Board Chair Profile

Title: Chair of the Mercy Health Boards

Board Chair Profile

As Chair of the Mercy Health Boards, Virginia Bourke BA/LLB(Hons) MA FAICD draws on significant experience in law, corporate governance and consultancy, as well as active involvement in community organisations.

Virginia joined the Mercy Health Boards in 2016 and is Chair of the Mercy Health Corporate Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee. She previously served a term as a Director of Mercy Health from 2008–14.

In addition to chairing Mercy Health, Virginia is the Chair of St John Ambulance Victoria and a Director of Mater Group, Catholic Health Australia, St John Ambulance Australia and Caritas Australia. She holds advisory roles with PM Glynn Institute (Australian Catholic University) and the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG).

Virginia’s Non-Executive Director career has been complemented by her work as a lawyer and consultant in private practice and senior in-house counsel positions over 25 years. She is currently a consultant with the national health and aged care industry team at MinterEllison Lawyers. Through that work she has developed a breadth of commercial experience, business development skill and a deep knowledge of corporate governance law.

“I am proud to be part of the Mercy story. For me there is immense appeal in the story of Catherine McAuley: a visionary, yet practical woman, whose leadership style was based on warm relationships with those around her. I believe one of the strengths of our Boards is the diversity of its members, particularly its gender diversity. I aim to contribute not only my professional skills, but my real life experience and my perspective as a woman involved in many aspects of community life.”

Last reviewed November 26, 2018.