Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is governed by a board of nine non-executive members and one executive member, the Chief Executive. Our 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. Along with 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.

Our Board plays a vital role in ensuring the good governance of Lifeblood. It's 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 - Chair


  • Chair, Clevertar Pty Ltd 
  • Chair, Women's & Children's Health Network
  • Chair, Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary)
  • Director, Cancer SA
  • Former Chair, Australian Digital Health Agency 
  • 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

  • Director, Emerge Women & Children's Support Network
  • 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)
  • Former Director, Kitaya Holdings Board Pty Ltd

Nigel Ampherlaw

Mr Nigel Ampherlaw


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

Dr Christopher Baggoley

Christopher Baggoley AO

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

  • Board Member, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Board Member, Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
  • Former Australian Government Chief Medical Officer from 2011-2016
  • Former Chief Executive Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Former Chief Medical Officer Department of Health - SA

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Mr Charles Burkitt


  • Deputy President, Australian Red Cross Society
  • Consultant, GSD Corporate (Corporate Advisory & Property Solutions)
  • Director, Power & Water Corporation
  • Director, Darwin Waterfront Corporation
  • Chair, Community Benefit Fund Committee, NT Government
  • Former Chair, Northern Territory Divisional Advisory Board, Australian Red Cross Society
  • Experienced Investment Advisor

Dr Lance Emerson

Dr Lance Emerson


  • Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Agency for Health Information
  • Former Company Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Former Board Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
  • Former Board of Management, The Climate and Health Alliance
  • Former Chair, Public Health Association (ACT)


Ms Julie Fahey


  • Director, Seek
  • Director, IRESS
  • Director, Vocus
  • Councillor, La Trobe University 
  • Board Member Australian Foundation Investment Company 
  • Board Member Datacom
  • Board Member PartnersLife
  • Board Member Yooralla
  • Board Member CenlTex
  • Independent Consultant
  • Former Managing Partner – Markets, KPMG
  • Former Information Technology and Telecommunications Leader, KPMG

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Ms Merran Kelsall

B Com (Hons), FCA, MBA

  • President and Chair, CPA Australia Ltd
  • Director, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Ltd
  • Director and Deputy Chair, Melbourne Water Corporation
  • Director, CareSuper
  • Chair, Companies associated with the Beaurepaire family
  • Director, Tarrawarra Museum of Art
  • Professor of Practice, School of Accounting at Business School of UNSW
  • Former Director, VicSuper Pty Ltd
  • Former Chair, Audit Committee, Victorian Public Sector Commission
  • Former Member Audit & Risk Committee, Victoria Police 

Jenni Mack

Ms Jenni Mack AM

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

Professor Robyn Ward AM


  • Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
  • Chair, Medical Services Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Department of Health
  • Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Queensland
  • Former Board Member, Cancer Institute NSW
  • Former Director of Cancer Services, South East Sydney Local Health District


Mrs Gabrielle Hewitson – Board Secretary

BSc, Grad Dip Bus Admin, GAICD, FCIS, FGIA

  • Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Secretary
  • Previous appointments in Australian Red Cross Lifeblood include Assistant Secretary and Distribution Manager, Victoria
  • Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia

Committee Members

Committees may have members who are not on the Board.

Advisory Committee:

Professor Christopher Baggoley AO (Chair), Associate Professor Craig French, Professor James Isbister, Dr Ellen Maxwell, Associate Professor Larry McNicol AO, Professor Biswadev Mitra, Ms Zoe McQuilten, Ms Sally-Anne Pitt, Associate Professor David Roxby, Dr Matthew O'Sullivan, Mr Daryl Teague, Professor Robyn Ward AM

Ethics Committee:

Professor Lesley Barclay (Chair), Mr Stephen Blanks, Professor John Gibson, Mr Andrew Greaves, Mr David Hyde, Dr John Kwan, Rev Bronwyn Kyngdon, Dr Susan MacCallum, Ms Jacqui Preston, Dr Tari Turner, Dr Bronwyn Williams

Finance & Audit Committee:

Ms Merran Kelsall (Chair), Mr Nigel Ampherlaw, Ms Hannah Crawford, Mr Lloyd Doddridge, Dr Lance Emerson, Sam Hardjono

Nomination & Remuneration Committee:

Ms Julie Fahey (Chair), Mr Ron Berenholtz, Mr Jim Birch AM, Mr Charles Burkitt, Ms Shelly Park

Risk Committee:

Ms Jenni Mack AM (Chair), Mr Nigel Ampherlaw, Mr Jim Birch AM, Ms Julie Fahey, Ms Lyndal Moore, Ms Shelly Park

Governance Policy

Read our Good Governance Principles Policy

Read our Board Charter

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