Health Service Board

PathWest became a board-governed-HSP under an amendment to the Health Services (Health Service Provider) Order 2016.


The PathWest Board is the governing body of PathWest. Appointed by the Minister for Health, our Board members were appointed following a rigorous selection process and come with a diverse range of experience across the fields of medicine and health care, finance, community and consumer engagement. Their significant accomplishments in their respective fields is an invaluable asset for our organisation.


There are four standing committees of the PathWest Board are the following:

  • ​Finance
  • Risk and Audit
  • Safety and Quality
  • People and Cultu​re.

Board Members

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​​​Professor Christobel Saunders AO

Board Chai​r

Professor Saun​ders is an internationally recognised​ leading consultant surgeon, surgical academic and oncology researcher, involved in the strategic planning and management of cancer services in Australia, within a career practising for over 30 years. 

She currently practices as a Consultant Surgeon for Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, and St John of God Hospital Subiaco, and is a Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia in Surgical Oncology, the Division Deputy Head of Surgery at the Medical School and the Director of Cancer and Palliative Care at the Research and Evaluation Unit. Professor Saunders was also appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018 for "distinguished service to medical education in the field of surgical oncology, to the diagnosis and management of breast cancer and melanoma, as an academic, researcher and clinician."

Order of Australia, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Fellow ​of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Services. ​​​​​
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Professor Tarun Weeramanthri

Deputy Board Chair

Professor Weeramanthri is an experienced public health physician with comprehensive tertiary hospital, international disaster medicine and senior executive health department practice for over 30 years. 

He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia, an Independent Public Health Consultant, and most recently as a Special Advisor in Health to the Pandemic Coordination Unit, Department of the Premier and Cabinet of WA. Prof Weeramanthri has served for over a decade in several significant public health leadership roles, both here in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. These include former Chief Health Officer, Executive Director of Public Health and Clinical Services Division, and Assistant DG for the Western Australia Department of Health, as well as Chief Health Officer, Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services.

Fellow of Leadership WA; GAICD; PhD; Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine; Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Diploma in Tropical Medicine; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.​

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Dr Sue van Leeuwen

Board member

Dr van Leeuwen is an experienced chair and non-executive director, and consultant in strategy, governance and executive leadership development for over 25 years. 

She is currently an independent leadership consultant and certified marriage celebrant, and Non-Executive Director, and Deputy Chair for the Midwest Port Authority.

Certificate of Celebrancy; Doctor of Business Administration; Masters’ of Business Administration; Executive Certificate in Quality Management; Graduate Diploma of Business Management; Post Graduate Diploma; Bachelor of Applied Science.

Sue chairs the PathWest Board People and Culture Committee.​

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Ms Michele Dolin

Board member

Ms Dolin is an experienced company director and qualified accountant working within public sector, private and listed companies, and not for profit enterprises for over 40 years. 

She currently holds non-executive director roles in the areas of audit, risk and/or compliance for Synergy Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation, St Andrews Insurance (Australia), and St Andrew’s Life Insurance. Ms Dolin is also a Senate Member, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the University of Western Australia.

Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants, Australia; Fellow and Life Member Australian Institute of Management; FAICD; Fellow Chief Executive Women; Bachelor of Arts; Master of Arts; Master of Business Administration.

Michele chairs the PathWest Board Finance Committee.

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Ms Angie Paskevicius

Board member

Ms Paskevicius is an experienced non-executive director and chief executive officer, within a career that spans over 30 years as a health practitioner, senior executive, business owner, executive coach, working in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director for Holyoake. She also serves as Chair for Interchange WA, and Deputy Chair for the WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

​Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Masters’ in Business Leadership; Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology).

Angie chairs the PathWest Board Risk and Audit Committee.​

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Board member

Mr Taylor is an experienced senior executive with expertise in strategic and operational management for over 25 years. 

He is the former Senior Executive for Community Services, Corporate Services, and Pathology at St John of God Healthcare. Mr Taylor has also previously contributed to the strategic development of pathology and laboratory medicine in Timor Lest​e, and Papua New Guinea.

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors; Graduate Certificate Leadership and Catholic Culture; Graduate Diploma in Finance; Bachelor of Science.

Kevin chairs the PathWest Board Safety and Quality Committee.

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Dr Kim Hames

Board member

Dr Hames is an experienced general practitioner, and politician in state parliament and local city council spanning over 40 years. 

He currently practises General Practice medicine and is a skin cancer physician within the communities of Cannington and Midland.

Dr Hames is renowned for his services to the public as former Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, Tourism, Training and Workforce Development, and Indigenous Affairs. He currently serves as Board Chair for Madalah, a not-for-profit organisation offering education scholarships for regional and remote Indigenous students, and Board Member for Ronald McDonald House, WA. Justice of the Peace; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

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Ms Samantha Elder

Board member​

Ms Elder is an experience senior business leader in executive and non-executive director across a range of industry types including, public and private healthcare, mining, oil and gas, and fast-moving consumer goods for over 25 years. 

She is the current Director of Finance and Performance, Hospitals for St John of God Healthcare.

Certified Practising Accountant; AICD; Cert IV Frontline Management; Post Grad Unit in Company Law and Taxation; Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business Studies.​
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Mr. Rob McPhee

Board member

Mr McPhee is an experienced executive director with expertise in Aboriginal justice and human rights, sustainable community development, management and leadership in a career spanning over 25 years. 

He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and is an active participant on various local and national Aboriginal Suicide Prevention committees, working groups and research trials.

Graduate Certificate in Human Rights; Bachelor of Applied Science in Community Management and Development.​ 
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Professor Gelareh Farshid

Board member

Professor Farshid is an experienced and well-renowned senior consultant pathologist, health executive and non-executive director in medicine. A pathologist of 30 years’ experience, her principal areas of interest are in breast and soft tissue pathology. ​

Currently practising in South Australia as Senior Consultant Pathologist in the Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology Directorates, for South Australian Pathology, she is also a Clinical Professor for the School of Medical Sciences, at the University of Adelaide. Prof Farshid also holds various board and committee roles including serving as Chair of Structured Pathology Reporting for Breast Cancer for the Royal College of Pathologists, and Treasurer for the Executive Board of the Australasian Division of International Academy of Pathology.

GAICD; Fellow of the American College of Pathologists; Masters’ of Public Health; Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science, and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia; Doctor of Medicine by Thesis; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.​

Board documents

Statements Statement of Expectation
Statement of Intent
Terms of Refe​rence​ PathWest Board Finance Committee Terms of Reference
PathWest Risk and Audit Committee Terms of Reference
PathWest Board Safety and Quality Terms of Reference
PathWest Board People and Culture Term of Reference
Board Communiques PathWest Board Communique - July 2020
PathWest Board Communique - August 2020
PathWest Board Communique - September 2020
PathWest Board Communique - October 2020
PathWest Board Communique - November 2020
PathWest Board Communique - December 2020
PathWest Board Communique - February 2021
PathWest Board Communique - March 2021

Page last updated: 24 Mar 2021