Our executive

Fionnagh Dougan Health Service Chief Executive

Fionnagh Dougan has a long and successful history in leading change in complex healthcare environments and a lifelong commitment to improving children’s health. She has been the Chief Executive of Children’s Health Queensland since January 2015. Prior to this, she had overarching responsibility for all hospital, clinical support and community services, including paediatric and mental health services, in her role as Director of Provider Services, Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). She is also a former General Manager of Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital and Child Health Services where she implemented a service-wide healthcare excellence framework. Fionnagh began her career as a Staff Nurse in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She has postgraduate qualifications in health management, an honours degree in communication, and has held dual registration and experience as both a Mental Health and a General Nurse. Fionnagh has also been a Director on the Board of Children’s Healthcare Australasia since November 2012.

Alan Fletcher Chief Finance Officer

Alan has more than 25 years’ financial leadership and management experience within the public health sector. He is a member of CPA Australia and has extensive knowledge and experience in key strategic financial and procurement functions, such as financial management and governance, including the implementation and re-engineering of business processes and financial systems; operational performance management and reporting; procurement, contracts management and logistics; and clinical costing and business analysis.

Dr Andrew Hallahan Executive Director Medical Services

Dr Andrew Hallahan is the Executive Director Medical Services (EDMS) for Children’s Health Queensland and the Paediatric Lead for the Clinical Excellence Division Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service. He has worked in children’s healthcare for more than 20 years with a focus on systems improvement. As former Medical Lead Patient Safety for Children’s Health Queensland he co-developed the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Patient Safety Operating System, an interdisciplinary approach to 24/7 safe care. Andrew established the Queensland Children’s Critical Incident Panel, as a statewide resource to support expert review of children’s patient safety events. As the EDMS for Children’s Health Queensland he aims to drive continuous improvement of health systems. His work in the Clinical Excellence Division focuses on improving the reliability of care, communication, disclosure and developing learning systems and cultures that deliver high quality child and family-centred care.

Frank Tracey Executive Director, Clinical Services

Frank has more than 30 years’ experience working in health systems. This experience includes most recently holding the position of General Manager Operations and Acting Director, Clinical Support Services at the Auckland District Health Board. Frank has a background in nursing and holds advanced qualifications in both health and management. His extensive experience in health commissioning and provision in clinical and community settings is complemented by strong managerial and leadership skills, and an applied interest in translational health research. While working in both government and non-government roles Frank has focused on delivering sustainable health strategies that serve the best interests of patients, health professionals, the broader health system and the community.

Fiona Allsop Executive Director Nursing Services

Fiona is a registered nurse who has had a varied and diverse career. She has worked in nursing and operational management in both the UK and Australia over the course of her career and has experienced a wide range of clinical environments and roles. She has experience in developing clinical governance systems, has worked with health services regulators and universities to develop new nursing roles and education pathways. She has been accredited by the Virginia Mason Institute in using Lean Leadership principles to design care pathways and improve the patient’s experience of healthcare. She is committed to and passionate about the role of nurses in leading change, adding value and hearing the patient voice.

Tania Hobson Executive Director Allied Health

Tania is a hospital executive and health care practitioner, with a strong clinical background and extensive experience as a strategic and operational manager and professional leader. Tania has a passion for health management, transformative organisational change, consumer and community engagement, and best practice models of care. She has qualifications in Speech Pathology and business and is currently enrolled in her PhD. Tania is also the lead executive for consumer engagement at Children’s Health Queensland.

Dominic Tait Executive Director Clinical Services, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Dominic is a highly experienced healthcare manager and allied health professional who is passionate about providing quality outcomes for patients and families. Dominic has held the position of Executive Director for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital since January 2017 and prior to this, was the hospital’s Divisional Director of Clinical Support for three years. He also served in Operations Manager roles across multiple divisions such as Critical Care, Surgery and Clinical Support at the former Royal Children’s Hospital between 2012 and 2014. Dominic holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Master of Business Administration.

Dominic is a highly experienced healthcare manager and allied health professional who has headed Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital’s Division of Clinical Support for the past three years. Dominic has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Master of Business Administration.

Leigh Goldsmith Executive Director People and Culture

Leigh has more than 30 years’ experience in strategic HR, organisational development; digital hospital, communications and engagement; consumer engagement; strategic and business planning; and change management.  Leigh has extensive experience in the Queensland Government and as a management consultant with key clients in Catholic education, the Sydney Children’s Hospital and shared services. Leigh is an energetic and positive professional who takes pride in working in public health and the opportunity to contribute to the delivery of excellent patient experiences and patient outcomes.

Alastair Sharman Chief Digital Officer

Alastair Sharman is an information management and technology professional with more than two decades’ experience across private and public sectors in Australia and internationally. This includes 12 years in the Australian Defence Force where he served in the peacekeeping force in Bougainville and with the United Nations in East Timor. He holds a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and is a graduate of the Royal Military College and the Australian Defence Force Academy. Alastair has worked extensively in the healthcare sector over the past decade and was appointed the first Chief Information Officer for Children’s Health Queensland in January 2015. Alastair’s goal is to deliver on care through digital enablement, providing contemporary information and digital services.

Lisa Benneworth Executive Director Legal, Governance and Risk

Lisa has more than 16 years’ experience as a legal professional and has held a range of roles both nationally and internationally. She is highly regarded for her depth and breadth of knowledge of legal, risk and compliance issues within the Queensland healthcare system and was appointed Executive Director Legal, Governance and Risk in May 2018. Prior to her appointment, Lisa was the Director of Legal Services at Children’s Health Queensland.

Joe Fitzgerald Senior Director, Communications and Engagement

Joe Fitzgerald is an experienced communications and media professional, with more than 15 years’ experience across private and public sectors. He is adept at developing and executing strategic political, social and educational campaigns and projects on a state and national level.

This experience includes managing staff and complex stakeholders in the successful delivery of project goals across traditional and social media, advertising and marketing channels.

Joe has a passion for health and is an advocate for the role effective communication plays in helping deliver better outcomes for patients and their families.