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Dr Peter Gillies

Chief Executive - Darling Downs Health
Dr Peter Gillies

Dr Peter Gillies was appointed as Health Service Chief Executive in May 2016. Dr Gillies has been with Darling Downs Health Service since 2009 when he moved to Toowoomba to take up the role of Director Medical Services. Dr Gillies was appointed as Executive Director of Medical Services in February 2011 and subsequently General Manager Toowoomba Hospital in July 2013. In these roles he provided expert direction in improving patient care and meeting or exceeding clinical targets including timely surgery, outpatient waiting lists, and emergency department access.

Dr Gillies is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and has a Masters of Business Administration from Otago University. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has a background in general management, previously working as the general manager of a health software company and as the regional manager for a not-for-profit private hospital group in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been a doctor for over 25 years and has worked in South Africa and the United Kingdom (UK) in both hospital and general practice roles prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 1995.


Shirley-Anne Gardiner

Executive Director Toowoomba Hospital
Shirley-Anne Gardiner

Shirley-Anne has extensive knowledge and leadership experience involving people and health service delivery models within large complex organisations with over fifteen years’ experience in senior and operational leadership and management positions.

She has been the Executive Director for Toowoomba Hospital since August 2016. In this role Shirley-Anne provides single-point accountability for the Toowoomba Hospital, the DDHHS’s largest hospital and main provider of services within the region.

Shirley-Anne has previously held leadership roles including Operations Manager of Palmerston North Hospital (MidCentral Health), a 350-bed regional hospital in New Zealand and also Executive Director, Population Health and Engagement for the Darling Downs South West Queensland Medicare Local.

Shirley-Anne holds a Masters in Management (Health Services), Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Anthropology. She has used these skills and experience to improve organisational performance and conduct strategic and operational service planning.


Greg Neilson

Executive Director Mental Health
Greg Neilson

Mr Greg Neilson has over 25 years’ experience in senior nursing and management positions in Darling Downs Health, Division of Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs. Hospital trained in general and psychiatric nursing, he completed additional post-basic qualifications in gerontic nursing, advanced psychiatric nursing and community mental health.

He has a Bachelor Health Science (Nursing) and Masters Degrees in Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing. He also has additional postgraduate qualifications in forensic mental health nursing and child and adolescent mental health nursing. Greg also has a Masters Degree in Health Service Management from the University of New England and Graduate Certificate in Health Economics from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and has been active in a number of committees. He was Chair of the College’s Credentialing Committee for approximately 10 years and is presently a member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Greg has been the Executive Director Mental Health since June 2016. In this role Greg is accountable for executive leadership over mental health, and alcohol and other drugs services, which includes acute and extended inpatient and ambulatory services.


Dr Hwee Sin Chong

Acting Executive Director Medical Services
Dr Hwee Sin Chong

Dr Hwee Sin Chong first commenced in Toowoomba as the Deputy Director of Medical Services for Darling Downs Health in 2011, bringing with her several years of experience in medical management across a range of roles in the public and private health sector. In 2014, she was appointed to the role of Executive Director Medical Services for the health service, and then in 2017 was selected as the new Executive Director of the then named Rural and Remote Medical Support (now known as the Queensland Rural Medical Service). In this role Dr Chong is responsible for medical professional leadership and the development of strategies to enhance the delivery of rural and remote medical workforce services across Queensland, which includes the Queensland Rural Generalist Program. She is also responsible for five other State-wide vocational training pathways (Basic and Advanced General Adult Medicine, Basic and Advanced Paediatrics, and Intensive Care Medicine) and several other relieving services.

Dr Chong studied medicine in New Zealand, graduated from Otago University in 2005 and worked for several years in New Zealand before immigrating to Australia.

Dr Chong is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and has a Master of Health Management and Master of International Public Health from the University of New South Wales.


Joanne Shaw

Executive Director Rural
Joanne Shaw

With broad experience in leadership and management roles, Joanne has extensive knowledge of the strategic and operational leadership of tertiary, rural and remote hospitals to provide high quality, safe, sustainable, patient and family centred care.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Nursing and is a registered nurse with post graduate qualifications including a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice, Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement, and a Masters of Nursing. Other notable achievements include graduating from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and publishing in the British Journal of Haematology.

Joanne has previously held leadership roles including, most recently, Director of Nursing Integrated Health Services at North West Hospital and Health Service. Joanne was based in Mt Isa for this role and covered a geographic area of 300,000 square kilometres – an area greater than the state of Victoria. In this role Joanne covered 10 remote hospitals, nine community and primary health care departments, and was the professional practice lead for mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AODS) and the homeless team. Joanne also acted in the Executive Director Nursing, Midwifery and Clinical Services role, and the Executive Director Integrated Health Services role. Joanne currently serves as Non-Executive Director (Board of Governance) at Western Australian AIDS Council.


Dr Dilip Dhupelia

Acting Executive Director Queensland Rural Medical Service
Dr Dilip Dhupelia


Karen Abbott

Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services
Andrea Nagle

Ms Andrea Nagle is a career nurse who has worked in the public and private health sectors as well as non-government health organisations. Ms Nagle completed her initial nursing training at Mackay Base Hospital before moving to Brisbane where she worked in Intensive Care for six months. In 1986 she relocated to Nambour, where she undertook midwifery training, worked in emergency nursing and became the first nurse involved in aeromedical retrievals from the Nambour Department of Emergency Medicine. During her time in Nambour Ms Nagle also completed her Bachelor of Nursing and Masters of Health Management (Health Administration). In 1997, Ms Nagle moved to Brisbane where she was employed as a Nurse Manager at the Sunnybank Private Hospital (HCoA Hospital Holdings), charged with commissioning the Acute Referral Centre. Ms Nagle worked in this position for two years before joining the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia as Senior Flight Nurse of the Townsville base, where she was involved in emergency evacuations and retrievals across North Queensland and was responsible for setting up primary health clinics in Pentland, Greenvale and Ravenswood. In late 2002 Ms Nagle took up the position of Clinical Nurse Manager at Wesley Emergency Centre, where she remained for seven years.

Family considerations prompted a move to Toowoomba in 2009 and Ms Nagle returned to Queensland Health, taking a temporary job as relieving NUM at Laidley before becoming Nurse Unit Manager – Emergency Department/ Maternity at Dalby Hospital. Ms Nagle went on to fill relieving Director of Nursing roles in Millmerran, Jandowae and Oakey before taking up a 12-month position relieving the Nursing Director Medical at Toowoomba Hospital, and then Nurse Unit Manager of the Emergency Department, a role to which she was eventually permanently appointed. Following this appointment, she was seconded to the role of Toowoomba Hospital Nursing Director and Service Manager (Women’s and Children’s and Emergency Department).

Most recently, Ms Nagle was appointed as the Darling Downs Health Director of Nursing Rural (Western Cluster), before stepping into the Darling Downs Health EDNMS role in July 2017. In this role Ms Nagle is the professional lead responsible for nursing and midwifery services across Darling Downs Health and maximising the potential of nursing to enhance health outcomes for the health service. In July 2018, following realignment processes, Community and Oral Health and Nursing Education and Training, joined Public Health sitting under the Executive Management of the EDNMS.


Annette Scott

Executive Director Allied Health
Annette Scott

Annette is an Executive Leader and Board Director who is recognised for progressing innovative models of allied health practice within the Darling Downs and South Burnett regions of Queensland.  Her most recent achievements include the implementation of a range of innovative Health Practitioner workforce redesign initiatives that have attracted national and state-wide attention for their ability to impact positively on patient flow and increase efficiency of health service delivery.

In her role as Executive Director Allied Health, Darling Downs Health, Annette is the operational lead for the allied health workforce, as well as the professional lead for the Health Practitioner workforce across the DDHHS. Annette also leads the DDHHS Research Team and is the chair of the Darling Downs Health Innovation and Research Collaborative (DDHIRC), a collaborative focused on health-related translational research across the Downs.

She is a strong advocate for the allied health (AH) professions and is the state representative for allied health on the Executive Committee of the Queensland Clinical Senate (QCS) – Queensland Health’s peak clinician advisory body. In 2017, she was a key contributor to the design and implementation of Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH), southern Queensland’s first University Department of Rural Health.  Annette subsequently fulfils the role of DDHHS senior representative on the Advisory Board of SQRH and through this role contributes to the advancement of pre-entry allied health clinical education programs across the rural communities of Southern Queensland.


Jane Ranger

Chief Finance Officer
Jane Ranger

Ms Jane Ranger was appointed to the Chief Finance Officer role in August 2016. In this role, Jane provides single-point accountability for the Finance Division including Financial Control and the Business Analysis and Development areas ensuring the prudent financial management for Darling Downs Health. Jane also oversees and has responsibility for the Commercial Management Division including procurement and contract management. In 2017, the Health Information Services division, incorporating clinical information and data quality, was added to Ms Ranger’s organisational structure responsibilities.

Prior to being appointed to this role Jane was the Senior Finance Manager for the Toowoomba Hospital. In this role she was responsible for the oversight and sound financial management of the Toowoomba Hospital and Baillie Henderson Hospital. Jane has also worked as the Senior Business Analyst for Darling Downs Health.

Ms Ranger has worked at a senior level in the banking, hospitality, public transport, manufacturing and building industries. Jane has extensive experience in both public and private health care including five years as the State Commercial Manager, Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales for Healthscope, the second largest private healthcare provider in Australia.

Originally from the UK, Jane immigrated to Australia in 1989. Ms Ranger completed her Bachelor of Business as dux of her class at Griffith University, Gold Coast in 1999, attained CPA status in 2002 and awarded a Fellowship in 2019. In 2018 Jane further extended professional qualifications including attaining a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors and completing the Queensland Health Change Leadership Program in association with KPMG and Harvard University.


Dr Paul Clayton

Executive Director Infrastructure
Dr Paul Clayton

Dr Paul Clayton joined Darling Downs Health and came to work in the health sector in early 2016 after more than 20 years in project management and technical services delivery in infrastructure and in the environment and water sector. Paul has a technical foundation in the aquatic sciences but has worked in senior management and major project oversight roles for the past decade. With a career that includes direct experience in research, government, and the private sector, Paul brings to Darling Downs Health a professionally balanced and practical approach to corporate governance, project management, strategic oversight and business planning.

Paul was appointed to the Executive Director Infrastructure role in October 2016. In this role, Paul provides executive leadership over the Infrastructure Division and ensures the coordinated delivery of Darling Downs Health infrastructure and maintenance projects. Prior to joining the Darling Downs Health Executive team, Paul contributed in a strategic planning role and coordinated the production of the updated Darling Downs Health Strategic Plan 2016-2020, as well as progressing arrangements for coordinated infrastructure and asset management across the health service.

Before joining Darling Downs Health, Paul was General Manager for a local division of an international consultancy and contractor company working with clients on infrastructure projects for the resources, transport, urban development, and the agricultural sectors, and for all three tiers of government in Australia. Paul has held a number of senior management roles with oversight of multidisciplinary teams and with responsibility for complex project deliverables and project budgets.


Hayley Farry

Executive Director Workforce
Hayley Farry

Hayley Farry joined Darling Downs Health in 2011 and was appointed to the role of Executive Director Workforce in 2018, overseeing learning and development, culture and engagement, workforce planning, workforce relations, recruitment, and workplace health and safety.

During her time at Darling Downs Health, Hayley has invested in safety and quality by successfully implementing a partnership with the Cognitive Institute’s programs for Speaking Up for Safety and Promoting Professional Accountability under Darling Downs Health's Safer Together initiative. She has developed and embedded a values-based culture which underpins all aspects of human resources including performance appraisal and recruitment. Hayley has also brought about a significant improvement in workplace culture, with a nine per cent increase in staff engagement within two years.


Julian Tommei

Executive Director Legal and Governance
Julian Tommei

Julian Tommei is a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He spent 12 years in private practice in South Africa in medium to large size law firms, including four years practicing for his own account prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 2002. He has spent the last 15 years in legal and governance roles in public sector health organisations in New Zealand and Australia.

Julian was appointed to the position of Legal Counsel at Darling Downs Health in April 2012. He has acted in the role of Director Governance and Assurance since April 2017 whilst continuing the role of Legal Counsel. Julian was appointed to the role of Executive Director Legal and Governance on 1 April 2019. The role provides leadership, direction and management of all corporate governance and legal activities within Darling Downs Health.


Last updated: 20 February 2020