Board of Directors

Dr John Stekelenburg - MBBS, MAICD

Dr Stekelenburg was appointed to the Board of Barwon Health as Chair in July, 2011. John is a Graduate of Melbourne University and is a practising General Practitioner with 20 years’ experience in the Geelong region. John is married with three children. He is the Practice Principal and Manager of a busy Family Medical Practice offering a full range of Primary Care Services. In addition, John also owns and manages a private manufacturing business in the metal finishing industry.

John has a strong commitment to the community as evidenced by his service to local organisations, and his chairmanship and committee responsibility with a number of sporting clubs.

John is a keen sportsman and his awards include:

  • Multiple World State and National Waterski Champion
  • Former National Aged Group Triathlon Champion
  • 2008 Medalist at World Ironman Triathlon Championships
  • 1980 Ballarat Sportsman of the Year
  • 2010 Awarded Legend Status at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

John is a member and adviser to the International Waterskiing Medical Committee.

Professor George Braitberg - MBBS FACEM FACMT MAICD

Prof Braitberg has been a practicing emergency physician and toxicologist for 28 years. He is married with four children and two grandchildren. He has a strong interest in emergency medicine, clinical toxicology, clinical governance and pre-hospital and community care.

He currently holds the position of Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne and Director of Emergency Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and is a Board member of St Johns Ambulance Victoria and is a part time Medical Advisor to Ambulance Victoria, as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

George holds a Master of Bioethics and is currently completing a Masters of Health Services Management and his research interests include toxicology, pre-hospital care and health system redesign.

He enjoys spending time with his family and jogging.

Jennifer Cromarty - BA (Public Relations), FPRIA

Jennifer is the director of strategic communication consultancy tandemVox.

She lives in Geelong with her husband and youngest daughter and is active in the sporting community through her passion for netball.

She has worked in public relations since 1994 and has expertise in communication planning, brand development, project management, government relations, policy development and digital strategy.

Jennifer graduated with distinction from RMIT with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and was made a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in 2013. She sits on the boards of Barwon Health and the Barwon Sports Academy and is also a member of Pivot Summit Inc, IPAA Vic Geelong Advisory Committee and President of Creative Geelong Inc.

Robyn Davis - LLB, BA, PGDip Asian Law, PGDip Bahasa Indonesia, GAICD and PRI 

Robyn has practised law since being admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1987. She has a legal practice in Geelong and lives with her husband on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Robyn has extensive community interests. She is a member of Women in Community Life Advisory Committee to the Geelong Council; Board Member and former Chairperson of Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault; Board Member and Secretary of Minerva Family Services. Robyn is also a volunteer legal advisor with Barwon Community Legal Service.

Robyn is a keen cyclist and is the co-ordinator of women’s recreational cycling at Geelong Cycling Club. She has a long held interest in governance, Aboriginal art, women and the law and South East Asian cultures.

Michael Feehan - Dip App Sc (Chem)

Michael was appointed to the Board of Barwon Health in July 2016.  He was formerly a director of Western Health and of Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local and Melbourne East GP Network.  He also served for seven years as vice president of the Western Bulldogs.

Michael is currently a business management consultant specialising in strategy development and stakeholder communications.  He had previously held a number of senior management positions at Orica Ltd, including business and operational general management roles and head of Corporate Affairs. He was also formerly the Chief Operating Officer for Slater and Gordon Lawyers.    

Michael and his wife Chris have recently made the move to the Bellarine Peninsula and are enjoying getting involved in their new local community.  

Dr David Mackay - BAgEc (Hons), MEc, NE; GradDipComp, PhD (Information Systems) (Deakin); FACS; GAICD

David Mackay was appointed to the Barwon Health Board in 2008. He is a retired Associate Professor in the School of Information Systems, Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University. David was Director of a select Honours level degree program in business information technology.

His research interests included the areas of supply chain management, business information systems, information security & privacy, including electronic fraud. He has authored over 70 publications during his years as an academic. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and in 2011, was awarded the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course Diploma. He currently holds an academic position at RMIT as a professional mentor to business IT students who are completing their industry-based learning placements.

David has also held positions at the University of New England, Bristol University (UK), and taught at Monash and Melbourne Universities. He worked at Touché Ross International (now KPMG) in Melbourne as a Senior Consultant and was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for International Research on Communication and Information Technology (Melbourne).

David is currently a Director of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, and was its President for two years. He was recently appointed a member and Chair of the Committee of Management of the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN). He is also a partner in an agricultural venture.

Virginia Todd - EMPA (ANZSOG, Monash Uni), GAICD

Virginia Todd has 17 years’ experience working across five departments in the Victorian Public Service. She has worked both centrally and in regions in strategic land use planning, the community services sector, youth programs and on community strengthening programs. Virginia also has an extensive history in service redevelopment of human services programs including foster care, residential based care and family support services.

Virginia has experience in local government having been both an elected representative and senior manager. She was the former Geelong West Council in 1985 and served as Mayor from 1991 to 1993 up until regional Councils were amalgamated. She was Manager of Human Services at Moorabool Shire Council for five years.

In 2008 and 2013 Virginia undertook overseas assignments through Australian Business Volunteers to advise Non Government Organisations in Cambodia with strategic planning and policy development.

Currently, Virginia is a Senior Project Manager in Regional Development Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources. In this role, Virginia has brokered and managed 53 projects with total project value of around $113 million in the City of Greater Geelong.

Virginia holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration (EMPA), Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Monash University.

Brian Cook - BEd, MEd

Brian is currently Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Geelong Football Club and is regarded by the industry as one of Australia's most respected sporting administrators.  In his 18 years as CEO, Brian has overhauled the club's business operation, assisted in a dramatic turnaround of its financial situation, and has overseen the introduction of a raft of new initiatives including $200 million of redevelopments at Simonds Stadium. Geelong Football Club has, during Brian’s time as CEO, played in four grand finals and won three premierships in 2007, 2009 and 2011. 

Prior to Brian’s employment as CEO of the Geelong Football Club, in 1999 he was CEO of the West Coast Eagles from 1990. During this time, the club won two premierships in 1992 and 1994 and generated over $24 million in profits. 

In February 2008 Brian was awarded the 'Australian Sports Executive of 2007' by the Confederation of Australian Sport.  Brian has also been awarded AFL Life Membership (2007), Geelong Football Club life membership (2008),the Eunice Gill Award for Services to Coaching at a National level (1994) and the Australian Sports Medal an award from the Prime Minister (2000). 

Brian is an ambassador for Wombat's Wish, an organisation established to support bereaved children who lose a parent, and is a director of the Barwon Health Future Fund Foundation.  In each of the past10 years, Brian has also completed solo the Rottnest Channel 20km swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest Island. 

Brian believes the most challenging yet most rewarding part of his journey has been to initiate and then lead a value-based organisation. 

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.