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Executive team

Princess Alexandra Hospital is led by a local Executive team that reports to the Metro South Hospital and Health Board through the Health Service Chief Executive.

Dr Michael Cleary

Dr Michael Cleary

Executive Director
Start date: 
July 2017

Dr Michael Cleary is a respected and experienced leader, strategic planner and specialist at identifying and capturing business opportunities, leading transformational change and delivering improved performance. He has a strong focus on corporate governance and stewardship of organisations. He has an extensive background at senior level within health including his involvement on the boards of ACEM and ACHS.

He represented Queensland on AHMAC and the Hospitals’ Principal Committee. He has held the role of Deputy Director-General and Chief Operations Officer within the Queensland Department of Health. He is currently the Executive Director Medical Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and President of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.

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Veronica Casey AM

Executive Director, Nursing Services
Start date: 
March 2015

Veronica has held nursing executive leadership positions in Queensland Health since 1998. She worked in nursing director roles at The Prince Charles Hospital, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Nursing Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital. During her time at PAH, she has been instrumental in helping the hospital achieve re-designation under the Magnet® credentialing program, and the introduction of the Nurse Sensitive Indicator performance monitoring system. In 2010, she was appointed as one of three inaugural international commissioners for the American Nurses Credentialing Centre. Veronica was appointed as a Board Member on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in May 2014.

Dr Brian Bell, Executive Director Medical Services PAH

Dr Brian Bell

Executive Director, Medical Services
Start date: 
April 2018

Dr Bell was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Medical Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital in April 2018. His previous appointment was the Executive Director of Medical Services at the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service from 1993 until 2013. For the last 3 years he has had Executive leadership positions at Logan and Redland Hospitals.

Dr Bell has been a surveyor with ACHS for the past 20 years and has surveyed extensively in Australia and overseas. He is the Chairperson of the ACHS Queensland and Norther Territory State Advisory Committee.

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Kathy Grudzinskas

Executive Director, Clinical Support Services
Start date: 
April 2015

Kathy has been continuously employed as a physiotherapist in hospital and community settings in South Australia and Queensland since 1981. She joined the Princess Alexandra Hospital as Director of Physiotherapy Services in 1995 and was appointed as Executive Director of Clinical Support Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital, in December 2015.

Kathy has a strong interest in governance, and has served as a practitioner member of the Physiotherapy Board of Queensland, Physiotherapy Board of Australia, and the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Recently, Kathy chaired the Steering Committee for the review and development of the Physiotherapy practice thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, which were published in May, 2015. She is a current Director of the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Mr Alister Whitta

Finance Director, PAH/QEII Health Network
Start date: 
March 2013

Alister was appointed Finance Director, Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII Jubilee Hospital Health Network in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Alister is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and Health Financial Management Association of Australia.

Alister has held senior financial and business management roles with the Princess Alexandra Hospital, The Princes Charles Hospital and Department of Community Safety over the past 15 years. He was also responsible for the successful establishment of the statutory, financial management reporting and financial governance systems of Metro South Hospital and Health Service as the interim CFO in 2012 when the HHS was established.

Jennifer Rossiter

Ms Jennifer Rossiter

Senior Director, Corporate Services
Start date: 
July 2018

Jen has more than twenty years' experience in Queensland Health and has undertaken both corporate and technical roles during this period. Jen is a graduate of Qeensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Master of Science and spent almost ten years 'on the bench' at Forensic and Scientific Services, specialising in trace metal toxicological analysis. In the past, Jen worked in a number of roles including ICT and workforce project management before moving back to the laboratory environment as Director and successfully led a significant business improvement program.

More recently, following her desire to work in an engineering environment (as her Masters qualification was a joint study with the School of Civil Engineering) she worked in the Department of Transport and Main Roads, leading the delivery of the state planning and corporate services programs and the facilitation of land development across the state. Jen has undertaken a number of post-graduate studies in leadership and management and has particular interests in adaptive leadership, culture change and the implementation of systems and processes that dramatically improve service delivery in healthcare and the public sector as a whole.

Last updated 12 June 2019