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The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 defines the role of Central West Health’s board, which is to control the health service. The health board functions under the authority of the Act and the requirements of the Hospital and Health Boards Regulation 2012.

The health board consists of members appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Health. Board members are persons the Minister considers to have the skills, knowledge and experience required for a service to perform its functions effectively and efficiently.


Ms Jane Williams, Board Chair, is an experienced director and clinician with excellent communication and negotiation skills who actively works with all levels of community and government to improve the health outcomes for the people of the Central West.

Having lived and worked in various communities in the Central West for in excess of twenty years Jane has a strong understanding of how important it is for the people to have access to safe, quality and consistent health care services. Jane is committed to connecting with people and communities to fully understand their needs to inform strategic planning and delivery of services with a focus on all stakeholders.  

Jane has Diplomas in Management and Community Services Coordination, is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a practising clinical nurse with endorsements in midwifery and rural isolated practice with particular interest in the management of chronic disease and mental health.


Mr David Arnold, Deputy Chair, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central West Qld Remote Area Planning and Development Board. Through this role he successfully partners with Mayors and Chief Executive Officers of the Central Wests seven local governments, to understand and respond to the needs of the communities of the Central West area.  

The importance of working together to improve the sustainability of rural and remote communities is the belief that David brings to the table as Deputy Chair of the Central West Hospital and Health Service Board. He realises the importance that availability of health services plays in community sustainability and he has a strong commitment to the ongoing development of the Central West communities.

David has a Graduate Certificate of Science in Strategic Foresight, a Bachelor of Business and an Associate Diploma of Applied Science.


Mr William (Bill) Ringrose is a partner in accounting firm Ringrose Button which has offices in Longreach, Rockhampton, Blackall and Hughenden. He has experience in the areas of audit, taxation, corporate governance, probity and proprietary and as a director on the Board of the Central West Hospital and Health Service, Bill brings his knowledge to the fore as Chair of the Finance and Audit and Risk Committees.

Through his interaction with business clientele and community groups, Bill has forged many relationships with local people across the Central West area and beyond. Bill draws on these relationships to better understand the individual and community issues faced by people in regional Australia including the access to, and availability of, quality healthcare services.

Bill has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.


Ms Elizabeth (Liz) Fraser Previous work in the delivery of human and educational services has provided Liz with a wealth of experience in shaping and assessing the benefits of government programs and leading organisational change in pursuit of better outcomes. Liz’s time as Queensland Commissioner for Children and Young People and in social work advocating actively for the rights, safety and wellbeing of people as well as her senior leadership roles in government have enhanced her capabilities to provide strategic oversight and development of the Central West Hospital and Health Service through her role as Board Director.

Liz is currently Chair of the Board’s Safety and Quality Committee and draws on her experience including as a practising and senior level social worker in child and family welfare; hospital and outreach mental health, emergency and rehabilitation services to inform this role.
Liz has a Bachelor of Arts/ Social Studies, Graduate Diploma in Multicultural Studies, a Royal Society of Arts Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and is an Executive Fellow of the Australian New Zealand School of Government.


Dr Clare Walker is a medical practitioner practicing in Longreach providing a combination of private General Practice and Senior Medical Officer work at the local hospital. This provides the Board with a valuable connection to frontline healthcare service delivery through allowing Clare to translate this connection into informed strategic planning.

Having lived, raised a family and practiced in the Central West for over ten years Clare has developed an in-depth understanding of the community needs of rural and remote Queenslanders. Clare is committed to continuing to make a positive difference to the health outcomes for the people in this part of Queensland and sees a unique opportunity to do this by combining her work as a practicing clinician with that of the Board Director’s strategic planning role.

Clare has a dual fellowship in General Practice with both Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM 2009) and the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP 2009), plus an Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics (2009), qualifications in Anaesthesia through the Joint Consultative Committee (2010). Clare is working towards completing both a Diploma in Medical Administration and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course in 2018. Clare is registered with the Medical Board of Queensland, is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practice, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  She is also a committee member of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland.


Ms Leisa Fraser has more than twenty years’ professional experience in finance and human resource management field as well as workplace health and safety and quality improvement.  Leisa is currently working with the Western Queensland Primary Health Network in a commissioning and alliance coordination role. Prior to that Leisa performed the roles of Human Resources Manager with Winton Shire Council and Business and Social Services and Quality Improvement Manager for Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation.

Leisa has in excess of ten years of experience in working in the area of Indigenous Health through her time with Nhulumdu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation and, previously, Goolburri Health Advancement Company Ltd. Leisa draws on this experience to actively inform her role as Board Director with the Central West Hospital and Health Service and tirelessly works to improve the health outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Central West community.

Leisa has a Certificate IV in Mental Health (Non-Clinical) and a Certificate IV in Business.


Mr Blake Repine is a senior leader with more than 20 years’ experience in providing vision, leadership and executive management. Blake has sound experience in conducting strategic reviews, refining business plans and processes, managing multiple projects and resources, unifying key  stakeholders and leading change management functions.

Blake leads organisations to facilitate growth by establishing targeted solutions and strategic plans to improve operational efficiency, effectiveness and overall financial standing.  

Blake holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Management and Communications from Liberty University, a Masters of Business Administration from Norwich University and a Certificate in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School.  

Blake is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute.


Mr Kieran Chilcott is an Aboriginal man from the Yugarabul people in South East Queensland. He is an experienced chief executive officer and board director in primarily the health and human services sector. Kieran has been employed by Kalwun Development Corporation Ltd, an Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation on the Gold Coast, for almost 15 years. He is also a board member of the Gold Coast Primary Health Network and CheckUp Ltd and former founding director and current deputy chairperson of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

Kieran is passionate about the improving the lives of those most vulnerable and advocating for health equity for all people.

Kieran attained a Bachelor of Education majoring in behaviour management from Griffith University in 2006. In addition to his education degree Kieran has completed a range of other tertiary qualifications including; Certificate IV in Mental Health, Diploma of Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course, Certificate IV in Project Management, Certificate IV in Business (Governance) and Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Last updated: 17 September 2021