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Our Board

The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) is led by a Board which itself is led by experienced clinicians.

Chair

Brian McCaughan

Brian McCaughan, AM

Professor Brian McCaughan is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and cardiothoracic surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His major clinical interest is the management of lung cancer. He has held a number of positions with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was President of the NSW Medical Board for five years.

Members

Ken Barker

Ken Barker, PSM

Ken Barker has many years’ experience in the NSW public sector, financial management and strategic expertise. As former Chief Financial Officer of NSW Health, he has extensive knowledge of the NSW health system and its position within the broader Australian context. Ken is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the National Institute of Accountants. He was awarded the Public Service medal in 2002. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network Board, Chair of the National Blood Authority Audit Committee and a member of the National Health Funding Body Audit Committee.

Leon Clark

Leon Clark

Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare in 2012, Dr Leon Clark FAICD was Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Adventist Hospital for ten years from April 2002. With a strong clinical background, as well as administrative expertise, he was originally an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and pioneer in his chosen sub-specialty of in vitro fertilisation. A past president of the Australian Private Hospitals Association, he currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations, including The Novus Foundation and Medi-Aid Centre Foundation Limited.

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke

Dr Andrew Cooke is currently an Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine, specialising in adult and paediatric emergency care. He works in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and at the Sydney Children's Hospital, NSW. Andrew holds a Master of Laws, and has practised as a solicitor, with public and private sector experience in NSW and Victoria. He received the Sydney University Medical School Travelling Fellowship in 2008 and is also a recipient of a Full Commonwealth Scholarship to Cambridge to undertake graduate training in law. Andrew is a member of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.

Robyn Kruk

Robyn Kruk, AM

Robyn Kruk has been chief executive of a number of national and state government agencies, including NSW Health and Department of Premier and Cabinet. At the national level, she was Secretary of the Environment portfolio and was the inaugural CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. She is currently the Independent Reparation Assessor for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, in addition to holding international advisory roles in health and the environment.

Sandy Middleton

Sandy Middleton

Professor Sandy Middleton is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, a joint initiative between St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University. She has been successful in obtaining funding as a chief investigator on 56 grants attracting funding of over $14.5M. Her particular interest is in stroke and implementation research. She is a member of the National Stroke Foundation Clinical Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council Translation Faculty, a Director of the St Vincent's Clinic Board, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry.

Carol Pollock

Carol Pollock

Professor Carol Pollock trained as a specialist in Renal Medicine and gained her PhD in renal physiology in 1992. She was appointed to the Professorial Chair of Medicine, University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital in 2000. She is inaugural Chairman of the Board of the Northern Sydney Local Health District and has published over 220 papers in the scientific literature. She was twice awarded the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) Young Investigator Award and in 2001, was awarded the highest scientific recognition of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, the TJ Neale award. She serves on the Board of several not-for-profit organisations in the Health and Medical Research sector.

Tomas Ratoni

Tomas Ratoni

Tomas Ratoni is a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant. He has a background primarily in paediatric critical care and paediatric and neonatal retrieval medicine. More recently, has discovered a taste for general paediatrics. He has a passion for teaching and is an instructor for Australian Paediatric Life Support.

Gabriel Shannon

Gabriel Shannon

Dr. Gabriel Shannon is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney with extensive experience in rural health, having practised in Orange and the Central West of NSW since 1980. He is currently a Staff Specialist Physician at Orange Health Service, Deputy Head of the School of Rural Health, University of Sydney and the Clinical Lead, Clinical Governance Unit Western NSW Local Health District. In 2013, he was awarded the Collaborative Leader of the Year at the NSW Health Innovation Symposium, and in 2014 the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas. In June, 2014 he was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division in the Queen's Birthday 2014 Honours List for significant services to medicine as a consultant physician, particularly as a clinical innovator.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Professor Wilson is Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney and leads the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. His research interests concern the application of epidemiology to informing decision making in clinical medicine, public health, and health service policy and planning. His specific areas of interest are chronic disease prevention and management. His previous non-academic roles include Deputy Director-General, Policy, Planning and Resourcing, Queensland Health, and Chief Health Officer, and Deputy Director-General, Public Health, NSW Health.