Liz MacLeod is the Chief Executive of the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS), a large organisation which provides health services to over 729,000 people in Perth’s east metropolitan region, as well as supports regional West Australians requiring complex care.
As Chief Executive, Liz is responsible for managing a $1.75 billion annual budget and leads a team of more than 9,350 staff.
Having extensive experience in complex transformational change meant Liz had an integral role in establishing EMHS as a new statutory authority within the WA public sector in 2016 and has successfully guided EMHS to become one of the highest performing and innovative health service providers in WA.
In addition, Liz continues to play a pivotal role in WA’s response to COVID-19, as the Chief Executive for COVID-19 Health Operations, where she leads the coordination and oversight of activities carried out by WA’s healthcare providers in response to the public health emergency.
Liz was recently recognised for her excellence in public service leadership when she was awarded the Leader of the Year working within a division, team or organisation at the 2021 Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Achievement Awards.
Prior to becoming the Chief Executive for EMHS, Liz was the Executive Director, Commissioning of Fiona Stanley Hospital where she had oversight and accountability for commissioning of the hospital. Liz has held senior leadership roles within WA Health during the past 10 years with particular experience in clinical planning and health service redevelopment.
With a background in physiotherapy and more than 20 years management experience in the health sector, Liz is passionate about the delivery of safe, high quality, consumer-centred care, financial performance and sustainability.