Our Leadership Team

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A/Prof Anthony Schembri AM

Chief Executive Officer

Adjunct Professor Schembri holds academic appointments with the University of New South Wales and Australian Catholic University. Anthony is a surveyor for the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards and Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

He is a director of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, National Centre for Clinical Research of Emerging Drugs of Concern; and Co-Chair of the Nursing Research Centre of Australian Catholic University / St Vincent’s.

As CEO, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, Anthony 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 Joseph’s Hospital Auburn. 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.


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Dr Marianne Vonau OAM

Director of Medical Services

The Director of Medical Services is accountable for overall leadership and management of medical governance and workforce issues as well as the clinical governance function across St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. The Director of Medical Services has responsibility for medical and clinical governance advice to the Executive Team.


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Mr Phillip Broughton

Executive Officer and Manager of Corporate Governance

Prior to coming to St Vincent’s in 2014, Phillip Broughton was a Senior Executive Officer at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s South West. Phillip has a background in Allied Health as well as Human Resource Management with a range of extensive experience in Occupational Injury Management and Vocational Rehabilitation, working in both public hospital and non-government agencies. Phillip has experience with Senior Claims Assessment with the Treasury Managed Fund managing large Public Hospital portfolios.

Phillip provides operational management support to the Chief Executive Officer and coordinates projects and reviews aimed at improving the operational efficiency and performance of St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Phillip manages the policy framework, processes and systems to ensure compliance with St Vincent’s corporate governance framework.


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Ms Sandra Clubb

Director of Human Resources

Sandra is a commercial and innovative People and Culture Leader with extensive experience across industry, having previously held the position of National Director, People and Organisational Development at Cavalry Health Care. A strong communicator, Sandra is able to influence boards, business partners and stakeholders to empower their teams to achieve individual and business goals. Highly motivated to make a difference, possessing a strong vision and insight into emerging issues and opportunities. Sandra is highly experienced in delivering on all aspects of the human resources function.

As Director of Human Resources, Sandra 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 Director of Human Resources provides professional human resource services that 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.


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Mr Steven Carr

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services

With an Economics degree and Masters in Environmental Law (Sydney) and an MBA (Accounting) Adelaide, Steven has spent over 25 years in the public and not for profit sector. CPA, CIMA and IPA qualified, his experience ranges from pure policy as the Director of Standing Committees with the Legislative Council through to CFO of several NSW Health Local Health Districts.

With a passion for delivering well managed and efficient business outcomes, he sits on the Finance Committee of NSW Ambulance Service, and is a Board Member of the Health Service Association, as well as his current responsibilities as CFO with St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

As the Director of Finance, Steven is responsible for providing effective financial management including budget preparation, fiscal performance monitoring and the overall leadership and management of finance across St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. This position provides professional financial services consistent with St Vincent’s Health Australia group wide financial strategy.


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A/Prof Anna Thornton

Director of Nursing SVHNS

Anna has held the position as the Director of Nursing of St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney since February 2018. Before this, Anna held the roles of Director of Nursing at Liverpool, Canberra, Prince of Wales Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospice and held senior nursing leadership positions at the Royal Hospital for Women, St George and Mt Druitt Hospitals. Anna led the development of the Essentials of Care Program whilst at Prince of Wales and also the state-wide implementation of the program in 2008. Her extensive experience is complimented by a Masters of Nursing Management.

Anna has particular interests in developing staff and creating contemporary health care environments that are patient centred and highly satisfying for nurses. She is very proud to be called a nurse and aspires that care at SVHNS is of the highest quality and delivered with compassion. Her concern for the wellbeing of the community is a driving principal behind her work.

As Director of Nursing Anna is responsible for the planning and development needs of the St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney Nursing service for the fiscal, organisational, physical and human resource. She works in conjunction with key medical, allied health and support staff to provide operational and strategic direction and advice on patient flow.


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Mr Matthew Kearney

Director of Mission

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 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 of Mission also has oversight of chaplaincy, pastoral & spiritual care, pastoral education, mission integration, staff mission formation and volunteer services across the network.


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Ms Abbie Clark

Director of Strategy and Planning

Abbie is a strategy and public policy professional with experience in government, private sector consulting and the not for profit sectors. Abbie previously led Advocacy and Corporate Affairs for the St Vincent’s Health Australia Group, and joined the St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney executive in 2019. 

Prior to this, she held roles in the federal Government - in the public service and as Chief of Staff to a Cabinet Minister - and in strategy and policy consulting for public sector and NGO clients.  Abbie started her career in a NFP community housing organisation and has a deep commitment to social justice in line with our Mission at St Vincent’s. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (UNSW) and a Masters of Public Policy (ANU). 

As the Director of Strategy and Planning, Abbie oversees strategy, health service planning and strategic partnerships across the Network. Abbie supports the Executive team to set, and embed, strategic decisions across the organisation.


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Ms Margaret Lazar

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.


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Prof Abdullah Omari

Executive Clinical Director

Abdullah is a dedicated Vascular Medicine Specialist with academic appointments as a Professor for his work in the area of Vascular Medicine. He is the only doctor in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded certification by the American Board of Medicine (ABVM), an independent organisation dedicated to the certification of qualified vascular medicine physicians. He holds MBBS (Hons), MMED, PhD, FRACP, DDU (Vascular), FACP, Amer. Board. Vasc. Med, FSVM and FACC qualifications.

Abdullah is actively involved in the teaching of medical students, junior doctors, and specialist trainees. He is a university examiner of medical students, a specialist examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and an examiner for the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine.

As Executive Clinical Director, Abdullah is responsible for the provision of independent advice on all matters relating to clinical practice. The purpose of the position is to better support local decision making and the adoption of innovation and improved models of care. The Executive Clinical Director co-chairs the Network Clinical Council with the Chief Executive Officer.


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Mr Todd McEwan

Director of Acute Care Services

Todd McEwan is the Director of Acute Care Services, providing effective leadership to the Acute Care Services and Support professions across the organisation. The position ensures the development and implementation of the clinical scope of practices for the relevant professional groups, supported by appropriate standards and professional development strategies in consultation with other Executive Directors.

Todd has a background as a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) as well as an MBA in Organisational Behaviour.  He has been leading large organisations or part thereof in the Tertiary / Quaternary Acute care sector at an executive level for over 17 years, with his previous roles including Chief Operating Officer for Central Adelaide LHD (SA Health), Director of Clinical Operations for the Acute Hospital Network (Hunter New England LHD, NSW), and General Manager of John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle (Hunter New England LHD, NSW).


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Mr David Faktor

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.



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Ms Pauline Deweerd

Director of Aboriginal Health

Pauline is a proud Yuin lady, born in Sydney and raised on the far South Coast of 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.


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Ms Ruth Hood

Senior Legal Counsel and Manager of 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.


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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.


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Emeritus Professor Terry Campbell AM MD DPhil FRACP

Director of Research

Terry Campbell is Director of Research at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney (since 2013). He recently retired from the positions of Professor of Medicine and Head of the UNSW Department of Medicine at St Vincent's Hospital (1998-2017), and Deputy Dean of Medicine at UNSW (2006-17).

He is a clinical cardiologist who trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital and in Pharmacology at Oxford University.  He was Director of the Coronary Care Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney from 1991 to 1999. His own research has encompassed both basic laboratory research in cardiac pharmacology and clinical cardiology, and he has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in these fields.

At SVHNS, he currently Chairs the Drug and Therapeutics Committee, the New Investigations and Procedures Advisory Committee and the Bioethics Committee. At the Federal government level, he is currently Chair of the Prostheses List Advisory Committee.


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Mr Dominic Le Lievre

Director of Integrated Care

The Director of Integrated Care has responsibility for leading, developing and overseeing the coordination of SVHNS Strategic Framework for Integrated Care consistent with the NSW State Health Plan’s Direction Three: Delivering Truly Integrated Care and the Ministry of Health’s Integrated Care Goals and Strategies. This position drives the key integrated care initiatives and development of new models of care across the full spectrum of service delivery. The Director of Integrated Care has responsibility for developing opportunities for service integration between the three industry sectors: profit, not for profit and Government.



Ms Charlotte Birchall

Acting Director of Clinical Governance

The Director provides high level expert advice to the Chief Executive on all clinical governance issues and works collaboratively with other members of the Network Executive to analyse, maintain and improve patient safety and clinical quality systems across the Network.


Ms Caroline Smith

Manager of Finance and Operational Efficiency

The Manager of Finance and Operational Efficiency SVHNS is a senior member of the Finance Team reporting to the Chief Financial Officer & Director Corporate Services. They are responsible for providing comprehensive advice to the Chief Financial Officer and Director Corporate Services, Chief Executive, Executives and managers on all aspects of the financial operations of the public hospitals, including opportunities for growth, identifying risks and efficiency improvements.