Our Executive Team includes the Health Service Chief Executive and a group of eight Executive Directors who are each responsible for a key area of our service.
Ms Jo Whitehead
Jo is a long-term health professional with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare in the UK and Australia.
She has held senior positions working in hospitals of all sizes and for the Department of Health in the UK and is passionate about providing more services for people in their own community.
Jo has a BA (Hons) in History, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management and Post Graduate Certificate in Health Service Economics.
Outside of work, Jo enjoys walking with her new puppies, cooking and reading and is keen on skiing (snow not water!) although she is recent convert to stand-up paddle boarding.
Mr Marc Warner
Executive Director Finance, Procurement & Infrastructure
Marc has held senior and executive roles across the New Zealand public sector over the past 30 years across New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Health. As Deputy Chief Executive and previously Executive Director in the ministry of Social Development Marc has been accountable for a broad range of corporate service functions; including finance, ICT, procurement, support services, people and capability; and resource management. As a Chartered Accountant Marc was also appointed as Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Public Sector Advisory Group.
In these roles Marc has led significant reform and change agendas to drive new approaches to service delivery; specifically through the design and implementation of innovative public value business and operating models. Read More...
Ms Terry Johnson
Executive Director Rural Services
Terry has extensive executive management and leadership experience within Queensland Health across a diverse range of service settings including large tertiary facilities, community services, mental health, aged care and rural health services.
Her health career began in her home town of Brisbane where she spent many years within the former Prince Charles and Royal Brisbane Hospital Districts. She accepted a secondment to Central Queensland in early 2000 where she developed a passion for rural health and has been working in rural settings ever since.
Her study interests initially lay in the science field with her pursuing a degree of Bachelor of Applied Science.
Professor Philip Reasbeck
Executive Director Medical Services & Chief Medical Officer
Before joining Mackay H&HS, Professor Philip Reasbeck was Executive Director of Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer at Ballarat Health Services in Victoria for over five years, having been previously Director of Surgery in the same organisation.
After gaining his first medical degree from the University of Cambridge in 1974, Philip trained as a general and vascular surgeon in London and southern England before completing his surgical training in New Zealand. He worked as a consultant, general and vascular surgeon in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and as Medical Director of an NHS trust in the United Kingdom, before becoming a full-time medical administrator in 2010 in Australia.
Dr David Farlow
Executive Director Research & Innovation and Associate Professor/Clinical Dean
David first arrived in the Mackay HHS in 1984 with a passion for rural and remote medicine. He was a rural generalist for 25 years with credentialing in procedural Obstetrics, Anaesthetics and Surgery and Executive Officer Whitsunday Health Service.
David then moved to the role of Executive Director Clinical Services for MHHS from 2007-2015. He reduced direct patient care over the last 6 years and now has no “hands on” clinical practice. After taking a 12 month sabbatical in New Zealand with his family in 2015, he moved into a joint role between MHHS [Research/Innovation/Medical Workforce] and James Cook University [Clinical Dean Mackay School].
His expertise and experience includes undertaking a range of investigations, Service reviews and consultancies for QH. His community achievements include an Australia Day Shire Award in 2008 for his outstanding contribution to the community and a Queensland Health Leadership in Health Services Award in 2007.
In addition to his executive, clinical and community work, David is foremost a family man who enjoys fishing and golfing.
Ms Julie Rampton
Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery, Education and Support Services
Julie Rampton is the District Director of Nursing Services at Mackay Hospital and Health Service. Julie has worked for Queensland Health for 35 years, over 20 of those in senior nursing roles. She began her career at Maryborough Base Hospital and was Director of Nursing there for many years before moving to Mackay.
Julie trained in Midwifery at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, and also holds tertiary qualifications in Management and Nurse Education.
Julie is a member of the Australian College of Nursing, Queensland Nurses Union and Association of Queensland Nurse Leaders.
Currently Julie holds the Executive portfolio at Mackay HHS for Education and Research, and has a keen interest in education, recruitment and retention of nurses, and innovative models of care.
As a member of the Executive team, Julie has been closely involved in the redevelopment of Mackay Base Hospital and associated workforce redesign and models of care.
Mr Paul Welford
Executive Director Operations Mackay
Paul has 20 years’ experience in managing healthcare services. Before moving to Mackay he worked in Qatar’s national healthcare system for five years and was accountable for the performance management of health services across four tertiary hospital sites, associated clinical support services and the national ambulance service.
Paul has also worked as the accountable Executive of Major Incident Planning to meet international standards as Qatar continues to host an increasing range of international events in the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Prior to his employment in Qatar, Paul worked in healthcare across the North of Scotland region and in London.