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Board members

Paul Bell 

Cr Paul Bell (Board Chair)

Mr Paul Bell AM was appointed as Board Chair of Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board, following his appointment as a member in September 2015. Mr Bell has been a Central Highlands councillor since 1985, and has a strong history of board leadership including the health, energy, rail, superannuation and community service sectors.

An electrical fitter/mechanic by trade, Mr Bell is chair of the Central Highlands Healthcare Ltd Board, a director of the Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company Ltd, a director of the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association Board and a director of the CQ NRL Bid.

He has been a director of Ergon Energy Corporation (1999-2005), Queensland Rail (2000-2008) and LG Super (2004-2014).

He has a strong belief in the public sector and its ability to deliver, given the right leadership and clear objectives.

Mr Bell was awarded the Order of Australia, General Division, in 2005. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gaeme Kanofski 

Mr Graeme Kanofski

Mr Graeme Kanofski has 36 years of experience in local government in Queensland, including five years as Chief Executive Officer of the Gladstone Regional Council. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree and has served as President of Local Government Managers Australia.

Mr Kanofski is a well-respected local who has an extensive career history in local government and associated organisations in the Gladstone region. He has studied local government management in El Segundo City in the USA and in the United Kingdom and has a wealth of experience in local government organisations, including: the State Emergency Service, Council Disaster Response Management, Local Government Managers Australia, Gladstone Regional Council, Calliope Shire Council, Director – Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board, Port Curtis Alliance of Councils and Australian Airport Owners Association.

Mr Kanofski has received a number of awards for his contributions to local government and the public service and has owned and operated small businesses in the Gladstone region. Mr Kanofski retired in 2011 and now resides in Calliope.

Frank Houlihan 

Mr Frank Houlihan

Mr Frank Houlihan is a Partner and Managing Director in HHH Partners a chartered accountancy firm he established in Emerald in 1986.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University, Mr Houlihan has more than 30 years of experience working with businesses in Central Queensland. He is currently the Managing Director of a four partner accountancy firm based in Central Queensland.

Mr Houlihan is also a Director of the Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice and a Director of Central Queensland Primary Health Care Pty Ltd. Both organisations are focused on providing health services to rural communities in Central Queensland.

His current professional affiliations are: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia and Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

Leone Hinton 

Professor Leone Hinton

Professor Leone Hinton was recently appointed to the position of Dean of School, Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University. Previously she was the Director, Corporate Strategy and Planning Director. Professor Hinton’s expertise in this area was recognised when in 2010 she was awarded the Australian Institute of Management Central Queensland Professional Manager of the Year. Her interests are in organisational culture, evaluation, strategic planning and risk management.

Professor Hinton began her career as a Registered Nurse working at the Mater Children’s and Rockhampton Hospitals before changing career paths to nursing training, education and research at the CQUniversity. Leone is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Member of the Australasian Institute of Public Administrators.

Professor Hinton is a Doctor of Professional Studies (Transdisciplinary) and has a Masters of Education (Education Administration).

Karen Smith 

Ms Karen Smith

Ms Karen Smith is the Nurse Unit Manager for the Intensive Care Unit at Rockhampton Hospital and has held that position since 1993. She has an extensive career in intensive care units across Australia and is an active member of the Rockhampton community.

Ms Smith began her nursing career as a student nurse at Rockhampton Hospital and chose to specialise in Intensive Care nursing soon thereafter. She has worked at Royal Melbourne Hospital, various Brisbane hospitals and at Rockhampton Hospital. She is a member of a number of specialist groups, including: the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses, the Central ICU Clinical Network and the Paediatric Intensive Care Advisory Group.

Ms Smith is a Registered Nurse and has a postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing from the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is an active member of the local equestrian community.

Elizabeth Baker 

Ms Elizabeth Baker

Ms Elizabeth Baker is an experienced commercial/corporate lawyer with experience in Australian and international business conventions.

Ms Baker has a Bachelor of Law, Masters of Law, Graduate Certificate of Employment Relations and has published numerous papers on various topics relevant to employment relations.

She has served on a number of community boards, including the Gladstone District Health Council and is currently the Director of the Gladstone Airport Corporation. Ms Baker’s professional memberships include: Queensland Law Society, Queensland Industrial Relations Society, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and Resources and Energy Law Association.

Ms Baker is currently employed as general counsel for Queensland Alumina Limited at Gladstone and is an active member of the Gladstone community.

PJ Sobhanian 

Dr Poya Sobhanian

Affectionately known as “PJ” by his local patients, Dr PJ Sobhanian’s passion is a healthier CQ. PJ is a University of Queensland (UQ) trained Dentist, who completed his placement at the local hospitals of Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Emerald. He later served at Gladstone Oral Health Services before establishing Sunvalley Dental P/L in Gladstone, where he remains the Managing Director.

PJ has extensive Board, advisory and oversight committee experience, including currently, the Gladstone Regional Council Business Improvement Committee (Internal Audit) and previously on the UQ Academic Board and the UQ Faculty of Health and Sciences Board of Studies.

PJ strongly believes in caring for our community and working together to achieve sustainable and sound outcomes for our community. These principles led him to be elected as a Councillor on the Gladstone Regional Council. PJ currently is Chair of the GRC Commercial Services Committee, overseeing Council commercial enterprise, such as the Gladstone Airport Corporation and the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, in addition to Council’s major business services of sewerage, waste and water.

In his spare time PJ enjoys watching football with family and friends. He currently resides in Boyne Island.

Anna Vanderstaay 

Dr Anna Vanderstaay

Dr Anna Vanderstaay is a local GP and has worked in a number of rural and remote areas of Queensland. Born and raised in Rockhampton, Dr Vanderstaay has worked in a number of hospitals throughout the state, across a number of clinical specialties, and brings valuable health knowledge to the Board. She is also an active member of the local primary healthcare team.

Lisa Caffery 

Ms Lisa Caffery

Mrs Lisa Caffery has extensive experience at a senior level in both the public and private sectors, specialising in rural and regional community development. Mrs Caffery is currently a self-employed consultant who provides strategic counsel in community engagement, stakeholder relations and communications.

She is an active member of her local community and a dedicated consumer advocate for families in rural and regional areas. Lisa is particularly committed to improving health services and outcomes for people who live outside major cities.

She brings strong governance and strategic experience from a range of board appointments including Chair of the Central Highlands Science Centre Inc. and non-executive director of the Central Highlands (QLD) Housing Company Ltd.

Mrs Caffery holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and a Master of Public Relations.

Last updated: 30 November 2015