NSLHD Board Charter

The NSLHD Board Charter sets out the framework for governance within the NSLHD and defines the roles, responsibilities and authorities of the Board of Directors.

The Charter also explains how the Board is governed, how the Board Directors are selected and the Board’s structure.

Read our Board Charter here.

 NSLHD Board

Mr Trevor Danos AM Chairman

Trevor is chair of Northern Sydney Local Health District and sits on the boards of Endeavour Energy and the privatised NSW Land Registry Office. He is chair of the NSW Treasury Social Investment Expert Advisory Group and is a member of the Australia-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee for the Square Kilometre Array telescope. He chairs the Dean of Science's Advisory Council at UNSW where he is an Adjunct Professor. He was previously a director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and TransGrid and a member of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Committee. He is the author of "The Pursuit of Excellence: A History of the Professor Harry Messel International Science School".

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2014.

Adjunct Associate Professor Annette Schmiede Board Deputy Chair

Annette Schmiede is highly regarded in the public health sector and has a strong background in quality and safety in hospitals.  She is a member of numerous health advisory committees including the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality.

Annette joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2011.

Dr Michelle Mulligan

Dr Michelle Mulligan is a Specialist Anaesthetist (FANZCA) at Royal North Shore Hospital and in the private sector. She has management responsibility at Royal North Shore as the Clinical Director of the Division of Surgery and Anaesthetics, and also Chairs the Surgery and Anaesthetic Clinical Network.

Her qualifications include an MBA, Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company directors (FAICD) and Associate Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (AFRACMA). She has served on a number of Boards including the Council, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Michelle joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2017.


Dr Dianne Ball

Dr Dianne Ball is an independent management consultant and company director. She has extensive experience in executive and consulting roles in public and private health service organisations. Her specialty areas are organisational change, governance and evaluation. Dr Ball also has background experience as a registered nurse; her qualifications include a PhD (organisational development) and MBA. 
Dianne joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2015.

Adjunct Professor Ann Brassil

Ann Brassil is Chief Executive Officer of Family Planning NSW, member of the NSW Health NGO Advisory Committee, a member for the UTS Dean's (Health) Industry Advisory Board, Director of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Clinical Psychologist. Ann has high-level experience in population health and community and hospital based health service governance and management, in Australia and in the international development arena. She has broad experience in clinical services, education, research, advocacy and health service administration. 

Ann joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2011.

Professor Mary Chiarella

Professor Mary Chiarella is Professor of Nursing at Sydney Nursing School and an internationally renowned nurse leader with a distinguished career in nursing services. She has qualifications in Nursing, Midwifery and Law and conducts research covering three broad themes including: safety and quality; law, ethics and regulatory issues; and improvements in nursing practices/models of care. Professor Chiarella's over-40-year career began as a clinical nurse in the UK. Professor Chiarella was invited to the WHO Nursing and Midwifery Directorate, Geneva, to develop a compendium of nurse-led Primary Health Care models including a review of global models of care from 38 countries.

Mary joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2017.


Mr Andrew Goodsall

Andrew Goodsall is the senior healthcare analyst with MST Marquee Australia. He has specialised in equity research since 1999, and rated as the number one sector analyst in each of the major surveys since 2004. Prior to joining MST Marquee in 2017, he was with UBS and Citi. He has extensive health policy background culminating in his roles as a senior adviser/chief of staff to a former Victorian health minister.

Andrew joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2013.

Mr Brad Goodwin

Mr Goodwin has over 18 years of front line experience as a paramedic with 12 years as an intensive paramedic specialist and is currently a Superintendent with NSW Ambulance. As a senior Aboriginal manager with NSW Ambulance he had been able to influence decisions that have led to better employment and health outcomes for both Aboriginal employees and the patients they attend by encouraging executive level managers to increase the skills of Indigenous paramedics through recruitment campaigns for Aboriginal paramedic specialists. Mr Goodwin has an Advanced Diploma in Management and an Advanced Diploma Paramedical Science.

Brad joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2017.

Mr Anthony Hollis

Anthony Hollis, a lawyer by training, is an experienced management consultant having held senior executive roles in Australia and overseas with Katasi, Kronos, Time Warner, Canwest (former Network Ten owner), EY, PwC, in investment banking and early stage companies, as well as various board roles, including as Non-Executive Director NSW Export and Investment Advisory Board, and Chair of Better Off (promoting diabetes prevention), and mentoring Indigenous businesses.

Anthony joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2013 and chairs its Research, Innovation, Training & Education committee.


Dr Donna Lynch

Donna Lynch trained in anatomical pathology and has spent time as a GP. Following several years working in the UK she returned to Australia and managed a specialist surgical practice. During this time she studied Practice Management and Accounting. Donna spent 10 years at DHM pathology where she trained registrars and scientific officers and took an active part in the expansion and development of the laboratory.

Donna joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2018.

Mr Don Marples

Don is an experienced company director in the corporate, government and not for profit sectors. He has held senior management positions at Lend Lease, CBA and in institutional funds management. Current boards include NSW Crown Holidays Parks Trust, Australian Unity Real Estate Investment Ltd and three public private partnerships representing investors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors(FAICD) and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.

Dr Harry Nespolon

Dr Nespolon has been a general practitioner for over 20 years and a long standing GP supervisor. He is principal of two practices in Neutral Bay and Sydney City. Dr Nespolon has been a Chair or Director of a number of health related companies. Former Chair of GP Synergy and Deputy Chair of Sydney North Primary Health Network. FAICD - Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. MHL - Master of Health Law; MBA - Master of Business Administration; BEc Bachelor of Economics; LL.B (Hons) Bachelor of Laws; MBMS Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery; DipRACOG Diploma of Obstetrics; FRACGP Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Harry joined the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board in 2017.


Mr Keith Skinner

Mr Skinner was the Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Australia between 2001 and 2015. Mr Skinner began his career in 1974 as an auditor in Deloitte's Sydney office, later moving into the firm's Restructuring Services business. Following secondments to the firm's Melbourne and London offices, he returned to Sydney in 1983 and became a partner in 1986.

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The Northern Sydney Local Health District Board welcomes your feedback. We invite you to use the email below to send your comments, suggestions, queries, compliments or complaints. This email is monitored daily and emails will be forwarded to the NSLHD Chair and relevant Board members as soon as they are received.
Email us at: NSLHD-SoundingBoard@health.nsw.gov.au

 Meetings

Northern Sydney Local Health District Board is committed to open and transparent governance. As part of this commitment, the minutes of the monthly Board meetings will be published each month on this webpage.

​2018 meeting schedule

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