Board of Directors



BA, Dip Ed

Don joined the BCH Board in July 2015 and has been the Chair of the Board of Directors for the last three years. Prior to that he had 48 years of experience in education, working as a secondary teacher, principal, deputy regional director and as the director of major projects in the Gippsland Region with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  He was Chair of the Council of the Victorian Institute of Teaching, the body which regulates the teaching profession across the state. Don is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk and Remuneration Committees and the Development Council.


Deputy Chair

IAN THOMPSON  B. Bus (Accounting), Grad. Dip. (Corp. Finance), C.P.A, GAICD.

Ian is a risk professional with more than 30 years’ experience in financial markets, having worked in various credit, economic, quality, risk management and governance roles here in Australia and in the UK.  Ian spent the bulk of his career with leading global credit rating agency, Standard & Poor's Rating Services, most recently as a Senior Managing Director and Global Chief Credit Officer.  Ian is a member of the Board of Snowdome Foundation, a charity focussed on funding research into blood cancer, and an independent member of State Sport Centre Trust’s Audit & Risk committee and the Uniting Church’s (Vic & Tas Synod) risk management committee. Ian joined the BCH Board in July 2016 and chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee and Development Council.



Mim has more than 31 year’s management experience in both private and public listed companies.  Mim has experience in setting and achieving budgets, strategic planning, team development and retention, ethical sourcing and Quality Assurance and Quality Control.  Mim is a former director of Bass Coast Community Health Service. She joined the BCH Board in July 2014 and is a member of the Development Council, the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee, and the Remuneration Committee.


MARY WHELAN  B. App Sc (Physiotherapy), Grad Dip Man Therapy, Cert App Ergonomics for Injury Mgt, Cert IV Workplace Training.

Mary Whelan is a former clinical physiotherapist with 38 years’ experience in public health and private practice.  She founded a company to design and develop mobility aides to address the needs of patients and the occupational health and safety of staff in hospitals and aged care facilities.  Mary joined the BCH Board in August 2015 is the Chair of the Quality & Clinical Governance Committee and is also a member of the Community Advisory Committee.


KATE MCCULLOUGH LLB, B.Com (Accounting), Grad Dip (Intellectual Property Law), Advanced Diploma (Mechanical Engineering)

Kate is an experienced legal practitioner who was appointed to the Bass Coast Health Board in July 2017.  Kate has significant expertise in the health and disability sectors having acted as legal counsel for a Victorian public health service, a pharmaceutical company and a non-for-profit disability service provider.  Kate also has experience advising on commercial contracting, tendering and procurement, legislative and regulatory compliance, business acquisitions, sale of assets, intellectual property, privacy and freedom of information matters. Kate is currently the General Counsel at BlueCross and is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and the Community Advisory Committee. 



SIMON JEMMETT BHSc; Grad Cert Mgt; Dip Proj Mgt; MAICD

Simon has more than 30 years in health, initially working in the public and private hospital systems before moving to Ambulance Victoria. Simon has an intensive care paramedic background and substantial experience across both the metropolitan and rural sectors in clinical and operational management, education, audit and clinical governance. Simon is was the Regional Director Gippsland for Ambulance Victoria for the last four years and is now leading some of Ambulance Victoria’s transformative IT projects. Simon, is on the Governance Committee for the Emergency Care Clinical Network. Simon joined the BCH Board in July 2017 and is a member of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee.




IAN LEONG Bach Bldg (QS) (Hons), Grad Dip Comp Sc, MBA, GAICD 

Ian has over 40 years in the industry, working in both government and private sectors. Initially, Ian has significant experience as a property/building consultant, but more recently has managed his own general consultancy firm, providing advice to private and government clients. Ian is currently the Executive Director Redevelopment, Planning and Infrastructure at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, his role having overarching responsibility for capital redevelopment, future strategy/health service delivery and patient experience. Ian joined the BCH Board in August 2018 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. 



Angelo is an experienced executive having held executive roles over the past ten years in Local and State Government, public transport and utilities industries. Angelo brings contemporary skills in technology driven business transformation and innovation, having led organisational transformation programs and sector-wide reform programs across different industries and sectors. Angelo has significant governance experience both as an executive supporting board governance functions but also as a former member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Mine Rehabilitation. He is highly involved in the Gippsland innovation ecosystem having founded startups and provided mentoring support to startup founders throughout Gippsland. He lives locally and has a real passion for the Gippsland region.



Julia Oxley works at Monash Health as General Manager Community. With over nine years executive leadership experience Julia has held roles as Director City Development at Knox City Council and prior to this was CEO and COO of the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, leading the Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch service for Victoria. As General Manager Customer and Community for South East Water. Julia is a Lean leader and coach, and member of the Victorian Council of Social Service. Julia joined the Board in July 2019.

    Independent Member

John Nevins Bach; Economic, Grad; Dip; Public Policy, MAICD
John is an Independent Member of the BCH Finance Audit and Risk Committee.
John has worked in Local Government, Public Transport and the Victorian Public Service. Previous roles include being a long term Chief Executive Officer, General Manager Corporate Services, Chief Financial Officer, Internal Auditor and Economist.