Board of Directors


The functions of the Board of a public health service are prescribed by the Health Services (Governance and Accountability) Act 2004. The Governor in Council, on the Minister for Health's recommendation, appoints the DHSV Board of Directors. Members reflect a mix of qualifications, skills and experience, particularly in the areas of dental health, community welfare, finance and business.

Zoe Wainer 

Dr Zoe Wainer (Chair) BMBS, PhD, MPH, GAICD

Appointed to the Board in July 2015
Reappointed in June 2018

Chair: Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee
Member: Finance Committee

Zoe is the Head of Public Health and Medical Director at Bupa Australia and New Zealand and a Director on the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Her passion and expertise in public health has driven formal and informal collaborations with the ICHOM and Harvard Business School in value based health care across multiple organisations and she has a continued advocacy focus on the importance of sex differences across health from basic research to health systems implications.

Zoe holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Flinders University, and has a clinical background in cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology. She has a PhD and a Masters of Public Health from The University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Sue Banks


Appointed to the Board in July 2019

Chair: Finance Committee
Member: Safety and Quality Committee

Sue has more than 15 years’ board level executive and non-executive experience across a wide range of service sectors with a more recent focus on organisations with a strong community perspective. She has worked at The Bridge Inc. since 2012 where she serves as Treasurer, Board Member and Chair – Finance Committee. She is a Business Consultant and Advisory Board Member for Kelly Sports.

Sue is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a qualified accountant and MBA consulting with commercial client-focused businesses and the not-for-profit sector.

Nicole Bartholomeusz

Nicole Bartholomeusz

Appointed to the Board in July 2020

Nicole Bartholomeusz has worked extensively in public health and government in executive and non-executive roles for over 20 years and is currently the Chief Executive of cohealth.

Nicole has a background as a clinician and has a Masters in Business Administration. Nicole has a strong interest in health policy, service planning and redesign together with leading and managing change and governance of health services and not for profit organisations.

John Gavens

John Gavens BCom (Hons), M.Acc., GAICD

Appointed to the Board in July 2019

Member: Audit and Risk Committee, Finance Committee

John is a Partner in Crowe Melbourne’s Audit & Assurance Division and has more than 30 years’ experience in the provision of internal and external audit, assurance, strategic, risk management, probity, compliance, fraud and governance advice.  John provides strong strategic thinking capability combined with sound technical skills.

John has been responsible for audits across many sectors with particular emphasis on public sector agencies, local government and not-for-profits.  John has been an approved service provider to the Victorian Auditor General for over 20 years. In addition, he has recently completed 7 years as a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

John’s board experience includes the water sector, coastal asset management and the disability sector.  He is also an independent member of several audit committees.

John is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts (Accounting) University of Kent at Canterbury.

Jane Gunn


Appointed to the Board in July 2019

Chair: Population Health Committee
Member: Community Advisory Committee

Jane is a Professor and Foundation Chair of Primary Care Research and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She is a General Practitioner and has established a successful primary care mental health research group.  In 2016 Jane was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition of her outstanding leadership in health and medical research.

Jane is a Director of the Board of the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (2015 - ).  In 2018 she chaired the NHMRC’s Mental Health Research Advisory Committee. Jane has served as a member of NHMRC’s Research Committee (2009-2015) and as a Director of the Board of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (2016 – 2019).

Charles Power

Charles Power BEc (Hons) LLB

Appointed to the Board in July 2020

Charles is a legal practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in workplace relations and safety law.  He has been partner of the law firm Holding Redlich since 2002.  His board experience includes service on the Committee of Early Learning Association Australia between 2014 and 2018.

Charles is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a workplace relations specialist.

David Stevenson

David Stevenson BBus(Mgt) and GAICD

Appointed to the Board in July 2018

Chair: Community Advisory Committee
Member: Audit and Risk Committee, Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee

David has over 20 years’ experience as a CEO and Senior Executive, both in Australia and internationally. He has worked with iconic brands such as Nike, and Foot Locker in the consumer goods and retail sectors and in the sport sector, the AFL and the Western Bulldogs as CEO. He is also founder and partner of Bold Works, a company that helps businesses develop their Bold future or execute bold ideas. David is passionate about developing people, setting a Bold vision, developing a strong strategic plan and focusing on execution to deliver results. David is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University.

Antony Tobin


Appointed to the Board in July 2018

Member: Population Health Committee, Safety and Quality Committee

Antony is the Chief Medical Officer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He trained in respiratory and intensive care medicine and has worked as a consultant in the intensive care unit at St Vincent’s since 2003.

Antony chairs a number of quality and planning committees within the hospital and has research interests in clinical outcome analysis.  He has post graduate qualifications in epidemiology and health management.

Andrew Saunders 

Andrew Saunders BSc GradDipEd MBA MAICD

Appointed to the Board in July 2018

Chair: Audit and Risk Committee
Member: Finance Committee, Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee

Andrew is an experienced transformation leader for complex business, organisation and digital change; with broad experience in Health, Insurance, Finance and Government. He is currently a Board Director for Eastern Health and Victoria Legal Aid in Melbourne, and Chair for the Health Information & Management Systems Society (HiMSS) Asia Pacific.

Previous roles have included the Health Chief Information Officer for Victoria, Chief Executive and CIO for WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission’s information & technology shared solution and Board Director of Alfred Health.