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 - Chairman


  • Chair, Clevertar Pty Ltd 
  • Chair, Women's & Children's Health Network
  • Chair, Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary)
  • Deputy Chair, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
  • 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)
  • Previous roles included, Group Manager, Director and clinical roles in aged care, women’s health and nursing in Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Former Director, Kitaya Holdings Board Pty Ltd

Nigel Ampherlaw

Mr Nigel Ampherlaw


  • Chair, CUA Ltd – Member of Board Strategy & Innovation 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

Professor Christopher Baggoley AO

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

  • Board Member, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Professorial Fellow, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University
  • 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)
  • Former Tax Consultant, Ernst and Young 


Ms Julie Fahey


  • Director, Seek
  • Director, IRESS
  • Director, Vocus
  • Councillor, La Trobe University 
  • 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 Merrin Kelsall

B Com (Hons), FCA, MBA

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

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


  • Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
  • Chair, Medical Services Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Department of Health
  • Member, Pharmaceutical Benefits 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, AGIA, ACIS

  • Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Secretary
  • Previous appointments in Australian Red Cross Lifeblood 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:

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

Ethics Committee:

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

Finance & Audit Committee:

Ms Merran Kelsall (Chair), Mr Nigel Ampherlaw, Ms Hannah Crawford, Dr Lance Emerson, Mr Peter Lewinsky

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

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