Ms Karen Janiszewski
B.Sc (Building), Grad Dip (Property), FAICD
Karen has 30 years of construction and development experience in private and public companies, state and local government and not for profit organizations. Karen is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. She has had numerous roles as a non-Executive Director and is the current Chair of Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. She joined the QEC Board in 2015 and is a member of the Audit, Finance & Infrastructure Committee and the Wendy Spry & Frank Slutzkin Research Fund Committee.
Mr Graham Giannini
B.Ec, Grad Dip CDC (AICD), Grad Dip Strat Mktg (IMIA), Grad Dip SIA, Bus Cert Ins, FAICD, FFinSIA, FCLP, Snr Assoc AGSL
Graham is a management consultant and business advisor who has also worked extensively in senior executive roles across the private and public sectors within Australia and abroad. He is an experienced change leader and business improvement practitioner. Graham is also the Deputy Chair of Business Excellence Australia. He joined the QEC Board in 2015 and is a member of the Audit, Finance & Infrastructure Committee and the Strategy, Governance & Remuneration Committee.
Ms Catherine Ho
B Economics, Grad Dip Applied Finance, ACA, GAICD
Catherine’s commercial career spans over 22 years in Australia and internationally, working with some of Australia’s largest companies including AXA, Members Equity Bank and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Catherine is presently Executive Director Finance and Business Services at CenITex, focusing on transformation, governance and business improvement processes. She is also an independent member of the WNBL Melbourne Deakin Boomers finance committee. She joined the QEC Board in 2017 and is a member of the Audit, Finance & Infrastructure Committee and the Strategy Governance & Remuneration Committee.
Ms Rosemary Bryant-Smith
BA/LLB (Hons), Postgraduate Banking Law, AICD
Rosemary Bryant-Smith is a Director of Worklogic, a workplace consulting firm with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, and a Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School. Rose has been a professional non-executive director since 2007 in the healthcare, social housing and women’s services sectors. She joined the QEC Board in 2017 and is a member of the Audit, Finance & Infrastructure Committee and the Strategy, Governance & Remuneration Committee.
Ms Catherine (Cate) Grindlay
Masters - Healthcare Leadership, Grad. Cert. – Health Consumer & Community Engagement, Governance Foundations – AICD, Grad. Dip. - Advanced Clinical Practice (Nursing/Midwifery)
Cate is currently the Executive Director of Nursing and Clinical Services for Marie Stopes Australia. Cate began her career as a registered nurse and midwife, and has since worked in the indigenous health, worker’s compensation, private health insurance, medico-legal, community health and primary care sectors. Cate brings to the role extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, change management and clinical quality, safety and governance. Cate joined the QEC Board in 2018 and is a member of Quality, Risk & Clinical Governance Committee.
Ms Colleen Hartland
Colleen Hartland was raised in Morwell and has lived in Footscray for the past 30 years; she has been involve in a range of campaigns to improve the lives of residents in her community.
Colleen worked in a range semiskilled jobs until she went to Victoria university at the age of 40 to do community development course. She then worked for Western Region Health Centre (now co health) in the Older Persons High Rise Program. Colleen has been a councillor at the City of Maribyrnong and has been in the state parliament as a MLC for the Western Region. She joined the QEC Board in 2018 and is a member of the Quality, Risk & Clinical Governance Committee.
Ms Lesley Podesta
Lesley Podesta joined the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in 2016 after five years at The Fred Hollows Foundation as the Director of Global Partnerships, Policy and Advocacy Division. Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector, Lesley had a long career in State and Commonwealth government, commencing with her role in the Disadvantaged Schools Program in Victoria in 1980. She worked extensively across the Commonwealth in a number of senior executive roles including employment, labour market reform, population health, aged care, biosecurity and emergency response in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the Department of Education, Employment and Training. She joined the QEC Board in 2019 and is a member of the Strategy, Governance & Remuneration Committee.
Professor Julie Green
PhD, MPH, Grad Dip Adult Ed, Cert Midwifery, Cert Nursing, GAICD
Julie has more than four decades of a combination of clinical, research and policy experience in the Australian child and family health and community sector resulting in a deep understanding of the continuum from primary prevention to tertiary health care. Since 2012, Julie has been the Executive Director and board member of raisingchildren.net.au, an Australian government-funded, evidence-based website for parents and professionals working with parents, children and families. Julie is a Director of the Parenting Research Centre, Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Adjunct Professor, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, and Principal Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. Julie has also served on a number of committees and advisory groups in the areas of parenting, child safety, child mental health, research and ethics, and digital technologies. Julie joined the QEC Board in July 2020 and is a member of the Quality, Risk & Clinical Governance Committee.
Ms Elizabeth (Liz) Murdoch
BA, B.Ap.Sc. (Speech Path), Grad Dip Health Services Management, Grad Cert Health Systems Management, GAICD
Liz is the Divisional Director of Medical Services at Austin Health. With a background in health that spans over 30 years, Liz has undertaken numerous executive, management and practitioner roles within the health care industry. Trained as a Speech Pathologist, Liz has worked in clinician, clinical manager, Director of Allied Health, and Director of Quality at a number of public health services in Melbourne. Prior to her current appointment at Austin Health, Liz led the Ambulatory, Community and Allied Health services at Mercy Health for 6 years. Liz has also worked as a lecturer and clinical education coordinator, and in a clinical advisory role on the new Royal Children’s Hospital. Liz has a strong interest in partnering with consumers - from Board to bedside - to get great outcomes. Liz joined the QEC Board in July 2020 and is a member of the Quality, Risk & Clinical Governance Committee.