Our Executive

Each of our Executive team members leads a division within our business. They in turn are led by our Chief Executive, Shelly Park.

Shelly Park Chief Executive
Shelly Park
Chief Executive

  • MSc (Ashridge), BA Nursing, GAICD, FAIM, Fellow Ethical Leadership
  • Joined 2016

Prior to joining the Blood Service, Shelly was Chief Executive of Monash Health, which provides healthcare services to over a million people in Melbourne. Her previous positions have also included Executive Director of Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, General Manager of Medical and Surgical Services at Christchurch Hospital (New Zealand), and General Manager at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Her 20 years of business experience at a senior level has been supplemented by formal studies including a Master of Science in Management from Ashridge Business School (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Massey University (New Zealand). Shelly is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of Ethical Leadership (Melbourne Business School). She has served on the board of the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Healthcare, Chaired the Global Leadership Board of Doctor Foster Global Comparators, and is currently a Board Member of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, and Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Blood Network. Shelly was awarded the Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year award in 2011.

John Brown
John Brown
Executive Director, Finance

  • CPA, BBus (Accounting), GAICD
  • Joined 2011

John has worked for almost 25 years in the government, health and not-for-profit sector, including 6 and a half years as the former Executive Director, Finance and Corporate at the Royal Children’s Hospital, where he was fortunate to be involved in the development through to completion of the new hospital building.

Prior to this John was the Financial Controller for Austin Health and also gained experience in roles within Victorian State Government and the Commonwealth Government. John is a volunteer Board member of the Northern Support Services which is disability services provider in Melbourne’s inner north and is also a member of Alfred Health’s Medical Staff Trust.

Dr Joanne Pink
Dr Joanne Pink
Executive Director, Clinical Services and Research/Chief Medical Officer

  • Joined 1997, Chief Medical Officer/ED since 2006

Joanne has more than 20 years’ experience in transfusion medicine and participates in a number of domestic and international expert transfusion medicine committees. She is a haematologist with combined fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joanne is passionate about donor and product safety, sharing knowledge and learnings through international benchmarking, converting collective wisdom and leading-edge research into practical business outcomes. She is a member of a number of Council of Europe (CoE) Working Groups, including the drafting group for the CoE Guide to the preparation, use and quality assurance of blood components, and is the Chair of the Alliance of Blood Operators Medical Director Working Group.

Maureen Bower
Maureen Bower
Acting Executive Director, Donor Services

  • RN, B.AppSc (Adv Nsg), GAICD
  • Joined 2003

Maureen has worked for the Blood Service for 14 years. She has been a Centre Manager and Area Manager, and Donor Services Manager Victoria Tasmania for the past 9 years.

With a background in Nursing, Maureen has occupied senior leadership roles in medical organisations including General Practice and Pathology. She has maintained clinical interest in donor care through involvement in projects including Donor Iron Strategy. 
Maureen has been a Board Member at a Kalparrin (Early Childhood Intervention Service) since 2015.


Cath Gillard
Executive Director, People and Culture

  • LLB (Hons), BA, MMgt
  • Joined 2017

Cath’s professional career spans over 20 years in human resources and law.  Prior to joining the Blood Service, Cath held a number of senior human resources positions within the General Electric group of companies, Linfox and the Toll Group. 

Preceding her career in human resources, Cath practised as an employment and industrial relations lawyer for over a decade with law firms Minter Ellison and Lander & Rogers.  During these years, she was a service provider to multiple industry sectors including health, state government, financial services, manufacturing and construction sectors.  


Peter McDonald
Peter McDonald
Executive Director, Business Improvement and Transformation

  • BA (Economics), MPA, FCPA, GAICD, FHFM
  • Joined 2009

Peter has over 25 years’ experience in executive roles in the government and health sectors, including 12 years as CFO at Austin Health and Alfred Health, where he had responsibility for finance, information technology, corporate services and capital management.

Peter is a Council Member and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee at La Trobe University as well as a Board Member at Northern Health. He is also Chair of the Risk Based Decision Making working group for the international Alliance of Blood Operators.


Marion Hemphill
Dr Philip Nesci
Executive Director, Information & Communications Technology

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Physics), Graduate Executive Program at University of Michigan Business School
  • Joined 2016

Philip is an internationally experienced Chief Information Officer and Management Consultant with over 35 years of experience in the IT industry in the private sector, health and government.

He has held senior positions including: Chief Information Officer at Monash Health; Global Chief Information for Orica Ltd.; Director of IT for China Light and Power in Hong Kong; and Director for IT at Energy Australia. Prior to this, Philip worked for Shell International in Australia, Holland and the United Kingdom.

As Consulting Director, Philip has contributed to ASX 200 organisations and government on business and IT transformation as well as IT strategy and Governance.

Greg Wilkie
Greg Wilkie
Executive Director, Manufacturing

  • MA (Hons), Diploma Management Studies, Diploma Marketing, MBA, GAICD
  • Joined 2007, Executive Director since 2016

Prior to becoming Executive Director in 2016, Greg held a number of roles in Manufacturing at the Blood Service, honing his expertise in lean, process improvement, quality, supply chain, and customer engagement. He has led operational teams in South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory, as well as establishing the National Contact Centre in Adelaide and, more recently, driving a lean continuous improvement culture in Manufacturing.

Prior to joining the Blood Service, Greg was predominantly in business improvement and customer service operations in different industries including logistics, transport and energy, including the role of Transfers Operations Manager at AGL Energy and various leadership roles with the Royal Mail in the UK.


Marion Hemphill
Marion Hemphill
General Counsel and Head of Government Relations

  • LLB (Hons)
  • Joined 2010

Marion has over 20 years experience working as a lawyer in the public and private sector in Australia, London and New Zealand. Marion practised as a corporate lawyer with law firms Blake Dawson, Allen and Overy and Buddle Findlay. She was the Counsel to the New Zealand Takeovers Panel, advising the Government appointed Panel and managing the in-house legal team.

Marion leads our Legal and Government Relations team which coordinates interactions with key stakeholders and funders to build strong relationships with our partners in the Health sector.

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