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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board is chaired by Professor Denis King OAM and 12 Board Members who bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the management of our LHD.




Professor Denis King OAM

Clinical Professor Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
Clinical Associate Professor, University of NSW
Chair, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board

Professor King holds an Honorary Medical Officer colorectal surgery appointment at St George Hospital. He is the chair of the NSW Health Ministerial Committee and previously held the positions of Executive Clinical Director, SESIAHS and the Director of the Division of Surgery at St George Hospital. Professor King has over 40 years experience in colorectal surgical practice and as Chair of the ISLHD Board continues his strong commitment to clinical management and health consulting.

Ms Jill Boehm OAM

MMngt(Public Health)
Ms Boehm is a registered nurse and former registered midwife. She has many years experience as a senior nurse manager and a Masters degree in Management (Public Health). She has held numerous appointments across the public, private and not-for-profit health sectors and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Cancer Council NSW and a Board appointed member of its Governance Committee and Audit and Finance Committee. As a member and Deputy Chair of the ISLHD Board, Ms Boehm remains committed to quality patient care with a strong focus on those people diagnosed with cancer and the impact this disease has on their families.


Dr Stephen Andersen OAM

    MBBS, FRCPA, BSc, MBA, DSc(xx)

Dr Andersen has been a practising specialist pathologist in both the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions since 1976. He founded Andersen Pathology in 1979, now known as Southern-IML Pathology. He was Deputy Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and a member of the University Council. He holds the position of Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong and is also a member of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. He is involved with IHMRI in various research projects across the region.

Mr Roger Downs

LLB, BCom, PostGradDipMngt
Mr Downs is a lawyer and non-executive director.  He has degrees in Law, Commerce and Management. He is a Director of Community Alliance Credit Union Ltd and Deputy Chair of Warrigal Care. Mr Downs is particularly interested in corporate governance and his focus for ISLHD is to support an embedded framework for organisational culture that aligns with the strategic plan to deliver world-class patient experiences and outcomes for our community.

Professor Kathy Eagar

MA(Psychology), GDipEd Stud (Health), PhD(Public Health), FAFRM(Hon)

Professor Eagar has over 35 years experience working as a clinician, senior manager and an academic and is Professor, Health Services Research, University of Wollongong and Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute. She was awarded an Honorary Life Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (Royal Australian College of Physicians) and an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. As an ISLHD Board member she is committed to population health planning, funding and resource allocation.



Mr Paul Knight

Mr Knight has over 20 years experience in senior management and is currently the Managing Director of private business Djenbella Group, which encompasses Indigenous employment and business and economic development consultancy. In his role as an ISLHD Board member, Mr Knight continues his advocacy for improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders and people with a disability and to ensuring equity of access to health services for all. 

Bill Lovegrove 

Professor Bill Lovegrove AO

BA(Hons), PhD Psych

Professor Lovegrove has extensive experience in the tertiary education sector, having held a number of senior university positions across the country, including as the University of Southern Queensland’s longest serving Vice-Chancellor. He is currently President of the Nan Tien Institute and Emeritus Professor at the University of Southern Queensland and the University of Wollongong, where he also supervises psychology students. He is Chair of the Graduate Careers Australia Board, Chair of the Open Colleges Education and Training Advisory Board and member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Academic Board. Professor Lovegrove has extensive skills in strategic planning, performance review, monitoring, team building and corporate culture. Prof Lovegrove received an Order of Australia on Australia Day 2017 for his service to leadership in the tertiary education sector, to developing academia in regional areas, and to cooperative research in a variety of fields.

Ms Marisa Mastroianni

Ms Mastroianni is the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of UOW Global Enterprises, a commercial subsidiary of the University of Wollongong. She is a member of the ISLHD Audit and Risk Management Committee, member of Community Alliance Credit Union Audit and Risk Committee, Director of NRMA and Chair of the NRMA Audit and Risk Committee. Marisa holds bachelor and master degrees in Commerce, is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and both a Graduate and Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  As an ISLHD Board member, Ms Mastroianni brings expertise in finance, risk management, corporate governance, organisational change and strategic planning. She is committed to ensuring equitable resource allocation together with best practice health delivery to meet the needs of the community.

Dr William Pratt


Dr Pratt is an infection diseases physician and general physician. He has worked and trained in New South Wales and Queensland and has experience in viral hepatitis and a broad range of general internal medicine.  Dr Pratt is actively involved in the Hospital in the Home (HITH) program. His priorities for ISLHD include improving access to health care throughout the District as well as a focus on the quality of care provided.

john Stubbs 

Mr John Stubbs

BA, Dip(Acc), JP

Mr Stubbs is an independent health management consultant with extensive experience in executive leadership roles within the health sector. Over the past 17 years, he has been instrumental in driving the national cancer and health agenda, particularly through his roles at Cancer Voices Australia, the Leukaemia Foundation Australia and as an advocate for cancer services. He is currently a member of the Cancer Institute NSW Board, NSW Health Consumers Association Board, Medical Board of Australia NSW Division and Medical Services Advisory Committee – Economic Sub-Committee. Mr Stubbs is keen to contribute to the betterment of patient and health outcomes for the community, particularly in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region where he now resides.

Professor Gerard Sutton AO

BEng(Hons), MEngSc, PhD
Professor Sutton is the chair of the Academic and Research Network (AARNet) Board and a Board member of the Port Kembla Port Corporation and Think Pty Ltd. He is a member of the Bundanon Trust and was the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong.  Professor Sutton is committed to the management and governance of ISLHD and is particularly interested in enhancing community engagement.

Mrs Carrie Schulman

BSc, MPA/Health Svc Admin., Cert. Physical Therapy

Ms Schulman is a clinician with twenty years experience in executive management roles across the health care continuum (hospitals, aged care, hospital in the home, hospice, and outpatients); and fifteen years of consulting experience for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the US, UK, and Australia. As a member of the Board Ms Schulman intends to focus on the efficient delivery of high quality, patient centred care across the District.


Clinical Professor Rodney McMahon



Dr McMahon has worked as a General Practitioner in the Illawarra since 1979. He has been actively involved in the development of clinical training, particularly General Practice training, for the region and served a term of office as the first Director of Clinical Training for the Illawarra Area Health Service.  He has also been a member of the Personal and Professional Development Team at the University of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Medicine since its inception.

He is a past Chair of the NSW Faculty of the RACGP and is a past Director of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local, having previously been a Director of the Illawarra Division of General Practice. Dr McMahon was also a Member of the AMA (NSW) Council for eight years, has been a member of the Professional Services Review Panel since 1998 and is a current Deputy Director. He was also a Director of the NSW Medical Board for a decade from 2006 and chaired its Performance Committee.



The Board and Chief Executive are responsible for:

  • Improving local patient outcomes and responding to issues that arise throughout our Local Health District.
  • Monitoring the performance of our Local Health District against performance measures in the LHD Service Agreement.
  • Delivering services and performance standards within an agreed budget, based on annual strategic and operating plans. This forms the basis of our Local Health District Service Agreement.
  • Ensuring services are provided efficiently and accountably.
  • Production of Annual Reports that are subject to State financial accountability and audit frameworks.
  • Maintaining effective communication with local and State public health stakeholders.

  Click here to read ISLHD's Corporate Governance Attestation Statement 2015-16


  The Board Minutes can be accessed here.

  The Board members can access the secure website by clicking here.