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The Board is responsible for implementing governance policy and developing and approving strategies to better manage the organisation. The Board is appointed by the Governor in Council at the request of the State Minister for Health. The Board is accountable to the community that it serves for ensuring the provision of agreed services within the resources with which they are provided. The Board must therefore be responsive to its staff and the community and have the capacity to address a wide range of policy and governance issues.

To fulfill its role, the Board has members with a range of appropriate expertise and experience. The Board adheres to a code of conduct that outlines the role of governance and the conduct of its members.

The functions of the Board as determined by the Health Services Act of 1988 are:

  • To oversee and manage the health service and
  • To ensure the services provided by the health service comply with the requirements of the Act and the aims of the organisation.


Current Heathcote Health Board members

Ngaire Anderson

Ngaire Anderson joined the board in 2013 and became Board Chair in October 2017. Ngaire’s roots to Heathcote were established many years ago by grandparents on both sides; having grown-up in the town alongside two siblings, her family continues to farm and owns/runs a local winery.

Ngaire brings diverse experiences to the table gained through working in clinical, managerial and executive roles in the healthcare sector in addition to the wine industry, and gains great satisfaction making a positive impact to the Heathcote community as a Board Member.

Ngaire has a Bachelor of Health Science, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course.




Lou Pascuzzi

Lou is a well-known and respected executive with a demonstrated track record in both the entrepreneurial and corporate sectors. Lou became Deputy Board Chair in October 2017. He has a deep understanding of and commitment to the Australian healthcare sector. He also has a demonstrated ability to develop innovative corporate strategies and then scale up organisational capabilities to execute his vision.

Lou began his career in the healthcare industry 20 years ago when he founded Peak Health Management. Over 13 years he built Peak Health Management to be Australia’s largest and most successful corporate health management company. In 2010 Peak Health Management was successfully acquired by BUPA Australia Ltd. Lou moved to Healthscope to head up their Medical Centres (Primary Care) Division. During his time at Healthscope, he transformed the Healthscope Medical Centres brand, making it the leading provider of chronic disease specific primary care in the Australian market.

Subsequently, he was invited to institute the same strategies at Australia’s largest primary care provider, the Independent Practitioners Network (IPN) owned by Sonic Healthcare.

Lou arrived at TLC Healthcare in 2013 tasked with utilising his entrepreneurial primary care background to rejuvenate the aged care industry.



Danny Stone

Danny is the Community Health General Manager for East Wimmera Health Service. He has a nursing background, originally in mental health, and has focussed on rural health for the last eight years. Having spent a bit of time in Heathcote over the years during his employment at Bendigo Health, Danny is looking forward to the opportunity to giving back to the community through his role on the Heathcote Health Board of Management. Danny is Chair of the Clinical Care & Safety Sub-committee.





Vin Keogh

Vin Keogh is our newest Board Member, joining the board in 2015. He is a past Member Australian Institute of Company Directors with high level skills in Financial and Strategic Planning, Facilities and Asset Management and Human Resource Management and Process Improvement. Vin brings a wealth of experience to this role having been an executive director and board member for a number of Melbourne and Geelong based organisations over the past twenty years, including a number of management appointments across local government.

Vin has been married to his wife, Fran, for 42 years and has 3 children and 10 grandchildren ranging in ages from 1-22 years old. Vin moved to Heathcote in October 2014 and is the current Vice President of the Heathcote Bowling Club. he is also an active member of St Mary’s Catholic Church and the Heathcote Football Club.Vin is the Deputy Chair of the Corporate Governance Sub-committee.






Rebecca Holding

Rebecca joined the Heathcote Health Board of Management team in July 2016. She is currently employed as the Head of Risk & Compliance at Swisse Wellness and has past experience in various project management roles. Rebecca completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2015 and has a passion for health and wellbeing. She is excited to be joining the Board of Management at Heathcote. Although based in Melbourne, Rebecca considers herself a part time member of the Heathcote community, spending most weekends in the region on a farm with her family and is looking forward to supporting the local community via her work on the Board.






Ann Lansberry

Ann Lansberry is the CEO for the Community Foundation for Central Victoria where she implemented Australia’s first community Giving Day – Big Give. She is an experienced business executive and change consultant who is deeply involved in her local community. Ann is passionate about strengthening and engaging regional communities. She is excited about how digital innovation can bring people, causes and funding together. Ann loves the food in Central Victoria especially our local cheeses, she has 4 chooks, 3 kids and 2 cats.

Ann holds a Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the School for Social Entrepreneurs as well as holding qualifications in the Neuroscience of Leadership.

Ann is also the Vice President of the Discovery Centre and Director of Australian Community Philanthropy.

Ann is the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee.




Norm Cockerell

Norm joined the Heathcote Health Board of Management in July 2017. He has vast experience in large scale complex change management programmes across the Banking, Insurance and Health industries and have worked in Asia and Australia for high profile brands HSBC, Medibank and Allianz as well as an agent of WorkSafe Victoria. Personal resilience, a collaborative working style, integrity and a commitment to building trust underpins everything he does.

After an extensive career in the Corporate world he is now focussed on developing and supporting businesses that are focussed on his passions of Health and Safety and assisting mature age workers transition to the next stage of their careers. Norm possesses a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In his spare time, Norm is a keen golfer, cyclist and master of the veggie patch.




Draga Jevtic

Draga joined the Heathcote Health Board of Management in July 2017. Draga brings diverse experiences to the table gained through working in clinical, managerial and executive director roles in the healthcare, Not-for-profit and corporate sector. Draga is passionate about Health and Wellbeing both in the workplace and general community
Draga has a MA(Counselling Psychology), Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma of Management Psychology and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).



Colleen Pichut

Colleen joined the Heathcote Health Board of Management in July 2018. Since December 2017, Colleen has become a full time resident of Heathcote and lives on a property not far from the town centre. Prior to this, she was a weekend visitor. Colleen has a nursing background, having worked in Neonatal Intensive Care, Newborn Emergency Transports and has spent the last eleven years as a Unit Manager in a Paediatric Forensic Unit. Colleen has also practised as a Forensic Nurse Examiner for adult clients. Colleen and her husband recently opened a business in Heathcote. As a director of the Heathcote Health board, Colleen looks forward to contributing to the Heathcote community at all possible levels.


Natalie Sheridan-Smith

Natalie joined the Heathcote Health Board of Management in July 2018.