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).

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 more than 20 years, with significant experience in senior leadership roles in health and community services.

Ms Zanella is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ruah Community Services, an organisation providing services which address family and domestic violence, mental health, and housing and homelessness.

She has also served on a number of industry, sector and government boards and committees including leading the Department of Communities’ COVID-19 Incident Management Team, and as the current President of Western Australian Council of Social Services.




Dr Denise Glennon
EMHS Board Member

Dr Denise Glennon is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Consultant Geriatrician with extensive experience working as a clinician in Western Australian public hospitals. Dr Glennon has spent the last decade embedding evidence based, best practice clinical care that has made Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Orthogeriatric Unit a leader in its field. Dr Glennon is passionate about continual quality improvement in health care and has been involved in many state and national quality improvement projects. Dr Glennon is committed to a ensuring a safe and equitable workplace through her membership on the AMA Sexual Harasment Taskforce and is 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 the Non-Executive Chairman 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 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 through his numerous leadership roles, including being the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Chair of the Foundation for Surgery. He has also had 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 the AMA (WA) Award for Outstanding Service to Medicine in 2015.



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.

Ms Laura Colvin
EMHS Board Member

Laura Colvin is currently the Director Clinical Operations for Acute Care at Silver Chain. Prior to this she 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 organisational and leadership development, intercultural solutions, strategy, policy and Aboriginal employment. She has worked in Executive roles in both government and Aboriginal community organisations across a range of human service areas including child protection, disability, justice and employment and is an Independent Decision Maker in the Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Through her experience, knowledge and commitment to improving equitable access to health services, along with an ability to bring a unique lens around the integration of corporate, cultural, and clinical governance, Ms Gadsdon is committed to improving outcomes for Aboriginal people, and the community more broadly, through her role on the EMHS Board.

Ms Melissa Parke
EMHS Board Member

Melissa Parke has significant experience in Australian and international law, international relations, development, politics, humanitarian affairs, human rights and governance. She is currently a member on the UN Human Rights Council’s Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, the Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Justice, the BRAC Governing Body and an Ambassador for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Ms Parke served as the Federal Member of Parliament for Fremantle from 2007 to 2016. Prior to this she was employed with the United Nations from 1999 to 2007 as an international lawyer working in various UN bodies in New York, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Ms Parke serves as a Trustee of the WA Museum Board of Trustees.

Ms Parke holds legal qualifications, is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Last Updated: 05/05/2022