Our Leadership Team


Anna McFadgen

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, Anna is accountable for the overall leadership and management of St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney which comprises St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Sacred Heart Health Service  and St Vincent's Correctional Health Service at Parklea Correctional Centre . The CEO leads St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney to deliver on its mission objectives by ensuring high quality, efficient and mission-based execution of day-to-day health service delivery, combined with a robust focus on continuous, balanced improvement.

The CEO strengthens the organisation’s values, its commitment to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and adherence to the Catholic Health Australia Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia through direct role modelling and major leadership decisions relating to strategy, policy, operational improvement and performance management.

chris ball crossed arms

Mr Chris Ball

Executive Director of Quality, Performance & Improvement

As Executive Director of Quality, Performance and Improvement, Chris is accountable for driving the delivery of quality, safety and service excellence across St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. This encompasses the development and implementation of quality initiatives and data-driven improvement approaches that improve patient outcomes, patient experience, staff experience and operational efficiency.

Chris brings a unique blend of both clinical and improvement expertise, with a proven track record in driving quality, safety, and service excellence within the healthcare industry. With an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, working at both local and state levels on priority projects that have changed the way healthcare is delivered. 


Phil Cunningham

A/Prof Philip Cunningham OAM

Deputy Executive Director of Research & Chief Operating Officer St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research

Associate Professor Philip Cunningham is Deputy Director of Research at St Vincent’s Health Network and Chief Operating Officer for the St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research. The Centre for Applied Medical Research is the peak medical research enterprise for St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst campus and provides world class research support and infrastructure. He is the Chief Scientist at the NSW State Reference Laboratory for HIV at St Vincent’s which plays a significant role in the diagnosis and management for people living with HIV and informing the Australian Government’s public health response. He has worked extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region strengthening clinical laboratory capacity and quality management systems as a technical advisor to Kirby Institute UNSW, WHO and the US CDC.

His research interests include public health surveillance of target priority populations at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, improving the demand for diagnostic testing. Philip was Vice President and Office holder Board of Directors for the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) for more than 9 years. He holds a conjoint appointment at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society at UNSW and was awarded the Order of Australia for services to medical research and sexual health medicine in the 2020 Queens Birthday Honours List..

4_Pauline Deweerd 37

Ms Pauline Deweerd

Executive Director of Aboriginal Health

Pauline is a proud Yuin lady, born in Sydney and raised on the far South Coast of NSW.  She completed her education and raised her family in Armidale NSW.

She began her career as a trainee drug and alcohol Nurse, with NSW Health before commencing with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) working to improve employment and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Following her employment with DEEWR, she joined the Australian Parents Council, facilitating a national training program to achieve better learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.

As Director of Aboriginal Health at St Vincent’s, Pauline drives the strategic direction of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health across all of the NSW facilities. She also directly supports in-patients and their families, believing that listening directly to the needs of Aboriginal people is the best way to learn how the health care system can better serve them.


Dr Rajdeep Ubeja

Acting Executive Director of Medical Services

As Acting Executive Director of Medical Services Raj is responsible for professional management and oversight of all medical staff within SVHNS. Within this role he is responsible for executive oversight of the Medical Workforce Unit and Sydpath.

Raj holds Fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He holds a Master of Health Policy and has special interests in digital health and virtual care, clinical governance, and comparative health systems analysis.

david website photo

Mr David Faktor

Executive Director of Public Affairs, Media & Communications

David is the key spokesperson for St Vincent’s facilities across NSW. He is regarded as a leading public affairs & communications specialist within the healthcare and biomedical research sectors and holds leadership roles in relation to communicating organisational cultural change as well as public health advocacy.

David’s primary role over the past two decades has been in both internal and external stakeholder engagement - promoting key organisational strategic objectives while overseeing risk-mitigation strategies. Prior to working at St Vincent’s, David was the Manager of Public Affairs at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne from 1998-2001. He also served on the Board of Management of WAYS Youth Services from 2011-2016, as a Board Director of Emanuel School from 2018-2019 and as a Board Director of Stretch a Family from 2021-2023.


Ms Katelyn Forster

Head of Strategy and Planning

Katelyn is the Head of Strategy and Planning at St Vincent’s Health Network in Sydney and forms part of the newly formed St Vincent’s Health Australia National Strategy and Planning team. Katelyn is involved in guiding, embedding and actioning strategic decisions and initiatives across the organisation in line with the organisations mission, vision and Strategy to 2030. With expertise in clinical service and capital planning in public health, aged care and community services, Katelyn is passionate about driving change in the health and aged care sector for a more sustainable and equitable future. 

13_Ruth Hood_ 19

Ms Ruth Hood

Executive Director of Legal and Risk

Ruth began her career as a nurse and then trained as a midwife, working as a clinician for many years before taking on various roles focussing on Infection Control and Communicable Diseases within the Queensland public health system.

Ruth gained another degree, this time in Law, from where she has pursued a new career path. Ruth subsequently spent 16 years as a lawyer in large law firms and in-house giving her a strong foundation and broad range of legal skills. 

Joining St Vincent’s in 2016, Ruth advises on all legal aspects of health care service delivery for St Vincent’s Health Network, and is committed to the optimisation of legal operations for the organisation, protecting both our staff and patients alike.


Mr Matthew Kearney

Executive Director of Mission and Inclusive Health

Matt holds Master’s degrees in Theology, Counselling, and is currently completing an MBA. After volunteering with a homelessness service as a young person,  Matt developed a passion for social justice, which lead him to work in leadership roles in Catholic education and healthcare organisations focused on serving the most vulnerable people in society. Matt draws great energy from the commitment of St Vincent’s to serve the local community. He is also involved in research investigating effective models for spiritual care in the diverse Australian context.

As Director of Mission and Inclusive Health Matt is responsible for the overall management and executive leadership of mission, social justice and inclusive health across St Vincent's Health Network Sydney in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values of St Vincent's Health Australia, inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus and the tradition of Mary Aikenhead. The Director also has oversight of chaplaincy, pastoral & spiritual care, pastoral education, mission integration, staff mission formation and volunteer services across the network.


Ms Margaret Lazar

Executive Director of Allied Health and Community Services

Margaret holds a Bachelors of Social Work from University of NSW, a Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia. She has had a career in major medical centres in the USA, focusing on operations and management in mental health, oncology and transplant. Recently, she was employed to establish an integrated centre at a cancer hospital and has been at St Vincent’s as Director of Allied Health since 2014.

As Director of Allied Health, Margaret is responsible for the planning and development needs of the St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney Allied Health service for the fiscal, organisational, physical and human resource. The Director of Allied Health works in conjunction with key medical, nursing and support staff to provide operational and strategic direction.

3_Shanthini Naidoo 63

Ms Shanthini Naidoo

CEO, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation

Shanthini is the CEO of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation which is the fundraising organisation for St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals in Sydney and Griffith.   Shanthini is responsible for leading the fundraising efforts of the Foundation to support the vision and mission of St Vincent’s Hospitals to deliver excellent and innovative patient care, lead clinical research and support workforce education initiatives.

The St Vincent’s Curran Foundation raises more than $30 million a year through donations and corporate support to enable St Vincent’s to undertake initiatives which are not government funded but ensure better outcomes for St Vincent’s patients.

Shanthini has more than 15 years leadership, marketing and fundraising experience gained in iconic Australian institutions. Her previous roles include Assistant Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Head of Fundraising at Taronga & Western Plains Zoos, and Director of Development and Marketing at the Sydney Opera House.   Shanthini has a Masters of Management (ANU) and Bachelor of Business Communications (QUT).  She also keeps her connection to the arts through her role as a Board Member of the Sydney International Piano Competition.


Ms Linda Patat

Chief Operating Officer
The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the network’s service delivery and operational performance. They have direct oversight of the Surgical, Cancer, Inner City Health, Heart Lung, Subacute and Medical streams and work with the stream management teams to ensure our patients receive the highest possible level of care, aligned with the values of compassion, justice, integrity and excellence.


Mr Rio Pun

Acting Executive Director of People and Culture

As Director of People and Culture, Rio is accountable for overall leadership and management of the human resources and work health and safety function across St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. The  Executive Director of People and Culture provides service to the operational streams and realise opportunities for consistency, efficiency, automation and back-up support for our workforce. He assists managers in conducting all operations relating to human resources and industrial relation functions including the provision of advice and support on performance management, support and intervention in disciplinary matters, advice about succession management and retention and industrial relations grievance resolution.


Mr Barry Mitrevski, B Comm (Econ), Dip. Acc, MBA, CPA

Director of Finance

Appointed in February 2024, Barry brings strong governance and rigour to St Vincent’s Hospital financial, strategy and operational management. Barry’s tertiary education was completed at the University of Wollongong and he holds a Master in Business Administration. He is also a qualified CPA.

Barry has more than 40 years’ experience in finance oversight including 35 years with NSW Health, predominantly with Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and Western Sydney LHD. He has worked with all levels of NSW Health and understanding the ‘needs of the business’ is the basis of his strategic and operational approach.

Barry is driven to ensure St Vincent’s Hospital is financially sustainable to deliver the best available healthcare to the people of Sydney.