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.

Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen  BN, MHA, Grad Cert CCL, Dip SI, GAICD

Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen BN, MHA, Grad Cert CCL, Dip SI, GAICD

  • Title: Group Chief Executive Officer

"I want to encourage leadership at every level of our organisation. Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy favouring leadership that responded to the needs of local communities. She encouraged people to lead and fostered growth by giving people autonomy. Every person at Mercy Health is invited to take the lead, to grow and to contribute to our mission."

for Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen BN, MHA, Grad Cert CCL, Dip SI, GAICD

Adjunct Professor Linda Mellors  - BA, BSc (Hons), PhD (Med), GAICD, Grad Cert HSM

  • Title: Chief Operating Officer / Chief Executive, Health Services

"Compassion compels us to understand the suffering of others and do our best to alleviate their suffering, whether that be physical, spiritual or emotional."

Linda was appointed Chief Executive (formerly Executive Director) of Health Services in August 2013. She is responsible for the oversight of Mercy Hospital for Women, Werribee Mercy Hospital, Mercy Mental Health, Mercy Palliative Care and Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre as well as hospital 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, Executive Director Mercy Hospitals Victoria Ltd and Chair of the Productive Series Steering Group for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Linda is a member of the Catholic Health Australia Health Policy Committee, Chair of North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) Governance Committee, former Deputy Chair of the Participation Advisory Committee and member of various sector committees. 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. Linda completed the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 2012 and was named Catholic Health Australia Emerging Leader in 2013. She is an Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University.

Ms Julia Trimboli MA (Th), M Sc (Bioethics)

  • Title: Executive Director, Leadership & Mission

"Catherine McAuley reminds us of the importance of respect when she says: Our mutual respect and charity is to be cordial; now cordial signifies something that revives, invigorates and warms.

So, may the value of Respect at Mercy Health continue to revive, invigorate and warm the lives of us all."

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 empowering our mission.

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.

Ms Kate McCormack FAHRI, MBA (IRHR), GradDipHRM&IR, MBus(HRM&IR)

  • Title: Executive Director, People, Learning & Culture

"Our founding story was built on teamwork. Catherine McAuley chose carefully the people to work with her that shared both her passion and commitment to care for others in need. That will never change. Mercy Health in continuing her work is dependent on our leaders choosing people who are aligned to our mission to work together for the common good."

Kate has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources and, in addition to her MBA, has also studied at the London Business School and at Harvard University.

Kate provides strategic advice to the Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Group and is responsible for developing and implementing the overall Group Human Resources long-term plan. Kate has been instrumental in developing Mercy Health’s Employer of Choice Strategy and was the recipient of the HR Partners Award for Best HR Leader, HR Leaders Compass Awards in 2010, and the Diversity Leader for the Advancement of Women, EOWA Business Awards in 2010. Under Kate’s leadership, Mercy Health won the Australian Business Awards Employer of Choice in 2015 and 7th Asia Best Employer Brand Awards Best Use of Technology for Recruiting Award in 2016.

Kate is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute Presidents Forum and the Equal Employment Opportunity Network. Kate was also a Board member of Diversity Council Australia from 2010–2017, serving on their HR committee from 2013–2017 and their IT committee from 2016–2017.

Mr Tony Goad BBus (Accountancy)

  • Title: Executive Director, Finance & Corporate Services

"Stewardship: To lead, guide and take responsibility for the efficient use of our resources supporting the delivery of services to those we care for."

Tony was appointed Executive Director Finance and Corporate Services for Mercy Health in June 2011 after serving as the Acting Chief Financial Officer for approximately nine months. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the health and aged care sectors through executive positions including 11 years as an Associate Director of Paxton Partners, a healthcare consultancy firm, and 4 years as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer of the Southern Health Care Network.

Before working in health, Tony undertook various executive and consulting roles in banking and merchant banking and over the past 17 or more years has held a number of Board and Governance appointments including, 12 years as a member of the governing Council of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), 5 years as a Director of the Mental Health Legal Centre (recently completed) and since January 2018, is a Board Member of BBI – TAITE (The Australian Institute of Theological Education).

Ms Clare Grieveson BSc (Hons) (Lond), MHSM, GCertLACC, AFACHSM, GAICD

  • Title: Executive Director Quality, Safety & Innovation

“I think innovation is about having a big vision but taking little steps and implementing small innovations, every day, every week and every month to get there. Each time we humbly implement a small innovation we make things a little bit better and it brings us a little bit closer to achieving our grand aspiration.”

Clare assumed the role of Executive Director Risk Management & Quality in February 2014, before her appointment as Executive Director Quality, Safety & Innovation in April 2015. She is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of risk management, consumer experience, service improvement, quality compliance and quality improvement for Mercy Health. Clare has a clinical background in speech pathology and 20 years’ 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 is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Jenny Smith BComp (CompSci, InfoSys, Acctg), CPA, MBA, GAICD

  • Title: Executive Director Strategy, Planning and Major Projects

"We are living through an era of rapidly changing regulatory environments and customer expectations. Changing the way we do things will require innovation and teamwork."

Jenny commenced with Mercy Health in October 2009 and has held a number of senior positions in both finance and strategy. Jenny was appointed as Executive Director Strategy, Planning & Major Projects in February 2018. Jenny is focussed on 'future beds', providing oversight for strategy, financial planning and analysis, service planning, capital development and commissioning. With an ambitious growth agenda and a drive for excellence, Mercy Health is actively expanding and developing our future service offerings. Jenny also has oversight of building compliance and property management.

Jenny has more than 20 years’ experience working across a number of industries including mining and resources, media, airlines, telecommunications, financial services and consulting.

Last reviewed February 21, 2018.