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Board members

Jim McGowan


Jim McGowan | Board chair

Mr Jim McGowan, AM was appointed Chair of the South West Hospital and Health Board on 17 May 2017. Jim has significant high level public administration experience, specialising in the areas of governance, accountability, service delivery improvement and performance management. With strong leadership skills, and a history of achievement Mr McGowan is focused on overseeing the delivery of exceptional health care to the communities of the South West. Full profile

Claire Alexander 

Claire Alexander

Mrs Claire Alexander is a highly experienced, analytical and strategic professional in the specialist field of strategic financial management, in both public and private sectors. Claire is a certified practising accountant (CPA) and brings extensive knowledge in accounting principles and Australian Accounting standards to the South West Hospital and Health Board. Full profile


Ray Chandler


Ray Chandler

Mr Ray Chandler has over 28 years’ experience in executive, corporate services, finance, human resource, infrastructure, project and operations management roles in the private and public sectors; with 21 of those years in Queensland Health. Ray’s health service delivery knowledge at both the strategic and operational level will prove invaluable to the South West Hospital and Health Board and the future direction of the Health Service. Full profile


fiona gaske


Fiona Gaske

Ms Fiona Gaske is a councillor for Balonne Shire Council, an active member of the St George community and a highly experienced Speech Pathologist. She is a passionate advocate for public health services and the arts in rural areas.

Ms Gaske serviced as the chair of the St George Community Advisory Network for two years from its inception in 2012.

She was elected as a councillor in 2012 and maintains a diverse range of portfolios including public health, arts and culture as well as Chairing several committees including ICT committee, Parks and Gardens and the local Regional Arts Development Fund committee as part of her responsibilities as a councillor. Full profile


Stewart Gordon


Stewart Gordon

Mr Stewart Gordon is a workplace lawyer, and has 15 years’ experience in senior management and Executive Director roles. Stewart brings substantial knowledge of health in the South West, having formerly been a District Manager of the former Roma Health Service District, South West Health Service District and an Executive Director of Rural Health with the Darling Downs West Moreton Health Service District. Full profile


heather hall


Heather Hall

Ms Heather Hall has experience working in the healthcare sector for community and government organisations in the south-west region. During her career Heather has been recognised for her outstanding service to outback communities and for excellence and innovation in her field.

Heather has over twenty years’ experience working in community healthcare. Heather is currently Community Services Manager for Anglicare SQ Rural and Remote—a position she has held for thirteenyears. Previously, Heather worked as Clinical Nurse and Acting Clinical Nurse Coordinator at Roma Hospital, and as Community Nurse for Blue Care in Roma. Full profile


dr john scott


Dr John Scott

Dr John Scott is a Brisbane-based doctor who has worked extensively as a general practitioner, in managerial roles in the public health service, and for a short time as a tertiary educator. He brings a wealth of medical, managerial and fiscal skills and experience to the South West.

Dr John Scott graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, which he received from the University of New England in 1994. In 1994, he also graduated from the Australian National University with a Master of Applied Epidemiology. Dr Scott also holds Fellowships of the College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Full profile

Karen Tully 

Karen Tully

Ms Karen Tully is a self-employed advocacy, facilitation, leadership and governance expert based in Charleville. With substantial directorship experience, and a background in education, Karen is skilful in strategic planning and brings her ability of future thinking to the South West Hospital and Health Board. Full profile

Last updated: 30 August 2017