Executive Leadership Team

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

Angela Nolan

Angela Nolan

  • Title: Group Chief Executive Officer

"Having recently joined Mercy Health, I have experienced firsthand the genuine and sincere hospitality that is such a core and enduring aspect of Mercy’s identity, purpose and culture. Everyone I have connected with has been incredibly friendly and has gone out of the way to make me feel welcome and supported, and I immediately feel a part of the team."

Angela Nolan has recently been appointed Group CEO at Mercy Health Australia, taking up this position in October 2022. This follows five years as CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and previous Executive positions at St Vincent’s in operations and corporate services.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Business and began her career as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen, working with organisations across a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, banking and finance and superannuation.

After completing a second qualification in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Angela worked for the ANZ Bank. In her final role at ANZ, Angela was Global Head of HR Advisory and Consulting, where she led significant transformation programs.

Angela has served on the Boards of St Vincent’s Research Institute, Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Inclusion Melbourne. Angela was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for her work with Inclusion Melbourne, a community based not for profit organisation that facilitates community involvement for people with intellectual disabilities.

Cathy Jenkins

Cathy Jenkins

  • Title: Executive Director Mission Leadership

‘I believe that a way of making God’s presence visible is through demonstrating deep compassion and care for another.’

Cathy Jenkins joined Mercy Health as Executive Director Mission Leadership in August 2021. Bringing qualifications in Arts, Theology and Leadership she has a background in both education and publishing. Cathy has worked in a variety of environments – schools, the corporate world, as a system leader in education in Melbourne and Sandhurst and as a leader of mission and evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Cathy believes that organisations such as Mercy Health are contemporary centres of Catholic life and is committed to continuing to build on the rich environment which supports and enables the Mercy healing ministry to flourish.

In addition to an active involvement in parish life, Cathy is a member of the Mercy Education Board, the Sandhurst Catholic Early Education and Care Board and a Member for the Plenary Council.

Clare Douglas

Clare Douglas

  • Title: Chief Executive Healthy Ageing

Clare Douglas joined Mercy Health as Chief Executive Healthy Ageing in July 2023.

Clare boasts an extensive career in the health and aged care sectors, earning her a strong reputation as a transformational leader who aligns with Catholic values and the Mercy Health mission. Recognised for her integrity, diligence, and ethics, Clare is dedicated to enhancing service delivery and advocating for a personalised approach to patient and resident care.

With 18 years of executive experience spanning acute public health, private health, and aged care, Clare has held notable positions. She most recently served as a Senior Executive at Medibank, spearheading the strategy, implementation, and execution of Medibank’s short-stay surgical and mental health investment strategy. Before this, Clare spent four years as the Chief Executive of Cairns and Hinterland Health Service, preceded by a two-year tenure as Chief Executive of Mackay Health Service in Queensland. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to health administration in Queensland, Clare was honoured with the Public Service Medal as part of the Governor General’s 2020 Australia Day honours list.

Drawing from her background in nursing and supplemented by leadership and management tertiary qualifications, Clare brings a comprehensive skill set and unwavering dedication to her role at Mercy Health.

Clinton Cummins

Clinton Cummins

  • Title: Executive Director Transformation and Performance Improvement

Clinton is a business-minded executive with extensive leadership capability and experience in Continuous Improvement, Data Analytics, and Project Management. He has successfully implemented and led change in complex private and public sector organisations.

Over the past 30 years, Clinton has developed a strong capability in successfully leading and developing teams, as well as applying transformation and performance improvement methodologies. This experience has significantly contributed to driving organisational performance improvement and transformation across a variety of industries.

Clinton previously served as Executive General Manager of Operations for the Virtual and Home Healthcare division at St Vincent's Health Australia. Additionally, he has held other senior positions, including Executive Director of Performance Improvement and Quality at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. Earlier in his career, Clinton held a range of quality, business improvement, and innovation roles, including positions with Victoria Police and Toyota.

Mary-Anne Gallagher

Mary-Anne Gallagher

  • Title: Chief People Officer

"Kindness and compassion are attributes I value in all human interactions and seek to display. I am a values-based leader and enjoy creating great places to work."

Mary-Anne joined Mercy Health as Executive Director People, Learning and Culture in May 2022. Mary-Anne has worked across six sectors, most recently in private not-for-profit healthcare where she established and led a human resources function. Mary-Anne has worked in both private and public healthcare settings and enjoys the healthcare context.

Mary-Anne is a registered psychologist and completed her Masters in Positive Organisation Development from Case Western University in Ohio, USA. Mary-Anne enjoys working collaboratively and being part of a team. Authenticity and compassion are core values for Mary-Anne as a leader.

Matthew Posar

Matthew Posar

  • Title: Group Chief Deputy Executive and Group Chief Financial Officer

"Catherine McAuley reminds us of the importance of stewardship when she says: 'Since there is very little good can be accomplished, or evil avoided, without the aid of money, we must look after it in small as well as in great matters'"

Matthew assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer at Mercy Health in June 2018. His role involves oversight and direction of the finance and business services function of the organisation.

An accomplished senior Executive with considerable CFO and CEO experience, Matthew has a strong commercial background and demonstrated executive experience in ASX listed, private equity-backed companies and not-for-profit organisations. He has leadership experience in the fields of professional services, mining and health.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Matthew was CFO and Head of Corporate Services of headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, from 2012 to January 2018. In addition to his CFO role, he also was the headspace Interim CEO from June 2016 to February 2017.

Matthew has a proven track record in delivering successful commercial and strategic outcomes, with expertise in all aspects of finance including accounting, treasury, government funding, and risk management.

Michael Krieg

Michael Krieg

  • Title: Chief Executive Health Services

Michael is a recognised healthcare leader with demonstrated experience in transformative leadership and implementing strategic vision. Bringing a wealth of experience to the role of Chief Executive Health Services, he has held pivotal roles in healthcare services nationwide.

Previously serving as Group Executive for hospitals at UnitingCare Queensland since 2019, Michael oversaw the operation of four hospitals and over 5,000 staff. He was crucial in leading clinical governance and spearheading the organisation’s COVID-19 response.

Before his tenure at UnitingCare Queensland, Michael revitalised the financial performance of The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane as General Manager. Under his leadership, the hospital introduced accredited Centres of Excellence in Robotic and Bariatric Surgery, setting Australian firsts. The Wesley Hospital is internationally recognised across many specialties for its care provision, research, and training.

Michael's leadership journey includes former Chief Executive Officer roles at various hospitals, including St John of God Ballarat Hospital, Calvary Health Care Tasmania, and others.

With a professional background as a nurse in operating theatres across Australia and London, Michael has recently served as an active board member of Wesley Medical Research and held roles on boards such as Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute and Committee for Ballarat. Additionally, he was Chair of the Grampians Integrated Cancer Service, an inaugural member of the Victorian Clinical Council, and a judge for the Premier's Health Service of the Year awards.

Dr Paul Jurman

Dr Paul Jurman

  • Title: Chief Information and Digital Transformation Officer

Catherine McAuley reminds us of the importance of the works of mercy in the wider community with her words “We should be shining lamps giving light to all around us”.

Paul Jurman joined Mercy Health as Chief Information and Digital Transformation Officer in April 2023. Paul is a senior information technology executive with extensive experience in digital transformation and technology planning, strategy, governance and operations in large healthcare enterprises. Paul has a proven track record in delivering digital transformation in complex healthcare enterprises.

Paul holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, a Certified Chief Information Officer of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and is a member of the Australian Government Digital Health Agency Board’s Clinical and Technical Advisory Committee. In addition, Paul is an experienced researcher in using Action-Learning and Action Research to drive technology innovation adoption in healthcare settings.

Rebecca MacFarling

Rebecca MacFarling

  • Title: Chief Executive Mercy Health Foundation

Rebecca MacFarling joined Mercy Health as Chief Executive of Mercy Health Foundation in July 2023. In her role, Rebecca and the Foundation team work closely with donors and philanthropists to support important programs across Mercy Health hospitals, community care and aged care services. Rebecca is passionate about connecting donors to the causes they care most about and working with clinicians to bring to life critical projects that would not happen without philanthropic support.

With a diverse background in marketing, fundraising, and leadership spanning the arts, international development, and health sectors, Rebecca brings a wealth of experience to her role. Before joining Mercy Health Foundation, she served as Deputy Director of St Vincent's Foundation Victoria and held the CEO position at Melbourne Writers Festival from 2019 to 2021.

Rebecca currently serves on the board of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Code Authority, which supports ethical, best-practice professional fundraising.

Simon Cooke

Simon Cooke

  • Title: General Counsel

"Working in-house exposes solicitors to the full range of legal, regulatory, and commercial risks that arise for organisations."

Simon joined Mercy Health as General Counsel in 2011, following his tenure in private practice at Health Legal and Phillips Fox. With a career predominantly focused on the health and aged care sectors, Simon previously worked for three years in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services before being admitted as a solicitor.

Throughout his career, Simon has observed the growth of in-house legal practice within the health and aged care sectors.
As General Counsel, Simon advises on commercial, property, medico-legal, regulatory, and other matters. He highlights that the most challenging legal issues arise from the vulnerability of Mercy Health's patients, clients, and customers. Simon underscores the importance of empathising with these parties, striving to provide advice that is correct and in the organisation’s interests and treats all parties with compassion and respect.

Simon serves as a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of Peter Mac and before embarking on his legal career, Simon earned a PhD in history in 1998 and authored "A Meeting of Minds: The Australian Psychological Society and Australian Psychologists, 1944-1994" (2000).

Last reviewed February 21, 2018.