Health Service Board

The Health Services Bill 2016 was enacted on 1 July 2016 to establish Western Australia's Health Services as separate, board-governed statutory authorities.

This involved establishing the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) as a separate statutory authority, governed by a Board that is legally responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, high-quality, efficient and economical health services to its local community.

The EMHS Board is legally responsible and accountable for the oversight of EMHS hospitals and health services and is chaired by Mr Ian Smith PSM.

The EMHS Board is comprised of highly capable and committed professionals with a diverse range of experience across the fields of medicine and health care, finance, law, and community and consumer engagement.

Board Members

Mr Ian Smith PSM
EMHS Board Chair

Ian Smith PSM has held various senior roles in WA Health, including Chief Executive of WACHS and the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) and has overseen multiple capital redevelopments of hospitals and health infrastructure. Mr Smith has extensive experience in delivering health services throughout regional WA including personal advocacy for the improvement of Aboriginal Health.

Mr Smith also chairs the Governing Council for the North Regional TAFE (Pilbara and Kimberley) and is a member of the Agency Management Committee for the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA).

He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service for the provision of health services in Western Australia over many years.


Ms Debra Zanella
EMHS Board Deputy Chair

Debra Zanella has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, with significant experience in senior leadership roles in health and community services, particularly in the area of complex needs.

Ms Zanella is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ruah Community Services, an organisation that provides a range of services to address circumstance of disadvantage and marginalisation in the community, including housing and homelessness, mental health and domestic violence.




Dr Denise Glennon
EMHS Board Member

Dr Denise Glennon is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and Geriatrician who established the Orthogeriatric service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Denise has spent the last decade embedding evidence based, best practice clinical care that has made SCGH Orthogeriatric Unit a leader in its field. Denise’s commitment to continual quality improvement includes helping design and implement projects such as the WA Hip Fracture Registry, WA Hip Fracture Premium Payment Scheme and Health Round Table Global Improvement Initiatives in Hip Fracture Care. Denise is also committed to improvements in the workplace such as equal opportunity and delivery of a safe working environment through membership of the AMA Sexual Harassment Taskforce. Denise is also actively involved in medical education at all levels including being an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.


Mr Peter Forbes
EMHS Board Member

Peter Forbes is a chartered accountant and has held roles including CEO of specialist medical indemnity mutual MDA National, Managing Director of its wholly owned insurer, MDA National Insurance and was a founding partner and former Managing Director of the WA branch of chartered accountants HLB Mann Judd. Mr Forbes was also a Director of LawCover (the NSW statutory insurer for NSW solicitors), Chairman of Victorian health fund provider Transport Health and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Local Government Insurance Scheme WA. In 2014 Mr Forbes was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Lions Eye Institute and was later elected Chair in early 2017. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Farmers Mutual Ltd and an external member of the Law Society of WA Professional Indemnity Insurance Management Committee.




Mr Ross Keesing
EMHS Board Member

Ross Keesing has worked in the health industry for 40 years, initially as a health facility architect and project director, then in a number of directorships and as an Assistant Commissioner for WA Health. Mr Keesing has experience managing WA metropolitan and regional health services, as well as private hospitals. As a consultant for nearly two decades, Mr Keesing has provided a wide range of tactical and strategic advice on health issues and directions to governments both in Australia and the Middle East.

Professor Kingsley Faulkner AM
EMHS Board Member

Kingsley Faulkner has worked in a range of clinical positions in both the UK and Australia. As well as his widely acclaimed surgical work, he has also contributed to the broader community and health sector through health advocacy, along with a range of teaching roles at the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame. Professor Faulkner received a Member of the Order of Australia award in 2006 for service to medicine and is also a Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine.



Mr Richard Guit
EMHS Board Member

Richard Guit is a partner in the infrastructure group at the global law firm Ashurst. With a diverse background in public-private partnerships and infrastructure, Mr Guit has extensive experience working with government agencies, investors and financiers across a range of infrastructure sectors. Mr Guit’s main area of focus is social and economic infrastructure and he has advised on health-related undertakings in Australia and the UK such as the development of new acute care hospitals and the implementation of primary care initiatives and clinical outsourcings.

Miss Laura Colvin
EMHS Board Member

Laura Colvin was the Director of Nursing and Midwifery from 2014 to 2017 at Subiaco Hospital, St John of God Health Care, where she was previously Director Inpatient Services from 2005. Previous roles have included Clinical Services Coordinator at Hollywood Private Hospital, Senior Investigator in the Office of Health Review and Director of Nursing at the Joondalup Health Campus. She has also held a variety of clinical nursing and midwifery and management roles in UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Miss Colvin is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and fellow of Leadership WA. Other engagement has included membership of the School of Nursing Advisory Boards for Curtin University and Notre Dame University.



Ms Amanda (Mandy) Gadsdon
EMHS Board Member

Mandy Gadsdon is currently Director of Collective Connections and Solutions, a consultancy business specialising in leadership development, and is also the Community Engagement and Funding Manager at the Wungening Aboriginal Corporation. She was Executive Director, Aboriginal Engagement and Coordination at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support from 2014 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer of the Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation from 2013 to 2014. Prior to this, Ms Gadsdon held management and executive roles in the Disability Services Commission, Department for Child Protection and Family Support and Department of the Attorney General.

Ms Gadsdon has held voluntary community and professional positions in the metropolitan area and Kimberley region.

Photograph of Pia TurcinovMs Pia Turcinov
EMHS Board Member

Pia Turcinov manages an extensive portfolio career and holds numerous director or non-executive director positions for a range of innovative information technology, business development and women’s network organisations. With qualifications in law and business management, Pia has more than 25 years of expertise in commercialising technological innovations and promoting entrepreneurship, technology and diversity. Pia currently serves as a Member on the Landgate Board, and as Industry Advisory Board Member for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Western Australia.

Last Updated: 02/07/2020