Board and Executive Team
Ms Carol Bryant, CEO
Carol Bryant has held executive positions within the private hospital sector for the past 22 years, the last eleven of which have been as CEO at Westmead Private Hospital.
As Director of Clinical Services in 2000, Carol played a key role in opening Westmead Private. As CEO since 2002 she has not only introduced new services, but has grown existing ones, whilst also overseeing accreditation and strategic planning and generating strong operating performance.
First qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1975, Carol Bryant spent 12 years with North Gosford Private (1988 - 2000) including fulfilling the roles of Acting Director of Clinical Services and Deputy Director of Nursing, before moving to Ramsay Healthcare in May 2000. Her educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (UNSW), a Graduate Diploma of Education (Armidale) and management training through Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Singapore Management University.
Mrs Carmel Kennedy, Director of Clinical Services
Carmel Kennedy has over 20 years’ experience in management roles, 15 of those years in senior management positions within the private hospital sector. Carmel completed her General Nursing Certificate, RNSH in Sydney in 1985. She then undertook a Post Graduate nursing certificate in spinal cord injuries at the NSW College of Nursing which she completed in 1987. In 1995 she completed her Masters in Business Administration at Wollongong University. In the same year, Carmel became Deputy Director of Nursing at Southern Highlands Private Hospital. She then moved to Westmead Private Hospital as the Clinical Services Manager. In 2004 she was promoted to the role of Director of Clinical Services.
Following her time at Westmead Private Hospital, she transitioned to Mt Wilga Rehabilitation Hospital where she was employed as both the Director of Clinical Services and CEO. Most recently Carmel held the position of CEO at Strathfield Private Hospital. Among her many attributes, Carmel’s capacity to lead and motivate, whilst supporting staff with sound policy and protocols, has ensured that excellent clinical outcomes have been achieved, as evidenced in her previous roles.
Mr Parth Jasani, Chief Financial Officer
Parth Jasani’s extensive expertise in commercial operations extends across a range of areas including corporate financial reporting and analysis, hospital services and business management. For the past ten years, Parth has held a number of senior positions at Ramsay Health Care at both a hospital and corporate level, providing him with a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector. Most recently he has been employed as a Commercial Manager, Business Analyst and Senior Management Accountant.
Within these roles, Parth has successfully implemented a number of project and process improvements that have led to incremental revenue growth, substantial cost savings, as well as high levels of assurance in data integrity and budgeting processes. He is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from UTS. Parth has had a number of academic achievements, most notably obtaining a high distinction and certificate of excellence for Business Strategy and Leadership in the CPA program.
Directors of Macquarie University Hospital
Dr Peter Dodd, Chair
Peter Dodd is Chair of the Board of Directors at Macquarie University Hospital. Peter has more than 25 years of senior management experience in both the private and tertiary education sectors. He has a PhD from the University of Rochester and degrees from the Universities of Newcastle and Queensland. Most recently, Peter was Chief Financial Officer of North American Energy Partners, which is a New York Stock Exchange listed construction and mining company operating in northern Canada.
Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Access Macquarie, a wholly owned subsidiary of Macquarie University that serves as the link between academics and researchers from Macquarie University and industry. Peter worked for more than 20 years in Investment Banking and was Global Head of Corporate Finance for ABN Amro. He was Professor of Finance and later Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, as well as Associate Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Dr Malcolm Irving, AM, Director
Malcolm Irving has been a member of the Macquarie University Council and Chair of the university's Finance Committee since 1993. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by Macquarie in 1993 in recognition of his service to the university, including his major role in the development of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Malcolm holds a number of directorships and chairs covering the corporate and community service sectors, including Chair of Caltex Australia, Director of Telstra Corporation, Chair of the Australian Industry Development Corporation and Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Malcolm was elected unopposed as Deputy Chancellor by the Macquarie University Council on 24 March 2000. He was also a member of the St Vincent’s Hospital Board between 1991-1995.
In recognition of the contribution made by Dr Irving to the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, the School has created an annual scholarship in his name, to support an eligible candidate with tuition fees for a Postgraduate Diploma in Management.
Ms Elizabeth Johnstone, Director
Elizabeth Johnstone LLB, MA (Hons), BA (Hons) FAICD retired recently as a corporate partner of Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) where she was Practice Head Company Law and Governance, and was listed as a Leading Legal Practitioner in various Australian and international directories. She regularly advised the boards of a number of major ASX listed companies and public sector organisations on governance, company law, probity and procurement. She began her career as an academic teaching literature and communication studies. After further specialist management study she led reviews of policies and practices and organisational change programs. She managed the Strategic Planning and Marketing functions for a services company. While completing a graduate law degree at the University of Sydney she consulted to various financial services, tourism and services companies on strategic planning and organisational change. Elizabeth currently serves on the boards of : ASX Compliance, Macquarie University Hospital Operations, the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Previously she served for 10 years on the Australian Press Council as a director of the Communications and Media Law Centre and as a founding member of the Australian Compliance Institute Board.
Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was selected as the Business and Professional Women's Association/QANTAS Business Woman of the Year. She served for many years as a member of the American Bar Association's International Developments in Corporate Governance Committee, assisted the ASX Corporate Governance Council on the development of the ASX's Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations working parties and has published and spoken extensively on company law and governance issues.
Mr Mark Compton, AM, Director
Mark Compton is a graduate in pharmacology and spent the early part of his career in research and postgraduate study in respiratory pharmacology, focusing on asthma at the University of Sydney. He is an experienced CEO, particularly in the public company and health care and life sciences environments. Mark was previously Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SciGen Ltd, an international biotechnology company with its principal business in biopharmaceuticals.
Mark also held the appointment as Managing Director of Alpha Healthcare Ltd, a publicly listed Australian health care group with operations spanning nine private hospitals. Alpha employed in the order of 1,200 staff and had annual revenues of approximately AU$120 million.
Mark is a director on the national Board of St John Ambulance Australia and is chair of the Board of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. He was a non-executive director of Independent Practitioner Network Ltd (ASX:IPN), an ASX-listed medical services company.
Mr Andrew Bissett
BCom Macq., MCom Macq., MBA Macq, CA., GAICD., CISA.
Andrew has over 17 years experience in consulting, strategy, project management, risk and audit. Andrew currently leads the Group Risk and Policy team for Woolworths Limited. Prior to that, Andrew held senior roles with Tabcorp Holdings and Qantas Airways. Andrew’s key industry focus areas include transportation, retail and mining.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrew is a member of the Macquarie University Council and its Audit and Risk Committee.
Mr Bruce H Barraclough, AO
MB BS FRACS DDU FACS FAICD
Bruce Barraclough is Board Chair, Australian E-Health Research Centre. He is a Board Member of Cabrini Health. He is Chair of the Advisory Council for the CSIRO Digital Productivity and Services Flagship. He serves on working parties for WHO Patient Safety. He was formerly Dean of Education, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2009 – 2012 and Associate Dean (Clinical Strategy) of the University of Western Sydney Medical School 2006 – 2010. The title of Emeritus Professor and the award of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) have been conferred on him by the University of Western Sydney.
He was Board Chair, New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission 2005 – 2010, Senior Clinical Advisor to the Health Minister and Director General of Health, New South Wales 2009-2010, President, International Society for Quality in Health Care 2008 and 2009, Professor / Director of Cancer Services, Northern Sydney Health and the University of Sydney (2000- 2005), Chair of the Australian Council for Safety & Quality in Health Care (2000 – 2005) and President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (1998 – 2001).