Message from the board chair Trevor Danos AM
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Adjunct Professor Anthony Schembri AM as the new Chief Executive of Northern Sydney Local Health District. Anthony is currently the CEO at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst and was previously General Manager at Liverpool Hospital. He is a social worker by background and his first managerial role was at Royal North Shore Hospital - something I know he is very proud of. Anthony is known for his commitment to, and achievements in the areas of, safety and quality, staff and community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. He is a good communicator and a good listener. While at St Vincent’s Hospital he introduced a program very similar to our Speak Up For Safety and has already achieved a great deal of leading- edge work at the hospital in the area of planetary health and sustainability. The recruitment process attracted a very strong and diverse field. Many highly talented people including from interstate and overseas applied to lead NSLHD. The Board gave considerable weight to the applicants’ background and experience in the areas of research and engagement with philanthropy and partnerships. These are important areas of focus for the next few years. Anthony has real and deep experience and strengths in these areas as well as, and no less importantly, a background in health leadership and operational roles. I want to sincerely thank Lee Gregory for leading the district since the departure of Deb Willcox, our former Chief Executive.
leadership team that the district has continued to be a high-performing health district, with a well-deserved reputation for excellence, compassion, innovation and living the NSW Health Core Values. I am immensely grateful that Lee has agreed to stay in the role as Interim CE until Anthony takes up his position on 17 July. Lee himself will be on leave for the month of July and acting arrangements will be put in place for the first half of July. When Lee returns, he will resume his substantive role as NSLHD Executive Director of Operations. Over the next few months, we will all continue to progress with the impressive schedule of work before us. It is through this work and your commitment and energies that the district enjoys its well-deserved reputation for excellence and for its great culture. I very much look forward with great positivity and confidence to the next chapter of the district’s history.
Trevor Danos AM Board Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District
It is through the work of Lee and the
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