Member Profiles

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Mr Michael Gorton AM, Chair

Michael Gorton is reappointed as the Chair of the Agency Management Committee for a three year term from March 2016. Mr Gorton was first appointed to the Agency Management Committee in March 2009 as a member with business and administrative expertise, and first appointed as Chair in April 2014.

Mr Gorton is a commercial lawyer with considerable experience providing legal advice on medical registration, training, education and administrative practice. As a principal of Russell Kennedy Lawyers, he has significant experience in business management and administration.

He is a board member of Melbourne Health (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Ambulance Victoria and the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.

He is a former Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
In 2004, Mr Gorton received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for community service.

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Ms Karen Crawshaw PSM

Ms Crawshaw is reappointed to the Agency Management Committee as a member with expertise in health business and administration for a three year term from March 2016. She was first appointed in September 2012.

Ms Crawshaw holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law, is admitted to the NSW Supreme Court and High Court and holds an unrestricted practising certificate from the NSW Law Society.

Ms Crawshaw has held various government legal positions, including NSW Health’s Director Legal and General Counsel for 17 years. In 2007 Ms Crawshaw was appointed as a Deputy Director-General. In her most recent senior executive role as Deputy Secretary, Governance, Workforce and Corporate she had policy responsibility within NSW Health for corporate governance, workforce, industrial relations, business reform, asset management and procurement, strategic communications, ministerial and executive services and legal and regulatory services. Ms Crawshaw left NSW Health in June 2017. She is a tutor in the Safety and Quality of Health Care course for masters students in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

Ms Crawshaw was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012 for her significant contributions to the public sector.

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Mr Ian Smith PSM

Mr Smith is reappointed to the Agency Management Committee in March 2016, with a three year term of appointment, as a member with expertise in health, business and administration. He was first appointed in September 2012.

Mr Smith is an experienced senior health official with a strong track record in delivering the full range of integrated health care services – acute care in hospitals, acute psychiatric mental health, community mental health, public health, community and allied health and aged care. He has held many senior executive leadership roles in rural Western Australia including the Pilbara, Kimberley, South West and Great Southern Regions.

Mr Smith capped off his rural CEO responsibilities with metropolitan experience as the CEO of the South Metropolitan Health Service.

Mr Smith has been appointed to the Chair for the newly established East Metropolitan Health Service in Perth.

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Ms Jenny Taing

Ms Taing is a senior lawyer at Vanguard Investments Australia. She previously spent 10 years at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and is a specialist in financial services, managed funds and superannuation law. She is also a board director of Screen Australia, Western Bulldogs Football Club Community Foundation and holds several appointments at the University of Melbourne; as Vice President of the Alumni Council and an advisory board member of the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

Ms Taing is also a former board director of The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Royal District Nursing Service, Channel 31 and Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

In 2016, Jenny attended Harvard Business School as the Hugh DT Williamson Scholar. This prestigious national scholarship is awarded by the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia) to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated leadership, professional qualifications, community and social responsibility as well as a contribution to the financial services industry.

Ms Taing holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She is the winner of Government Lawyer of the Year 2017, a finalist for In-House Lawyer of the Year 2016 and the winner of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts Rising Star Alumni Award 2014. Jenny was also named in CPA Australia's INTHEBLACK Magazine Top 40 Young Business Leaders List for 2013.

Ms Taing joins the Agency Management Committee as member with expertise in business and administration and is appointed for her second three year term to 15 June 2020.

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Ms Barbara Yeoh AM

Ms Yeoh is the current Chair of Monash Health, Deputy Chair of the Victoria State Emergency Service Authority and Deputy Chair of the CASA Board Audit Committee. She has previously served on the Board of Austin Health and Eastern Health in Victoria. With a career in the finance sector, she has over 30 years’ experience as a director across a range of public and private sector agencies including in the health, education, finance, insurance, transport, technology and infrastructure sectors. In 2015, Ms Yeoh was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and received the CEO Magazine Chairperson of the Year award which encompasses the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Ms Yeoh has previously served as a Council Member and Deputy Chancellor at Latrobe University. She has maintained her interest in education through her position as a Principal Associate of Phillips KPA, specialist advisers to the education sector. Ms Yeoh joined the Agency Management Committee in 2017 as a member with expertise in health, education and training and was re-appointed in 15 June 2017 for her second three year term to 15 June 2020.


Dr Peggy Brown, Agency Management Committee

Dr Peggy Brown

Dr Brown is appointed to the Agency Management Committee as a member with expertise in health, education and training for a three year term from March 2016.

Dr Brown is a registered medical practitioner (psychiatrist) with over 30 years’ experience in the Australian health sector. She has held senior clinical and administrative positions in the public health system including the position of Director- General of ACT Health from 2010 until 2015 and is currently the CEO of the National Mental Health Commissioner.

Dr Brown is a former Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and is well versed with the operational, legislative and policy aspects of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions including the work of National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Her extensive experience in the health sector also includes key roles with the psychiatry training program of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Susan Young

Dr Susan Young

Dr Young is a registered nurse and midwife with expertise in health, education and training, governance, regulation and accreditation. She was the Chair of the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia until December 2016. She fulfilled positions within the tertiary setting until July 2015, with appointments as a Director of Teaching and Learning, and as a Program Director in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Queensland. Prior to her appointment within the tertiary sector, Dr Young held a number of executive positions within the public and private health care sectors in metropolitan, regional and rural settings. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the Queensland University of Technology and an Adjunct Professorial appointment from The University of Queensland.

Ms Philippa Smith

Ms Philippa Smith

Ms Smith is a member with business and administration, regulation and accreditation expertise. She is currently a Director on the First State Super Board and was the Chair of the Board of Food Standards Australia New Zealand from 2008 to 2016. She has enjoyed an extensive and high profile career in consumer advocacy. She was the first woman and nonlawyer to be appointed as Commonwealth Ombudsman from 1993 to 1998. She was also appointed as the CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia. Ms Smith was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1992 for service to the community particularly for the formulation of social welfare policies.

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