Board of Governors

Mr David Whitbread - Chair

David Whitbread is a Chartered Accountant, and a former Partner and Board member of Deloitte Australia.

He holds a B Ec. from Adelaide University, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was the first SA State Chairman of the AICD on its inception.

David is a Director of a number of family businesses, including Harcourts International Ltd (NZ based), Chairman of 10 Harcourts’ subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand, and the Mitolo Agricultural and Wine Groups.

 

Dr Mary Sutherland - Deputy Chair

Dr Mary Sutherland is an Associate of the Stace Anaesthetic Practise in Wakefield Street, Adelaide. She is a graduate of the Adelaide University and has practiced anaesthetics in SA since gaining her specialist qualifications. She has had a long association with St Andrew's Hospital and is also involved with its Peer Review and Clinical Review Committees.

 

Mr Ken Williams

Ken is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of St Andrew's Hospital and has been on the board since February, 2005.

Ken holds a B ec (Hons) from Macquarie University, NSW.

His background is in corporate finance, investment management and treasury in both mining and aviation, having worked with Normandy Mining, Rension Goldfields, Qantas Airways and National Jet Systems.

He is also currently a director of AWE Limited, Havilah Resources NL, Curnamona Energy Limited, Geothermal Resources Limited and is a board member and Chairman of the Investments Committee of Local Super SA.

 

Dr Robert (Bob) Armstrong

Bob has extensive experience in financial services and accounting, including investment, takeovers, financial product development and funds management. Acted as chairman and director of numerous private companies and also had responsibility for information technology and human resources. Retired from workforce and undertaking a PhD in French studies at Adelaide University.

 

Professor Robert Fraser AM

Professor Robert Fraser has a personal chair at The University of Adelaide. He was Head of the Spinal Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital from 1985-2005. He was the Foundation President of the Spine Society of Australia and is a past President of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He is Deputy Editor of the international journal Spine. His list of publications include 120 peer-reviewed papers and 16 book chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the LO Betts Medal from the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Alan Dwyer Medal from the Spine Society of Australia and the Volvo Award (on 2 occasions) and the ISSLS Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. In 2007 he received an AM "For service to medicine, particularly in the area of spinal surgery as a clinician, to medical education and research, and through contribution to a range of professional organisations."

 

Ms Sonya Furey

Sonya Furey is an accomplished executive specialising in financial and legal risk management, mergers and acquisitions and strategy.

Sonya has diverse industry experience including: Forestry, Wool and livestock trading and processing, Farm supplies, Wine, Health services, Mining services, General insurance and Property development.

Legal Practitioner and Chartered Accountant with international experience.

 

Rev Richard Miller

Rev Richard Miller is a retired Uniting Church Minister who represents the Moderator of the Uniting Church on St Andrew's Hospital Board. He has had experience as a minister in both South Australia and the Northern Territory with a focus on both local congregations and community service. He also served as the General Manager of the S.A. UnitingCare Commission with responsibility for Chaplins and the Church's community service work through its mission agencies, schools and hospital. From 2006-2009 he was Chairperson of UnitingCare Australia with National responsibilities.

Rev Miller, is the Chairperson of St Andrew's Hospital Human Research and Ethics committee.

In retirement he has returned to farming in the Adelaide Hills and operates an Angus Beef Cattle Stud. In his spare time, he restores vintage and veteran trucks.

 

Ms Meg Phythian

Meg has a registered nurse/midwife background. On returning to work after raising her family she pursued an interest in data management and its use in quality, safety and risk management. Meg held the position of Director, Clinical Governance at the Children, Youth & Women's Health Service and Manager, Quality and Safety at the Lyell McEwin Hospital before moving into aged care in 2009. She currently holds the position of Director, Care Governance at Helping Hand Aged Care.

 

Mr James (Jim) Sweeney

Jim is a practising Colorectal Surgeon and has a long time interest in Surgical Education and Assessment.

Jim is a former Senior Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, current Head of Colorectal Surgical Unit, Flinders Medical Centre and Member of the Finance Committee.

 

Daniel Cehic

Daniel Cehic is a Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist with Adelaide Cardiology, where he consults at various urban and rural sites in South Australia. The majority of his hospital work is done at St Andrew's Hospital. He is also a senior lecturer at both the University of Adelaide and at Flinders University and is involved in the teaching of medical practitioners and medical students.

He has an active interest in medical quality and safety and is a Council Member of the Australian Patient Safety Foundation and is on the TGA Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medical Devices.

Daniel is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been on the St Andrew's Hospital Foundation Medical Education and Research Fund Committee since 2014.

 

Mr Trevor Lambert

Trevor has over 40 years of experience in delivering engineering infrastructure projects, having been a consultant, a contractor and a business owner. Perhaps his most significant roles were during his time as part of the team that was responsible for the development of the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway and at Techport Australia at Osborne.