Meet our trustees.



Gail Milner

Gail Milner previously held the position of Assistant Director General Health for System Policy and Planning. Currently Gail is serving as a Director on not for profit organisations as a Board member.

Gail worked as a registered nurse and midwife for more than twenty years. She has extensive experience in health strategic and operational policy development, strategic planning, service improvement and health service management, project management, leadership, and performance evaluation in Western Australia.

She is the recipient of the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2015 for outstanding service to the community and aged care reform, particularly through the establishment and implementation of innovative clinical programs.



grant convenor

Associate Professor Kylie Russell

Dr Kylie Russell is an Associate Professor at The University of Notre Dame, Australia, having worked in the roles of Postgraduate Coordinator (2014-2017), A/Associate Dean (2014-2015) and Clinical Placement Coordinator (2009-2013) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 

Kylie is currently working as a research supervisor and academic developer. Kylie has a PhD, a Masters in Health Science (Education), Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Nursing. 

Kylie is a member of numerous nursing and research affiliated organisations and committees in Australia and overseas, has presented at national and international conferences, attracted over $500,000 in education and research grants, and provides supervision to higher degree by research students.




Annie Thompson

Annie Thompson is a UK trained registered nurse working at Fremantle Hospital.

Annie returned to clinical practice after 15 years working in nursing leadership roles within Fremantle Hospital & Health Service, including Nursing Director of Corporate Services, Nurse Co-Director Medical and Aged Care Services and as the Commissioning, Transition and Reconfiguration Lead in which she over saw the transition of services, staff and patients to commission Fiona Stanley Hospital. 

Annie has held executive nursing roles as both the FHHS Executive Director of Nursing Midwifery and Patient Support Services and as the Area Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Quality & Safety South Metropolitan Health Service.

She is a published wound care author and has a Masters in Nursing.



Sunita McGowan

Sunita McGowan held the positions of Director of Nursing Research and Evaluation at Fremantle Hospital and Health Service and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing at Curtin University prior to retirement.  

She was a member of Fremantle Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee, Hollywood Private Hospital Scientific Review Committee and The Western Australian Council for Safety and Quality.

Sunita has extensive experience in the design, implementation, management and monitoring of nursing research, evaluation, quality improvement and clinical pathway projects. 

She has been the recipient of a number of research grants including a National Health and Medical Research Council grant for a study into the prevention of pressure ulcers. 

Sunita has published in the national and international literature.



Shanette Sims

Shanette Sims is currently employed as a Nurse Unit Manager of the Neonatal Unit at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. She has experience in Midwifery, Neonatal Nursing, Breast feeding services and Perinatal and Infant Mental health.

Her qualifications include: Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, B A App SC (Advanced Clinical Nursing – Curtin University), Post Graduate Diploma in Health Administration, Masters of Infant Mental Health.



Ann Callaghan

Ann Callaghan recently retired after a long career as a registered nurse and midwife. She remains, however, keenly interested in the future of the nursing profession. 

Ann’s extensive clinical experience includes paediatric, adult, midwifery, geriatric and palliative care. Following post-graduate studies her interests continued in child and family based health research. 

In addition to this Trustee role, Ann has had other community interests, serving in several not for profit organisations as a Board member and also as a Board chair.




Violet Platt 

Violet Platt is Co-Director and Director of Nursing of The Western Australia Cancer and Palliative Care Network and Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Notre Dame and Edith Cowan University. Violet leads a state-wide team of Cancer Nurse Coordinators.

Violet has a Masters of Nursing by Research, an Executive Masters of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Violet was the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Honour Award at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.



Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker is employed as a Deputy Nurse Co Director at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Meredith’s experience as a registered nurse for more than 25 years is in vascular and gastro biliary surgical specialty, later expanding into abdominal transplantation. 

Meredith has significant involvement in the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards as part of her SCGH portfolio.

Meredith has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) and is currently completing a Masters of Health Care Management.



Lisa Vilé

Lisa Vilé has extensive experience in critical care nursing and has worked in a number of senior nursing positions in specialty units within Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Having completed a Bachelor of Nursing in Melbourne, Lisa went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing through Curtin University, Perth. She has undertaken further studies in project and corporate management.

Over the years Lisa has developed an interest in nursing-led safety and quality and is currently undertaking further studies in this area. Her interest in this field has recently led her toward roles incorporating project management and clinical practice coordination in relation to the National Safety & Quality Health Service Standards. 

She is currently the Senior Research Nurse for NMHS Mental Health and has a passion for driving and promoting safe and high quality nursing care.