Board of Directors


Don Paproth (Chair)

BA Arts, Dip Ed

Don has 43 years of experience in education working as a secondary teacher, principal, deputy regional director and the director of major projects in the Gippsland Region with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Don has a strong commitment to education, particularly in the area of mentoring new principals and developing aspiring school leaders.  He has also been very active in endeavours to improve learning opportunities for communities through initiatives for education precincts in a number of rural centres.



Christine Hammond (Deputy Chair)

Adv Cert Mgt, GAICD

Christine has strong experience in business management in both public and private sectors, including 19 years in the health industry. Christine was a former director of Bass Coast Community Health Service and was appointed to the Board of Bass Coast Health in July 2014.  Christine is a member of the Remuneration Committee, Phillip Island Health Hub Project Control Group and the BCH Development Council.


Mim Kershaw

Mim has over 31 years management experience in both private and publically listed companies. Mim has experience in financial management, strategic planning, team development, ethical sourcing and quality control.

Mim is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee, the Community Advisory Committee and the BCH Development Council.

Mary O'Connor


Mary is a business proprietor of three national franchise businesses, a Justice of the Peace in Victoria and member of the South Gippsland branch of Justices of the Peace.  Mary is also the President of the Wonthaggi branch, Ambulance Victoria and has active roles with Victoria Police, Rotary and the criminal justice system.  Mary is an active volunteer with many community groups and was appointed to the board in 2004.  Mary is a member of the Remuneration Committee, Community Advisory Committee and the VMO Consultative Committee.


Mary Whelan

BApp Sc (Physiotherapy), Grad Dip Man Therapy, Cert App Ergonomics for Injury Management, 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 StandEzy Solutions to design and develop mobility aides to address the needs of patients and the OH&S of staff in hospitals and aged care facilities. Mary is the Chair of Quality & Clinical Governance Committee.


Ian Thompson

B.Bus (Accounting), Grad Dip (Corp Finance), CPA

Ian is a risk professional with over 30 years’ experience in financial markets, having worked in various credit, economic, quality, risk management and governance roles here in Australia and 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 chairs the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.

Nigel McCormick


Nigel is a Chartered Accountant, a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  He migrated to Australia form Northern Ireland in 2010 and is now an Australian citizen.  Nigel's experience includes the education, water, regional infrastructure and central government policy sectors.  His roles have had a mixture of finance and non-finance roles including Assistant Secretary in a number of positions leading policy and legislation, program and project management and institutional reform.  Nigel is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the CFA and a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.

Kate McCullogh


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 Yoralla and a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. 

Dr Richard King

Dr Richard King is an Honorary Physician at Monash Health.  Before his retirement has was Head of Investigative Services and Pharmacy at Monash Health.  Prior to that he was Head of Medicine for 20 years.  He is on the Board of Goulburn Valley Health and on the Board Quality Committee of the Northern Hospital.  He chairs the Advisory Committee on Health Technology at DHHS.  He is past Chair of the Council of AMA Victoria and past Chair of the State Committee of the College of Physicians.  He received the AM for services to medicine and teaching.

Simon Jemmett

BHSc; Grad Cert Mgt; Dip Proj Mgt; MAICD

Simon has more than 30 years in the health industry across both metropolitan and rural areas of Victoria. Simon has a background as an intensive care paramedic, with experience in clinical governance, clinical education and audit and operations management.  Simon is currently the Regional Director Gippsland for Ambulance Victoria and a member of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee.