The Foundation is governed by an independent Council, which oversees all donations.

Each year the BHS Foundation reinvests donated funds, generating interest, which is then drawn down on to support Ballarat Health Service's key strategic goals. Reinvestment of these funds ensures that your gift will provide patients with the best possible facilities, equipment, surgical expertise and access to research, long into the future.

Chairman of the Board - Lindsay Florence 
Appointed June 2012

Lindsay Florence is a retired Superintendent of Police and current Rotarian. Awarded the Australian Police Medal and Paul Harris Fellow, for services to the community. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. He brings experience covering Ethical Standards and Community Engagement to the Foundation along with a desire to contribute to the local community.


Vice Chairperson - Mark Patterson 
Appointed July 2007

Mark is Executive Manager - Sport and Active Living at the City of Ballarat. Formerly a long-standing AFL sports administrator and board member of BHS, where his understanding and ongoing passion to support the foundation was created. Mark is also Chairman and board member of Keystone Radiology, and a board member of Ballarat and Clarendon College.


Treasurer - Timothy Bodey
Appointed March 2020

Tim began his professional career with Huntley, McArdle & Glass back in 1996 and progressed quickly to become a partner in 2003. The HMG business then merged into what has now become the Findex Group in 2006 where Tim has continued as a Business Advisory Partner. Tim completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Federation University Australia, formerly University of Ballarat. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, holds a Certificate of Public Practice (CAANZ), is the current National Treasurer of Pipe Bands Australia and is a former President and Treasurer of a number of not-for-profit organisations over his time.


Secretary - Geoff Millar
Appointed April 2008

Geoff’s commitment to the Foundation continues following the completion of his twenty years as Director of Foundation and Fundraising.

His endeavors now focus on ensuring that philanthropic gifts to the Foundation in support of Ballarat Health Services are prudently managed and strategically applied to enable our staff to deliver the best health care to our community.

Geoff is also a director of the Ballarat Grammar Foundation and has had an extensive career in education administration, teaching and curriculum development and as an advocate of Government Health Policy.

Looking forward, the redevelopment of the Base Hospital site presents an opportunity for the Foundation to be engaged in the creation of a state-of-the-art health care facility.


Member - George Fong   
Appointed October 2005

George is currently Executive Director of local Internet company Lateral Plains. After practicing shipping and admiralty law in Singapore, George moved to Australia in 1987 to lecture at what is now Federation University. 

He co-founded NetConnect Communications in 1994, one of the first regional ISPs in Australia and has over 30 years of IT experience in teaching, management and consultancy, focusing on regional telecommunications.



He is past Chair of the Internet Australia, a chapter of the global Internet Society, and is a Council member and former Deputy Chancellor of Federation University Australia. George is also Chair of the Central Highlands Regional Partnership and a member of the Victorian Government’s Regional Development Advisory Group. He is Immediate Past Chair of the BHS Foundation


Member - Peter McCracken
Appointed September 1993

After nearly 7 years as counsel “when required “ for Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc, Peter McCracken is now fully retired after some 45 years in legal practice in Ballarat. He is a former member of the combined Ethics Committee for the Ballarat Base & St John of God hospitals, a former Board member and president of YMCA Ballarat, a former member of the National board of YMCA Australia, the former president of the Regional Pool committee, a past Honorary Solicitor for Golden Point Football Club, a past member and president of the Ballarat Club and former president and current member of Ballarat Health Services Foundation.

Peter is a Life Member of YMCA, Ballarat, a Life Governor of Ballarat Health Services and the last Senior partner of Cuthberts, Barristers & Solicitors. He played a few games with South Melbourne Football Club during his time at Monash University and was awarded best and fairest player at the conclusion of the inter-varsity football carnival in Perth in 1972.


Member – Janet Ross
Appointed November 2019

Janet Ross has acquired a wide range of experience and expertise during her time in the health industry. Jan is a past trainee of BBH, was Director of Nursing of Casterton Hospital, Director of Nursing and Chief Executive Officer of Creswick Hospital and Director of Nursing and Chief Executive Officer for Penshurst District Health Services.

Jan also held the position of CEO of Colac Area Health and was a consultant in Health Services and Government coordinating surveys throughout Victoria. Jan was President of the Ballarat Trained Nurses League and received an OAM for her long term commitment to Rural Health. Jan is a proud Rotarian of 29 years.

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