News & Media

09 November 2018

Farewell to two of our highly-respected Board Directors

Two valued and respected directors retire from the Latrobe Community Health Service Board.

Bidding farewell

LCHS BOARD CHAIR MARK BIGGS, RETIRING BOARD DIRECTORS PETER WALLACE AND JOHN GUY, AND LCHS CEO BEN LEIGH.
LCHS BOARD CHAIR MARK BIGGS, RETIRING BOARD DIRECTORS PETER WALLACE AND JOHN GUY, AND LCHS CEO BEN LEIGH.

Latrobe Community Health Service has bid farewell to two longstanding Board Directors, who have served a combined 32 years and nine months on the organisation’s Board.

John Guy OAM and Peter Wallace retired from their positions from the Latrobe Community Health Service Board at the 2018 Annual General Meeting after they joined in 1997 and 2007, respectively.

Mr Guy is a stalwart of the Latrobe Valley community and was deservedly recognised with an Order of Australia Medal in 2011.

“Latrobe Community Health Service has undoubtedly benefited from the breadth and depth of Mr Guy’s professional and community experience,” Latrobe Community Health Service Board Chair Mark Biggs said.

Mr Wallace brought extensive senior experience in healthcare to his role on the Latrobe Community Health Service Board.

His leadership positions at several hospitals and on various projects – both in the Latrobe Valley and in Melbourne – gave the organisation invaluable knowledge and direction.

“John and Peter have both been part of many key Latrobe Community Health Service milestones,” Mr Biggs said.

“These include the redevelopment and openings of our Morwell, Moe, Churchill and Traralgon centres, the opening of Warragul, the significant growth of our primary care services and our partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency.

“The pair has guided our organisation through substantial growth—particularly over the past two years—during which time we nearly doubled our staff and added more than 30 new sites across the state.”

Welcoming our new directors

In turn, Latrobe Community Health Service welcomes two new Board Directors.

Stelvio Vido and Murray Bruce were elected and appointed respectively to the Latrobe Community Health Service Board at the organisation’s AGM on 30 October, 2018.

Mr Vido has more than 15 years of board experience in healthcare, group training and employment services, community legal services and TAFE. He also has 30 years’ senior executive experience in the not-for-profit sector, consulting, local government and commercial media.

“Stelvio brings a strong skillset in leadership, general management, business development and corporate governance,” Mr Biggs said.

Mr Bruce is an experienced commercial lawyer and government executive, with more than 14 years’ experience in charitable/tax law, administrative law, local government, contract management, procurement and compliance.

“He brings sound legal knowledge and policy experience to Latrobe Community Health Service, and has served on the Board of the Gippsland Primary Health Network for the past three years,” Mr Biggs said.

“Latrobe Community Health Service welcomes both Stelvio and Murray to the Board. We look forward to working with both men on our vision for better health, better lifestyles and stronger communities.”

At the 2018 AGM, Mark Biggs was re-elected as Board Chairperson, and Judith Walker was elected as Board Deputy Chairperson.

Latrobe Community Health Service also welcomes the re-election of existing Board Director Nathan Voll.

Mr Voll has more than 20 years’ experience in management, consulting and accounting. He has served on several boards in the healthcare sector and is a Fellow of both CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountant) and the AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors).