Message from the CEO


Having commenced as CEO in 2012, I am assisted by Cheryl Nickels-Beattie as Director Business Services & Performance, Jo Cavill as Director Clinical Services and Anne Daley as Asst. Director Quality & Service Development. The members of the executive team are all very experienced in health service management and are committed to making Seymour Health a leading health service responsive to the health needs of the community.

Priorities for Seymour Health are strengthening the foundations of the organisation with a focus on providing safe quality services was a clear priority, and establishing a culture of trust and communication with the staff, stakeholders and the community was important.  Maintaining our communication with our patients, residents, stakeholders and the community is a third major priority.

Ensuring financial and service sustainability has been a complex priority. The Board and the executive undertook a process to understand the financial position of the organisation, the fundamentals of the budget and operating position and to make decisions about future expenditure priorities.  The expenditure priorities included replacing much needed medical equipment, some which had become outdated, ensuring employee entitlements were correct and paid and redirecting funding to support service provision.

The Board has committed to a process of improving its engagement and communication with the community with the establishment of a Community Reference Committee.  There has been significant community interest in the committee with the initial membership comprising nine members who represent a broad cross section of individual and community interests and views.

These three major priorities of “safe quality services”, “engagement and communication” and “resource and service sustainability” will form the basis for the development of the next strategic plan.

Seymour Health welcomes your feedback and comments on our service; either in person, by phone (5793 6100), fax (5793 6335) or email to

Chris McDonnell
Chief Executive Officer