The Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd constitution is a set of fundamental principles by which we are governed.
Cobaw is governed by a Board of Directors:
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 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.
Andrew Hynson is a Strategy and Program Consultant with deep experience in both developing strategy and delivering highly complex, challenging projects using analytically backed innovative approaches. Andrew has an Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Melbourne and has worked in Australia and Europe in a wide range of roles in the fields of product development, manufacturing and business consulting. Andrew was previously a Member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Automotive Engineers (Australasia).
Andrew is also a Founder and Director of Great Place Australia (GPA), a social enterprise focused on enabling communities and organisations to work together to develop meaningful local strategies. GPA’s initial focus is in the Macedon Ranges area.
Donna Fabris joined the Board in 2010 and has lived and worked in the Macedon Ranges for over 11 years. Donna is a Managing Director of a Mobile Healthcare Assistance Company and operates a family owned boutique coffee roasting business locally. Donnna’s career spans over 25 years in the healthcare industry as a Senior Manager with Ambulance Victoria and various state tertiary hospitals. Donna’s broad experience and achievements include general management, project management, auditing, volunteer management, recruitment and lecturing.
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.
Michael Quinn has had over 20 years consulting and operational experience in all aspects of the aged care and retirement housing industry. This followed a 10 year career in management and IT consulting to the health care sector and other service industries. Michael has been a regular commentator on industry trends and issues in articles and conferences. He represented the residential aged care sector on the Myer Inquiry: 2020 A Vision for Aged Care and has been a Director of the National Industry Association. He also lectured for 10 years at Victoria University in Financial Management.
Priscilla Seyfort has lived in the Macedon Ranges for the past 21 years and is keen to make 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 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 Selkirk Group, 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.