The Board


Alan Castleman


B Comm., Dip Elec.Eng., FIE (Aust.), FAICG

Mr Castleman has been Chairman of the Australian Centre for Health Research Limited since its inception in 2005. Mr Castleman was also the Chairman of Australian Unity Limited since 1993 and a director of many of its subsidiaries until May 2012. He was a director of the Monash Medical Centre from 1992 – 1994 and Chairman of the National Ageing Research Institute Inc for 6 years and a director for 10 years. He has also served as a member and chairman of CSIRO advisory boards. Before 1993, his executive career was at BHP where he held a number of senior executive positions. Over the last 19 years he has been Chairman or a director of over 15 public or private companies outside the Australian Unity Group.


Glenn Barnes

Non-Executive Director

Chairman | Australian Unity Limited


Mr Barnes was appointed Chairman of Australian Unity Limited on 1 June 2012. He is chairman of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries and an ex-officio member of all other board committees. He is a professional director and consultant and is currently Chairman of Ansell Limited and a director of a number of private interest companies. Mr Barnes has 20 years of governance experience in banking and financial services, business information, consumer goods and the not-for-profit sector. He was involved in the packaged goods, banking and financial services sectors for over 30 years, as an executive, business leader and director in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Republic of Ireland, Japan and China. He has also held a number of regional and global leadership roles. Mr Barnes was previously a director of Lion Nathan Ltd.


Rebecca Bartel

Executive Director

Chief Executive | ACHR

Ms Bartel has extensive experience as a senior executive and health strategist across the corporate, government, professional, university, not-for-profit, research and hospital sectors. As the Managing Director of a specialist health and science communications agency for over a decade, she has achievements in the areas of governance and management, health innovation, public affairs, strategic policy, communications and program development. In 2014, Ms Bartel was awarded the Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship from the Office of Women’s Affairs. Ms Bartel is a graduate of the University of Sydney, and a winner of the H.M. Moran prize. A current board member of the Gasworks Foundation, she has been a committee member of numerous arts, health and community organisations.


Dr Paul Bates

Non-Executive Director

Chief Medical Officer, Australia and New Zealand | Bupa

Paul is a passionate healthcare advocate who is strongly focused on improving outcomes for consumers in line with Bupa’s reputation as a healthcare leader. Paul graduated from medicine with honours in 1985 and has practiced across a wide variety of fields, including paediatrics, obstetrics, accident and emergency, occupational medicine, surgery and sports medicine. Paul has a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (France), and has held senior health leadership roles in Europe, Asia and the United States. Prior to joining Bupa, Paul was the National Medical Director for Innovations at OptumHealth, one of the USA’s largest health and wellness companies. Throughout his career, Paul has developed a strong reputation for leading programs which improve healthcare quality and efficiency, help consumers make more informed healthcare decisions, and improve their engagement and knowledge of their condition.


Alan Kinkade

Non-Executive Director

Group Chief Executive Officer | Epworth HealthCare

Mr Kinkade was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Epworth HealthCare in December 2006. Mr Kinkade has over 28 years of senior and diverse health experience having held senior executive positions in the NSW public hospital system, the private health insurance industry and the private hospital sector. Over the years Mr Kinkade has served on many national committees and Government sponsored inquiries. Mr Kinkade has been instrumental in establishing three medical research institutes. Mr Kinkade has a financial background, holding a Bachelor of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Practicing Accountant and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate of the Australian College of Health Service Executives.


Kirsten Mander

Non-Executive Director

Chair | VARTA

Kirsten is an experienced businesswoman, director and lawyer. She has over 25 years’ experience in the private, government and not for profit sectors, working with some of Australia’s top companies including Australian Unity, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Smorgon Steel and Western Mining. She has worked extensively overseas in Asia, the Pacific and former Soviet Union.

Kirsten is Chair of the Victorian Reproductive Treatment Authority, Deputy Chair of the International Women’s Development Agency and a Director of rt Health, Swinburne University and the Consultative Council for Clinical Trial Research.  Former directorships include Director and Ethics Committee Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria and Victorian President of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.  Kirsten holds a Masters of Law from Melbourne University and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia.


Rohan Mead

Non-Executive Director

Group Managing Director | Australian Unity Limited

Mr Mead was appointed Group Managing Director of Australian Unity Limited on 1 July 2004. Mr Mead is chairman of Platypus Asset Management, deputy chair of Acorn Capital, a director of Seres Asset Management (Hong Kong) and a director of the Australian Centre for Health Research. He is a Chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Healthy Australia task force. Prior to joining Australian Unity, Mr Mead was employed by Perpetual Trustees Australia Limited (1996-2003) in a range of senior roles.


Dr David Phillips

Non-Executive Director

Research and Business Manager | Epworth HealthCare

BAgricSci (Hons), PhD, DSc

Dr Phillips completed his undergraduate training and PhD at The University of Melbourne and then held post-doctoral positions in New Zealand and Sweden. He was thereafter appointed to the Monash Institute of Medical Research at Monash University , became a Senior Scientist and was a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. Thereafter, David moved into research management and was Director, Research Services at La Trobe University before taking up the Research Director position at Paranta Biosciences, a small biotech start-up based in Melbourne. He has recently taken up his current role at Epworth HealthCare managing the Clinical Trials & Research Centre, along with supporting clinical research across the organization. He has been on the Council of the The Endocrine Society of Australia and was awarded a Doctor of Science from Monash University in 2009.


David Quilty

Non-Executive Director

Executive Director | Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Mr Quilty is Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. He commenced in this role in December 2012. Prior to this, Mr Quilty headed up his own consultancy providing strategic and policy advice to various companies and organisations. Mr Quilty’s previous experience includes various executive roles at Telstra Corporation and political roles in the Federal Government and Federal Opposition. He has served on a number of boards and has widespread experience dealing with a variety of political, media, industry and community stakeholders finding solutions to complex issues. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations.


Annette Schmiede

Non-Executive Director

Executive Director | Bupa Foundation

Annette Schmiede has worked in Australia’s health and aged care sectors for more than three decades. She has a broad knowledge and deep understanding of the complex policy and funding issues facing the provision of these services across state and federal jurisdictions particularly the acute, primary and community service sectors as well as aged care. Her working experience includes health service research, health service planning, governance and policy development. She has had advisory and leadership roles across a range of public, private and non- government organizations including a major contribution to the strategic development of catholic aged care services in Australia.

Annette is an economics graduate from the University of Sydney and is a member of the Australian College of Health Service Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Dr Michael Walsh

Non-Executive Director

Chief Executive | Cabrini Health


Dr Walsh was appointed Chief Executive of Cabrini Health, a Melbourne based Catholic Health service in December 2008. He was recruited from Doha, Qatar where he was Chief Executive of the National Health Authority. Prior to this, he worked in the English National Health Service as Chief Executive, South East London Strategic Health Authority. Prior to moving overseas Michael was Chief Executive of Bayside Health and The Alfred hospital, and held a range of senior positions in Victoria and Western Australia. He practised briefly in the field of Emergency Medicine, became a Fellow of the RACMA in 1990 and has over 20 years’ experience in health service policy and management, public and private sector, in several different countries. Dr Walsh is a Board member of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) and Catholic Health Australia. He is Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.