Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors
Canonical responsibility for Mater Health Services North Queensland was transferred from the Sisters of Mercy to Mercy Partners in 2013. Mercy Partners was established in 2008 by the Queensland congregations of the Sisters of Mercy and incorporated in 2009 under the Roman Catholic Church (Incorporation of Church Entities Act 1994 Qld).
Mercy Partners was approved by the Holy See as a public juridic person (PJP) giving it legal status within the Catholic Church (both canon and civil law). Mercy organisations throughout Queensland were transferred to the ownership of Mercy Partners, including Mater in Townsville.
Mercy Partners is a not-for-profit entity established to govern the ministries owned and operated by their founding congregations of the Sisters of Mercy in healthcare, education, aged care and community welfare. It is a registered charity under Australian taxation law and reports to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Responsibility for the governance of Mater Health Services North Queensland (MHSNQ) lies with a Board of Directors, appointed by Mercy Partners.
The Board of Directors is the key governance body within MHSNQ. The Board, in common with all Boards of Directors of incorporated organisations, directs, oversees and determines policy for MHSNQ and is responsible under Corporations Law for all operational matters.
The Board of Directors is charged with overseeing MHSNQ‟s performance in promulgating the Mission and managing resources. This places the Board in the key governing role as it is responsible and accountable to the Member for ensuring the Mission of the Sisters of Mercy is enacted throughout MHSNQ.
Members of the Board of Directors:
Bill Buckby was appointed to the Board of Mater Health Services North Queensland Limited in January 2019. He has also been appointed to serve as a member of the Finance and Financial Risk Committee and Risk Management and Compliance Committee. Mr Buckby has experienced over 35 years of working in the audit and corporate restructuring services sectors of the accounting profession with expertise in large and small organisations across a broad range of industries, including the health services sector.