NSW Regional Health Partners is guided by strong leadership, an inclusive culture and a commitment to collaboration across partner organisations. Our governance structure (as shown above) includes:

    • A Governing Board comprised of the Chief Executives and Vice Chancellors of partner organisation. The Governing Board sets local priorities and approves involvement in state and national initiatives.
    • The Governing Board is supported by an advisory Translation Committee, comprised of senior research and clinical executives for each partner.
    • The Translation Committee oversees Translation Working Groups to implement translational initiatives endorsed by the Governing Board at national, state and local levels.

The Director is the principal accountable executive officer of the CIRH and will support the Chair, the Governing Board and the Executive groups to achieve its objectives, financial sustainability, reputation and influence of the partnership. The Director represents the CIRH on the Australian Health Research Alliance. All nine Translational Research Centres work together in this alliance.

Governing Board

Stewart Dowrick

Dr Stewart Dowrick

Chief Executive of Mid North Coast Local Health District

ScottMcLachlan - Photo

Scott McLachlan

Chief Executive, Central Coast Local Health District

Frances Kay Lambkin

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Director, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Richard Nankervis

Richard Nankervis

CEO, HNECC Public Health Network

Alex Zelinsky

Professor Alex Zelinksy

Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle

Martin DiRienzo

Michael DiRienzo​

Chief Executive, Hunter New England Local Health District

Brigid Heywood

Professor Brigid Heywood

Vice-Chancellor and CEO, University of New England

Associate Professor Nicolette Hodyl

Director, NSW Regional Health Partners

Translation Committee

John Wiggers

Professor John Wiggers

Director Population Health, Hunter New England LHD


Dr Andrew Bailey

Director of Research and Knowledge Translation, Mid North Coast Local Health District

Frances Kay Lambkin

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Director, Hunter Medical Research Institute


Professor Hugh Barrett

Associate Dean, Research - Faculty of Medicine and Health.
University of New England


Dr Ralph Gourley

Director Medical Services, Calvary Mater Newcastle

Professor Nicholas (Nick) Goodwin, Director Central Coast Research Institute, Office of the PVC Health and Medicine. Photo taken for Professor Goodwin's highlight page and other media/marketing materials by Eddie O'Reilly, UON Marketing and Comms, Thursday November 12, 2020.

Professor Nick Goodwin

Director of the Central Coast Research Institute

Dr Zee Upton

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health, Medicine and Wellbeing.
University of Newcastle