Board of Directors

A/Prof Janet Rimmer (Chair)

Nominated by St Vincent's Health Australia.

A/Prof Janet Rimmer is a respiratory physician and allergist who trained in Australia including undertaking an MD thesis entitled “Histamine releasability in asthma” at the Garvan Institute in Sydney.  She then undertook further research and clinical training overseas (Prof Steven Holgate’s group at the Dept Immunopharmacology, Southampton and the Brompton Hospital, London).  She is primarily a clinician but has been involved in professional organisations including the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (NSW State President, National Honorary Secretary, Treasurer ICACI), Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (Convenor of the Asthma and Allergy SIG), National Asthma Council (Director and ASCIA representative), St Viincent’s Private Hospital (Chair Medical Credentials Committee) and Sydney Hospital (Honorary Secretary Department of Medicine and Deputy Chair Combined Medical Council). She has been part of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research for 19 years involved in research projects and clinical trials related to asthma, rhinitis and allergic disease.


Ms Sarah Barter

Nominated by St Vincent's Health Australia.

Sarah Barter is currently Project Officer, Chronic Care, at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/ Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University and is currently studying for a Masters of Public Health at the University of NSW.

She has worked for not-for profit, government, professional and membership organisations for nearly ten years, with the bulk of her experience in the health and aged care sector. Sarah’s skills are primarily in the areas of strategy, policy development, project management, program implementation, stakeholder relations and research. She is keenly interested in opportunities to support people to achieve and maintain their highest potential in terms of health and wellbeing.


Ms Belinda Gunton

Nominated by St Vincent's Health Australia.

Belinda has extensive experience at Board and Executive level in the health and aged care sectors. With a strong interest in Executive Education she has lectured in the UNSW Australian School of Business AGSM Executive MBA program in the area of Managerial Skills.

Belinda holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University in New York, USA and is a member of the Australian Society of Audiology and a former Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Healthcare Service Management.


Dr Michael King

Elected by the St Vincent’s Clinic Doctors.

Dr Michael King is an anaesthetist whose main practice is on the St Vincent’s Campus.  His particular areas of interest include anaesthesia for Neurosurgery, Plastic surgery, Cardiothoracic and Transplant surgery.  He has been accredited at St Vincent’s since 1994 and also practices at the Mater, St Luke’s and North Shore Private Hospitals.  He has held positions as Federal Secretary and Assistant Federal Secretary of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.  He participates in overseas aid delegations; cardiothoracic surgery in Indonesia and with Interplast in Fiji.  He is currently a member of St Vincent’s Clinic Medical Council, is a member of the public hospital’s Theatre management Committee and is a conjoint lecturer at NSW University.


Professor Sandy Middleton, RN PhD

Nominated by St Vincent's Health Australia.

Professor Sandy Middleton is the Director of the Nursing Research Institute a joint initiative between St Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney and Australian Catholic University.  She is also Director of the National Centre for Clinical Outcomes Research, an Australian Catholic University Priority Research Centre. Professor Middleton has a particular interest in stroke and implementation research and has been successful in obtaining funding as a chief investigator on 51 grants attracting funding of over $9M.

She was the lead investigator on the recently concluded NHMRC-funded Quality in Acute Stroke Care trial.  She is also the lead investigator on the NHMRC-funded Triage, Treatment and Transfer in Stroke Trial.


A/Prof Michael J Neil

Elected by the St Vincent’s Clinic Doctors.

Michael J Neil, MB BS, FRCSEd(Orth),FRACS(Orth), FAOrthA.Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Vincent’s Clinic appointed 1988.Clinical Associate Professor, St Vincent’s Clinical School, UNSW.

A/Prof Neil graduated from UNSW in 1979 and was a St Vincent’s resident until commencing training in Orthopaedic Surgery in Sydney and abroad.  He specialises in hip and knee replacement surgery and is in the top 1% of Australian joint replacement surgeons by volume. He has been chairman of orthopaedics St Vincent’s campus and has been secretary of the Southside Board of Studies for the Australian Orthopaedic association, and Secretary of the Arthroplasty Society of Australia.

He has held appointments in the past on the board of St Vincent’s Clinic and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He has been a member of the Medical advisory Board of In Vivo Ltd, a medical defence organisation. He has chaired the WHO Surgical Checklist Committee SVPH which instituted surgical “timeout” protocol used routinely today.

He is currently an international editor of The Journal of Arthroplasty, the official publication of the American Association of hip and knee surgeons. He is a frequently invited lecturer in joint replacement both in Australia and overseas, and has published extensively on his specialty. He teaches undergraduates from UNSW, and post graduate fellows from abroad. He has designed and evaluated many joint replacement prostheses including currently used hip and unicompartmental knee implant. A/Prof Neil is a private pilot and holds night and instrument rating, as well as retractable endorsement.

A/Prof Neil has always strived to maintain the reputation of St Vincent’s as a centre of excellence in medical care in general, and surgery in particular.


Mr Thomas Nolan

Nominated by St Vincent's Health Australia.

Tom Nolan is Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor.

His audit experience extends across a broad spectrum of industries and organisations ranging from ASX listed companies to small charities.  His principal expertise is with logistics and distribution companies.

He holds the MBA degree from the Booth School at the University of Chicago and has served as a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.


Dr Gordon O’Neill (Chairman of the Medical Council)

Elected by the St Vincent’s Clinic Doctors.

Dr Gordon O’Neill graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1987 and spent his undergraduate and immediate post graduate years at St Vincent’s Hospital.  He obtained his FRACS in urology in 1995 and was awarded the Travelling Fellowship to the UK at the Institute of Urology, London, for 1996.  He has been VMO in the Department of Urology at St Vincent’s Clinic since 1997.  He now specialises in radical nerve sparing prostatectomy and brachytherapy for prostate cancer, ileal neobladder for bladder cancer, complex renal calculi and female incontinence.


Dr Malcolm Pell

Elected by the St Vincent’s Clinic Doctors.

Dr Malcolm Pell attained his bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Sydney University and graduated in 1979.

All of his postgraduate training was done in conjunction with St Vincent's Hospital and he attained his Fellowship in Neurosurgery in May of 1988.  He then travelled to England and worked at the National Hospital for Neurosurgery at Queens Square London.  During this time he did research in stereotactic surgery and started stereotactic neurosurgery at St Vincent's Hospital on his appointment as consultant neurosurgeon in 1991.  His other interests are spinal neurosurgery and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders.


Dr Ian Sutton

Elected by the St Vincent’s Clinic Doctors.

Dr Ian Sutton has been a practicing neurologist on the St Vincent's Campus since 2004.  Dr Sutton trained in Neurology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.  His main interest is in inflammatory disorders of the nervous system and he has a PhD in Neuro-Immunology.  Dr Sutton has been a Director of St Vincent's Clinic since June 2008. 


Mr Michael Thornber

Nominated by St Vincent's Health Australia.

Mr Michael Thornber has been the principal in Michael Thornber & Associates, a management consultancy group, providing consultancy support in governance, organisational and leadership development for more than twenty years.  The client groups are in health, aged care and education and include the Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy both here in Australia and Ireland, planning for the future governance of their ministries.  He has been supporting Sisters of Charity Outreach with governance, leadership and organisational design since 2002.  He has a Diploma from and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Sr Genevieve Walsh, RSC

Nominated by St Vincent's Health Australia.

Sr Genevieve Walsh has 12 years experience in primary school teaching and 28 years experience as Primary School Principal.  She was a director at the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Board from 1985 to 1987.  Currently, she is the Roving Principal at the Catholic Education Sydney and Professional Officer and Sudanese Refugee Pastoral Care and Support at St John’s Primary School in Auburn.


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