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Our Executive

  • Health Service Chief Executive Lisa Davies-Jones
  • Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Governance Michelle Garner
  • Acting Executive Director of Medical Services and Clinical Governance Dr Karen Murphy
  • Executive Director of Corporate Services Barbara Davis
  • Interim Chief Finance Officer Rod Margetts

Lisa Davies Jones

Lisa Davies Jones
Chief Executive

Lisa has had a broad ranging healthcare career within nursing, service improvement, healthcare management and clinical governance. Lisa has worked in a number of senior leadership roles within healthcare organisations in the United Kingdom and more recently in Queensland.
Lisa has spent the first year of her tenure with the North West Hospital and Health Service building partnerships with Western Queensland Primary Health Network and Gidgee Healing, to establish the foundations of their shared approach to developing comprehensive primary health care through integrated services. Her strong commitment to improving health outcomes has led to a determination to see health services integrated across the North West Hospital and Health Service, for the seamless delivery of primary health care.  
Lisa is passionate about creating an environment where staff at all levels of the organisation can flourish in their work and are able to generate new learning and continuous improvements in health care.
Lisa has qualifications in registered and specialist nursing and post graduate management and leadership and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with James Cook University and Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health. Lisa is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Michelle Garner
Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Services

Michelle has held the position of Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery since 2008, and with the 2017 executive tier restructure, her title was changed to Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Services.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Care (Critical Care), and a Masters of Nurse Practitioner. Michelle is an Adjunct Associate Professor with James Cook University and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health. She is a member of the Queensland Executive Directors of Nursing and Midwifery Forum, Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Executive Council, Nursing and Midwifery Implementation Group, the National Nurse Executive Group and the Queensland Clinical Senate.
Michelle is an endorsed nurse practitioner, and has a special interest in advanced practice nursing and midwifery pathways and nurse and midwifery prescribing. Michelle has prioritised support and development of nurse practitioner roles in rural, remote and specialised areas of practice.

Dr Karen MurphyDr Karen Murphy
Acting Executive Director of Medical Services and Clinical Governance 

Karen has been a Medical Leader for a number of years in a variety of healthcare settings. She has worked in clinical and non-clinical leadership roles, with her clinical experience going back to the early 1980s. She commenced in the role of Acting Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services in January 2019, having spent nine years as an Executive Director of Medical Services in Western Australia.

Her passion has always centred around supporting medical and multi-disciplinary teams to focus on patient care as a priority, and she understands the need for a team-based approach to the patient journey in all of the sites and countries in which she has worked, within both public and private sectors. In all of her roles previously, not only has she worked as a support, advocate and senior leader for medical staff, but also for a diverse range of staff, from chaplaincy to outpatients, ambulance to administration and as a result of this, Karen has a strong belief that the ‘team’ supporting patients and their families consists of every person working within healthcare – from gardener to security to the executive team.

Karen has been at the forefront of some significant change management and clinical service redesign work, especially within the Australian healthcare sector and understands well the challenges of maintaining engagement through change. Several service changes she has worked on have been recognised with awards for innovation and improvement.

Karen has a home in Western Australia but has been thoroughly enjoying her time in North West Queensland and is keen to embrace and support some of the challenges ahead for the North West Hospital and Health Service. She is looking forward to continuing to help develop services to focus on providing care closer to home for all patients and their families and continuing to improve health outcomes for Queenslanders.

Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis
Executive Director of Corporate Services

Barb was appointed to the position of Director of Business Support in 2004 which became Executive Director
of Corporate Services in 2007. In late 2014, the position was subsequently upgraded to Chief Operating
Officer and Barb was successful in applying for this new position. In 2017 with the Executive restructure, Barb’s
position title reverted to Executive Director of Corporate Services. She has more than 39 years’ experience in
nursing and administrative roles in a wide range of locations throughout Australia.
Barb represents the North West Hospital and Health Service on State-wide committees which include Chief
Operating Officer Forum, and various State-wide specific project groups. She remains in the North West due to
her passion for progressing equity in health status for the North West communities.
Barb is responsible for the dedicated team of staff who manage most non-clinical areas within North West
Hospital and Health Service with particular emphasis on operational, human resources, administration,
infrastructure, and maintenance and asset management. She also is responsible for the patient access areas
of Specialist Outpatients and Telehealth. Team members are client focussed and provide high quality services
that support health care delivery. Barb is a former registered nurse, neonatal intensive care nurse, and midwife.
She holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters of Health Management.

Rod Margetts
Interim Chief Finance Officer

Last updated: 5 September 2019