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The Eye and Ear is led by a skilled board of Directors.

They provide strong financial leadership, ensure performance against our strategic priorities and build connections with like-minded health, education and community organisations. This ensures we continue to provide the highest levels of specialist health care for all Victorians.

Dr Sherene Devanesen

Dr Sherene Devanesen

Chair

Dr Devanesen was the Chief Executive Officer of Yooralla until retiring in early 2021. Before joining Yooralla in January 2014, Dr Devanesen was Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Health. With over 30 years’ experience in the management of health services and medical administration, she has a strong reputation in consumer consultation and engagement and in achieving quality outcomes for human and community services. Dr Devanesen is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Devanesen is also a member of the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority Advisory Board.

Mr David Anderson

Treasurer

Mr Anderson brings a wealth of experience in finance and audit. He has held senior finance positions within the Victorian Government's Department Water Resources and Department of Health & Human services over the past 20 years. He was Executive Director of Finance at Peninsula Health for 16 years to 2018. He has a demonstrated commitment to the wider community and roles include being a Fellow and recent board member of Healthcare Financial Management Association and previously Treasurer of the Autism Society (Victoria).

Mr Simon Brewin

For over 35 years, Mr Brewin has held senior management roles within the Victorian public health sector. This includes Executive Director roles at Peninsula Health, Monash Health and Alfred Health. His recent experience has been in the oversight of large scale infrastructure, building projects and facilities management. He has worked in an executive role in the Infrastructure, Planning and Delivery Branch of the Victoria Government’s Department of Health & Human Services. In this role he oversaw the planning and delivery of government-funded capital programs across public health agencies. Mr Brewin is a past state branch president of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a past Board Director of Health Purchasing Victoria and is the Deputy Chair of Uniting AgeWell. Mr Brewin is also the Eye and Ear’s Nominee as a Director to the Board of The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

Ms Jane Hider

Ms Hider joined the Eye and Ear Board in July 2021 and is a Partner at the leading legal firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Since 2018 Ms Hider has been a member of the Corrs' Board and the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Ms Hider has over 20 years’ experience in construction and infrastructure, as well as government advisory practice. She specialises in government major projects and procurement, commercial development, transport and energy. She has experience in all forms of procurement, collaborative models and consultancy arrangements. Ms Hider works with clients to structure their approaches to market, and gives tendering and probity advice. She is regularly asked to peer review delivery models and project documentation, and to investigate probity compliance. Ms Hider has also worked with government agencies to develop and implement supply and procurement policies. She is also actively involved in the firm’s pro bono program and provides assistance to a range of pro bono clients including Very Special Kids.

Ms Linda Hornsey

Ms Hornsey is a past General Manager for Organisational Transformation at Vision Australia, a provider of services for people who are blind or have low vision. Previously, she was Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Tasmania for nine years. She has also worked as a journalist and political adviser and has many years’ experience in public administration. Ms Hornsey has experience as a Director of a number of statutory boards, including Western Health. She is also a board member of the Parenting Research Centre and its governance committee.

Professor Alan Lilly

Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Registered General Nurse, with a Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and Master of Business in Health Administration. He has worked across the health, disability and aged care sectors. For over ten years he has been a Chief Executive in public and private organisations. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Australian Catholic University. In addition to his appointment at the Eye and Ear, he is also a Director of the Royal Women’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, the Australasian College of Health Services Management and a Member of the Australian Institute Company of Directors. Alan is now Principal of his own consulting firm, Acumenity, providing consulting services in health and aged care.

Mr Bruce Mildenhall

Bruce has an extensive background in governance at a public sector and community level. He served as the State MP for Footscray for 14 years, including seven years as Parliamentary Secretary to Premier and nine years as a City of Footscray Councillor. In the health sector he served on the board of a primary health service for more than 20 years. He also chaired the board of the largest residential aged care service in the western suburbs for nine years, led a review of mental health workforce training, and has been a board member of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and a metropolitan hospital. Beyond these involvements, Bruce is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a senior manager in the Victorian public service before entering parliament.

Ms Llewellyn Prain

Ms Prain has a background in law and public policy. She has extensive corporate governance experience and has served as a company director for over 10 years. She is currently also a Director at Western Water and the Public Transport Ombudsman. She was the first woman to chair the board of the Western Region Health Centre. In 2017 Ms Prain completed the Williamson Community Leadership Program. She is invited to speak by a range of organisations on leadership development and disability inclusion. She is an associate of the Nous Group and provides consulting services in policy and diversity and inclusion. Ms Prain developed a vision impairment in 2014 and brings a strong consumer focus to the Eye and Ear board. Ms Prain is also the Eye and Ear’s Nominee as the Alternate Director to the Board of CERA.

Mr Bruce Ryan

Mr Ryan is the Chief Information Officer at Yooralla. He has extensive Information and Communications Technology (ICT) management expertise within the Victorian public health sector and within other Victorian government settings. He has worked with the Department of Health & Human Services to assist with delivery of large scale ICT enabled projects. He also worked closely with Eastern Health during the redevelopment of the Box Hill Hospital and commissioning of an advanced electronic medical record system there.