Appendix 1. Committee and Board Member Profiles

NBA Board

Continuing Members

Ms Gayle Ginnane — chair

Ms Gayle Ginnane was CEO of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council, a government agency reporting to the Minister for Health and Ageing, with financial and regulatory responsibility for the private health insurance industry until May 2008 and has broad experience as a senior manager in an insurance and regulatory environment, and an in depth understanding of governance, risk management and finance.

Ms Ginnane has considerable experience as an independent director on a number of boards, both commercial and not for profit, in the voluntary, government and private sectors. As well as Chair of the NBA Board, Ms Ginnane is a councillor on the Australian Pharmacy Council, a director of the ACT Medicare Local, and Police Health. She has also contributed to a number of voluntary organisations at senior and Board levels including Scouts ACT, the Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting and the Community Living Project.

Ms Ginnane is a member of the Institute of Public Administration, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an affiliate member of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Ms Ginnane was appointed Chair of the NBA Board in May 2011.

Mr Paul Bedbrook — financial expert

Mr Paul Bedbrook has had a connection with blood issues via his personal involvement with haemophilia for over two decades. He is the father of two adult sons with haemophilia. For much of those two decades Mr Bedbrook has been involved with the Haemophilia Foundation NSW (HFNSW) and the Haemophilia Foundation Australia (HFA). He is a past President of HFNSW and past Treasurer of HFA. He brings his personal experiences with blood issues to the Board as well as feedback from a community of individuals who rely on the blood and plasma products distributed to Australia’s health services under the auspices of the NBA.

Professionally, Mr Bedbrook has over 30 years of experience in financial services. He was a senior executive for over 20 years with the Dutch global banking, insurance and investment group, ING. His early career was as an investment analyst and investment portfolio manager and he was the General Manager Investments and Chief Investment Officer for the Mercantile Mutual (ING) Group in Sydney from 1987 to 1995. In the decade to 2010, he was President and CEO, INGDIRECT, Canada; CEO and director of ING Australia and Regional CEO, ING Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. His current roles include: independent non-executive director of Zurich Financial Services Australia Ltd, Credit Union Australia (CUA) Ltd, Independent Chairman of ASX listed Elanor Investors Group and Chairman of Disability Sports Australia.

Mr Bedbrook was appointed community representative on the NBA Board from May 2011 to August 2013. Mr Bedbrook was appointed financial expert on the NBA Board in August 2013 and is a member of the NBA Audit Committee.

Professor Chris Brook PSM—state and territory representative (large jurisdiction)

Professor Chris Brook is currently in the office of Chief Advisors and Transformation for the Victorian Department of Health. This role is flexible and relates to indepth analysis and thinking about major policy issues, separate from day-to-day operations. Examples include Clinical Trials, Quality and Safety, Innovation and Transformation approaches to improve services to all Victorians.

As a personal appointment, Professor Brook is also the State Health and Medical Commander (Emergency Management). This position provides the command and coordination across the whole of DH services, encompassing all hospitals; ambulances; and others when a large scale emergency event occurs.

Professor Brook also sits on the Clinical Trials Advisory Committee auspiced by the Commonwealth Department of Industry and was recently re-appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Professor Brook was appointed to the NBA Board in May 2011.

Dr Stephen Christley — state and territory representative (small jurisdiction)

Dr Stephen Christley is Chief Public Health Officer and Executive Director of Public Health and Clinical Systems in the South Australian Department for Health and Ageing. He has previously served as a CEO of three separate area health services in New South Wales. He is a medical practitioner and has worked in rural, public health and community settings.

Dr Christley’s interests are public health, health system improvement and safety and quality. He has been a member of a number of research/fundraising foundation boards and is a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC).

Dr Christley was appointed state and territory representative on the NBA Board in March 2009.

Ms Mary Murnane — Australian Government representative

Ms Mary Murnane is a former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health. She is retired but continues to work part-time providing strategic and policy support to the Department of Health. Ms Murnane is a member of the Human Genetics Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

She was reappointed as Commonwealth representative to the NBA Board in May 2011.

Professor George Rubin MB BS (Hons) FRACP FAFPHM FAChAM — public health expert

Professor Rubin is Director of Clinical Governance with the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and is Professor of Public Health at both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. He is a past President of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and Board member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

While Professor Rubin practices clinically in addiction medicine in Sydney, he has worked internationally in the Americas and Asia and has published more than 150 scientific papers in the peer reviewed literature including reports on the appropriateness of use of blood products. He has served as Director of Epidemiology and Health Services Evaluation and as Chief Health Officer with NSW Health where he was instrumental in developing public health infrastructure and education. For ten years he was a medical epidemiologist working in reproductive health with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh.

Professor Rubin was appointed to the NBA Board in May 2011.

New Member

Ms Patricia (Patti) Warn — community representative

Trained originally as a secondary school teacher in Tasmania, Ms Warn was a social and political researcher for the ABC’s Four Corners programme in Sydney for several years before becoming a Ministerial Advisor in Canberra across social security, health, community services and immigration. She organised national community consultations to inform policy development in reforming disability services, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease awareness and aged care.

Ms Warn was a member of the Commonwealth Immigration Review Tribunal for five years.

In retirement Ms Warn was appointed to the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing and became an official visitor to mental health facilities under the NSW Mental Health Act. She served for seven years as a Board member of Uniting Care Ageing’s Sydney region and remains on its Advisory Council.

Ms Warn has been a lay member of the NSW Law Society’s Professional Conduct Committee for a decade and has represented consumer interests on committees of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Health Workforce Australia, the Australian Council on Health Care Standards and the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency.

Ms Warn’s personal commitment to the NBA stems from her mother’s life being saved by massive blood transfusions following a postpartum haemorrhage 40 years ago.

Ms Warn was appointed to the NBA Board as the community representative in August 2013.

Retiring Member

Mr Ken Barker - financial expert

Mr Ken Barker - financial expert

Until 2009 Mr Barker had some 42 years of experience in the New South Wales Government. He worked for New South Wales Health for 24 years where his last appointment was as Chief Financial Officer. He is now director of his own company, which specialises in financial management and provision of strategic advice, mainly to government agencies. He is also a member of a number of state government governance boards and of several New South Wales agency audit and risk committees.

Mr Barker has worked with the former New South Wales Blood Transfusion Service, and has made important contributions to many of the key decisions and events that have shaped the current Australian blood sector: the establishment of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and the NBA; provision of national indemnity arrangements for blood and blood products; the Stephen Review of the Australian Blood Banking and Plasma Product Sector; and the 2008 KPMG business study of the Blood Service.

Mr Barker was appointed to the NBA Interim Board and has served as a full Board member since the inception of the NBA. He was reappointed in May 2011 and his term extended until August 2013. He served as Chair of the NBA Audit Committee between 2003 and 2007 and continued to serve as an Audit Committee member, until his appointment as Chair in October 2013.

Audit Committee Chair

Mr Ken Barker (Chair from October 2013)

Please refer to the biography details under the Board Member profiles

Ms Jennifer Morison FCA, FCPA, FAIM (Chair from July to October 2013)

Ms Jennifer Morison FCA, FCPA, FAIM

Jennifer Morison is a chartered accountant with 33 years of broad experience in the profession and in commerce. Her career has included audit, taxation, management consulting, corporate advisory work, and consulting to government. She is a leading consultant in the area of public sector financial management reform in Australia and is an independent member and chair of a number of Commonwealth and ACT government audit and risk committees. She was awarded the Centenary medal for services to the accounting profession in 2000. Ms Morison was appointed Chair of the NBA’s Audit Committee in 2007, having been a member of the committee since 2004. Ms Morison retired from the Audit Committee in October 2013.