Board of Directors

Dr Neale Fong

President/Branch Councillor Director

Appointed to the Board in 2011 and elected President in 2016. Dr Fong has more than 25 years’ experience in medical, health care and aged care delivery and leadership roles.

He is currently Chairman of Bethesda Hospital and Professor of Healthcare Leadership at Curtin University.

He was Director General of the WA Department of Health and Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Health Care Subiaco. He currently consults through Australis Health Advisory to a number of key health clients in Australia.

He holds Bachelor Degrees in Medicine and Surgery, a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Business Administration.

Elizabeth Koff AM

Vice President

In April 2022 Elizabeth was appointed Managing Director of Telstra Health, Australia’s largest digital health company and a subsidiary of Telstra Corporation. 

Prior to this Elizabeth was Secretary, NSW Health for a six year term. As Secretary, Elizabeth was responsible for the management of the NSW health system, the largest health system in Australia with a $30 billion budget and 124,000 FTE. Key strategy achievements include the implementation of value based care across NSW, the progression of e-Health initiatives and a $2bn/year capital infrastructure program. In 2020/2021 Elizabeth lead the NSW Health system through the COVID-19 pandemic and advised NSW crisis cabinet on the management of COVID-19 in NSW, and the subsequent vaccination roll out.  

Elizabeth was chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) and its subsequent iteration of Health Chief Executives Forum. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women. 

Elizabeth was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours. In September 2022 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Western Sydney University for her contribution to healthcare in Western Sydney. 

Michael Palassis


Appointed to the Board in 2022. Michael is one of Australia’s leading financial and commercial advisers providing commercial, strategic and financial advice on health and hospital projects across Australia. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector.

Michael is the founder and Executive Director of Paxon, a corporate finance advisory firm specialising in infrastructure. Established over 20 years ago, Paxon is a market leading expert in hospital, healthcare and aged care projects, advising on over $20 billion worth of health sector transactions in the last five years. Michael is a trusted adviser to Australian governments, financiers and operators for expert advice in the development, financing and structuring of major cornerstone projects and transactions. 

Michael is a former member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia. Prior to establishing Paxon, Michael worked in Investment Banking and Project Finance, in Australia and the USA.

Assoc Prof Christine Dennis

LMFCHSM CHE BA NURSING MHSM DBA Branch Councillor Director

Associate Professor Christine Dennis has held senior executive roles in government and health services in South Australia, Victoria and Northern Territory. Prior to joining Flinders University in July 2019, Christine was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and ACHS International.

Initially training as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife in the South Australian health system, Christine has over forty years’ experience in health service management, strategic and operational planning, quality and safety systems and, in leading and implementing change in complex health care organisations.

Over the past 10 years, Christine has also has demonstrated capacity to draw on her clinical and management experience in the delivery of excellence in teaching and education. This subsequently led to her appointment as Director of Healthcare Management Programs in the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University and then as Deputy Dean Rural and Remote Health SA in the College of Medicine and Public Health.

In 2018, Christine was elected as a founding member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety (IAQS) and also received Life Membership of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Cathy Cooney

Branch Councillor Director

Cathy was appointed President of ACHSM-Aotearoa in June 2021. She is the Director of Kowhai Health Associates Limited, a health consultancy company established 2012. She has been involved with ACHSM-Aotearoa (formerly NZ Institute of Health Management) since 1998 and completed her ACHSM Fellowship in 2010.

Cathy is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, the Chief Executive of Lakes District Health Board from 2001 to 2012 and the Director of Nursing and Midwifery from 1994-2000. She has a background in governance, health sector leadership, executive management, public health nursing and community development.

Cathy is currently the Chair of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology; Chair of interRAI NZ Governance Board; Independent Facilitator Kaiāwhina (non-regulated) Workforce Plan; a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal; Co-Chair for Healthy Families Rotorua; a member of Institute of Directors; and a Fellow and Censor of the College of Nurses, Aotearoa. She is also very involved in her local community including as a Judicial Justice of the Peace.

Cathy was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards for her contribution to health and the community.

Angela Magarry

Branch Councillor Director

Ms Angela Magarry is a public policy specialist in the Austalian healthcare system. She holds tertiary qualifications in public administration and public policy and is a former clinician with specialist qualifications in acute care (renal). Angela has significant experience in the public, private and non profit sectors including as a policy adviser to a Federal Minister for Health.

In 2020 Angela helped lead the pandemic response for specialist medicine. This resulted in her pursuing a masters in pandemic preparedness and response at the University of London School of Tropical Medicine.

In 2023 she returned to the public service and is currently leading health workforce strategy in the ACT. Angela is a Fellow ACHSM, currently a councillor on the ACT Branch and its former President. Angela is a founding Director of HandnHand Services Ltd, a national charity focussed on providing early intervention, non-clinical peer support services to all healthcare workers. Angela is a published author and for fun watches the stars as an astronomer. 

Prof Len Notaras AO

Branch Councillor Director

Professor Leonard Notaras is the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) (2009-2014, 2016-2017). Professor Notaras was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Department of Health in April 2014. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) (2009-2014). For more than 16 years he also held the positions of Medical Superintendent at Royal Darwin Hospital, General Manager and Principal Medical Consultant.

Professor Notaras holds degrees in Medicine, Law and Arts (Hons) and Commerce and has Masters in History and Hospital Management. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and is a former ACHSE NT President. He was directly involved in the development of the NT Clinical School, as well as the NT Pharmacy School, and was closely involved in the vision that saw the creation of Australia’s NCCTRC.

Professor Notaras was appointed as a government representative on the ACHS Board in 2002 and was Vice President from 2015 to 2017. He was elected ACHS President in May 2017. He has also been on the Board of Directors for ACHS International since 2009. He was also conferred Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) in October 2022.

Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson

Branch Councillor Director

An active member since 2010, Karen undertook the ACHSM Fellowship Exam in 2015.In 2017 she was elected to NSW Branch Council and led the NSW Branch ACHSM Mentor Program portfolio. In 2018 Karen was elected Vice-President and in 2019 elected President of NSW Branch Council. Karen brings a depth and breadth of health management experience.

Karen is currently employed as the Director of Capability and Culture with the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission. Previous to this appointment, Karen has held executive and management posts within the fields of Policy, Education, Leadership, Practice Development, Governance, Strategy and Performance.

Karen has Advisory Board experience within government and the corporate sector. Karen is committed to lifelong learning and is currently a PhD candidate with UTS Health.

Adam Stormont

Branch Councillor Director
Senior Program Manager, Community Hospitals at Western Health

Adam provides leadership for the commissioning and operationalisation of the Sunbury Community Hospital and new Point Cook Community Hospital at Western Health.

He has over 20 years of public health experience in Australia. He has held roles as a clinical pharmacist, project manager and program director within the Victorian health system.

He has led the implementation of transformational change in the form of electronic medical records in several health services and has also published on this topic. He also has experience in health service commissioning and workforce planning.

He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Health Services Management from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

He has a keen interest in improving the equity of health care delivery and experience for disadvantaged parts of the population.

He is passionate about developing emerging leaders to enable the health system to be sustainable and effective into the future. 

Prof Andrew Way AM

Additional Director

Andrew Way has served as Alfred Health’s Chief Executive since 2009.

Andrew’s focus is on improving access, ensuring high quality, safe services with low mortality, within a strong financial framework and research supportive environment. Alfred Health is now seen as a leader in these areas.

Andrew led the development of Victoria’s first Academic Health Science Centre – Monash Partners, now an accredited NHMRC Advanced Health and Research Translation Centre. He was appointed as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University in 2015.

Andrew is also a Director of other health related organisations and is a member of several government and other advisory groups. Prior to his relocation to Melbourne in 2009, Andrew had an extensive career in the NHS in the UK, latterly as CEO of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust.

Cam Ansell

Additional Director

Appointed to the board in 2022. Cam is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Ansell Strategic with over 25 years’ experience in the aged care sector across Australia, US, Asia, and New Zealand. He has led major studies advising Government and the industry on policy, financial viability, and sustainability. As an advisor he has undertaken comprehensive financial and operational reviews of retirement and aged care services and performed detailed market metric reviews that have assisted providers to identify market opportunities for capital development and redevelopment projects.

Cam has been responsible for a number of mergers and partnerships between charitable entities and has been integral in some of the largest transactions in aged care. His experience, knowledge, and advice on changing trends in seniors’ accommodation, care services and international aged care systems have led him to be recognised as a thought leader in the sector.

Kate Plowman

Additional Director

Kate is a partner of MinterEllison, one of Australia’s largest law firms and a leading advisor to the health sector.

Kate acts for Australian hospital and health care providers (both public and private), as well as governments, colleges and insurers on a range of commercial, strategic and litigious matters.

Kate advises both in development and operational facets of health services, as well as dealing with disputes, employment matters, safety, quality and governance frameworks, and commercial and contracting matters.

Kate’s experience includes advising on the operational aspects of Australia’s largest health services projects and high-profile professional misconduct matters.

Dr MA Hok Cheung

MBBS (HK) 1979, DCH (LOND) 1983, MRCP (UK) 1984, FHKCP 1993, FHKAM (MEDICINE) 1993, FRCP (EDIN) 1996, FHKAM (Community Medicine) 2001, FHKCCM 2001, FRCP (LOND) 2001
President, Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives (HKCHSE)

Dr MA started his healthcare career in 1980 when he joined the United Christian Hospital (UCH) as a medical officer. He rose up the medical career path over the years through the posts of Senior Medical Officer, Medical Consultant, Chief of Service, and was finally promoted to the post of General Manager of Clinical Services of the same hospital in 1991.

Dr MA changed his career to hospital administration when the Hong Kong Hospital Authority (HA) was established in December 1991, and was appointed the Hospital Chief Executive (HCE) of Ruttonjee Hospital (RH) in January 1996, and later HCE of Tang Shiu Kin Hospital (TSKH) in 1998. Dr MA was rotated to the post of HCE of Caritas Medical Centre in 2008. He has also served as part time lecturer in many advanced management training programs for healthcare professionals organized by universities and professional colleges over the past 20 years. He had also served as Censor for the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (Administrative Medicine Branch) from 2012 to 2014, and Program Director of the Dual Fellowship Program of the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives from 2008 to 2018. He retired from the HA in August 2014, and was invited by the Board of Directors of Kiang Wu Hospital, Macau to serve as Hospital Director of Kiang Wu Hospital, and stayed in post for 6 years.

He returned to Hong Kong to join the Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer between August 2020 and July 2023. His latest appointment is Chief Medical Officer (Clinical Services) of UMP, a publicly listed healthcare enterprise of Hong Kong.

Dr MA has been recipient for the Gold Medal Award of the Australian College of Health Service Executives for Leadership and Achievements in Health Services Management in 2012, and the Decoration of Honour for Community Services by CE of Macau SAR in 2018.

Catherine Chaffey

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine has a substantial executive background at CEO / GM level with particular expertise across all sectors of adult education and association management – from strategic consulting, business management and development through to research and industry policy advice. 

Prior to taking on the role of CEO of ACHSM in November 2013, Catherine was employed as General Manager within the Workforce division of ASX-listed education business Navitas. She was a Board Member of the NSW Vocational Education and Training Board for 7 years.

Annual General Meeting

20 Sep 2022

Minutes Annual General Meeting 20 Sep 2022

26 Oct 2021

Minutes Annual General Meeting 26 Oct 2021

27 Oct 2020

Minutes Annual General Meeting 27 Oct 2020

8 Oct 2019

Minutes Annual General Meeting 8 Oct 2019

18 Sep 2018

Minutes Annual General Meeting 18 Sep 2018

26 Sep 2017

Minutes Annual General Meeting 26 Sep 2017

25 Oct 2016

Minutes Annual General Meeting 25 Oct 2016

27 Oct 2015

Minutes Annual General Meeting 27 Oct 2015

23 Sep 2014

Minutes Annual General Meeting 23 Sep 2014

Committee terms of reference

Board executive committee

Terms of Reference Board Executive

Audit and risk committee

Audit and Risk Committee Terms of Reference

Awards committee

Terms of Reference National Awards Committee

Congress coordinating committee

Terms of Reference National Congress Committee

Fellowship committee

Terms of Reference Fellowship Committee

Governance committee

Governance Committee Terms of Reference

College education committee

Terms of Reference College Education Committee

Nominations committee

Nominations Committee Terms of Reference