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Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Our Ownership

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.

Our Governance

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:

Patrick Brady 


Patrick Brady was appointed to the Board of Mater Health Services North Queensland in May 2014 and appointed as Chair in January 2017. Mr Brady has more than 30 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry in regional Queensland, including most recently as Executive Director of Premise, one of Queensland’s leading engineering firms. Mr Brady’s previous Board positions include immediate past Chair of the Port of Townsville Limited and Townsville Branch President of the Urban Development Industry Australia (UDIA).

Bill Buckby    

Board Director

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.

Dr Roslyn Carr rsm


Dr Ros Carr is a Sister of Mercy and was appointed to the Mater Health Services North Queensland Board in September 2012.  Dr Carr has 25 years’ experience in secondary teaching and administration in both the Catholic and state sectors and 15 years as a registered Psychologist. She has served on local committees and Boards including Mercy Aged Care Services, Centacare, St Raphael’s University College Council, North Queensland Branch of the Australian Psychological Society and the House of Prayer Management Committee.

Annabel Dolphin


Annabel Dolphin was appointed to the Mater Health Services North Queensland Board in August 2016. Ms Dolphin's specialisations are in strategic human resources, change management, business advisory and corporate governance across a diverse range of sectors. She is currently Chair of TAFE Queensland, Deputy Chair of Mackay Hospital Foundation and Group Non-Executive Director of RACQ Northern Region. She has previously held roles as Non-Executive Director for North Queensland Bulk Ports as well as Ergon Energy.

Lewis Ramsay

Board Director

Lewis Ramsay was appointed to the Mater Health Services North Queensland Board in August 2016. Mr Ramsay has 24 years’ experience in commercial operations, leadership and marketing within media, private and government sectors. His commercial experience has encompassed areas of change management and organisational redesign, strategic plan development, improvement of revenue streams, corporate business development and marketing.

Dr John Rivers

Board Director

Dr John Rivers was appointed to the Mater Health Services North Queensland Board in August 2016. Dr Rivers is a non-executive Director and Chair with more than 20 years’ Board experience on Government, private and not-for-profit Boards. He has been Chair of three major healthcare related entities and is a current board member of Queensland Cardiovascular Group, Cardihab and Wesley Medical Research. Dr Rivers has conducted long-term research projects focusing on clinical quality improvement systems and interface with clinical governance.

Helen Stanton


Helen Stanton was appointed to the Mater Health Services North Queensland Board in 2014.  Mrs Stanton began her career at BHP in 1996 and has since been involved in both plant operations and business productivity improvement. She specialises in strategy development, productivity and efficiency improvements, risk management, change facilitation and mentoring. Helen currently serves as Director of Northern Australia Primary Health Limited and Director of Energy Queensland.

Ken Taylor

Board Director

Ken Taylor was appointed to the Mater Health Services North Queensland Board in August 2016. Mr Taylor has more than 28 years’ experience in legal services. He was one of two founding partners of Purcell Taylor Lawyers in 1999 and oversaw the transfer to an incorporated entity of the partnership to Purcell Taylor Lawyers Pty Ltd in 2010. Mr Taylor specialises in the areas of compensation and insurance law as well as having responsibility for governance and commercial matters in the operation of the company. 

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