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The MercyCare Board

Patrick Walsh
Board Chair

Patrick has held executive roles for over 20 years including his most recent role as the CEO of Craig Mostyn Group.

Patrick was trained as an Electrical Engineer and has extensive international business experience in Australia as well as working in the UK for 18 years before returning to Perth.

He holds an MBA from Warwick University in the UK. Patrick has over 13 years board experience including experience at the Chair level.

Mike Heath

Mike is the CEO of Activ Foundation, the largest provider of support to people living with intellectual disability in Western Australia.

He was appointed to the Board of MercyCare in November 2018.

Mike previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the Hawaiian Group, CEO of the St Ives Group, CEO of Perth Racing and held senior executive management roles at the RAC for 16 years.

He has an MBA and Diploma of Strategic Management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA.

He is a Board Member of the Australian Institute of Management WA, Committee Member of the Carbine Club of WA and has been a director of several not-for-profit organisations.

Margaret (Margie) Tannock

Margie is an experienced senior lawyer, recently concluding 10 years as a partner of a global law firm.

She now runs her own practice, ESG Legal, working at the intersection of law, public policy and litigation.

Margie advises corporate and government clients on statutory approvals, corporate governance, compliance and public law. 

She has been committed to the advancement of pro bono and social justice initiatives, particularly in the areas of indigenous education and economic advancement, and also holds the position of Board Chair, St Catherine’s College, UWA and Curtin.

Lynette Jones

Appointed to the Board of MercyCare in October, 2021, Lynette has more than 20 years management and Non-Executive Director experience in the health and community care sectors.

A former registered nurse, Lynette has held a number of executive roles at Silver Chain and St John of God Health Care.

A values driven leader, Lyn has a strong focus on consumer experience, quality of care and organisational culture.

Peter Mott

Peter has over 40 years of experience in public and private healthcare including 9 years as the CEO of Hollywood Private Hospital. Peter currently holds the position of State Manager for Ramsay Health Care WA.  

Peter is the Vice President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and Chair of the APHA Workforce Committee while also being a member of a number of boards across the Health Care sector. 

He holds a Masters’ Degree in Industrial Relations, a Bachelor of Business Degree, a Diploma in Health Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Catholic Culture.  

Maya Vanden Driesen

Maya was appointed Group General Counsel of Wesfarmers in January 2015. Prior to this, Maya held a number of senior roles in the company including Legal Counsel – Litigation, Senior Legal Counsel and General Manager Legal – Litigation.

Before joining Wesfarmers, Maya practised law at Parker & Parker (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and Downings Legal (now HWLE). Maya is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a director of the Committee for Perth and the Bell Shakespeare Company.

She served full terms (2015-2023) on the Executive Committee of the GC 100, representing the general counsel of Australia’s top 100 ASX-listed companies. Maya sits on the UWA Law School Advisory Board and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

Selma Alliex

Professor Selma Alliex, a long-standing staff member at the University of Notre Dame Australia, was formerly the Dean of the School of Nursing on the Fremantle and Broome campuses and taught in the undergraduate and postgraduate program in the school as well as supervised higher degree students. Professor Alliex undertook her Master’s qualification in India and completed her PhD at Curtin University, Western Australia.

Professor Alliex is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor-Student Experience. Students be they domestic or International are at the heart of the University and Selma has enabled the building on the excellent student experience that the University already offers. Selma’s portfolio includes Student Engagement and Success, Indigenous Student support & success, Chaplaincy and Libraries.

Selma has an interest in contributing to the community and has done so in many ways from working as a Registered Nurse in the Community to being an active Director on several Boards including, Challenger TAFE Governing Council, North Metropolitan Health Services Board, Sacred Heart College Board, Our Lady of Good Counsel School Board. She is currently a Director of the MercyCare Board.

Andrew Whitechurch

Andrew is a highly experienced non-executive director with an extensive executive background in strategy, finance, risk management and marketing.

He has been a director and chair of organisations in Financial Services, Education, Arts, Health Care and Government, and is currently Chair of the Finance, Risk, Audit and Property Committee at MercyCare. Andrew is also a Director of the Board of the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Andrew spent more than 25 years in senior executive roles with both NAB and Commonwealth Bank, before establishing a successful management consulting business, where he worked with the National Disability Insurance Agency for almost two years.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, an MBA from Monash University Business School, and has completed executive education programs at both Harvard and Stanford Universities in the US. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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