39 Hospital Street Heathcote VIC 3523
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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 directors 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 directors.

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 Directors


Danny Stone

Danny 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.

Danny Stone is the current Board Chair as of 29th July 2019 and is also the Chair of the Clinical Care & Safety Sub-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.

Norm is the current Deputy Board Chair and Deputy Chair of the Corporate Governance Subcommittee.


Rebecca Holding

Rebecca joined the Heathcote Health Board of Directors team in July 2016. She is currently employed as the Global Head of Enterprise Risk and Operational Risk at Afterpay, and runs a small dance business ‘Inner West Dance Melbourne’ on the side. Rebecca completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2015 and has a passion for health and wellbeing. She is excited to be a member of the Board of Directors at Heathcote. Although based in Melbourne, Rebecca is a part time member of the Heathcote community, spending most weekends in the region on a farm with her family and is enjoys 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.


Natalie Sheridan-Smith

Natalie joined the Heathcote Health Board of Management in July 2018. Natalie has been practicing as a Barrister for over 10 years with a focus on Victorian and Commonwealth criminal law (including jury trials), child protection and various areas of regulatory and environmental compliance. Prior to being called to the Bar Natalie worked as a solicitor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (North Queensland, Northern Territory), Northern Territory Director of Public Prosecutions, Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victoria) and a specialist criminal law firm in Melbourne.
Natalie and her husband Tim live in Melbourne but over the last 6 years have spent most weekends in Heathcote, working on their small rural property at Lady’s Pass and enjoying the fresh air, wine and getting to know the locals. Natalie is looking forward to engaging with the community and contributing her legal and compliance expertise to the Heathcote Health Board.


Elissa Watson

Elissa is a strategic leader and keen collaborator who has enjoyed a successful 20+ year career in the law. Her extensive corporate background includes senior roles at Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and WorkSafe.

A highly skilled regulator, with expertise in governance, risk, compliance, engagement and education, Elissa routinely advises boards and senior executive teams about their responsibilities, policy development and program implementation.

Elissa creates strong partnerships to advance strategic priorities across industry and government. She builds capability and capacity by developing high-performing teams that deliver quality services, improve consumer outcomes and protect the public.

Elissa joined the Heathcote Health Board in July 2019 and has previously been a director of the Law Institute of Victoria and Justice Connect. She is currently the Executive Officer for the Victorian Racing Integrity Board.


Dr Sidney Chandrasiri

Dr Sidney Chandrasiri MBBS MHM FCHSM FRACMA CHIA GAICD, is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA), a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (FCHSM), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and holds a Masters in Health Management and Certification in Health Informatics. She has also completed training at the Harvard Business School in the field of Value Based HealthCare.

Dr Chandrasiri is currently the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Group Director of Medical Services at Epworth HealthCare, and a Sentinel event reviewer for the Department of Health in Victoria. Most recently she was the Chief Medical Officer at Alexandra District Health Service where she gained an appreciation for the healthcare challenges of rural and regional communities in Victoria. This influenced her desire to further contribute in a greater capacity to the Heathcote community in her role as a new Board Director.

She has medical management experience in both public and private health care organizations across Australia and New Zealand, has lectured in health system management to post graduate students at the University of Monash in Melbourne, is a speaker at multiple medical forums across Australia and has published multiple papers in leading medcial managment journals.


Carol-Anne Lever

Carol-Anne has a nursing background in emergency and critical care having worked in both clinical leadership and management roles throughout her 32 year career in health. During this time Carol-Anne has completed post graduate studies in Critical Care and Emergency nursing, Diplomas in Business and Human Resource management, affiliation with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and attained Fellowship status with the Australasian College of Health service Managers. Carol-Anne has worked as a Nurse Unit Manager of the Emergency Department at Bendigo Health, Manager of Access and Demand Bendigo Health, Director of Nursing Surgical Services Bendigo Health and is currently Director of Nursing Acute Ambulatory and Critical Care at Bendigo Health with a portfolio encompassing Emergency and Critical Care services, Specialist Clinics, Hospital in the Home, Cardiology and Renal Services as well as Radiology.

As a member of the Board of Directors at Heathcote Health, Carol-Anne will being her passion and commitment toward ensuring equity of access and consistency of care for consumers and her passion to ensure staff well-being to enable Heathcote Health to meet its vision, purpose and values.


Ben Yuen

Ben is a board director for the National Chinese Museum of Australia (in Bendigo). He has been a senior manager in Australia’s largest banks, working nationally and across Asia in risk and compliance, business strategy, digital banking, human resources, and project management. He is part of The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, providing risk and compliance oversight for key customer-facing and corporate functions. He is currently a PhD Fellow (Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning in Banking) via The Federal Science and Innovation Research Grant. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters of Business in Human Resource Management/ Industrial Relations from RMIT University. He has lived in Bendigo since 2016 (from Melbourne), and enjoys engaging with the local community through volunteering, his children’s school, and sporting activities.


Shonelle McMillan

Shonelle has a Social Work background with a focus on Mental Health and has a Clinical Masters in Family Therapy. She has worked in an aged care team in a hospital setting, community mental health services and also in private practice.

She currently works within the forensic system as a Senior Counsellor supervising the delivery of therapeutic services to men in prison.

She is passionate about clinical excellence in rural settings and small-town sustainability.

Shonelle lives with her husband, daughter and their many animals on a small property near Heathcote. In her spare time, she enjoys caravanning adventures with her family, sewing reusable bags and studying Japanese.


Gerard José

Gerard has significant experience in community engagement, change management, organisation development, policy facilitation and program evaluation. He has had an extensive career in community services, commencing as a Youth Worker in Heidelberg YMCA, and most recently served as CEO with Mildura Rural City.

He is currently privileged to be CEO with Bendigo Community Health Services.

Gerard is a people-oriented leader committed to ethical stewardship and social justice. He is an Alumni of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

Gerard is married and has four children and two grandchildren.

Outside of BCHS he is proud to be a Board Member of Haven Home Safe, is a tragic Collingwood Football supporter, enjoys woodworking, reading, writing, social research and watching most sports.


Mia Bromley

Mia Bromley joined the Board of Heathcote Health in July 2020. She is an experienced health and social service sector consultant. She currently works for Paxton Partners, a specialist provider of management consulting and corporate advisory services to the health and human services sector. In this role, Mia works with leaders to measure and improve the performance of health service providers to achieve improved population health outcomes.

Mia a member of the AICD Healthcare Special Interest Committee and currently serves as Deputy Chair for Gowrie Victoria and Non-Executive Director for RESULTS International Australia. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Master of Public Health and tertiary qualifications in criminology and education.

Having grown up in the Macedon ranges, Mia is passionate about the health and wellbeing of people living in regional Australia. Mia has worked across the youth justice, education and public health sectors in Victoria, NSW and the Northern Territory.

In her spare time, Mia cares for her four year old daughter and sips tea with her 100 year old grandmother.