HSS Board

On 1 July 2020, HSS became a board-governed Health Service Provider under an amendment to the Health Services (Health Service Provider) Order 2016 (external link).

The HSS Board enables us to better deliver on what matters – supporting our customers to provide excellent healthcare so that we can work to achieve our vision of ‘great services, valued partner, healthy Western Australians’. 

Meet our HSS Board members

Our board members bring a diverse range of experience across the fields of medicine and health care, finance, law, community and consumer engagement. Their significant accomplishments in their respective fields are an invaluable asset for our organisation.

Board Chair Michael Walsh looking to camera for portrait photo

Michael Walsh PSM | HSS Board Chair

Michael Walsh, a highly regarded senior executive who has worked in the health system for many years. He served as Director General of Queensland Health and the inaugural Chief Executive of eHealth NSW. Michael was the Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council and was on the board of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for the ‘My Health Record’.

He is the Chair of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre, working to ensure research and innovation in digital health offers Australia significant economic and business development opportunities, as well as great promise for the better health of our community. Michael is also the Chair of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority working to help communities affected by natural disasters to recover as quickly as possible and to support them to be resilient.

He has managed a number of large-scale projects including, leading a team which built three tertiary hospitals in south east Queensland.

Michael’s background in strategic advisory services to large organisations feeds his passion for organisational excellence and supporting values-based organisations and teams achieve outcomes that improve the lives of everyone. His skills in leadership, digital health, governance, strategy, planning and transformation enhances HSS’ overall operation and day to day activity.

On 8 June 2020, Michael received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to the health sector in Queensland.

“I am committed to providing services that support our WA Health customers to provide excellent health care. We work in partnership with our customers to always find a way to meet their needs and share the common goal with them that a patient’s health outcomes are paramount. I am proud and humbled to be part of an organisation doing great things for the health of Western Australians.” 

Board member Margaret Prychla looking to camera for portrait photo

Margaret Pyrchla | HSS Deputy Chair | Chair, Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Margaret Pyrchla is the Head of Commercial at Western Power. Margaret is an experienced non-executive board director who has held numerous roles on boards of small to medium not-for-profit organisations, professional organisations and WA Government agencies. Margaret’s professional training, combined with more than 20 years’ experience in public accounting practice, federal and state government entities operating in financial services, energy and health sectors has equipped her with a wide range of skills and expertise required of a board director.

Margaret is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience, not only through board directorships, but also through teaching. She spent over a decade lecturing for the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Margaret is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she holds a Masters Degree in Applied Finance and Investments, Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business.

“Being part of the HSS Board provides an incredible opportunity to shape the future of HSS as a shared service provider of choice for the health sector in Western Australia, for the benefit of our community.” 

Board member Cheryl Chan looking to camera for portrait photo

Cheryl Chan | Board Member | Chair, People and Performance Committee

Cheryl Chan is an experienced lawyer, with over two decades’ of experience specialising in employment and discrimination law. She has worked internationally across several different industries such as oil and gas, retail, financial services, health, education and government. Cheryl has managed numerous high-profile mergers, acquisitions and divestments, restructures, regulatory investigations, employment and discrimination issues and litigation and industrial relations issues.

Cheryl runs a consulting business, Remotely Legal, helping employers and boards with employment law issues, strategic HR and industrial relations advisory services, dispute resolution, training and investigations. She is also an experienced non-executive director and board member.

In 2019, Cheryl was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers of Western Australia, and in 2020 she was named Senior Lawyer of the Year by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. In 2020 and 2021, she was named in Doyles’ international guide as a ‘Leading In-house Employment and WHS lawyer – Australia 2021’. 

Cheryl brings a strong focus on people and culture to the HSS Board. 

“If we look after our people, get the culture right, then we look after our customers, health care workers, and in turn, all Western Australians.”

Board member Dr Paul Boyatzis looking to camera for portrait photo

Dr Paul Boyatzis | Board Member | People and Performance Committee Member

Former Western Australian Executive Director and Group CEO of the Australian Medical Association for more than 30 years, Dr Paul Boyatzis brings a wealth of business and health management experience to the HSS Board.

He has a strong understanding and in-depth knowledge of both the public and private health sectors, with experience including roles at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital in senior executive management positions.

His expertise lies in implementing change management practices in complex organisations while also ensuring a front facing credible social conscience. He is highly motivated with a strong record in improving organisational performance, people and culture and achieving outcomes.

He has served on a number of external Boards and has been recognised for his passion for public health, medical research, education and the shaping of future generations.

Paul is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Dist) and a Bachelor of Business.

Having had extensive experience interacting with WA Health (both from an employer and employee perspective), Paul believes it is important for his experience to be represented around the boardroom.

“Health is going through a complex evolution particularly in the IT arena. Instead of just building on existing programs, now is the right time to overhaul how things are done and be in a position to shape exciting new initiatives that will compliment much needed structural reform. My focus has always been to provide the best environment for health providers to enable them to deliver the best health care for patients.”

Board member Dr Rowan Ellis looking to camera for portrait photo

Dr Rowan Ellis | Board Member

Dr Rowan Ellis is an Anaesthetic Trainee Registrar at St John of God Midland hospital, and one of the three practicing clinicians on the HSS Board. Rowan started his medical career as an intern at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) in 2015 and remained within the WA health system for the next five years working at FSH, Royal Perth Hospital, Armadale Health Service and St John of God Midland as a Resident Medical Officer (RMO) and Registrar.

Rowan brings a wealth of experience as a clinical ICT end-user and passionate advocate of the clinical user experience. He has worked closely with HSS to make significant improvements to key clinical applications.

His keen interest in ICT as a junior medical officer led Rowan to be actively involved in Business User Groups for NaCS and BOSSnet which were focused on resolving key end-user issues faced by his peers. Rowan also led a Medical Service Improvement Project to assess and improve processes and systems surrounding ICT workflows in clinical areas.

Rowan’s contribution to clinical ICT process improvement led to his appointment as the Department of Health’s main clinical consultant, working with the Chief Clinical Information Officer and the ICT Strategy and Governance team on the WA Health Digital Strategy 2020-2030, planning for a Statewide Electronic Medical Record System, and multiple other projects.

Rowan has also been a Clinical Reference Lead with the Australian Digital Health Agency since 2018, providing clinical assurance for national digital health programs such as the My Health Record rollout and the National Goals of Care Collaborative.

Rowan’s membership of the HSS Board will support the organisation’s renewed focus on customer experience, especially that of the end-users of the many ICT applications supported by HSS.

“It is a privilege to serve on the HSS Board. In treating my patients, I always aim to provide safe, effective and efficient care - and I wouldn’t be able to do this without the team, supplies and tools I work with. Digital systems are a critical tool which will only grow in importance in coming years, and I look forward to working with the HSS teams that will bring the future of healthcare to the clinical frontlines.”

Board member Diana Forsyth looking to camera for portrait photo

Diana Forsyth | HSS Board Member | People and Performance Committee Member

Diana Forsyth’s international career as a business leader and management consultant has led her to work with a range of organisations in the health care, education, community service and resources sectors, focusing on leading change and business improvement.

She has held executive, consulting, and managerial roles in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations, including the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, and St John of God Health Care. From 2006 to 2016, Diana lived in the United Kingdom, where she advised Australian and European businesses and worked with Cambridge University Health Partnership organisations.

Diana’s focus is to challenge and support those delivering front line services to remove institutional barriers to improvement.

Diana’s belief is that authentic leadership, precise organisational design, and well-designed and engaging change, development, and management practices ensure the successful achievement of strategy.

She holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce.

“Having worked with public and private health and service organisations in Australia and internationally, I hope to ensure that HSS is an exceptional place to work that enables even more improvement to the already fantastic service provided to clients.

I was attracted to the HSS board for the opportunity that exists to support the transformation of WA’s health system to meet the ambitious goals of the sustainable health review.”

Board member Amanda McKnight looking to camera for portrait photo

Amanda McKnight | Board Member | Finance, Risk and Audit Committee Member

Amanda McKnight has over 40 years’ experience in the WA health sector and has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. She is currently the Nurse Co-Director of Speciality and

Ambulatory Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group, making her one of the three practicing clinicians on the HSS Board.

She has held numerous state and national executive positions including a term as President of the Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia where she led the transition of the college from a committee-led society to a board-led college.

Amanda is a Rotarian and committed to the various projects her club is involved in. She has also held executive positions within the club, including President and was the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

“I enjoy working with the HSS Executive and Board to shape the future direction of shared services. This assists health more broadly in its commitment to achieving excellent patient outcomes by supporting staff to be able to be their best selves.”

Board member Dr Con Phatorous looking to camera for portrait photo

Dr Con Phatouros | Board Member | People and Performance Committee Member

Dr Con Phatouros is an radiologist with 30 years experience in a comprehensive speciality, research and leadership practice, including in the United Kingdom and North America. He is currently a Consultant Neuroradiologist and Head of Department, Neurological Intervention and Imaging Service of WA (NIISWA).

He is President of the Australia & New Zealand Society of Neuroradiology (ANZSNR) and Vice President of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation (ASMOF) WA branch.

Con was the inaugural Head of Department of the NIISWA upon its formal establishment by the Western Australian Health Department in 2007. He was subsequently appointed Medical Co-Director of the Division of Neurosciences at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for a term of three years. He was instrumental in establishing the 24/7 state-wide acute stroke thrombectomy service that commenced in 2017.

He holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science.

“As an end-user, I experience every day the indispensable contribution of HSS to patient care and staff satisfaction. I am proud to support HSS achieve its maximum potential and ensure HSS staff are valued and appreciate the incredibly important work they do.”

Board Chair, Yaso Ponnuthurai looking to camera for portrait photo

Yaso Ponnuthurai | Board Member | Finance, Risk and Audit Committee Member

Yaso Ponnuthurai has worked in resources and health, capital projects, governance, multicultural community, tourism, the arts, and local government. She has expertise in financial management, problem-solving, stakeholder engagement and organisational governance.

Yaso has worked in management positions in Sri Lanka, India and Australia. She is an independent board member of Thalanyji Trust Advisory Council, Fairbridge Festival, Australia India Business Council WA Chapter and Multicultural Service Centre Boards. She holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Yaso was a Councillor at the City of Canning, where she championed the interests of women and local multicultural communities and was an advocate for investment in services that empower, with a focus on tackling inequality.

She has a proven ability to identify and maximise business opportunities and improve profitability. Yaso migrated to Australia in 1996. A practicing musician, she has long standing interests in using music and the arts to build bridges within and between communities.

“I bring my background in audit, financial management and governance and my abilities in both long-term project strategy and obtaining the best possible outcome for investment to the HSS Board and ensure risk management systems are robust and secure.” 


Last Updated: 15/08/2022