Mercy Health Executive Group

  • Mercy Health’s executive group is responsible for the management of our health, aged care, home and community care and training services, our values and our workforce.


    Stephen Cornelissen

    Stephen Cornelissen Adjunct Professor 
    Group Chief Executive Officer

    Stephen assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health on 1 July 2011. He is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and operational performance of Mercy Health. Stephen has 25 years’ experience in the health industry in Australia and New Zealand. He holds a Master in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Nursing from Deakin University. Stephen is a director on a number of peak bodies, including Catholic Health Australia, Aged & Community Services Australia and the Committee for Wyndham.


    David Allen Associate Professor
    Chief Medical Officer

    As Chief Medical Officer (CMO), David holds overall responsibility for the appointment of all medical staff at Mercy Health, and ensuring they are appropriately credentialed. His duties include the preparation and execution of letters of appointment and contracts, management of medico legal issues, and the maintenance of professional standards and continuing medical education programs.

    After qualifying and practicing as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, David commenced further training as a gynaecological oncologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 1991. After further oncology experience in Europe, David returned to the Mercy as a gynaecological oncologist in 1994 and currently continues with clinical practice. Publications include books, book chapters, theses, and numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. David also sits on several medical society, medical journal, research and government committees and boards.


    Simon Cooke 



    Simon Cooke
    General Counsel

    Simon provides a range of advisory services to Mercy Health on health law, medical negligence and professional conduct, freedom of information and the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. Simon reviews contracts, service agreements, funding agreements and clinical trial agreements. He also advises on the governance of bodies incorporated under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic), Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Vic) and other acts. Simon has many years’ experience within the legal system and worked as a policy officer for the Victorian Department of Human Services.


    Tony Goad 


    Tony Goad                                                     
    Group Executive Director, Finance & Support Services

    Tony was appointed Executive Director Finance and Support Services for Mercy Health in June 2011 after serving as the Acting Chief Financial Officer. He has nearly 20 years' experience in the health industry having held executive positions including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer of the Southern Health Care Network and Associate Director of a healthcare consultancy firm. Before working in health Tony undertook various executive and consulting roles in banking and merchant banking for more than 12 years. In addition to his role with Mercy Health Tony is a Director of the Mental Health Legal Centre, part of a network of Community Legal Centres providing free and confidential legal services to anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria.



    Clare Grieveson                                                    
    Group Executive Director, Quality, Risk & Service Improvement

    Clare assumed the role of Executive Director Risk Management & Quality in February 2014. She is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of risk management and quality improvement for Mercy Health. Clare has a clinical background in speech pathology and almost two decades experience in the health industry, including senior management roles at Monash Health and service planning and performance roles at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She achieved her Honours in Speech Sciences from University College London and a Masters of Health Service Management from Monash University.  


     Kate McCormack

    Kate McCormack FAHRI                                                    
    Group Executive Director, People Learning & Culture

    Kate is responsible for the development and implementation of the overall Group Human Resources Strategy and provides strategic advice to the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Group. She is also responsible for Communications, Marketing and Events Management, and Mercy Health Training Institute. Kate has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and holds a Master of Business in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from RMIT University/Grenoble Ecole de Management France. She has been instrumental in developing Mercy Health’s Employer of Choice Strategy.



    Dr Linda Mellors PhD (Med)
    Chief Executive, Health Services

    Linda was appointed Chief Executive Health Services in March 2015. She is responsible for the oversight of Mercy Hospital for Women, Werribee Mercy Hospital, Mercy Mental Health, Mercy Palliative Care and O'Connell Family Centre as well as services in New South Wales. Linda joined Mercy Health in 2009 as Director Performance, Planning and Strategy for Health Services and has also held titles including Executive Director Mercy Hospital for Women and Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre, and Executive Director Mercy Public Hospitals Inc. She is a Board Director of the South Western Melbourne Medicare Local, Chair of the Productive Series Steering Group for the Department of Health and Human Services, Member of the Catholic Health Australia Health Policy Committee and Chair of the North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service. Linda has held executive roles in the Victorian public health sector for more than a decade and is passionate about providing improved access to state-of-the-art health services.




    Kevin Mercer
    Chief Executive Aged & Community Care

    Kevin commenced as Chief Executive, Aged and Community Care in November 2015.  Kevin is responsible for all residential aged care and home and community care services throughout Mercy Health.  Before coming to Mercy Health Kevin was the Chief Executive Officer for Holy Spirit Care Services for seven years and has more than 30 years of commercial business experience across many sectors. He has holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Jenny Smith 

    Jenny Smith 
    General Manager, Strategy, Planning & Performance

    Jenny has worked with Mercy Health for more than 5 years and leads our Strategy, Planning and Performance team.  She is a Certified Practising Accountant and completed a Master of Business Administration at the Melbourne Business School. For her undergraduate degree, Jenny majored in Computer Science, Information Systems and Accounting.

    Jenny has more than 20 years' experience working across a range of industries including mining and resources, media, airlines, telecommunications, financial services and consulting.  This work history has seen her gain experience with top-flight organisations such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Woodside Petroleum and consultancy firm Bearing Point.  



    Stephen Tiley
    Internal Audit and Risk Assurance

    Stephen was appointed Head of Internal Audit and Risk Assurance for Mercy Health in November 2013.  He has over 20 years'  risk management and internal audit experience, as both an executive and  business advisor.  Previous roles included Global Vice President Assurance at BHP Billiton and the Head of Internal Audit for South African Breweries.  Stephen remains an active contributor to the business community through long serving volunteer activities with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), which includes a Directorship and membership of the IIA ethics committee.  Stephen is a past Chairperson of the Victorian Council of the IIA and was recently appointed as a publications reviewer for the IIA Global Headquarters, based in Orlando USA.


    Julia Trimboli

    Group Executive Director Leadership & Mission

    Julia was appointed to the position of  Executive Director Leadership & Mission in June 2015 and is responsible for guiding Mercy Health's leadership team in supporting our mission. Julia holds a Master of Bioethics, Master of Arts (Theology), Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations, Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice, and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Arts. Julia also brings extensive experience in mission leadership roles, which includes Catholic Health Australia and most recently, Cabrini Health.  Julia has a deep commitment to, and sound knowledge of, Catholic health provision and what that means for mission from community, public and private health perspectives. 



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