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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee assists the Hospital and Health Board in overseeing the financial position of the health service.

Mr Peter Dowling AM


Peter Dowling is an accountant and company director. He is a Fellow of both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia and a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was formerly a Partner with international accounting firm Ernst & Young. He is a Centenary of Federation Medal recipient and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to accountancy and the community.

Peter has a number of other board and audit and risk committee appointments.

He is a Director of TAFE Queensland, Healthdirect Australia and Lexon Insurance. He is also Chair and / or member of a number of State and Local Government Audit and Risk Committees. Peter is also the Queensland Honorary Consul for Botswana.

Janine Walker AM

Commitee member

Janine Walker is a human resources expert with a background in health, academia and broadcasting.

Janine previously held senior management positions including Human Resources Director for Griffith University and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Director of Industrial Relations for Queensland Health, and Industrial Director and General Secretary of the Queensland Public Sector Union. She also worked as a broadcaster and columnist, and served for six years on the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for four years as Chair of the Corporation’s Audit Committee. She has held a range of board and committee appointments including membership of the Vocational Education Training and Employment Commission, Chair of the Australia New Zealand Foundation, and Board Member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Janine is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Business School, chairing events, providing guest lectures and supporting research. She is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute and Australian Institute of Management and currently serves as a Council Member at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School.

Mr Paul Venus

Mr Paul Venus

Committee member

Paul is the Brisbane Managing Partner of law firm Holding Redlich Lawyers. He has more than 22 years’ experience in complex litigation and providing commercial law advice. He specialises in intellectual property, information technology law, commercial law, privacy law, franchising and competition and consumer law issues.

Paul is a recognised industry expert in relation to intellectual property law and technology, media and telecommunications law. He represents ASX listed companies, multinational chemical and technology companies, government agencies and private companies.

Paul is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation and an accredited and highly experienced mediator with the Office of Franchise Mediation Adviser.

Ms Helen Darch

Committee member

Helen Darch is a prominent consultant with wide-ranging experience across a variety of industry sectors. She established and is the Managing Director of the Nedhurst Consulting Group in Brisbane. Prior to this she was a partner at Niche Consultants, Group Manager, Communication Services at Rowland Communication Group, and consultant at SMS Management and Technology.

Helen has extensive strategic planning, strategic communication, change management, market research, and management consulting experience. She has consulted widely in the education, health, government, not-for-profit and resources industries.

Helen is currently Deputy Chair of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, and Chair of the Foundation’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee. She is also the Interim Chair of the Children’s Health Research Alliance, an initiative of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Health Queensland. Until 2015, she chaired the Cerebral Palsy League, Queensland Board, and its Nominations Committee and Executive Appraisal Committee.

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies OAM

Committee member

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies was admitted as a lawyer in 1983 and worked in family law and personal injuries before becoming a law academic for more than 20 years, specialising in mediation and dispute resolution. Iyla is currently a Director of Mercy Community Services, Chair of All Hallows' School and a Director of Emmanuel College within UQ. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, UQ.

Iyla has previously held a number of community leadership roles as National and Queensland President of Relationships Australia, Director of Legal Aid Queensland, National President of University Colleges Australia and a Member of the Specialist Accreditation Board, Queensland Law Society. In addition, she has held senior university positions as Assistant Dean, International, Commercial and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Law, QUT and as Head of College and Chief Executive Officer of the Women's College within UQ.  

Iyla holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Master of Laws. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Helen Benham

Committee member

Dr Helen Benham is an experienced Rheumatologist who divides her time between clinical practice at Princess Alexandra Hospital and translational research into rheumatic diseases. Helen is a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland and a previous NHMRC Translating Research into Practice fellow with a strong research interest in implementation science.

Helen is currently on the board and vice-president of Arthritis Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Hons), Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry), a PhD from the University of Queensland, is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Last updated 31 July 2019