Health Service Chief Executive

Dr Peter Gillies

Peter was appointed as Health Service Chief Executive in October 2021. Previous to that Peter was with Darling Downs Health Service in 2 roles. Initially as Director of Medical Services from 2009 and then as Executive Director of Medical Services until becoming Chief Executive there in January 2016.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and has a Masters of Business Administration from Otago University. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has a background in general management, previously working in the following roles:

  • general manager of a health software company
  • regional manager for a not-for-profit private hospital group in Auckland, New Zealand.

He has been a doctor for nearly 30 years and has worked in hospital and general practice roles in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Chief Operating Officer

Joanne Shaw

Joanne has held numerous leadership positions, with her most recent role as Executive Director Rural at Darling Downs Health. In this role Joanne was accountable for the Rural Division, which is made up of 23 facilities, including:

  • 3 medium sized regional hub hospitals
  • 12 acute rural hospitals
  • 3 multipurpose health services
  • 3 community outpatient clinics
  • 6 residential aged care facilities
  • 2 primary practice clinics.

The facilities are spread across an area of 90,000 square kilometres within the Darling Downs.

Joanne has broad experience in leadership and management roles. This includes an extensive knowledge of strategic and operational leadership to provide high quality, safe, sustainable, patient and family centred care. She has a varied background in different organisations, including tertiary centre work in metropolitan Melbourne and Perth and regional, rural and remote experience in Queensland.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Nursing and is a registered nurse with post graduate qualifications including:

  • Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice
  • Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement
  • Masters of Nursing.

Other notable achievements include graduating from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and publishing in the British Journal of Haematology.

Joanne is passionate about healthcare and she uses values-based leadership to build integrated service models to ultimately improve patient and community outcomes.

Executive Director Legal and Governance

Julian Tommei

Julian joined Sunshine Coast Health in January 2022 as Executive Director, Legal and Governance. He has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate law and governance in both Australia and New Zealand.

Julian studied a Bachelor of Arts (1985) at the University of Natal in South Africa and law at the University of the Witwatersrand (1998). He was admitted as a Solicitor in South Africa (1992), as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand (2003) and as a Solicitor in Australia (2012).

He excels in the provision of inhouse legal services, risk management, legislative compliance and corporate governance.

Before joining Sunshine Coast Health, Julian worked as:

  • Executive Director Legal and Governance Darling Downs Health
  • Legal Counsel at Southland and Otago District Heath Boards in New Zealand.

Julian is a member of the Queensland Law Society, and has interests in leadership development, culture change in the workplace. Outside of the office enjoys sport, music and fishing.

Chief Finance Officer

Karen Dean

Karen joined SCHHS in 2017 as the Manager of Finance and Business Analysis. In late 2021 she acted as the Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the health service.

Prior to joining SCHHS, Karen worked at PwC providing consulting services to a range clients to ensure the financial sustainability of organisations. She led engagements that included the development and implementation of organisational design and transformation projects, funding model reviews, cost saving projects, benchmarking and finance shared services review.

In her earlier career, Karen held roles as a management accountant for federal government departments and worked overseas at a multi-national financial services company.

The transition between management accounting and management consulting has provided Karen with a holistic understanding of organisational challenges, and how to use a financial and analytical foundation to shape and execute business transformation programs.

Karen volunteers as Treasurer for a local lifesaving club and has volunteered for CPA as an elected member of the CPA divisional council (ACT).

She is a qualified CPA with a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance), receiving the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance award for outstanding academic performance.

Executive Director People and Culture

Silven Simmons

Silven has recently joined SCHHS in January 2022 as the Executive Director, People and Culture.  Prior to this Silven worked as the Senior Director, People Safety and Performance Unit and Executive Director, Employment Relations, Human Resources Branch, Corporate Services Division with Queensland Health for 5 years.  Silven has also worked as the General Manager, Human Resources for Roads and Maritime Services in New South Wales.

Silven has more than 20 years’ experience working in senior human resources and corporate professional roles with demonstrated experience managing large corporate functions through periods of significant change and transformation in large and complex environments.

Silven has a strong working knowledge of state and federal industrial instruments including culture and engagement, transformation and change, negotiations of awards and enterprise agreements and organisational development.

Silven has strong stakeholder management skills with an ability to work across all levels of an organisation and able to drive the people agenda at an executive level.

Silven has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Executive Director Medical Services

Dr Marlene Pearce

Marlene commenced as the Executive Director of Medical Services in March 2022. She completed a Bachelor of Science (2004) and MBBS at The University of Queensland (2008), and went on to obtain her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2014) in Victoria. She holds a Master of Health Administration from Monash University (2021).

Marlene commenced as the Executive Director of Medical Services in March 2022. She completed a Bachelor of Science (2004) and MBBS at The University of Queensland (2008), and went on to obtain her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2014) in Victoria. She holds a Master of Health Administration from Monash University (2021).

Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery

Suzanne Metcalf

Suzanne began her role as Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery in February 2017.

Before that, she had worked as the Director of Nursing Services at a large metropolitan health service in Melbourne, Victoria.

Suzanne’s background is in renal nursing, education, safety, quality and workforce development. She has extensive nursing leadership experience in Australia and England.

Executive Director Allied Health

Dr Gemma Turato

Gemma started in the role of Executive Director Allied Health in September 2017. She has worked for Sunshine Coast Health since 2005 in a variety of clinical and leadership roles.

Gemma has extensive experience in allied health leadership, starting her career in New Zealand in 1991 and then in Australia from 2004.

She completed a Masters in Human Movement Science at the University of Wollongong in 1995. She recently completed a doctoral program through the University Sunshine Coast completing research on allied health leadership.

Last updated: June 2022