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Dean's Industry Advisory Board

UTS: Health is honoured to host an outstanding group of current leaders in health on its Dean's Industry Advisory Board. The group provides high-level strategic advice across a range of issues such as curricula, research, strategic direction of the faculty and links to key professional, industry and government bodies.


Beth Kotze Associate Professor Beth Kotze
Director MH–CYP (Mental Health – Children & Young People)
Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office, Ministry of Health

Adjunct Professor Beth Kotzé is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an experienced mental health service leader with a particular interest in effective, evidence-based and clinically meaningful mental health strategy and policy development. Beth has led and managed mental health services at Local Health District and Area level for over 20 years. She has also worked at the State level for the Ministry of Health in the development and implementation of strategy and policy. She maintains active clinical practice and involvement in teaching and training with both the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). Beth has served on numerous committees and working parties at state and commonwealth level and for the colleges over many years and most recently represented NSW in the development of a national approach to the planning of mental health services.

In 2000 she was awarded the Bernard Nicholson Prize as most outstanding candidate (RACMA) and in 2010 she was awarded the Margaret Tobin Award by the RANZCP which is an award in honour of Dr Margaret Tobin that recognises the RAMZCP Fellow who has made the most significant contribution to administrative psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand in the past 5 years.


Ms Elizabeth Chatham
Executive Director, Woman, Youth and Children Division
ACT Health

Elizabeth Chatham is Executive Director of Women, Youth and Children [WYC] in ACT Health.  Canberra Hospital is a tertiary referral hospital servicing the ACT and the surrounding areas of NSW, a population catchment of over 550,000.  The Division of WYC Services comprises, maternity service (approximately 3,500 births per annum), women’s health including screening programs and gynaecology, Neonatology Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery, ACT Newborn Retrieval Service, newborn and children’s hearing screening program, paediatrics, child development services, genetic counselling, maternal and child health services, immunisation services for children 0-18 years old, a range of targeted services for vulnerable and at risk families, women and children, and school nurse programs.

Elizabeth was previously CEO, Women’s and Children’s Hospitals Australasia (WCHA) from 2008-2011. WCHA is a widely regarded not-for-profit peak body, the vision of which is to enhance the health and wellbeing of women, children and young people. It achieves this by supporting member hospitals to aspire to excellence in clinical care by benchmarking, advocacy and sharing the knowledge and evidence that underpins best practice. Membership comprises the majority of the leading children’s and women’s hospitals and health services located throughout Australia and New Zealand.  

Bernadette GibbonsMs Bernadette (Berne) Gibbons
Director PwC - Health Technology

With a background in Nursing and the Pharmaceutical Industry spanning 30 years, where she held  senior roles such as Product Manager for Anaesthetics at Glaxo Wellcome, Head of Hospitals at Mayne Health Pharmaceutical Wholesale, CEO for Central Hospital Supplies and Managing Director for Vitro Software Pty Ltd, where she has developed a particular interest in providing digital health records and strategic use of information. Berne Gibbons has led a number of major e-health projects including the successful bid for the PCEHR Infrastructure contract when she was Head Of Health for Telstra and has consistently contributed to progression of technology to improve healthcare for all Australians.

Berne Gibbons is the Chair of the AIIA Health Special Interest Group and is a proud member of the Dean of Health's Industry Advisory Board and an Assoc Professor of Healthcare Industry at UTS. Berne Gibbons has been committed to advancing Digital health in Australia for over 15 years. Berne is also a Board member on the NFP organization Pathfinders with a special interest in registering the Births of Aboriginal people through the National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Register, being run by Pathfinders. Berne is currently working with the Australian Digital Health Agency as GM Operations. 

Ann Brassil Ms Ann Brassil
Family Planning NSW

Ann Brassil is Chief Executive Officer of Family Planning NSW, the state’s leading and Australia’s largest provider of reproductive and sexual health services, which also includes an international development program in the Asia Pacific region. Ann currently holds the positions of Deputy Chair at Northern Sydney Local Health District, is on the Consultative Council for NSW Kids & Families, is a member of the NSW Ministry of Health NGO Advisory Committee, is a member of the UTS Health Deans Clinical Advisory Board and a member of the Sydney University Primary Health Care Nursing Expert Advisory Panel. She is also a Director of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Ann’s career has incorporated many aspects of clinical, management and strategic public and population health service delivery in both rural and urban settings. She is a Clinical Psychologist with many years specialising in mental health. She has developed and implemented Mental Health Services, Community Health Services and hospital based Allied Health Services. Ann was an Executive of the Bankstown Lidcombe Health Service and Area Advisor for Community Health for South Western Sydney Area Health Service.  

Jacqui Cross Ms Jacqui Cross  
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer 
NSW Health

Jacqui Cross is the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for NSW Health. Jacqui brings a breadth of experience to the role having worked within the public health system at a hospital and Local Health District level, and at the Ministry of Health. The role of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer provides professional leadership and direction on a diverse range of nursing and midwifery issues across the system. A registered nurse, Jacqui is a highly experienced clinical leader, who is committed to person centred care, and the development of effective workplace cultures to support that care.

Jacqui has held a variety of nursing roles within NSW Health since commencing as a Registered Nurse at Prince of Wales Hospital in 1990. She was the Nurse Manager, Clinical Leadership and Practice Development at South Eastern Sydney LHD from 2010-2012, Director of Nursing at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead from 2012-2015, with her most recent role being part of the senior executive team as Director of Nursing and Midwifery at South Western Sydney LHD.

Leslie Everson Ms Leslie Everson   
Regional Director 
Bupa Aged Care Australia

A passionate health and aged care leader, manager, coach, mentor, and UTS Alum, Leslie’s career has spanned public, private and third schedule providers. Commencing as an Assistant in Nursing during her undergraduate studies, Leslie holds several tertiary qualifications including Masters of Health Service Management.  Career highlights as NUM, AHNM, Complaints Coordinator, Director of Corporate Services, NM Cell Biology Institute and Acting Executive Director, culminated in her appointment as Director of Nursing and Patient Care followed by Director of Operations at the St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, prior to transferring her considerable skills and experience to the aged care sector as Regional Director for Bupa Aged Care Australia with responsibility for a multimillion dollar portfolio for between 10 to 17 Care Homes in NSW and for a short time in South Australia.

Whilst at St Vincent’s Hospital, Leslie co-led the development of the ACU-St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney Nursing Research Unit whilst holding the title of Adjunct Professor with the university, assisting in curriculum development and a review of the university’s School of Nursing. She is a current member of the Dean’s Industry Advisory Board, Faculty of Health at UTS.

Martha Hill Professor Martha N Hill, PhD, RN
Dean Emerita, Professor of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health
The John Hopkins University School of Nursing

Martha N. Hill, RN, PhDis Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She served as Dean of the School of Nursing from 2002 to 2014; she holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.  Dr. Hill served as the President of the American Heart Association from 1997-1998; the first non-physician in that role.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Hill served on the IOM Council from 2007 to 2013, and served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the 2002 publication “Unequal Treatment:  Confronting Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Health Care.”  Currently, she serves on the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Health Sciences Policy Board.

Currently, Dr. Hill chairs the Global Alliance Panel for the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Nursing Honor Society, and serves on several review panels, editorial boards, and advisory committees including Research! America’s Board of Directors.  In October 2016 she was honored as a 2016 Living legend of the American Academy of Nursing.

Donna MurrayMs Donna Murray
Chief Executive Officer 
Indigenous Allied Health Australia Ltd

Ms Donna Murray is a descendant of the Wiradjuri nation of the Murrumbidgee River and of the Wonnarua nation of the Hunter Valley (NSW) and the Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation. Donna provides strong strategic leadership across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and wider allied health sector and has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and governance, education and community development. 

Having worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 25 years within government and the community sector at local, state and national levels, Donna has strong relationships and networks within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She also holds qualifications in Event Management, Business, Indigenous Governance and Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage. In 2016, Donna was appointed an honorary Associate in the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney.

Robert MillsMr Robert Mills
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Mills is CEO of Tresillian Family Care Centres in NSW. Tresillian is an affiliated health organisation, governed by a Board of Directors that has 86 mother & child beds with 250 staff spread throughout 6 sites across NSW. Robert has been working within the public hospital system since commencing his Nursing certificate in 1982 and over the last 30 years his career has been focused mainly in the discipline of maternal and child health. He was the Director of Maternal & Child Health at Macarthur Health Service (Campbelltown & Camden Hospitals) from 2000 to 2003 prior to being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at Karitane in NSW. 

Robert is currently on the Board of the Australasian Association of Parenting & Child Health, currently as President and also the NSW Health Services Association, currently as the Treasurer. He was recently a Director on the Board of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA). In 2012, he also graduated from The Australian Institute of Company Directors course and went on to become a Fellow. Since 2013, he has also been a Hospital Accreditation Surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS). 

Annette SolmanAdjunct Professor Annette Solman
Chief Executive
Health Education & Training Institute (HETI)

Annette is the Chief Executive of the NSW Health Education and Training  Institute. As the only statutory health authority in Australia to be a Higher Education Provider, the Institute provides clinical and non-clinical education and training for the more than 100 000 strong NSW Health workforce.

Initially trained as a registered nurse, Annette has had a rich and diverse career across many roles and functions in health. Immediately prior to joining the Institute, Annette was Executive Director responsible for Education and Training at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) where a major component of her work included development of the Strategic Plan for SCHN Education and Implementation and designed the inter-professional model of education delivery.

Debra ThomsAdjunct Professor Debra Thoms
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Australian Department of Health

Debra Thoms commenced in the position of Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at the end of August 2015. She was formerly the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Nursing, a position she took up in mid-2012 following six years as the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer with NSW Health. During her career Debra has gained broad management and clinical experience including as a clinician in remote and rural Australia, as CEO of a rural area health service, general manager of the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney and within the Health Departments of South Australia and New South Wales.

In 2005 Debra was selected to attend the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellows Program and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Her contribution to nursing and health care has been recognised by an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Technology, Sydney and she also holds appointments as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Sydney

Robert WellsMr Robert Wells
Deputy CEO and Head, Research Assets
Sax Institute

Robert Wells is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Sax Institute.  His responsibilities include maintaining existing research assets, such as the 45 and Up Study and the Secure User Research Environment (SURE), that facilitate researcher access to data that will assist in supporting health policy and system requirements.  He is also involved in Sax Institute programs linking policy makers and researchers to support evidence informed decision-making.  He also oversees the Sax Institute’s program of implementation research, which currently focuses on the roles of clinical networks in improving uptake of best practice and on improving patient involvement in prostate cancer treatment decisions.

Before joining the Sax Institute in 2013, Mr Wells was Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the Australian National University (ANU).  In both these roles, he was engaged in research and practice to enhance policy makers’ access to timely and useful evidence to inform decisions.  At APHCRI he oversaw a $50m program of research targeted at supporting reforms to strengthen the role of primary care in the context of national health reform.

Faculty of Health representatives

Professor John Daly

Associate Professor Joanne Gray
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)

Professor Fiona Brooks
Associate Dean (Research)

Professor Prasuna Reddy
Associate Dean (International and Advancement)