Our Boards

Mercy Health is a ministry of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) and is governed by the concurrent Mercy Health Boards.

Mercy Health is governed by the concurrent Mercy Health Boards, that it the Boards of:

  • Bethlehem Home for the Aged Ltd
  • Mercy Aged and Community Care Ltd
  • Mercy Hospitals NSW Ltd
  • Mercy Health Australia Ltd
  • Mercy Health Property Ltd
  • Mercy Health Service Albury Ltd
  • Mercy Hospitals Victoria Ltd
  • Mercy Palliative Care Ltd
  • Rice Village Ltd
  • St Brigid’s Convent of Mercy Perth Ltd
  • Southern Cross Care (Vic).

Our Board Members

Ms Virginia Bourke, Chair

Ms Virginia Bourke, Chair

  • Title: Board Chair

Virginia joined the Mercy Health Boards in 2016 and was subsequently appointed Chair of Mercy Health in 2018. She has served as a director of several not-for-profit organisations including a term as a Director of Mercy Health from 2008–2014, and as a member of the Mercy Health Human Research Ethics Committee and Mercy Health Quality Committee. She is currently Chairman of St John Ambulance Victoria, a Director of St John Ambulance Australia, a Director of the Mater Group and a Director of Catholic Health Australia. Virginia is also a Member of the National Council of Caritas Australia, a Member of the Boards Appointment Committee with the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and an Advisory Board Member for the PM Glynn Institute at Australian Catholic University.

for Ms Virginia Bourke, Chair

Ms Jo Barker

  • Title: Board Member

Jo joined the Mercy Health Boards and the Mercy Health Finance, Audit and Risk Committee in 2015, and provides valuable business knowledge and insight.

Jo is a partner within EY’s Strategy and Transaction Advisory team (SaT) in Melbourne. She has over 25 years' of transaction experience in Australia, Asia Pacific and the UK, helping private and public companies achieve long-term competitive advantage by advising on the management of all aspects of their capital agenda.

Jo also serves as the Oceania Consumer Markets Service Leader and sits on the SaT Leadership team.

“I hope that my commercial experience and diverse perspective are a valuable addition to the existing strong Board and management capability.”

Mr John Corcoran AM

  • Title: Board Member

John has been on the Mercy Health Boards since 2011 and was appointed Deputy Chair in 2019. He is Chair of the Mercy Health Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Mercy Health Corporate Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee. John has a Bachelor of Laws (Monash) and Bachelor of Economics (Monash), as well as being an Accredited Specialist in Business Law (Law Institute of Victoria). He is a former Chairman and executive partner of Russell Kennedy, and now serves as a Principal of the firm.

John was a recipient in 2001 of the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society and to the law. John is Chairman of Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee, and was on the Legal Service Board from 2005–2010, and again in 2013. He was Law Council of Australia President in 2009, Law Institute of Victoria President from 2001–2002, and a London Board Member of the International Bar Association, 2009–2012. John was named in Best Lawyers’ 2013 and 2019 Lawyer of the Year Award in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law. John was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.

“I enjoy being associated with such a diverse organisation that provides care and support to so many members of our community. I hope that my experience and input at Board level can help our dedicated staff in carrying out the Mercy mission. The vision and Catholic ethos of the Sisters of Mercy inspire us to continue the good work of our predecessors.”

Mr Martin Day

  • Title: Board Member

Martin has been on the Mercy Health Boards since 2016. He is Chair of the Mercy Health Ethics Committee and a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to this, Martin was Chief Executive Officer of the Private Hospitals Division of St Vincent’s Health Australia, which included eight leading private hospitals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Toowoomba. Martin held senior executive roles in the health service industry for 23 years, in both Australian and international acute healthcare markets, including South East Asia and the Pacific. He also has 18 years of corporate governance experience in the not-for-profit sector, including healthcare and, for the past six years, industry superannuation.

Martin’s qualifications include: Associate Diploma of Valuations and Real Estate Management, RMIT; Master of Business Administration, Deakin University, Victoria; Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors; and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. His industry experience includes risk management, clinical governance, workforce development, financial management, operational management, stakeholder engagement, public/private partnerships and social accountability. Martin is also a Director of Prime Super, an industry superannuation fund serving the primary industry, rural and regional, health and education sectors.

“I am inspired by founding Sister of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, and her successors, who have dedicated their lives to improving the wellbeing of those who are less fortunate than others, vulnerable, and in need of compassion and holistic care. These works are now largely provided by laypersons who, like the Sisters of Mercy, have a very strong vocation and actively embrace the mission, vision and values of Mercy Health.”

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Ian Haines

  • Title: Board Member

Ian joined the Mercy Health Boards in 2016 and is Chair of the Mercy Health Quality Committee. Ian has more than 30 years of experience as a Medical Oncologist and has a special interest in medical ethics, palliative care and health equity, as a participant in professional, government, non-government and community work in all three areas. He is also active in community health, lecturing to diverse groups on cancer treatments and palliative care topics and he regularly writes articles and reviews for local and international journals. He is an advisor to medical panels, legal firms and government superannuation funds.

Ian is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Monash University at The Alfred and Cabrini Hospitals, where he has particular research interests in treatment of early prostate cancer, palliative care and end-of-life care, alternative therapies for cancer and relations between physicians and industry. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and the Ethics Subcommittee of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia.

“I am fortunate to have worked at Cabrini for 30 years and have a deep respect and admiration for the many devoted and wonderful people that work in the Catholic healthcare sector. In my time at Mercy Health thus far, I have been impressed by the calibre of the people and the organisation and its strong commitment to mission and the care of the less fortunate in our community. I look forward to contributing to the vision and growth of Mercy Health.”

Sr Berice Livermore RSM

  • Title: Board Member

Berice joined the Mercy Health Boards in November 2018 and joined the Mercy Health Quality Committee in 2020. A Religious Sister of Mercy, Berice has various qualifications including a Bachelor of Health Administration, as well as extensive experience administering non-profit organisations, particularly in healthcare.

Berice is a consultant to many religious congregations, assisting them in their financial management, governance, and planning of strategies for meeting the demands of caring for the elderly among them.

Berice has been a Sisters of Mercy Congregation Leader and Community Leader, Chair of the Institute Finance Committee, Chair of Catherine McAuley Services Ltd and Chair of St Joseph's Cowper Ltd. She is currently a member of the Board of Mercy Works Ltd and Chair of The Corporation of the Trustees of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Ltd ATF The Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Trust.

“As a Sister of Mercy I am grateful for my membership of the Board of Mercy Health. It provides me with the opportunity to witness and be inspired by the strong commitment to the Mission of Mercy of my fellow directors and staff of this important organisation in the lives of the Sisters of Mercy.”

Mr Tim O’Leary

  • Title: Board Member

Tim joined the Mercy Health Boards in 2016 and is Chair of the Mercy Health Human Research Ethics Committee. Tim is an experienced corporate affairs executive, having worked in the oil, banking and telecommunications industries. He is currently Executive Director Stewardship for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. In this role he is responsible for the business, financial and governance aspects of the Archdiocese.

Tim is a Member of Council at Newman College (University of Melbourne) and a board member of the Telstra Foundation. He is also a former Board member of eMotion 21, a small community arts organisation catering for the needs of young people with Down Syndrome. Tim has an Honours degree in Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

“I welcome the opportunity to support and serve the ministry of Mercy Health. It is a privilege to be part of a Catholic organisation providing compassionate and responsive care to all people, but especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged, at all stages of life.”

Adjunct Professor Susan Pascoe AM, FAICD, FIPAA, FACE

  • Title: Board Member

Susan was appointed to the Mercy Health Boards in March 2018 and is a member of the Mercy Health Corporate Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee. She is President and Chair of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Chair of the Community Director’s Council and co-Chair of the Charities Crisis Cabinet. Susan was a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Safeguarding Steering Committee, and its Governance Review Project Team from 2019 to April 2020.

Susan was the inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) from 2012-17 and subsequently co-chaired a review of early childhood education in Australia. From 2006-2011, Susan was Commissioner of the State Services Authority in Victoria. In 2009, she was appointed as one of three commissioners for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires.

Susan's earlier career was in education. She served as President of the Australian College of Educators, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Chief Executive of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. Susan chaired the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and has chaired or served on a number of education, health and government boards.

In 2007, Susan was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to education. In 2016, she was awarded the Leadership in Government Award for her outstanding contribution to public administration in Australia.

"I was educated by Mercy sisters in primary school, and have worked with a number of Mercy women as education colleagues as well. I have deep respect for their commitment to the poor and marginalised, and to their professional approach to their missionary endeavours. I am honoured to have some role in continuing the work of Catherine McAuley here in Australia.”

Adjunct Professor Francis Sullivan AO

  • Title: Board Member

Francis was appointed to the Mercy Health Boards in November 2019. He is committed to equity and justice and has been highly successful in bringing a social conscience to the political debate on health and aged care issues. In 2020, Francis was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the community, particularly through social justice and legislative reform initiatives, and to health and aged care.

Francis is Chairman of the Board of the Mater Group and prior to this was Chief Executive Officer at the Truth, Justice and Healing Council and Secretary General of the Australian Medical Association.

He spent 14 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Australia, speaking for 73 private and public hospitals and more than 500 aged care services across Australia. Prior to that, Francis was senior advisor to the Minister for Health in Western Australia.

Francis has a masters degree in theology from Loyola University in Chicago and a bachelor degree in politics from Curtin University in Western Australia. Early in 2008, the Australian Catholic University awarded Francis an honorary doctorate for his work in public health advocacy. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University.

"I have been fortunate to see close hand the exceptional way in which the Sisters of Mercy have risen to the contemporary challenges of health and aged care in our community. Their resolve to continue a gospel-based ministry in highly competitive and exacting environments plus their unswerving dedication to the disadvantaged and marginalised not only inspire me but beckon me to join in the unfolding story of Mercy Health today.”

Last reviewed November 19, 2017.