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Board and Executive Team

BOARD DIRECTORS

RWAV’s board is made up highly experienced health care and business professionals. The board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of RWAV.

Adjunct Associate Professor Morton Rawlin AM

Board Chair
BMed MMedSci FRACGP FARGP FACRRM DipPractDerm DipMedHyp DipFP DipBusAdmin GAICD
Assoc Prof Rawlin is an experienced General Practitioner and medical educator. He is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years. Assoc Prof Rawlin is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and a past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and is a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. He is also the Medical Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Victoria. He is a member of the RACGP Victoria Council.

Jane Poletti

Board Director
LLB BSc MMgt (Strategic Foresight) GAICD
As a lawyer and business consultant Jane has worked with company boards and senior management across a range of areas including IP commercialisation, internet-based businesses, healthcare products/services, privacy and data/IT security. Jane is currently general counsel for .id Consulting – population demographers, economists and forecasters. Jane served as a director of BreastScreen Victoria for 10 years, is a current director of Ballarat Health Services and chairs RWAV’s Governance Committee.

Dr Suzanne George

Board Director
MBBS(Hons) FRACGP GDipClinEd
Dr George spent 35 years working in rural general practice in Bairnsdale before retiring in 2018. Before moving to Gippsland in 1983, Dr George worked in Hobart, Adelaide, London, and Melbourne. Dr George also spent several years as a visiting GP at Orbost. Dr George has been a supervisor for GP registrars, interns and medical students, and an examiner for Monash University. She has been a Surveyor for Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited and a Director on the AGPAL Board. Dr George currently works as a Medical Educator and Training Advisor.

Associate Professor Grant Phelps

Board Director
BMBS MBA FRACP FRACMA FAICD FIML
Assoc Prof Phelps has practiced as a Gastroenterologist and Acute Physician in regional Victoria for more than 20 years. He trained in safety and quality at Dr Brent James’ Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held management and leadership roles in Victoria and Tasmania. More recently he completed a two-year project as Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network. Grant currently works as an independent consultant providing advice to hospitals and organisations on clinical leadership and safety and quality.

Roger Chao

Board Director
BA (Politics/Philosophy) BEc GDipBus MBA GAICD FGIA
Roger is an accomplished CEO, Non-Executive Director and Chair with experience in the health, human services, law enforcement, education, transport, and environmental industries – across private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. He brings strong governance experience, commercial acumen, risk management and strategy skills combined with a passion for innovation and business development having also been Chair of numerous Finance, Audit, Risk, Investment and Community Advisory Committees., Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr Thileepan Naren

Board Director
MBBS MHM MPH FACRRM FRACGP GAICD
Dr Thileepan Naren is an Addiction Medicine Registrar based in Melbourne. He has previously spent many years working as a GP in regional Victoria and spent a number of years working at the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative. Dr Naren has an interest in addiction medicine, Aboriginal health, refugee health, military and veteran’s health, public health policy and medical governance. He is currently also a Board Member of Maryborough District Health Services and also serves as a Medical Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

Suni Campbell

Suni Campbell

Board Director
BBus (HRM) GAICD
Suni has extensive human resources and industrial relations experience coupled with transformational change experience. She currently works for the Edward River Council as Director of Corporate Services. Her role manages finance, people, safety, risk, governance, IT, communications and customer service. Since 2019, she has been a non-executive director of the NCN Health Service and a member on the Executive Remuneration Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. The NCN Health Service is amalgamation of health services across Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah in far north regional Victoria.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

RWAV’s executive team are the senior leaders in the organisation. They ensure RWAV delivers on its key objectives and priorities and strategies are implemented.

Trevor Carr

Trevor Carr

Chief Executive Officer
BHA EMBA GAICD
Trevor has built an extensive career in governance, policy evaluation and advocacy, and the operation of public healthcare and aged care services. Trevor has been involved with rural and regional health and aged care policy and service delivery since commencing his working life. Prior to joining RWAV, Trevor was the CEO of Leading Age Services Australia Victoria (LASA Victoria), and before this, he was CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA). More recently he has been a company director with several health, community and financial services institutions.

Anthony Webb

Anthony Webb

General Manager - Operations and Compliance
BA(Law) GradDipHlthMgt GIA (Cert)
Anthony has worked with RWAV for more than 20 years holding various executive management positions in governance, finance, risk management, compliance and corporate support. Originally from rural Queensland Anthony trained as a solicitor before moving into health management. He has worked with Queensland Health and Central Highlands District Health Service and holds a BA Law and Graduate Diploma in Health Management.

Lauren Cordwell

Lauren Cordwell

General Manager – Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement
BHlthSci(Hons) MPH PostGradDipMgt GAICD AFCHSM CHM
Lauren Cordwell commenced in the role of General Manager in February 2020. Lauren has leadership responsibilities for strategy, communications, data, stakeholder engagement and program delivery. Lauren’s team is committed to supporting communities in rural and regional Victoria to have timely access to affordable and safe health care.

Lauren Khawam

Lauren Khawam

Manager - People and Culture
BBus(HRM)
Lauren commenced in the role of Manager People and Culture in August 2018 and is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team. Lauren’s team is committed to implementing activities and initiatives to support the achievement of RWAV’s strategies and strengthen RWAV’s position as an ‘Employer of Choice’. Lauren is an experienced Manager and HR professional, with a career spanning the professional services, automotive, defence, and not-for-profit sectors.

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