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 Lifeblood, 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, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, Chaired the Global Leadership Board of Doctor Foster Global Comparators, and is currently a Board Member of Australian Red Cross Lifeblood 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 a finalist in CEO magazine's 2018 Executive of the year awards (Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year) of the Year).

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.

Cath Stone
Executive Director, Donor Services

  • BApplied Economics, Asialink Leaders Alumni, GAICD
  • Joined 2018

Cath is an accomplished senior executive with a career spanning customer experience, operations, crisis management and strategy. Throughout her career she has managed geographically dispersed teams and services across the aviation and automotive industries. She has considerable experience developing transformational change projects in complex operational and customer environments.

Prior to joining Lifeblood, Cath was head of customer strategy for the Jetstar Group where she had accountabilities across five geographical regions (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam) and was focused on driving major programs in people engagement and customer experience.

Cath leads our Donor Services division which manages the end-to-end experience for our valued donors.


Cath Gillard
Cath Gillard
Executive Director, People and Culture

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

Cath’s professional career spans over 20 years in human resources and law.  Prior to joining Lifeblood, 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, Corporate Strategy 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. 

Ann Larkins Chief Information Officer
Ann Larkins
Chief Information Officer/Executive Director, Information & Communications Technology

  • Joined 2019

With a critical care clinical background, Ann has worked in management roles within health and hospitality across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. On returning to healthcare in 2001, Ann developed a passion for using data and information systems to improve the patient and carer experience. After completing a Masters in Business and Technology (at the University of New South Wales) Ann moved into Executive Chief Information Officer roles firstly at Barwon Health and then Alfred Health making significant progress toward digitising healthcare at both. In 2018 Ann led the successful delivery of a full Electronic Medical Record implementation in October 2018 at Alfred Health.

Ann has a significant interest in data and the use of prescriptive and predicative analytics to support advanced decision support and is a Fellow at Deakin University's Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA).

Greg Wilkie
Greg Wilkie
Executive Director, Manufacturing and Quality

  • 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 Lifeblood, 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 Lifeblood, 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

  • 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.


Stuart Chesneau

Stuart Chesneau
Executive Director, Innovation and Commercial Strategy

  • BA (Hons), MMgt (Supply Chain)
  • Joined 2009

Stuart has over 20 years' experience through a range of strategic and operational roles. Prior to joining Lifeblood, Stuart held a number of positions within the Chubb Insurance Group. During that time, he had responsibility, amongst other things, for diversifying the business and exploring new markets.

Prior to taking up his executive position, Stuart led the Supply Chain function at Lifeblood and oversaw the introduction of the Sales & Operation Planning discipline.

Stuart has undertaken formal studies both in Europe and Australia.  


Natasha Foster

Natasha Foster
Chief Risk Officer

  • BA, LLB
  • Joined 2021

Natasha holds over 20 years’ experience in Risk Management working across operational, credit, compliance and regulatory risk. Natasha has managed risk internationally, holding senior roles in banking, telecommunications and technology across Australia, the Philippines and the United States. In her role of Chief Risk Officer, Natasha is accountable for the efficient and effective governance of risks and related opportunities across Lifeblood. The Enterprise Risk Framework is the foundation of risk management in Lifeblood. Natasha is passionate about ensuring risk is a dynamic partner to the business, providing guidance, advice, monitoring and management.

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