Sunnybank Private Hospital's Leadership Team

Executive Leaders

Claire has worked in health care for the past 30 years, starting out her career in the UK and has worked in both public and private healthcare in UK & Europe before migrating to Australia in 2003. Claire has held a number of senior health care roles in large private hospitals in Australia and stepped into the role of General Manager at Brisbane Private Hospital in 2018. Prior to that Claire was the Deputy General Manager at Gold Coast Private Hospital, a facility for which she was responsible for opening in 2016.

Originating from Edinburgh, Emma is currently leading our clinical team as Acting Director of Nursing. Emma joined Healthscope in 2012 and her positions have varied across the organisations over the past 8 years working as Nurse Unit Manager, Hospital Nurse Coordinator, Project Manager and in previous Acting Director of Nursing roles in both WA and QLD. It’s through these roles Emma has not only been a finalist in the Healthscope STAR awards twice, but won the award for Service Excellence in 2019.

Emma is passionate about continuing her education and recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Human Services Leadership, with additional plans for further study.

Karthik has over 15 years’ of finance and commercial experience. Karthik joined Sunnybank Private in Dec 2019 and prior to that worked at another Healthscope facility, Darwin Private Hospital.

Prior to joining Healthscope, Karthik held finance roles in variety of industries, working in organisations such as News Corp, Toll Group and Optus.

Senior Leadership Team

Ann has extensive experience as a clinical nurse and midwife working for various organization including Mater Health Services and Queensland Health.

Since joining Sunnybank 27 years ago .Ann has held various clinical and management roles.

As the Maternity Services Manager she is proud to lead a great team of dedicated midwives.

Ben originally commenced work as a physiotherapist at the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre in 2004 after graduating from La Trobe University. In 2006 he moved to Queensland and began work at Sunnybank Private Hospital. In 2012 Ben progressed to Allied Health Manager at Sunnybank Private Hospital and still maintains a clinical caseload as a physiotherapist.

Cass Byers started at Healthscope in January 2020 – working for 3 Hospitals BPH, SPH & PPH. Cass came to us with many years of experience in Injury Management/Workers Compensation.

Previously employed at UnitingCare Health, prior to this was working in Aged Care and at WorkCover Qld.

Cass started her career in Human Resources/Health and Safety in Food Processing plant - located in the Lockyer Valley. Before moving to Brisbane some 20 years ago.

Cass has many hobbies, including: soap making, mosaics and knitting. Normally knitting up a storm to produce beanies for the homeless every year.

Cathy’s career began in Sydney, however along with her husband, saw the light and moved to QLD. She worked with Mater Public Health Services before children, the moved to Uniting Care health.

Cathy has worked in General ICU, CCU, Cardiothoracic ICU and worked as a Clinical Nurse and relieving Unit Manager prior to her current role. Cathy has also completed Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Management (Griffith University) and Critical Care Nursing (QUT).

Cathy joined Healthscope in July 2016 to take on a Clinical Manager role in Critical Care.

Colin joined Healthscope in October 2013 as the Health Information Manager.

Colin has over 20 years experience in the healthcare sector with the majority of that time working inprivate hospitals.

Prior to joining Healthscope, Colin worked at the Wesley Hospital overseeing the medico-legal and release of information department.

Prior to working at the Wesley Hospital, Colin worked as a Health Information Manager and clinical coding supervisor at Greenslopes Private Hospital.

Colin has completed a QUT Bachelor of Business degree with a major in Health Information Management.

Jackie joined Healthscope in 2006, initially as agency RN working in PACU. In October 2008, Jackie accepted the position as the Staff Development and Training Coordinator.

Jackie has many years of experience in the Healthcare industry in a variety of roles as a surgical NUM, RN in day surgeries and the operating Theatres, RN in first stage PACU, clinical facilitator, tertiary lecturer and tutor in both public and private healthcare sectors.

Jackie holds her undergraduate qualifications in Nursing from PA hospital, Griffith University and the University of Sydney as well as post graduate qualifications with a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice and Clinical Education from the University of Tasmania.

Jeff has over 24 years of perioperative nurse experience, specialising in neuro surgery, and 18 years of management experience in Sydney, Adelaide, and Toowoomba, and now at Sunnybank Private in Brisbane.

Jeff as work both in public and private (in both not for profit and for profit sectors) hospitals. Jeff is excited at returning to working within a large group of hospitals and the ability to network and contribute to the Healthscope mission of “one Healthscope”.

He has had an active role in the past with PHAQ-Darling Downs (now ACORN-Queensland), where he served as President for 3 years.

Jo joined Healhscope in 2018 as a casual Food Service Assistant

Prior to joining Healthscope Jo had over 10 years Management experience as a Restaurant General Manager in the hospitality industry before joining the Food Services/ Domestic Services at Sunnybank Private Hospital.

Jo has a Certificate III & IV in hospitality and Certificate IV in Small business management which were achieved when working with Collins Food Group.

Jo enjoys working in a team and helping to provide a great patient experience.

Kerri joined Healthscope in 1997 commencing a role in Admin as a switchboard operator.

Prior to joining Healthscope, Kerri worked in various Medical Centres and enjoyed the Customer Service side of the role.

After leaving Healthscope back in 2011 to try her hand at a career in travel, she found she missed working within the Healthcare environment. Kerri returned to Healthscope back in 2013 where she have since worked in Maternity, Patient Services, Front Office, Billings and also as Team Leader under the previous Front Office Manager. Kerri stepped up to the position of Front Office Manager in January 2019. She enjoys learning and the variety attached to the role and strives to make my staff efficient as well as evoke a sense of pride to be part of the Healthscope organisation within the team.

What do you love about your job and why?

I love that my job has a lot of variety, no day is the same and there is always exciting, challenging projects to manage.

Why did you become a ….?
I became a WHS Manager as it incorporates my passions – helping people and sharing knowledge. I am able to work with amazing people from all walks of life who inspire me every day with the work that they do.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Billy and Minpins, Roald Dahl.

What is something about you your colleagues don’t know?
I joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as a medic when I was 17 years old and served at sea for six years.

How do your friends describe you?
Friendly, caring, trustworthy and funny.

What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
I love exploring the outdoors, spending time with animals and tending to my indoor plants.

What is something you want to achieve this year?
I would like to achieve an increased awareness and improved culture around health and safety. Everyone deserves to get home safe at the end of the day and we all need to work together to achieve that.

Navinder joined Healthscope as a Clinical Nurse on the Surgical Ward in October 2016. Building on a career, Navinder is currently the Nurse Unit Manager for the Medical, Oncology and Sleep Unit. Navinder was previously the Nurse Unit Manager for Medical and Rehab and held a position as Hospital Nurse Coordinator.

Navinder graduated and obtained Bachelor of Nursing from South Bank University, London, United Kingdom. Navinder has years of experience in the health industry and has worked in a variety of positions across the private hospitals

Prior to joining Healthscope, Navinder was the Clinical Nurse Facilitator and Acting Nurse Unit Manager at Greenslopes Private Hospital.

Navinder also holds an undergraduate and post graduate certificate in Clinical Education from the University of New England. Navinder is now currently in the process of completing Masters of Leadership degree at the University of Tasmania.

Nicole joined the team at Sunnybank Private in 2015 as Business Development and GP Liaison Manager. Prior to joining Healthscope Nicole worked across various administrative, training and sales roles within the medical, pharmaceutical and devices industries.

Nicole enjoys assisting our VMO network in their promotion and undertaking varied marketing functions throughout the hospital.

Stacey joined Healthscope in January 2020 as Nurse Unit Manager of the Surgical Ward, with 15 years’ experience in a variety of roles across Management and Clinical within the private sector.

Prior to Joining Healthscope , Stacey has worked as an Afterhours Hospital coordinator/Bed Manager, Surgical NUM, Medical NUM and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Stacey’s specialised area is Surgical Nursing with a passion for Urology and General Surgery.

Stacey is continuing her Post Graduate studies with a Masters of Healthcare Leadership.

Tanya joined Healthscope in 2011 and held a senior nursing role prior to undertaking the day surgery manager role 2 years ago.

Tanya has more than 25 years experience in private hospital nursing, with 20 years experience in day surgery nursing. Tanya has a perioperative background and holds a post graduate qualification in perioperative nursing.

Tanya is committed to providing a positive work culture and has a strong focus on customer service and patient experience.

Teresa joined Healthscope in April 1998. She started off her career at Sunnybank Private as a Food Services Assistant and progressed to Cold Larder and Cooking shifts from 2009. In 2014 she completed her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the South Bank TAFE. Teresa’s passion for food and service excellence is visible through the meals produced in the Food Services department.

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