Board of Directors

teresa anderson

Dr Teresa Anderson

B.App Science (Speech Pathology) PhD

Dr Teresa Anderson has worked in the NSW public health system for more than 30 years. She is Chief Executive of Sydney Local Health District, providing services to more than 600,000 people in Sydney and beyond. Dr Anderson has extensive experience as a clinician, manager and health service leader. She has held positions as the Director, Clinical Operations, Sydney South West Area Health Service, General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director of Community and Allied Health Services for the Liverpool Health Service.

She serves on the boards of the Ingham Institute, Centenary Institute, Heart Research Institute, ANZAC Research Institute and Healthshare, and is also the Chair of the Sydney Research Council.

Dr Anderson is focused on supporting collaboration and building partnerships to provide excellent health care. She is widely acknowledged for supporting and mentoring her staff in fostering new ideas to drive efficiencies and best practice.

trisha cashmere

Ms Trisha Cashmere

BAppSc (Phty)(Hons), LLB, GAICD

Trisha Cashmere has practised as a physiotherapist in the public and private sectors, and as a lawyer specialising in Environment and Administrative law for more than a decade at a leading Australian commercial law firm.

Trisha now has a management role in a growing health business, is a member of a UNSW ethics committee and sits on the NSW Board of the Psychology Board of Australia. She is a former board member of South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (SESML) and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Having strong business and financial management skills, as well as being a passionate community advocate, has meant she contributed very effectively to a number of board sub committees, including Chair of the SESML Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Trisha assisted with the establishment of the Central and Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network and is a member of the Parent Advisory Council, Sydney Children’s Hospital.

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Professor Mark Harris


Mark Harris is foundation Professor of General Practice and Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW. He has a five year NHMRC Senior Professorial Research Fellowship 2011-2015 and was appointed Scientia Professor 2013-18. He is director of COMPaRE-PHC - the Centre for Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellence in PHC. He has substantial experience in health services research and trials on chronic illness prevention and management in primary health care. He is a member of the NHMRC Academy 2010-2013 and the Prevention and Community Health Committee 2013-2015. He has 311 publications and 2900 citations in peer reviewed journals. He is a life fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in recognition for his work for general practice on diabetes and preventive medicine including editing the RACGP Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice and the SNAP Guide. He received Australian Association for Academic Primary Care “Charles Bridges-Webb Medal” in 2010.

charlotte hespe

Assoc. Prof. Charlotte Hespe, (CHAIR)


Charlotte Hespe is a GP Principal and Supervisor in a 12 doctor, patient-centred family medical practice in Glebe, Sydney. She is actively engaged in medical education and quality improvement initiatives at the local and national level and is heading Primary Care Research for University of Notre Dame, Australia (Sydney). Charlotte is currently doing a PhD in the area of "Reducing CV disease: Translating an evidence based quality improvement tool into 'real-world' general practice". Charlotte is Chair, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, Deputy Chair NSW/ACT Faculty RACGP, Board Director for Asthma Foundation NSW, and a Clinical Chair with Improvement Foundation Australia.

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Mr Steven Kouris


Steven Kouris is a lawyer and commercial advisor. Steven has extensive corporate governance and leadership, strategic planning and risk management expertise as a non-executive director and board committee member across the health, infrastructure, housing and NFP sector, and augments this with commercial and legal expertise in private, corporate and government practice. He has worked for major national law firms such as King & Wood Mallesons and Allens, advised government departments, and has substantial expertise in major projects, infrastructure and development, building and construction, and property. He also chairs the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN Finance, and Audit and Risk Committees. Steven is a director of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, where he chairs the Corporate Governance Committee.

gerry marr

Mr Gerry Marr


Gerry Marr is Chief Executive of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, taking on the role in February 2014. Prior to this appointment, Gerry held senior executive roles for 13 years, with the National Health Service (NHS) Tayside. Facing performance challenges when Gerry took up the role of Chief Executive, NHS Tayside is now seen as one of the top performing NHS Boards in Scotland. Prior to this Gerry held senior roles in the areas of system performance and human resources management with the NHS Scotland Department of Health.

With qualifications in nursing and education, Gerry has been a passionate advocate for quality in health care delivery. He has led the implementation of a range of quality programs within the Scottish health system in partnership with The Institute of Healthcare Improvement based in Boston. He was a non-executive Board member, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and is an international guest speaker on the topic of quality and safety.

gary nichols

Dr Gary Nicholls


Dr Gary Nicholls trained in the UK at Cambridge University and St Bartholomews’ Hospital Medical School, University of London. He has extensive experience in acute general hospital medicine, community health and general practice in both the UK and Australia. He is especially passionate about developing ways to ‘join up’ services between primary and community care, and hospital care – aiming to improve the health care of patients whilst improving service efficiency.

He holds positions as a Staff Specialist Physician for NSW Health and as a general practitioner in Sydney. He has special interests in the health care of disadvantaged patients, quality use of medicines, patient safety and medical education. Gary is a Conjoint Lecturer in Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School, University of New South Wales.

rob ramjan

Mr Robert Ramjan

AM, BA, BSocStuds

Rob Ramjan is CEO of One Door Mental Health and was the inaugural Executive Director of the Schizophrenia Fellowships Council of Australia Inc. He has worked for the Fellowship for more than 20 years and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to people with mental illness.

Rob has extensive experience in the provision of mental health services, especially in the non-government sector. His previous roles have included delegate to the Mental Health Council of Australia Inc and member of the NSW Mental Health Priority Task Force and the Guardianship Tribunal.

He is a member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Centre for Cognitive Disorders Advisory Committee, Macquarie University. He is a Trustee of the Psychosis Australia Trust. Rob is the author of a book on mental health residential services and was project director for 'The Schizophrenias: guidelines for an holistic approach to clinical practice guidelines', commissioned by NSW Health.

anthony schembri

Assoc. Prof. Anthony Schembri

BSocStud(Hons), GDPA, MPP, FCHSM

Anthony Schembri is the CEO of the St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Anthony holds appointment as Board Director for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Board Director of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and Co-Chair of Australian Catholic University/St Vincent’s Nursing Research Institute. Anthony is an Adjunct Professor in Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University and Associate Professor of the St Vincent’s Clinical School of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Prior to this Anthony was employed as General Manager roles at Liverpool Hospital, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital and Fairfield Hospital. Anthony has also held the role of Clinical Director for Allied Health and hospital social work roles.

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Dr Tim Smyth


Dr Tim Smyth is well known in the Australian health sector. With degrees in Medicine, Law and Business Administration, Tim has extensive experience at operational and senior executive levels, including as Deputy Director General with NSW Health. Tim provides management consulting services to a range of clients in the health and government sectors and is a part time Special Counsel in corporate and commercial law with Holman Webb Lawyers. Tim was appointed Chair of the Eastern Sydney Medicare Local in 2012 and he is also a Director of the Black Dog Institute and the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

chris tzarimas

Mr Chris Tzarimas (Tzar)

MSc(Ex. Rehab.), BSc(HMS), FAAESS, MBA

As the director of the Lifestyle Clinic (a local health service operating as a division of the Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW), Chris Tzarimas is an accredited exercise physiologist with extensive experience in providing exercise therapy and lifestyle programs for people with conditions including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders and HIV+/AIDS. Chris has been involved in numerous federal, state and local health initiatives and serves on the Executive Committee of the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre, is a primary care representative to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) and is the Chair of Exercise Is Medicine (Australia). His primary interest is translating research into health policy targeting primary and secondary prevention through integrated healthcare and community outreach.