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Board of trustees

The Board of Trustees provides governance and oversight of the St Vincent's Clinic Foundation.

Brett Courtenay

Associate Professor Brett Courtenay, OAM (President)

Associate Professor Courtenay is an Orthopaedic Surgeon whose practice is on St Vincent's Campus who has been has been a VMO at St Vincent's since 1984. He is involved with many committees at St Vincent’s and NSW Health. He is an HMO and the Chair of the Medical and Dental Advisory Committee. He is active in the Australian Army Medical Corps having been deployed to the Solomon Islands, Timor, Banda Aceh and Afghanistan. He currently holds the rank of Colonel and is the Senior Medical Officer and Chair of Clinical Governance for the 2nd Division of the Army. He is a former director of MBF Australia Group and was part of the corporate governance leading to its sale to BUPA.

Ted Harris

Mr Albert Edward Harris, AC, Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal

Mr Harris has been chairman or a director on the board of a number of companies including many government and public organisations. He has previously serviced on the Regional Board of St Vincent’s Hospital and the Boards of St Vincent’s Private Hospital and St Vincent’s Clinic. Mr Harris is a Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Maxwell Coleman

Dr Maxwell Coleman

Dr Coleman was formerly a surgeon on the St Vincent's Campus for over 30 years and Program Director in Surgery of St Vincent's General Hospital. He has served as Chairman of the Board in General Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and spent five years on the Council of the College. He recently chaired the Centenary Committee of St Vincent's Private Hospital. He is currently researching the Surgical History of St Vincent’s Hospital. He serves on the Archives Committee of the St Vincent’s Campus and on the Practice Development and Research Council (Nursing) of St Vincent’s Private Hospital.  

Caroline Hong

Dr Caroline Hong

Dr Hong is an Asian born Chinese Australian with over 30 years of diverse background in dentistry, healthcare, government, community, associations and business. Dr Hong started her career in Australian healthcare as a dental surgeon in 1983, served as CEO of peak associations for 15 years, and now runs her own Australia-Asia consulting business, CH Asia Australia and is the Chairman of China HR Australia. She is a Company Director and Adviser for several Australian companies. Dr Hong is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives and Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Dr Hong serves on numerous Not-For Profit community and professional organisations. Caroline is a strong advocate for medical and healthcare research, women in business and diversity on boards. She is an official Ambassador for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout NSW for homeless services and often mentors young graduate professionals on a volunteer basis.

Caroline Hong

Mrs Elizabeth Lewin

Mrs Lewin is a professional company director with extensive international experience in the financial services sector across investment banking, wealth management, investment management and superannuation. She is a Non-Executive Director of Colonial First State Investments Limited, Colonial Mutual Superannuation Pty Ltd and Avanteos Investments Limited and is Chair of their respective Board Investment Committees. Elizabeth is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Kaldor Public Art Projects, a member of the Advisory Council at UNSW Medicine, on the Advisory Finance Committee for the Sisters of Charity, a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and an Ambassador of Australian Indigenous Education Fund (AIEF).

Caroline Hong

Mrs Roslyn Packer, AC

Mrs Packer has been personally associated with St Vincent’s Hospital for over 45 years and has served on the Board of St Vincent’s Private Hospital as Patron of the Ladies Committee, the Centenary Committee of St Vincent’s Private Hospital and the Board of Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Mrs Packer has a strong interest and many years experience in the arts and charitable organisations. She currently serves on the National Gallery of Australia Foundation Board and the Opera Australia Capital Fund Board and her previous appointments have included the Board of Directors of the Sydney Festival and membership of the Advisory Committee for Christies Australia Limited.

Caroline Hong

Mr James Rayner

Mr Rayner’s career has been in financial services who initially was an institutional stockbroker and subsequently as an investment banker with a primary focus on Equity Capital Markets. He has also held senior management positions in Sydney, London and New York with Cazenove & Co, BZW Australia, Morgan Grenfell Ltd and JB Were & Son. Since retiring, he been a non-executive director of several corporations and not-for-profit entities including Growth Farms Australia, Gresham Partners Capital, the Royal & Sun Alliance Group (now part of Suncorp) including AAMI, Australian Alliance Insurance, Shannons and Tyndall Australia, Resource Finance Corporation, Challenger Limited, St Luke’s Hospital Foundation and Winifred West Schools.

Dr Sam Milliken

Dr Sam Milliken

Dr Milliken joined St Vincent’s Clinic as its inception and became head of Clinical Haematology at St Vincent’s in 2014.  He is also currently chair of the St Vincents Clinic Foundation Research Grants Committee.
He is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Pathology at the University of NSW and has published over 85 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and 8 chapters in medical textbooks.  He was a past member and Vice-Chair of the NSW Health Postgraduate Medical Council later MSEC and chaired the inaugural NSW Basic Physicians Training Committee for that organisation. Past Director of Physicians Training and later Regional Director of Training for St Vincents Hospital until becoming Chair of the NSW Physicians Training Committee.  

Dr Milliken was a past member, secretary and chair of the St Vincents Campus Medical Council and in those roles was an attendee of the past St Vincents and St Vincents and Mater Health Boards.  He was clinical lead in the successful project to deliver major refurbishment of Ward 9 south (Haematology)  in S. Vincents Hospital, including raising over $6M in donations with the help of the Curran Foundation for the project. He is involved in ongoing development work with St. Vincents Clinic and the Curran Foundation to establish a dedicated Cellular Therapy Unit for both research and new therapies on the St Vincents Campus. He is also an active member St Vincents Private Hospital Medical Advisory Council and Patient Care Review Committees.

Ms Belinda Gunton

Ms Belinda Gunton 

Ms Gunton has extensive experience at Board and Executive level in the health and aged care sectors. With a strong interest in Executive Education she has lectured in the UNSW Australian School of Business AGSM Executive MBA program and has also worked in the areas of strategic consulting and clinically in the field of Audiology.
Belinda holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University in New York, USA and is a member of the Australian Society of Audiology (MAudSA) and a former Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Healthcare Service Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Directors.

Mim Hayson

Mim Haysom

Mrs Haysom has extensive experience in brand and marketing, building brands both locally and internationally. She is currently the Executive General Manager of Brand & Marketing at Suncorp Group, an ASX top 20 listed company with both bank and insurance brands. Prior to Suncorp, she has held leadership roles in some of Australia’s largest advertising agencies including M&C Saatchi, and TBWA with clients including Commbank, ANZ, Optus,  and Woolworths. In 2019 she achieved GAICD status and is currently an active speaker, mentor, and member of the advisory Board for Wheelchair Rugby Australia.

Caroline Hong

Mr Geoff Alder

Mr Alder has extensive experience leading Investment banks, both locally and internationally. He has worked for many years in the UK, Ireland and Japan. He has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from Australian National University, a Masters of Health Management from the University of New South Wales and is currently undertaking a Master of Health Law at the University of Sydney. He is also a lay member of the Health Professionals Council of Australia. Geoff has had had a long standing relationship with a number of charitable organisations, many of them health care related.

The Scientific Committee assesses all applications for research funding grants and makes recommendations to the Trustees.

St Vincent's Scientific Committee

Dr Sam Milliken (Chair)

Mr Hans Bogaardt

Dr David Bruce Williams

Mr Philip Cunningham

Dr Warren Hargreaves

A/Prof Andrew Jabbour

Prof Fran McInerney

Prof Phillip Newton

Dr Karen Wallace

St Vincent's Clinic Executive Office

Geoff Alder – Executive Director

Doreen Falzon – Executive Assistant