Supporting everyone to be healthy and live well

ERH Board of Directors

The ten (10) members of the Board of Directors are responsible for setting the strategic direction of Echuca Regional Health within the framework of government policy.

The Board of Directors oversee the quality of care provided, taking an active role in planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Convening once a month, these meetings also incorporate Finance, Clinical Governance and Quality.

They are accountable for ensuring Echuca Regional Health:
• Is efficiently managed
• Provides high quality care and service delivery
• Meets the needs of the community
• Meets financial and non-financial performance targets
Members are appointed for a term by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Health. They are required to declare a pecuniary interest when applicable, during Board debate and withdraw from proceedings.

Larna Tarrant

1 July 2014

Larna Tarrant was first appointed to the Board in July 2014.

With a Bachelor of Laws, Larna has worked as a Barrister and a Solicitor.  Larna is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Larna is chairperson of the ERH Board, and is a member of the Clinical Governance and Quality, Finance and Governance Committees.

Suzanne Mulcahy

Senior Vice Chairperson
1 July 2017

Sue Mulcahy was first appointed to the Board in July 2017.

With a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honors) and a Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness, Sue together with her husband have owned and operated farming businesses in the Echuca area for 30 years.

Sue has worked in the private and government sector in Agricultural communication and consulting.

Sue is passionate about building strong communities that are connected and ensuring their views are heard and needs met.   Sue has been an active participant in local sporting, education and fundraising committees.

Sue is the chair of the ERH Governance and Consumer Advisory Committees, and is also a member of the Clinical Governance and Quality Committee.

Dr Sydney Paul

Junior Vice Chairperson
1 July 2018

Sydney was first appointed to the Board in 2018.

Sydney is a medical practitioner working in regional Australia and is currently the Practice Principal and a Family Physician in the Shiloh Medical Practice, Deniliquin, NSW.  Sydney is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the New South Wales, Rural Doctors Network, Rural Doctors Association, Australian Medical Association and Christian Medical & Dental Fellowship of Australia.

Sydney is the Chair of the ERH Clinical Governance & Quality, and member of the Audit and Risk, and Credentialing Board Committees.

Sydney is also the Chair of the Moama Anglican Grammar Board.

MBBS, Madras, India, FRACGP, Melbourne, Australia, Graduate Diploma in Divinity, Melbourne, Australia, Diploma in Dermatology, QLD, Australia, Diploma in Counselling, QLD, Australia

Suzanna Barry

1 July 2016

Suzanna was first appointed to the Board in 2016.

Suzanna brings over 25 years senior management, leadership and finance experience in the not-for-profit sector including 10 years as CEO of a large regional disability service. She has strong connections to the local community and was instrumental in the development of a number of significant housing projects for people with disability in Echuca/Moama.  Suzanna also has experience in audit and risk, and held a position for 8 years on a local government audit and risk committee, where she also undertook the role of chair.  Suzanna is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia.  Suzanna is currently working in the education sector.

Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business, GAICD, Diploma of Disability

Jillian Hamit

1 July 2016

Jillian was first appointed to the Board in 2015.

Jillian previously worked in research at The University of Melbourne Dental School after completing a Science Degree, majoring in microbiology and biochemistry. In 1983, Jillian completed a pharmacy degree and has worked for almost 40 years as a hospital and later community pharmacist in Sydney, Melbourne and Echuca-Moama, where she is now a working partner in the Moama Village and Meninya Street pharmacies, which have operated since 2003.

Jillian is a member of the ERH Governance, Fundraising, Clinical Governance and Quality, and Community Advisory Committees

BSc (ANU), BPharm (Monash)

Michelle Johns

6 August 2019

Michelle was appointed to the Board in 2019.

Michelle’s career history includes being a Financial Planner, Regional Manager and State Manager of financial planning businesses.

As a financial planner, Michelle was an Accredited Aged Care Professional and specialised in this area. Recently Michelle’s career has focused on the governance and compliance of financial planning businesses and currently the Head of Advice for an Australian Financial Planning Licensee.

Michelle is currently a member of the ERH Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.

Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning (AdvDipFS(FP)) and Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning (GDipFinPlan).


Christopher Sykes

1 July 2020

Chris was first appointed to the Board in July 2020.

Chris has extensive public and private clinical experience in medical ultrasound. He has lectured in post graduate ultrasound physics and instrumentation and was a physics and clinical examiner for ASUM in addition to being a member of the ASUM Board of Examiners.  He is the previous Chair of the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.  Christopher completed his Juris Doctorate in 2008 and has worked extensively in health law, providing advice to public and private health services and governments across Australia.  He currently works at Mercy Health as Senior Legal Counsel and provides advice regarding all aspects of the business.  He also consults privately in health law matters and delivers medicolegal training to health services.  He is a previous Board Member of Macedon Ranges Health.  In addition to his legal work, Christopher runs a vascular ultrasound consultancy.

Chris is a member of the ERH Board Clinical Governance and Quality, and Governance Committees.

BAppSci(Hons), Grad Dip (Medical Ultrasound), Juris Doctor

Scott Webb

1 July 2020

Scott was first appointed to the ERH Board in July 2020.

Scott previously worked in the banking sector before moving into accounting where for the past 18 years, is a Director of Peat Partners local accounting firm.

Scott is passionate about health and fitness, community involvement and fundraising for the Health Service. Scott is chair of the ERH Fundraising Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.

Bachelor of Business and Commerce specialising in Accounting, Graduate Diploma (ICAA) Accounting and Registered Tax Agent

Daniel Butel

1 July 2020

Daniel was first appointed to the Board in July 2020.

Daniel has extensive experience in the leadership and management of ICT in local government, not-for-profit, education and casino and entertainment sectors in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia and is currently employed as the Business Integration Manager at Campaspe Shire Council.  Daniel is a certified professional member (MACS CP) of the Australian Computer Society and a member of Local Government Professionals.

Daniel is a member of the Cancer and Wellness Project Control Group, Audit and Risk and Governance Committees, and has been a member and chair of the Board Apppointment Committee.

Bachelor of Information Technology (BInfoTech), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management (PGDipHSM), Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Management)(PGDipBusAdmin)

Stacy Williams

1 July 2021

Stacy was first appointed to the Board in July 2021.

Stacy is an experienced Local Government Community Services Director. Stacy brings over 16 years’ experience in rural Local Government community development and services roles across community and corporate services.

Stacy executive experience spans across aged care, children’s services, NDIS, community development, community health and emergency management. Stacy has previously held roles in business transformation and ICT.

Stacy is Chair of the Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee, and also a member of Consumer Advisory Committee.

Bachelor of Social Work, Grad.Cert Management