Board members

Peter Loxton_Web

Mr Peter Loxton, Chair

Mr Loxton has an extensive background with 40 years’ experience in the public sector, including 26 years in senior management roles. He spent more than ten years as Assistant Director General in the Department of Premier and Cabinet acted as Director General in five agencies and spent 16 years in executive roles with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Mr Loxton is enthusiastic about being actively involved with ideas, innovation, strategy, leadership and communication, to make important things happen.

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Professor Maree Gleeson OAM, Board Member

Professor Gleeson has a wealth of experience in health, research and innovation. She is an immunologist who has held leadership and professional positions in health services, health policy, academia and medical research.

Professor Gleeson is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle. She is a non-executive director on several boards including the Central Coast Local Health District board and the Hunter Valley Research Foundation. She is also the chair of the Central Coast Local Health District Research Committee and is on the National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Advisory Committee. 

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Dr Michael Legg, Board Member

Dr Legg is a health informatician who first trained as a scientist and researcher in physiology and pathology. He has been a successful leader in the Australian health sector for more than 25 years with CEO roles in small, medium and large not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. 

Dr Legg is the Chair of the Informatics Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and Member of the Academic Board for Bioinformatics of the European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine. 

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Professor Nicholas Hawkins, Board Member

Professor Nicholas Hawkins is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia with specialist qualifications in Anatomical Pathology. He is currently a conjoint professor in the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Sydney, and leads the Biomedical Education Skills and Training (BEST) Network of online biomedical educators. He was Director of the Office of Medical Education at the University of Queensland from 2016-2019, and before that served as Head of the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Australia (2008-15).  He has a track record of innovation in teaching and in the field of research, Nick has brought his training in molecular and cellular biology, and his professional expertise in Anatomical Pathology and to the problem of colorectal cancer, with over one hundred publications  in the fields of gastroenterology, pathology and cancer research.

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Dr Nigel Lyons, Board Member

Dr Nigel Lyons has over 30 years’ experience in the NSW Health system as a clinician, manager and executive. As Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning at the NSW Ministry of Health he is responsible for strategic health policy development, inter-jurisdictional negotiations and funding strategies, system-wide planning of health services including mental health and setting the direction for child and family health policy.

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Mr Darren Turner, Board Member

Darren has over 30 years experience in the provision of professional auditing, accounting and advisory services to various sectors including health, not for profit, government, financial services, technology, mining and industrial.

In his role as Partner at PwC, Darren was instrumental in the growth and success of the Newcastle office through his continuous focus on the local and national market. Darren led by example in his role as Markets Partner, facilitating city leadership, community and networking events to build the PwC brand and invest in the Newcastle community. Darren has cemented himself as a trusted business advisor to many of his long standing clients as evidenced by his involvement on numerous boards and in an advisory capacity.

Carmen Rechbauer

Ms Carmen Rechbauer, Board Member

Carmen has a background in both public and private enterprise and has been a senior leader in NSW Health for the past 20 years. She was the first member of the founding team that built Health Support, the organisation that would mature into HealthShare NSW. 

As the Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW, she is honoured to lead that state wide organisation of more than 6,000 employees, the largest public sector shared services organisation in Australia. Carmen holds a Masters of Business Administration, was recognised in the Top 50 Women in NSW Public Service for 2018 and is the recipient of the Davidson Leadership Acceleration Program Scholarship for 2018. She is a resilient professional who is passionate about HealthShare NSW’s mission in providing superior shared and support services to NSW Health.

Jason Ardler

Mr Jason Ardler PSM, Board Member

Jason is an Aboriginal man of the Yuin nation of the South Coast of NSW. He has 15 years’ experience in senior executive roles in the NSW public sector, including nearly a decade in Aboriginal Affairs where he set a new vision and strategic direction.  Jason's success stems from an ability to see the big picture; inspire purpose, challenge existing narratives and ways of working; be resilient in the face of setbacks; and deliver results. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for outstanding public service to Indigenous people in NSW.