Our Board of Directors

The Boab Health Services Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and legal entity of Boab Health Services. The Board drives the strategic direction of the organisation and oversees the implementation of the strategic plan through the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Management Team. Our Board are diverse in all aspects of community and professional life and are a source of influence, skills and knowledge.

Chair

Dr Suzanne Phillips

Dr. Sue Phillips has been a Director / Chair of the Boab Health Services Board since 2011. Sue is passionate about making a difference for remote and rural health after having lived and worked in remote and rural locations for over 20 years – 15 of them in Broome. She is currently the Acting Regional Medical Director of the WA Country Health Service – Kimberley where she hopes to help regional medical services continue to meet the needs of this vast geographical region. Sue strongly believes remote communities deserve to have equity of access to quality clinical services and is delighted to assist Boab Health with their contribution to the provision of quality allied health and mental health services across the Kimberley.

Deputy Chair

Gary Davies

Gary is our Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors and our longest serving Board Member. Gary joined the Board in 2006 when Boab Health were previously known as the Kimberley Division of GPs. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a graduate diploma in Paramedical Science. Gary brings non-medical clinician experience to the board, having been employed as a paramedic for 24 years, with 17 of those years in Broome. Gary was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal by the Governor-General on Australia Day 2016 for distinguished service by a member of an Australian ambulance service.

Board Members

Chris Mitchell

Chris joined the Boab Health Board in April 2016. Chris has lived in the Kimberley region for over 36 years and is passionate about innovative regional development opportunities that benefit the Kimberley and Northern Australia. Chris has a strong interest in developing Northern Australia with a special interest in health, education, aquaculture development, agriculture, pastoral diversification, emergency management, and tourism. Chris is the Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia – Kimberley, has been a serving Shire of Broome Councillor for 27 years, is currently the Broome Shire‘s representative on the Kimberley Zone of Councils, and a WALGA State Councillor. He is also a serving Justice of the Peace. Chris is a Ministerial Appointee to the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council, and a member of the Broome District Health Advisory Council. He also holds several WA Local Government Association positions as a State representative on several Emergency Management committees. Chris has a Diploma of Local Government and an Advanced Diploma in Management and Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kristina Koenig

Kristina has been on the Boab Health Board of Directors since mid-2018. She is a former strategy consultant, having advised Boards and Executives in organisations from the Federal Government to blue-chip corporates as well as NGOs. Her work included projects for a range of health care companies and private hospital providers, advising on matters from revenue maximisation to strategy and market positioning. Kristina now works for the Kimberley Land Council, managing the carbon program that supports Traditional Owners in generating revenue from carbon credits for early-season savanna burning. Kris spends her free time kayaking, bushwalking and supporting conservation projects.

Rafael Szumer

Rafael joined the Boab Health board in 2017 while working in the East Kimberley as a lawyer with the Kimberley Community Legal Service. Prior to practicing law, Rafael worked as a restorative justice mediator and an asylum seeker caseworker and has previously volunteered as a member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania, chairperson of the North West Community Legal Centre, and a director of Environment Tasmania. Passionate about spending time in wild places he is a former deputy manager of the North West Tasmania SES Search and Rescue Team. In 2019 Rafael returned to university to study medicine.

Helen Fullarton

Helen is the Coordinator of Nursing & Midwifery at the Broome Regional Health Campus. Helen has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years with 17 years’ experience in senior management roles with WA Country Health Service, tertiary hospitals in Perth and the not-for-profit sector. Helen is committed to contributing to change management resulting in improved health outcomes for people within our region, supporting people to develop to their full potential within their roles and succession planning for staff. Helen has three adult children, two sons and a daughter. The youngest is currently studying nursing at ECU, one works as a graduate Registered Nurse at Port Hedland Hospital and one has recently returned to Perth from working in Sydney for several years. Helen has two border collies dogs, loves walking for miles along the beaches of Broome and last – but not least – is a committed mighty Dockers supporter.

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