Our Board

The Clinical Excellence Commission is a board-governed statutory health corporation established under the Health Services Act 1997. It is responsible for providing guidance and strategic oversight of the organisation's performance. This includes setting directions within the bounds of statutory, government and Ministry of Health requirements and available resources.

A/Prof Brian McCaughan AM
Board Chair

Professor Brian McCaughan is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and cardiothoracic surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His major clinical interest is the management of lung cancer. He has held a number of positions with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was President of the NSW Medical Board for five years.

Mr Ken Barker PSM

Ken Barker has many years’ experience in the NSW public sector, financial management and strategic expertise. As former Chief Financial Officer of NSW Health, he has extensive knowledge of the NSW health system and its position within the broader Australian context. Ken is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the National Institute of Accountants. He was awarded the Public Service medal in 2002. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network Board, Chair of the National Blood Authority Audit Committee and a member of the National Health Funding Body Audit Committee.

Dr Leon Clark

Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare in 2012, Dr Leon Clark FAICD was Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Adventist Hospital for ten years from April 2002. With a strong clinical background, as well as administrative expertise, he was originally an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and pioneer in his chosen sub-specialty of in vitro fertilisation. A past president of the Australian Private Hospitals Association, he currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations, including The Novus Foundation and Medi-Aid Centre Foundation Limited.

Prof Jacqueline Close

Professor Jacqui Close is a consultant in Orthogeriatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Clinical Director of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia. She trained in the UK and moved to Australia in 2005. Her research interests range from injury epidemiology, to intervention studies and implementation research. She has published over 150 papers and her research is currently focused on injury prevention in dementia, hip fracture care and care of older people in surgery.

She sits on a number of State and National committees in relation to Older People, is the Co-Chair of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry Steering Group.

Dr Andrew Cooke

Dr Andrew Cooke is currently an Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine, specialising in adult and paediatric emergency care. He works in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and at the Sydney Children's Hospital, NSW. Andrew holds a Master of Laws, and has practised as a solicitor, with public and private sector experience in NSW and Victoria. He received the Sydney University Medical School Travelling Fellowship in 2008 and is also a recipient of a Full Commonwealth Scholarship to Cambridge to undertake graduate training in law. Andrew is a member of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.

Ms Laila Hallam

With over 25 years in senior sales & marketing roles in mostly large organisations across a range of diverse industries, Laila has commenced postgraduate research in understanding Patient-Centred Care.  Laila also works with Sydney Local Health District to better understand patient and family needs and their place in their treatment. Her focus is to work with healthcare organisations to understand, recognise and facilitate the immense value and knowledge that patients and their families contribute to their own personal healthcare – for better health outcomes. Laila became an accidental advocate for her father over 10 years ago.  Tortured with a rapidly failing body, and losing his ability to speak, Laila took on her father's voice as he lost his.

Ms Carrie Marr
Chief Executive (ex-officio Board member)

Prior to her October 2015 appointment as our Chief Executive, Carrie was the Executive Director, Organisation Effectiveness at Western Sydney Local Health District. Carrie earlier held a number of leading executive and consultant positions in the United Kingdom for a variety of organisations including the National Health Service, Scotland.  Carrie is a graduate of the renowned advanced training program in Quality Improvement at Intermountain Health Care, Utah, USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing); a Diploma in Education (Nurse Teaching); and a Master of Science (Organisation Consulting).

Prof Sandy Middleton

Professor Sandy Middleton is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, a joint initiative between St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University. She has led large multi-site cluster randomized controlled trials in stroke and implementation research.

She is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee, the Stroke Foundation Clinical Council, a Director of the St Vincent's Clinic Board, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry.
Mr Tomas Ratoni

Tomas Ratoni is a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant. He has a background primarily in paediatric critical care and paediatric and neonatal retrieval medicine. More recently, has discovered a taste for general paediatrics. He has a passion for teaching and is an instructor for Australian Paediatric Life Support.

Prof Andrew Wilson

Professor Andrew Wilson is Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney and leads the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. His research interests concern the application of epidemiology to informing decision making in clinical medicine, public health, and health service policy and planning. His specific areas of interest are chronic disease prevention and management. His previous non-academic roles include Deputy Director-General, Policy, Planning and Resourcing, Queensland Health, and Chief Health Officer, and Deputy Director-General, Public Health, NSW Health.