Lifeblood board and executive

We’re governed by a board of ten non-executive members and the Chief Executive. The Lifeblood Board reports to the Australian Red Cross Board, which has overall responsibility and oversight. They appoint all non-executive board members. 

Along with the generic skills most boards need, our Board also needs to understand the health sector, transfusion medicine, manufacturing in a highly regulated environment, and government relations and policy. Members are generally appointed for a three-year term, but may be eligible for reappointment.  

Our Board plays a vital role in ensuring the good governance of Lifeblood. It's responsible for the organisation’s efficient operation and takes the lead in setting the culture of how we operate. It oversees strategic direction, financial and operational activities and risk management. 

Meet the Lifeblood Board

Mr Jim Birch AM - Chair
Mr Jim Birch AM - Chair
BHA, FCHSM
Ms Shelly Park - Lifeblood Chief Executive
Ms Shelly Park - Chief Executive
MSc, BA Nursing, GAICD, FAIM, Fellow Ethical Leadership, Fellow Australian Institute of Management
Mr Nigel Ampherlaw
Mr Nigel Ampherlaw
BCom, FCA, MAICD
Christopher Baggoley AO
Christopher Baggoley AO
BVSc (Hons), BMBS, B Soc Admin, DUniv (Flinders) FACEM, FIFEM, FRACMA, FAAM
Mr Charles Burkitt
Mr Charles Burkitt
MAICD
Dr Lance Emerson
Dr Lance Emerson
PhD, MSc (PHC), BSc, MAICD
Ms Julie Fahey
Ms Julie Fahey
BAppSc
Ms Merran Kelsall
Ms Merran Kelsall
BCom (Hons), FCA, MBA
Ms Jenni Mack AM
Ms Jenni Mack AM
M Admin Law and Policy, BA Journalism, GAICD, Grad Cert International Food Law and Regulation, GAIST, Grad Cert Applied Finance
Professor Robyn Ward AM
Professor Robyn Ward AM
MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAHMS
Mrs Gabrielle Hewitson - Board Secretary
Mrs Gabrielle Hewitson - Board Secretary
BSc, Grad Dip Bus Admin, GAICD, FCIS, FGIA

Meet our committee members

Advisory committee
  • Professor Christopher Baggoley AO (Chair)
  • Associate Professor Craig French
  • Professor James Isbister
  • Dr Ellen Maxwell
  • Associate Professor Larry McNicol AO
  • Professor Biswadev Mitra
  • Ms Zoe McQuilten
  • Ms Sally-Anne Pitt
  • Associate Professor David Roxby
  • Dr Matthew O'Sullivan
  • Mr Daryl Teague
  • Professor Robyn Ward AM
Ethics committee
  • Professor Lesley Barclay (Chair)
  • Mr Stephen Blanks
  • Professor John Gibson
  • Mr Andrew Greaves
  • Mr David Hyde
  • Dr John Kwan
  • Rev Bronwyn Kyngdon
  • Dr Susan MacCallum
  • Ms Jacqui Preston
  • Dr Tari Turner
  • Dr Bronwyn Williams
Finance and audit committee
  • Ms Merran Kelsall (Chair)
  • Mr Nigel Ampherlaw
  • Ms Hannah Crawford
  • Mr Lloyd Doddridge
  • Dr Lance Emerson
  • Sam Hardjono
Nomination and remuneration committee
  • Mr Lance Emerson (Chair)
  • Mr Ron Berenholtz
  • Mr Jim Birch AM
  • Mr Charles Burkitt
  • Ms Shelly Park
Risk committee
  • Ms Julie Fahey (Chair)
  • Ms Jenni Mack AM
  • Mr Nigel Ampherlaw
  • Mr Jim Birch AM
  • Ms Lyndal Moore
  • Ms Shelly Park

Meet the Lifeblood Executive

Shelly Park - Chief Executive
Shelly Park, Chief Executive
MSc (Ashridge), BA Nursing, GAICD, FAIM, Fellow Ethical Leadership, Fellow Australian Institute of Management
John Brown - Executive Director, Finance
John Brown - Executive Director, Finance
CPA, BBus (Accounting), GAICD
Dr Joanne Pink - Executive Director, Clinical Services and Research/Chief Medical Officer
Dr Joanne Pink - Executive Director, Clinical Services and Research/Chief Medical Officer
MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA, GAICD
Cath Stone - Executive Director, Donor Services
Cath Stone - Executive Director, Donor Services
BApplied Economics, Asialink Leaders Alumni, GAICD
Cath Gillard - Executive Director, People and Culture
Cath Gillard - Executive Director, People and Culture
LLB (Hons), BA, MMgt, GAICD, CPHR
Peter McDonald - Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Transformation
Peter McDonald - Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Transformation
BA (Economics), MPA, FCPA, GAICD, FHFM
Ann Larkins - Chief Information Officer/Executive Director, Information and Communications Technology
Ann Larkins - Chief Information Officer/Executive Director, Information and Communications Technology
MBT, CCRN, CHCIO, MAICD
Greg Wilkie - Executive Director, Manufacturing and Quality
Greg Wilkie - Executive Director, Manufacturing and Quality
MA (Hons), Diploma Management Studies, Diploma Marketing, MBA, GAICD
Marion Hemphill - General Counsel
Marion Hemphill - General Counsel
LLB (Hons)
Stuart Chesneau - Executive Director, Innovation and Commercial Strategy
Stuart Chesneau - Executive Director, Innovation and Commercial Strategy
BA (Hons), MMgt (Supply Chain)
Natasha Foster - Chief Risk Officer
Natasha Foster - Chief Risk Officer
BA, LLB

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