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As we are a division of the Australian Red Cross, the Blood Service Board reports to the Red Cross Board, which has overall responsibility and oversight, and appoints all nofion-executive Board members.

Also, because Australian governments fund the Blood Service to provide blood products and services to the Australian community, we have specific financial and other reporting obligations to the National Blood Authority.


The Board plays a vital role in ensuring the governance of the Blood Service. It is responsible for our efficient operation and sets the culture of operating responsibly within the community.

Our professional Board has nine non-executive members and one executive member, the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive and Board Secretary report to the Board. All Board members are selected on the basis of their skills and experience, according to pre-determined criteria, to ensure the Board as a whole meets the needs of the Blood Service and its stakeholders. Members are generally appointed for a three-year term, but may be eligible for reappointment.

The responsibilities of the Board are to oversee the organisation’s strategic direction, financial and operational activities and risk management.


Mr Jim Birch AM – Chairman


  • Chair, Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Chairman, Clevertar Pty Ltd 
  • Deputy Chair, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
  • Director, Cancer SA
  • Director, Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary)
  • Former Member, Independent Advisory Council of the PCEHCR
  • Former Global Health Leader, Ernst and Young
  • Former Government and Public Sector Leader, Ernst and Young
  • Former Lead Partner, Health and Human Services, Asia Pacific Ernst and Young
  • Independent Consultant
  • Former Chief Executive, Department of Health, SA
  • Former Chief Executive, Department of Human Services, SA
  • Former Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Justice, SA
  • Former Chief Executive Officer, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide


Shelly Park

Ms Shelly Park - Chief Executive

MSc (Ashridge), BA Nursing, GAICD, FAIM, Fellow Ethical Leadership

  • Former Chief Executive, Monash Health (Southern Health)
  • Former Executive Director, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and Moorabbin (Southern Health)
  • Former General Manager, Canterbury District Health Board (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • Previous roles included, Group Manager, Director and clinical roles in aged care, women’s health and nursing in Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Director, Kitaya Holdings Board Pty Ltd


Nigel Ampherlaw

Mr Nigel Ampherlaw


  • Director, CUA Ltd - Chair Audit Committee, member of Risk Committee and Remuneration & Nominations Committee
  • Director, Quickstep Technologies Ltd, Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
  • Director, Elanor Investors Ltd - Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, Member of Remuneration & Nominations Committee
  • Director, Grameen Foundation Australia
  • Former Partner of PwC


Dr Christopher Baggoley

Professor Christopher Baggoley, AO

BVSc (Hons), BMBS, B Soc Admin, DUniv (Flinders) FACEM, FIFEM, FRACMA

  • Member of  the Finance & Audit Committee 
  • Executive Director of Medical Services, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Professorial Fellow, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide
  • Former Australian Government Chief Medical Officer from 2011-2016
  • Former Chief Executive Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Former Executive Director Public Health and Clinical Coordination Department of Health - SA
  • Former Chief Medical Officer Department of Health - SA


Hannah Crawford

Ms Hannah Crawford


  • Former Director, Grant Samuel & Associates Pty Ltd
  • Former Board member, Alfred Health
  • Former Board member, Queen Elizabeth Centre
  • Former manager, Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance
  • Former Tax Consultant, Ernst and Young


Jenni Mack

Ms Jenni Mack

M Admin Law and Policy; BA Journalism, GAICD, Grad Cert International Food Law and Regulation, GAIST, Grad Cert Applied Finance

  • Chair CoACT
  • Director, Sunsuper
  • Director Food Standards Australia and New Zealand
  • Trustee Travel Compensation Fund
  • Chair dRx Standards Council
  • Member Health Star Rating Advisory Committee
  • Former Chair CHOICE, ASIC External Advisory Panel


Associate Professor Larry McNicol

Associate Professor Larry McNicol


  • Former Director of Anaesthesia, Austin Health
  • Former Medical Director, Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Intensive Care Clinical Service Unit, Austin Health
  • Chair of the Victorian Consultative Council on Anaesthetic Mortality and Morbidity (VCCAMM), Department of Health, Victoria
  • Chair of the Mortality Subcommittee of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
  • Member of the ANZCA Quality and Safety Committee
  • Member of the Expert Working Group (EWG) for the National Blood Authority Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines Review


Ross Pinney

Mr Ross Pinney


  • Former Senior Executive of National Australia Bank Ltd
  • Deputy President, Australian Red Cross
  • Member, Finance Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
  • Former Chairman, Rural Bank Ltd


Professor John Zalcberg

Professor John Zalcberg, OAM


  • Head, Cancer Research Program, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM), Monash University
  • Co-Chair of the Cancer Drugs Alliance
  • Chair of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance
  • Former Director, Division of Cancer Medicine, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Former Chief Medical Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Former Chair, Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group
  • Past Director, Board of Cancer Trials Australia
  • Former member, Consultative Council of the Victorian Cancer Agency
  • Former member, Board of Cancer Institute NSW



Ms Fiona Balfour

BA (Hons), Grad Dip IM, MBA, FAICD

  • Fellow, Monash University
  • Director, Metcash Limited
  • Director, Salmat Limited
  • Director, Airservices Australia
  • Former Director, SITC, SC (Geneva)
  • Former Trustee, National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Former Councillor, Chief Executive Women
  • Former Chair, St James’ King Street Conservation Appeal
  • Former Councillor & Treasurer, Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga
  • Former Director, TAL (Dai-ichi Life) Australia
  • Former Chief Information Officer, Telstra Corporation
  • Former Chief Information Officer, Qantas Airways Ltd


Gabrielle Hewitson

Mrs Gabrielle Hewitson – Board Secretary

BSc, Grad Dip Bus Admin, GAICD, AGIA, ACIS

  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service Secretary
  • Previous appointments in Australian Red Cross Blood Service include Assistant Secretary and Distribution Manager, Victoria
  • Member of Governance Institute of Australia


Committee Members

Committees may have members who are not on the Board.

Advisory Committee:

Associate Professor Larry McNicol (Chair), Associate Professor Craig French, Professor James Isbister, Dr George Kotsiou, Associate Professor Rob Lindeman, Dr Darryl Maher, Dr Ellen Maxwell, Associate Professor David Roxby, Mr Daryl Teague, Professor John Zalcberg OAM, Dr Matthew O'Sullivan

Ethics Committee:

Professor Douglas Joshua (Chair), Professor Robert Lindeman, Ms Frances Wheelahan, Dr Malcolm Wood, Rev Greg Woolnough, Professor Wendy Erber, Dr Susan McCallum, Mr David Hyde

Finance & Audit Committee:

Ms Hannah Crawford (Chair), Mr Nigel Ampherlaw, Mr Jim Birch AM, Mrs Jan West AM

Nominations & Remuneration Committee:

Mr Jim Birch AM (Chair), Mr Ron Berenholtz, Mr Ross Pinney, Associate Professor Larry McNicol, Ms Shelly Park

Risk Committee:

Ross Pinney (Chair), Mr Nigel Ampherlaw, Ms Jenni Mack, Mr Jim Swinden, Ms Shelly Park, Dr Christopher Baggoley AO

Governance Policy

Read our Good Governance Principles Policy