Board Directors

Kathryn Harris

Board Chair

Ms Harris was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2016 and was appointed Chairperson in July 2019. Ms Harris is also a member of the Clinical Governance subcommittee and Chair of the Governance and Remuneration sub-committee.

Ms Harris is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a member CAANZ, a Chartered Tax Advisor and is currently studying a Bachelor of Law. Ms Harris has worked as an Accountant in public practice since 2000 and prior to that was a Senior Finance Officer in public health.

Ms Harris has held Board and Treasurer appointments at Rights Information and Advocacy Centre, Norcen Financial Services Ltd, Wallan Chamber of Commerce and Wallan Basketball Inc.

Ms Harris is passionate about the importance of public health in a local community – not just as a service provider but also as an employer and volunteer organisation that connects our local community.

Contact Details

Kylie Scott

Board Secretary

P: (03) 5734 2014

E: kylie.scott@kilmorehealth.org.au

Wendy Kelly

Deputy Chair

Mrs Kelly was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2017 and was appointed Deputy Chair in July 2019. Mrs Kelly is also a member of the Community Advisory and Governance and Remuneration subcommittees.

Mrs Kelly has over 29 years’ experience working in the health sector with a focus on disability awareness and the social inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. Mrs Kelly’s experience includes positions at NEXUS Primary Health, Community Care Coordinator at Independence Australia (Formally known as ParaQuad Victoria) and D.A.S.S.I (Disability Attendant Care Support Services Inc.

Mrs Kelly received a DHS Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Mrs Kelly enjoys the opportunity to be part of Kilmore District Health's Board of Directors and working with a passionate group of people who share the same goal.

Jill Butty

Ms Butty was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2018 and is also Chair of the Clinical Governance subcommittee and a member of the Audit and Finance subcommittee.

Ms Butty has over 30 years’ experience in the Health Sector and is currently the Director, Quality and Safety at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Ms Butty has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Biology), Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and a Masters of Health Administration.

Ms Butty is also a member of the Safer Care Victoria Academy and works part time with Safer Care in the Incident Review Team.

Ms Butty is currently a Member of a number of associations including the Australian Association for Quality in Health Care, Directors and Managers of Clinical Governance and Quality and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Association for Quality in Health Care.

Ms Butty has two adult sons and four beautiful grandchildren and loves to spend as much of her free time as possible with them.

Kathy Bell

Ms Bell was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2020 and is also a member of the Clinical Governance subcommittee.

Ms Bell has more than 25 years’ experience in the health sector, mainly in government and not for profit organisations. This included many years in CEO roles for organisations including Heart Foundation Victoria and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association. Her interests include primary health care, chronic disease management, rural and remote health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and consumer issues.

Ms Bell’s current roles are as a Health Consultant and Board Director. She served for ten years as a Board Director of Dental Health Services Victoria, and is currently a Board Director of the Victorian Healthcare Association.

Ms Bell’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Graduate Certificate of Health Economics, Master of Public Health, and Company Directors Diploma (GAICD).

Kerry Free

Ms Free was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2019 and is also a member of the Community Advisory subcommittee.

Ms Free has a Bachelor of Arts/Diploma in Education and recently finalised her position with the Department of Education and Training where she worked as a Senior Fraud and Corruption Investigator.

Ms Free has extensive conciliation and dispute resolution experience, having conciliated disputes with Commonwealth and State Government departments including the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal and the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service.

Ms Free’s experience also includes investigation of breaches of State and Commonwealth legislation with the Victorian Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.

Gillian Leach

Mrs Leach was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2019 and is also Chair of the Audit and Finance subcommittee and a member of the Governance and Remuneration subcommittee.

Mrs Leach has over 25 years’ experience as a CEO in health-related organisations including holding the position of Company Secretary of Whitehorse Community Health and the Australian Association of Practice Management. 

Mrs Leach was the inaugural Chairman for the Eastern Melbourne Clinical Placement Network and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mrs Leach is passionate about providing first class health services in the local community. She looks forward to the opportunity to use her experience to contribute to the Kilmore community through her participation on the Board of Kilmore District Health.

Dr Lovell was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2019 and is also a member of the Clinical Governance subcommittee.

Dr Lovell is a Rural Generalist GP in Castlemaine and is currently completing her Masters of Health Management at the University of New South Wales. She has a strong clinical background and passion for rural and remote health. She has also completed several years working in Medical Administration in Melbourne and is a candidate with both the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Health. She is also an active reservist Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Dr Jane Lovell

Jo-Anne Mazzeo

Ms Mazzeo was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2020 and is also a member of the Clinical Governance subcommittee.

Ms Mazzeo is an Australian Legal Practitioner who works across the health, education and disability sectors to conduct investigations, provide legal advice and deliver training and methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Ms Mazzeo has previously worked as in-house Counsel for the Mental Health Review Board of Victoria and the Disability Services Commissioner of Victoria, has held various positions on State Government Boards and Tribunals, is currently a Legal Member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria and is Deputy Chair of the Independent Office for School Dispute Resolution (within the Department of Education).

Ms Mazzeo is also the Convenor of the Medical Law Program within the Monash University Medical Degree, is a Senior Lecturer at both Monash and LaTrobe Universities, where she teaches health law related content, and is a Senior Legal Advisor for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Ms Mazzeo is admitted to practice in both the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria. In her free time Jo-Anne enjoys quality family time with her husband and three children.

Graham Thomson

Mr Thomson, a resident of the Kilmore area since 1980, was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2019 and is also a member of the Board’s Clinical Governance and Community Advisory subcommittees. Prior to joining the Board, Mr Thomson was an independent member and Chair of the Board’s Audit and Enterprise Risk Subcommittee.

Mr Thomson is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has extensive board and senior management experience in finance and banking, specialising in international corporate finance and investment banking, credit and enterprise risk, project management and audit, which he undertook in Australia, Middle East, Latin America, and the UK. He has also held external board positions and is a member of the Kilmore Public Cemetery Trust.

Mr Thomson was educated in the UK obtaining an Honours Degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Southampton.

Mr Thomson’s interests are his family. With his wife Elizabeth he is a Support Crew Member of The Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria. He is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Carlton FC, Melbourne Rebels RFC and South Australian Cricket Association. He also operates a beef cattle property.

Barbara Schade

Ms Schade was appointed to Kilmore District Health Board of Directors in 2020 and is also a member of the Audit and Finance subcommittee.

Ms Schade is a communication, policy and dispute resolution expert and admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria. She currently works in policy and communications in the technology industry and has a background in alternative dispute resolution, with a strong commitment to putting the customer experience at the centre of service delivery. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as a qualification in horticulture and experience working as a freelance journalist. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Williamson Community Leadership program 2019.  

Ms Schade is Chair of the Board of the Council of Single Mothers and their Children and strongly committed to social equity and inclusion. She has worked with different groups in the community who are vulnerable to disadvantage and is very interested in how local health services engage with their clients and the community. She is a keen Carlton supporter and proud mother of three boys. 

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