Name Title
Liz MacLeod Chief Executive
Brad Sebbes Executive Director Corporate Services / Finance
Sandra Miller Executive Director Safety, Quality and Consumer Engagement
Karen McMenamin Executive Director Clinical Service Planning and Population Health
Philip Aylward Executive Director Procurement and Contract Management (Bureau Joint Area Service)
Anne-Marie Presho Director Office of the Chief Executive
Shae Seymour Executive Director Armadale Kalamunda Group
Aresh Anwar Executive Director Royal Perth Bentley Group
Mark Platell Area Director of Clinical Services
Maha Rajagopal Area Director of Nursing
John Buchanan Area Director of Allied Health and Health Sciences

Executive biographies

Liz MacLeod
Chief Executive

Liz MacLeod is the Chief Executive of the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS), a statutory health authority in Western Australia. In this role she is responsible for the delivery of health services from population based prevention programs through to tertiary level services for a population of over 708,000 people in Perth’s eastern metropolitan region.

Prior to this role 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 over the last 10 years with particular experience in leading complex transformational change, clinical planning and health service redevelopment within the health environment.

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.

Brad Sebbes
Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Services

Brad Sebbes has held the role of Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Services since the establishment of EMHS, where he has played a key role in the formation of the financial and corporate structures for the health services.

Brad has more than 45 years experience in both the public and private health care sectors in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and has most recently held executive roles with the South Metropolitan Health Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital design, construction and commissioning phases, following a role as the Chief Executive Officer at the Mount Hospital.

Brad has a strong focus on financial performance and sustainability, and quality management, having completed a Bachelor of Health Administration at the University of New South Wales, along with additional studies in quality management, senior executive development and authentic leadership programs.

Sandra Miller
Executive Director, Safety, Quality and Consumer Engagement

Sandra Miller was appointed as the Executive Director Safety, Quality and Consumer Engagement at EMHS in late 2016, following six years in a similar leadership role with the North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS), with oversight of the governance programs for patient safety and quality, risk management and audit and an active member of the health service executive.

During her time in WA Health, Sandra has held a number of strategic and operational roles in public WA hospitals and health services with a focus on health reform and governance, staff and consumer engagement, continuous improvement and accreditation, and has represented WA in the review of national safety and quality standards. Sandra led the establishment of the Safety and Quality Units at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Sandra graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Information Management and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Epidemiology and Biostatistics). In 2016 she completed the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sandra has a keen interest in the professional development and education of health service staff in the principles of continuous improvement and has been a guest lecturer with the School of Public Health at Curtin University.

Karen McMenamin
Executive Director, Clinical Services Planning, Strategy and Population Health

Karen McMenamin has held the role of Executive Director, Clinical Services Planning, Strategy and Population Health since the establishment of EMHS in July 2016. In this role, Karen oversees a range of functions for EMHS, including clinical services planning, Aboriginal health strategy, Aboriginal community programs, population health, health promotion, health strategy development and strategic mental health.

With a background in nursing, and more than a decade working in executive leadership roles in both the public and private health care sector, Karen has extensive experience in the delivery of high quality health care, and a strong focus on quality management, strategy, change and people management.

Prior to commencing her role at EMHS, Karen worked as a Service Co-Director for the Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group; Director of Nursing at the Mount Hospital; and Associate Director of Nursing at Cotham Private Hospital in Victoria.

Following completion of her nursing studies at Deakin University in Victoria, Karen has continued on to complete a Masters of Business Administration at the Curtin Graduate School of Business, in addition to training as a Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

Anne-Marie Presho
Director, Office of the Chief Executive

Anne-Marie Presho is a Director in the Office of the Chief Executive at EMHS and a member of the health service executive. After spending more than ten years working in the National Health Service in England, Anne-Marie moved to Western Australia in 2006 and has worked in a number of corporate roles across the North, East and South Metropolitan Health Services.

She has broad business experience with oversight of corporate governance, strategic management, project management and finance. Anne-Marie has held a voluntary board position for the past four years with the Health Services Family Association, and is a passionate advocate of supporting children with chronic disease.

Anne-Marie graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in England with an Honours Degree in Business and Economics and has just completed her Master’s Degree in Business with the Australian Institute of Business.

Shae Seymour
Executive Director, Armadale Kalamunda Group

Shae Seymour is currently the Executive Director of the Armadale Kalamunda Group which incorporates the Armadale Health Service, the Armadale Mental Health Service and Kalamunda District Community Hospital.

Ms Seymour was previously Director of Allied Health at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) and played a key role as part of the hospital’s Clinical Commissioning team overseeing the planning of 70 clinical services.

Prior to joining FSH, Ms Seymour was with the WA Health System Improvement Unit (HSIU) as a Program Advisor for the Four Hour Rule, ambulance ramping and outpatient reform projects.

She is a trained physiotherapist and has worked at the WA State Football Academy, Subiaco Football Club and Australian Institute of Sport AFL program where she successfully established state and national medical programs for WA youth footballers.

Ms Seymour also has a strong commerce background and has worked locally and internationally as an Accountant and Corporate Financial Controller.

Dr Aresh Anwar
Executive Director, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Dr Aresh Anwar is currently the Executive Director at Royal Perth Bentley Group and previously worked as a practicing Consultant in General Medicine and Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Prior to coming to Australia he worked as the Executive Medical Director in one of England’s largest National Health Service Trusts.

Dr Anwar has led on change programs delivering new models of care including consultant delivered acute integrated care. He has also led on many collaborative projects leading to new obesity services and specialist antenatal services.

His spare time is devoted to his family, following cricket and updating his ever popular twitter postings - most recently reaching a peak of 59 followers.

Dr Mark Platell
Area Director of Clinical Services

Dr Mark Platell has held the role of Area Director of Clinical Services for EMHS since July 2016, where he is responsible for the operational and strategic leadership of clinical functions across the health service.

Mark has worked within the Western Australian public health system for nearly four decades, following graduation from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS). He has held senior leadership roles throughout WA Health, including Executive Director of Medical Services at the South Metropolitan Health Service, Executive Director of Fremantle Hospital and Health Services, and Executive Director of Clinical Services at the North Metropolitan Health Service.

Mark has also worked as a lecturer in Medical Informatics at Curtin University, as a Medical Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and a Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Maha Rajagopal
Area Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Maha Rajagopal was appointed the Area Director of Nursing and Midwifery for EMHS in July 2016. As a senior health service executive, Maha provides leadership across a number of essential portfolios including nursing education, training, credentialing and research. With a background in providing expert guidance, Maha also advises the Chief Executive and Executive Directors on strategic clinical matters related to patient care, clinical priorities, workforce models and mental health.

For more than 20 years Maha has held senior leadership roles with Royal Perth Hospital. From late 2012 through to 2015, Maha was the Commissioning Lead responsible for leading Royal Perth Hospital in the transitioning of services to Fiona Stanley Hospital, as well as the decommissioning of Shenton Park Hospital. This unique opportunity provided Maha with a greater understanding of the various areas of specialty, and the requirements and resources needed to support the establishment and operation of these areas.

With an ethos of continuous improvement, Maha’s collaborative approach in the development, review and implementation of effective nursing policy, forward planning and strategic direction has resulted in tangible improvements in patient services at EMHS.

In July 2011, Maha was awarded the Adjunct Associate Professor from Curtin University which recognised her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery healthcare in Western Australia. Maha also holds a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Nursing from Edith Cowan University.

Maha has co-published a number of nursing research clinical care papers, and is the Chair of the Nursing Research Foundation which facilitates opportunities to further clinical nursing research. In addition, Maha sits on the Advisory Boards for Curtin University School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, and Notre Dame University School of Nursing and Midwifery. Maha has been a guest lecturer at universities and hospitals in her home country of Malaysia and enjoys sharing her expertise and gaining learnings from Malaysia.

John Buchanan
Area Director of Allied Health and Health Sciences

Adj. Associate Professor John Buchanan is the Area Director of Allied Health and Health Sciences at EMHS, and Director of Allied Health for the Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG). John holds a strong focus on research and strategic development, and has led a number of reform projects across clinical services to achieve more efficient models of care and better safety and quality outcomes.

John is a Physiotherapist with a higher degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has worked within the health sector for 37 years (RPBG, Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of Health, WA Country Health Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and also at hospitals in the United Kingdom) with much of that time spent in a range of leadership roles at Royal Perth Hospital. He is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), and has held leadership roles within both the State and National offices of the APA, including National Vice President.

John has held long-term memberships of both Notre Dame and Curtin University’s External Advisory Board (Physiotherapy), and lectured on the under and postgraduate programs. He has also facilitated and supervised many RPH staff to obtain higher degrees and developed their research interests, and is an active researcher recently completing a 5 year clinical trial in Spinal Cord Injury across Australia and New Zealand as principal investigator (RPH). He retains a strong clinical interest in complex tertiary care and major trauma.