Board and Executive

Board and Executive

Board Directors

The Board of Yarrawonga Health is responsible for setting strategic direction, establishing goals and objectives for executive management and monitoring the organisation in line with current government health policies and directives and ensuring that adequate and appropriate community consultation is undertaken.

Board Directors are appointed for a one to three-year term by the Governor-in-Council, upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

During the period 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025, Yarrawonga Health’s Board Directors are:

  • David Rokesky | Board Chair

    David joined the Yarrawonga Health Board in July, 2021.  

    David has worked primarily in the private sector across multiple industries for nearly 25 years and has been a member of different corporate boards during this time. With a background in human resource management and employment law, he is currently employed as a Director of Human Resources for an international program management business and has been in this role since 2008.

    Based in Yarrawonga, David is passionate about giving back and supporting community, particularly in relation to healthcare accessibility for the community. David likes being active in community sports and enjoys assisting other charities with volunteer activities.

    David is currently the Board Chair and is also on the Corporate Governance Committee and Clinical Governance Committee.


  • Andrew Whiteside | Corporate Governance Officer

    Andrew joined the Yarrawonga Health Board in July, 2023. Andrew is a Solicitor with Maddocks Melbourne.

    Andrew is practicing as a partner in Maddocks Commercial group, and has worked with the Commonwealth Department of Health on many projects.

    Andrew enjoys tennis, gardening and travel.

    Andrew resides in Riddles Creek and forms part of the Yarrawonga Health Board, Corporate Governance and Clinical Governance Committees.

    He has recently been appointed to the Corporate Governance Officer for 2023 – 2024, after relieving the position from April 2023.

  • Melissa Bodycoat | Board Director and Consumer Engagement Officer

    Melissa joined the Yarrawonga Health Board in July, 2022. Melissa is a Manager in Strategic Partnerships and works alongside Victorian public healthcare.

    Melissa holds a Masters in Business with the Australian Institute of Business.

    Melissa enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle and spending time with her young family.

    Melissa resides in Yarrawonga and forms part of the Yarrawonga Health Board, Corporate Governance and Clinical Governance Committees.

    Melissa has recently been appointed to the position of Consumer Engagement Officer for 2023 – 2024.

  • Robyn Gillis | Board Director

    Robyn joined the Yarrawonga Health Board in July, 2023. Robyn is currently the Regional Manager, Albury of Centacare Southwest NSW.

    Robyn has working in public health for 15 years and has held positions of CEO and COO in a Regional Health Service. She also has over 20 years experience on a health service board.

    Robyn holds a Masters in Health Service Management as well as a Bachelor of Science. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Robyn resides in Howlong and forms part of the Yarrawonga Health Board, Corporate Governance and Clinical Governance Committees.

  • Kirsten Williams| Board Director


  • Dr Ken Seong Chang | Clinical Governance Chair

    MBBS, BMedSc (Hons), MBA, M Com (Dist), MHM, MPH, FRACMA, FCHSM, CHE, MAICD


    Ken joined the Yarrawonga Health Board in July 2019. Ken has medical administrator, business and health executive background, having worked in both public and private health sectors in Australia and Malaysia.

    Ken's passion is clinical governance and ensuring that the community and health service organisations can be confident that systems are in place to deliver safe and high-quality health care, and continuously improve services, within appropriate resources with a strong emphasis on leadership.

    Ken forms part of the Yarrawonga Board, Corporate and Clinical Governance Committees. Ken is the current Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee.

  • Cara Hammond| Board Director


  • Chris Howe| Board Director
  • Erin Dowling | Board Director and Helping Hands Representative

    Erin joined the Yarrawonga Health board in April, 2022. Erin is a registered Occupational Therapist and holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy as well as a Masters of Advanced Occupational Therapy. Erin is the current Operational Director – Mental Health at Albury Wodonga Health.

    Erin is based in Yarrawonga and forms part of the Yarrawonga Health Board, Corporate Governance and Clinical Governance Committees. She is the board representative on the Helping Hands Committee.

Executive

We have an exceptional leadership team who work with staff, the community and the Yarrawonga Health Board to lead strategic planning of the organisation.

The Executive team is made up of the following positions:

  • Robin Haberecht | Interim Chief Executive Officer


  • Dr Ka Chun Tse | Director of Medical Services

    MBBS (Melb), MHM (UNSW), MPH (UNSW), FACHSM, GAICD, CHE


    KC is the Director of Medical Services at Yarrawonga Health, and oversees medical workforce planning and management in the health service as well as providing support for medical education, clinical governance and public health. He represents Yarrawonga Health in Hume region and state-wide committees on medical administration, medical workforce and training, quality and safety, and emergency care.

    KC holds or has held medical executive positions in the Hume, Loddon Mallee, Grampians and Gippsland regions, quality management positions at NCN Health and Wodonga Regional Health Service, and medical workforce management positions in metropolitan Melbourne.  Prior to these he worked as a medical editor at Therapeutic Guidelines Australia, and as a Hospital Medical Officer around Victoria.

  • Rita Ruyters | Director Corporate and Finance

    Rita’s qualifications include Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting, Diploma of Accounting, Executive Certificate of Corporate Governance and Certificate of Training and Assessment

    Rita is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants with 14 years’ experience in the health sector in senior management roles from 2001 to 2015.

    Rita commenced as Finance Manager in disability and aged care services in local government then progressed to health care as the Regional Finance Manager with Mercy Health, Finance Manager for Inner South Community Health and Manager of Financial Analysis and Reporting for Albury Wodonga Health.

    Rita has gained extensive experience in community health and health care service areas which provided programs and services, including public dental, alcohol and drugs counselling, child, youth and family services, home care packages, health promotion, GP Clinic, sub-acute care, respite, age care, community care, palliative care services, acute-care and allied health services.

    Rita has developed a proven track record in delivering rigorous business analysis, strategic planning, and project management activities. Possessing a comprehensive understanding of health care systems to support the executive and operational teams by providing strategic advice, support and guidance.  Rita is passionate about continuous improvement and team development and has established highly efficient cross-functional teams that have driven a number of initiatives and significantly improved productivity, capability, and growth.

    Rita has also been a Lecturer at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE for approximately thirteen years where she delivered numerous business subjects, and she is also a member of the Audit Advisory Committee for Benalla Rural City Council since 2011.

  • Fiona Luke | Director of People and Culture

    Fiona has worked in both public healthcare and Local Government, and has a particular interest in linking strategic organisational objectives with the necessary day-to-day work practices. She loves the challenge that comes with working in healthcare, and the wonderful diversity of the people she works with – she finds the growing of a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion as rewarding as it is necessary.

    Fiona is an experienced leader, with substantial experience in leadership in people and culture, organisational development, safety, wellbeing, customer experience, strategy, policy, and process development. 

    Fiona prompts transparency, ethical decision-making, and responsible business practices. She has passion for engaging and supporting teams to perform at their best, and a strong commitment to building leadership capability to get desired results.

    The Director People and Culture role is responsible for all human resources (HR) management and reporting requirements including employment and industrial relations, recruitment, planning and performance, assists with strategic management, operational budgeting, training and provides managers with generalist HR advice and support. This role also oversees the Occupational Health and Safety, Payroll, Communication and Marketing and Volunteers