About us

Our board members

Board member application and requirements

With a new strategic plan recently endorsed by the Board, the Foundation is looking for 3 new Board Directors to be part of the next phase of growth and progress for the Foundation.  Applications close November 29.

Meet our Board

​Karen Bolinger, Chair

Karen was appointed the Chair of Western Health Foundation in September 2019. Most recently she was the Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention Bureau from 2011 to 2019. Prior to that, she held a number of senior executive roles in various organisations across not for profit and commercial entities, along with board positions at local and international level.

Dr Susan Alberti AC (currently on leave of absence)

Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, newly appointed Director of the National Australia Day Council, a former Western Bulldogs Board Member and Founding Director of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation. Susan is the Co Founder and CEO of the DANSU Group.

Robyn Batten

Robyn joins the Western Health Foundation Board after being elected as Chair of the Western Health Board in July 2020. With over 25 years of Executive and Board experience, across a wide range of industries both nationally and internally, Robyn brings a commercial focus and strategic expertise in areas such as strategic and innovative thinking, business performance and improvement, technology transformation and infrastructure development and management. Robyn is currently a Director of Uniting Victoria and Tasmania, The Australian Psychological Society, East Melbourne PHN and Chair of Leap in! Australia.

Glenn Hay GAICD

Glenn is the Chief Operating Officer of Plenary Group, responsible for the construction, delivery and ongoing asset management of Plenary's public infrastructure portfolio. Glenn also Chairs various project-specific Boards including Casey Hospital, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Biosciences Research Facility and Queensland Schools. Glenn is also a Director of the Western Roads Upgrade and High Capacity Metro Trains Boards. 

A lifetime Sunbury local, Glenn has supported various supporting clubs as volunteer, club official or sponsor, and is a proud supporter of the Western Bulldogs and Sunbury Lions Football Netball Clubs. He was appointed to the Foundation Board in January 2019.

Adjunct Prof ​Russell Harrison

Russell was appointed Chief Executive of Western Health in October 2017, after almost five years in the role of Executive Director Operations. After commencing his career in Britain with a B.Sc in Applied Biology from John Moores University Liverpool, Russell has held numerous executive roles across multiple sectors from mental health, acute care and community care to a period as a Commissioner of Health Services.

Cr ​Cuc Lam

Cuc is a community leader and has been involved as a member and Chairperson on a number of local education and multicultural organisations. Having come to Australia as a refugee herself, Cuc's experience and passion led to her receiving a Public Service Medal for her contribution to migrant settlement and education services in the western suburbs of Melbourne. 

In 2018, Cuc became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. After assisting with the fundraising for the new Joan Kirner Women and Children's building in Sunshine Hospital, Cuc joined the Western Health Foundation Board in April 2019. Cuc recently served a term as the Mayor of Maribyrnong. Cuc has now returned to her public servant role, which she has held for more than 30 years, whilst concurrently maintaining her role as the Councillor of Stoney Creek. 

Jenny Sadler

Jenny Sadler has enjoyed a life-long association with McDonalds, starting from her first part time job as a school student, and progressing to today where she is the major franchise-holder in Melbourne's west, owning and operating nine local restaurants. Jenny is a hands-on business person, and is passionate about providing her 1000+ staff with the same opportunities for success that she was afforded. Her business success has resulted in multiple appearances and speaking roles at franchising and business expos across Australia and internationally.

A Williamstown resident, Jenny is also passionate about supporting her local community. This led in 2014 to her joining the fundraising efforts for the new children's ward at Sunshine Hospital, and in 2017 Jenny helped facilitate over $2M in community funding for the Heart of Williamstown Appeal, supporting some major upgrades to Williamstown Hospital. Jenny joined the Western Health Foundation Board in February 2018.

Travis Simkin

Travis is a chartered accountant with over 12 years of experience, specialising in providing financial assurance and advisory services to ASX listed and private equity backed businesses. His industry experience includes retail and wholesale consumer products, healthcare, construction and travel.

Steve DeBono

Has over 20 years experience in the Financial services sector.

Having joined Perpetual in March 2001, Steve is the Lead Partner with the Perpetual Private Client Advisory team in Melbourne.

Steve holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning. He joined the financial services industry in 1999; his previous roles and experience include Investment Consultant, Private Client Advisor, Advice Manager and State Practice Leader.

Steve is available for all key interactions, presentations and strategic review meeting. He has extensive experience dealing with not-for-profit and high net worth clients. He is a highly proficient and experienced senior manager within the Financial Services Industry, with extensive experience in transforming advice delivery and client promoter scores within a National Private Client Wealth Management business. Steve is a recognised leader and coach with proven success of developing high performance teams that are client centric and a strong track record in being influential in scoping and leading strategic change within an advice business.

Steve sits on the Community Council for Blue Ribbon Day, a fundraising event for Police remembrance in Victoria, and is also a board member of the Western Health Foundation.

Our Attendees

Suellen Bruce

Suellen is the Executive Director People, Culture and Communications at Western Health. Throughout her career, Suellen has been committed to supporting quality patient care, initially as a nurse and later, through her development of skills in workforce planning and people services, across both NSW and Victoria.

Julia Harper

Julia has been Director of the Western Health Foundation since September 2021. Julia is a well-established leader in the health sector with a background in hospital management, health sector consulting and was recently CEO of one of the medical colleges across Australia and New Zealand. Julia has a strong interest and experience in governance, strategy and organisational performance.