Governance

The Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd constitution is a set of fundamental principles by which we are governed.

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Cobaw is governed by a Board of Directors:

Riwka Hagen

Board Chair

Riwka Hagen

Riwka Hagen has broad and varied experience in the primary care sector having worked in the Macedon Ranges area for more than 20 years.
Riwka’s background includes business management at the Romsey and Lancefield Medical Centres, owner of Medical Business Services – providing advisory, consulting and training services to health businesses across the state, and as an accreditation assessor in General Practice. Riwka is currently General Manager at Gisborne Medical Centre.
With a background in diagnostic pathology, Riwka brings both clinical and business expertise.

Samantha Read

Deputy Chair

Samantha Read is based in Woodend and is committed to making a difference and achieving great outcomes for the community in which she lives. Samantha is currently employed as the CEO of a major national industry association and her career spans 25 years in the Australian steel, automotive, biofuel and chemistry industries. Samantha’s business experience is diverse and includes financial management, corporate affairs, government relations and policy, strategic planning, procurement, quality and research. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.). Samantha was a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Ian Colclough

Ian Colclough joined the computer industry after graduating in medicine from Monash University. As a medical practitioner, hospital administrator, and information technology specialist, Ian brings a diverse range of skills to the Board. His career, spanning over 30 years, has been predominantly involved with health information systems ranging through to research and development, strategic planning, business development, and sales and marketing, with some of the world’s largest computer companies in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Priscilla Seyfort

Priscilla Seyfort has lived in the Macedon Ranges for the past 24 years and enjoys making a valuable contribution to the community that she loves. Priscilla has worked in the area of family and children’s services for over 30 years and has extensive experience both as a service provider and in policy formulation, analysis and evaluation. She has had significant board experience and has a strong understanding of the importance of good governance. Priscilla brings to the Board significant skills as a practitioner, policy analyst and strategist, and also in community engagement, marketing and public relations. Priscilla has a Bachelor of Education (B Ed), Master of Education (M Ed) and a PhD (University of Melbourne).

Simon MeadowsSimon Meadows

Simon Meadows is a proud Macedon Ranges resident who enjoys being involved in the community, and volunteering his skills to assist in better health and lifestyle opportunities for others. Simon is currently CEO of Barker Trailers, Director at Tennis Victoria, and President of the Kyneton District Tennis Club. He is also involved in the Kyneton Ambulance Auxiliary. Simon has 15 years’ experience in senior management and extensive board experience, particularly in the areas of risk management, governance, change management, sales and marketing, and positive change development. Simon has a Bachelor of Business, a Bachelor of Arts and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bryan SmithBryan Smith

For the last 8 years Bryan Smith has been General Manager, Corporate Services for the Master Plumbers Association. Bryan has a strong background in financial management and corporate governance across the not for profit and corporate sectors. Bryan re-joined the Cobaw Board of Directors in November 2017 having previously served on the Board from 2011 to 2015. Bryan has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.

Kate Pryde

Kate Pryde has over 25 years’ experience in health care and community service management, in both the public and private sectors and is an active member of various community based service and advocacy organsations.  As a local resident she has a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of the community in ensuring that there are sustainable, community based, consumer focused services that are committed to developing and responding to the current and future needs of the area’s diverse and growing community.  Kate has a background in nursing, a Bachelor of Educational Studies and has an MBA in International Business.

Rosemary Ffrench

Rose Ffrench is a medical research scientist and her field of expertise is in infectious diseases, vaccines and diagnostics. She works at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne and lives in Kyneton. She also lectures at Monash University to biomedical science and medical students. She brings expertise in governance, ethics, strategic planning and program management. Rose has a strong commitment to achieving equity through better health for all, via access to quality healthcare, increasing community knowledge in preventative health and wellbeing measures, promotion of healthy ageing and providing evidence-based care in alcohol and drug counselling, child protection and mental health services. Rose’s qualifications include BSc(Hons), PhD and GradCertHEd.

Clare Sauro

Clare Sauro has worked extensively with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and individuals, believing in a client-centred approach underpinned by the values of respect and equity. Clare lives in Woodend with her family and places great importance in giving back to her community. She has worked as a principal lawyer, manager, and educator at Victorian based community legal centres as well as the Aboriginal legal service in the Northern Territory and in private practice. Clare brings to the organisation knowledge of community services as well as legal analysis, risk management, governance and community development skills. Clare has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws with Honours from Monash University and accreditation as a mediator.