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The Blood Service is governed by a board comprising nine non-executive members and one executive member, the Chief Executive.  The Blood Service Board reports to the Australian Red Cross Board, which has overall responsibility and oversight and appoints all non-executive board members.

Board members are generally appointed for a three-year term, but may be eligible for reappointment.  In addition to the generic skills that are required for most boards, our Board’s skills matrix includes knowledge and experience of the health sector, transfusion medicine, manufacturing in a highly regulated environment, and government relations and policy.

The Blood Service Board plays a vital role in ensuring the good governance of the Blood Service.  It is responsible for the organisation’s efficient operation and takes the lead in setting the culture of how we operate in a responsible way within the community.  It oversees 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


  • Chair, CUA Ltd – Member of Board Strategy Committee, Chair of CCI Ltd.
  • 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

  • Chief Medical Advisor, Calvary Care 
  • 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



Ms Fiona Balfour

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

  • Fellow, Monash University
  • Director, Western Sydney Airport Co
  • Director, Land Services South Australia Pty Ltd
  • Director, Metcash Limited
  • Director, Airservices Australia
  • Former Director, Salmat Limited
  • 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


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


Ms Lyndal Herbert


  • Director – Taxation, KPMG
  • Deputy President, Australian Red Cross Society
  • Former Taxation Manager, Arthur Andersen & Co.
  • Former Chair, Deputy Chair and Treasurer, Tasmania Divisional Advisory Board, Australian Red Cross Society
  • Former Treasurer, Greening Australia (Tas) Inc.

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
  • Chair dRx Standards Council
  • Member Health Star Rating Advisory Committee
  • Former Chair CHOICE, ASIC External Advisory Panel


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


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



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, 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 Lesley Barclay (Chair), Ms Jacqui Preston, Mr Andrew Greaves, Dr Susan MacCallum, Rev Greg Woolnough, Professor John Gibson, Dr Bronwyn Williams, Dr Penelope Robinson, Mr David Hyde, Dr John Kwan

Finance & Audit Committee:

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

Nomination & Remuneration Committee:

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

Risk Committee:

Mr Nigel Ampherlaw, Ms Jenni Mack, Mr Jim Swinden, Ms Shelly Park, Dr Christopher Baggoley AO

Governance Policy

Read our Good Governance Principles Policy

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