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Our Executives

Dr Peter Gillies

Chief Executive - Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
Dr Peter Gillies

Dr Peter Gillies was appointed as HSCE in May 2016.

Dr Gillies has been with the DDHHS 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 nearly 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

Ms Shirley-Anne Gardiner has extensive knowledge and leadership experience involving people and health service delivery models within large complex organisations with 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 the DDHHS, 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 is Chair of the College’s Credentialing Committee. Greg has been the Executive Director Mental Health since June 2016. In this role Greg is
accountable for executive leadership over the DDHHS mental health, and alcohol and other drugs services, which includes acute and extended inpatient and ambulatory services.


Dr Martin Byrne

Executive Director Medical Services
Dr Martin Byrne

Dr Byrne has approximately 20 years’ experience as a rural GP throughout Queensland and joined the DDHHS in 2013 as the Director, Clinical Governance.

He was Medical Superintendent at Mitchell Hospital for five years, before commencing as Director of Medical Services in Roma and the Executive Director Medical Services for South West Queensland.

Dr Byrne is currently acting as both the Executive Director, Medical Services and Executive Director Rural. In these roles Dr Byrne is responsible for providing professional leadership for medical services across the DDHHS and single point accountability for the Rural
Services Division and Residential Aged Care Facilities.


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 Hwee Sin Chong

Executive Director Queensland Rural Medical Service
Dr Hwee Sin Chong

Dr Hwee Sin Chong first commenced in Toowoomba as the Deputy Director of Medical Services in 2011, bringing with her several years of experience in medical management across a range of roles in the public and private health sector.

She 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 NSW.

Dr Chong graduated from Otago University, working for several years in New Zealand before immigrating to Australia.

Dr Chong commenced as Executive Director Medical Services in September 2014 and commenced acting in the role of Executive Director, Rural and Remote Medical Support in July 2016. In this role Dr Chong is responsible for professional leadership and the development of strategies to enhance the delivery of rural and remote medical
workforce services, both  within the DDHHS and across the State.


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 6 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 at 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 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 the Darling Downs 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 she was permanently appointed to after 10 months. The role of Toowoomba Hospital Nursing Director and Service Manager (Women’s and Children’s and Emergency Department) followed.

In September 2016, Ms Nagle was appointed to the role of Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) Director of Nursing Rural (Western Cluster) for a year, before stepping into the DDHHS EDNMS role in August 2017. In this role Ms Nagle is the professional lead responsible for nursing and midwifery services across the DDDHHS and maximising the potential of nursing and midwifery to enhance health outcomes for the health service.


Annette Scott

Executive Director Allied Health
Annette Scott

Ms Annette Scott commenced her career in health as a physiotherapist. After spending her earlier career as a private practitioner in solo practice in Central Queensland, she joined the Queensland public health system where she subsequently fulfilled a number of roles including direct delivery of clinical services as a senior clinician, and non-clinical roles including project management and quality coordination. In more recent years, she has focused her career on health service management and has extensive experience in managing multidisciplinary health services across a range of settings including acute inpatient, outpatient, community and rural outreach.

Her most notable achievements include the implementation of a number of successful telehealth-enabled clinical services across the southern region of Queensland including the award-winning Telehealth Preadmission Clinic at the Toowoomba Hospital. In addition she was responsible for implementing a range of innovative Health Practitioner workforce redesign initiatives that attracted national and statewide 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, Annette is the operational lead for the allied health workforce within the Toowoomba Hospital and the rural communities of the Darling Downs and South Burnett, as well as the professional lead for the Health Practitioner workforce across the DDHHS. She also manages a range of
Commonwealth funded programs including the Aged Care Assessment Service and the BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba service.


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 and ensures the prudent financial management of the DDHHS.

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 held roles as the Group Company Accountant for McNab Construction Group and spent 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 has worked at a senior level in the banking, hospitality, public transport, manufacturing and building industries. She completed her
Bachelor of Business, as dux of her class at Griffith University, Gold Coast in 1999 and attained CPA status in 2002.


Dr Paul Clayton

Executive Director Infrastructure
Dr Paul Clayton

Dr Paul Clayton joined the DDHHS and came to work in the health sector in early 2016 after more than 20 years in project management and technical services delivery in the environment 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 the DDHHS 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 DDHHS infrastructure and maintenance projects. Prior to joining the DDHHS Executive team, Paul contributed in a strategic planning role and coordinated the production of the updated DDHHS Strategic Plan 2016-2020, as well as progressing arrangements for coordinated infrastructure and asset management across the health service.

Before joining the DDHHS, Paul was General Manager for a local division of an international consultancy and contractor company working with clients on infrastructure projects for the resources, 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

Ms Hayley Farry was appointed as Executive Director Workforce in September 2018.

Hayley's professional life began with six years as an early childhood teacher in mixed classrooms including special needs.

Hayley joined Darling Downs Health in January 2011, initially working on an Allied Health project focusing on professional supervision, then was instrumental in launching Darling Downs Learning Online (DDLOL), before moving into the role of Workforce Capability Culture and Engagement Manager.

In her current role as Executive Director Workforce, Ms Farry oversees learning and development, culture and engagement, workforce planning, workforce relations, recruitment, and workplace health and safety.

Hayley's passion and commitment to her role and divisional staff drives her to achieve positive outcomes for all Darling Downs Health employees and, by extension, our patients. She believes if employees feel safe, happy and engaged in their roles, they are enabled to provide to best possible care for patients.


Last updated: 24 August 2015