and senior management across a range of areas, including commercialisation of intellectual property, internet enabled businesses, healthcare products/services and commercial property. She currently works as general counsel for an organisation that delivers online population demographic and forecasting solutions to government and private sector organisations, Australia-wide.

Jane developed a keen interest in public health during her time with BreastScreen Victoria and has pursued this interest through RWAV [its mission to make primary healthcare more accessible to rural and remotely located Victorians] and now BHS.  With her strategic foresight qualification and skill, Jane values a longer-term sustainable approach to problem solving and balances this with pragmatism, commercial considerations and evidenced-based thinking to make informed decisions.


David Anderson    

B Comm, M Comm (Finance), FHFMA, GAICD

Director since 2019

Term of appointment 01.07.19 - 30.06.22


David Anderson has recently retired from Peninsula Health, where he was Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2018.  He retains an active interest in the sector with short-term roles and is currently a Director of the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital.

At Peninsula Health, David was responsible for all finance and accounting functions, as well as being responsible for payroll, supply and other corporate services; and was the executive responsible for the Finance and Resources Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.  He also held portfolio responsibility for risk management.

David has also had an active involvement in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and was a board member of the association from 2013 to 2017.

David had previous experience in the Department of Health and Human Services, with responsibilities for financial analysis of health services, budgeting and healthfunding matters.  He had previous experience in water resources and irrigation, and also had experience in the economic and financial evaluation of projects for international aid agencies.

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