Western Alliance Governance

Western Alliance operates as a company limited by guarantee and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). In June 2019, the Western Alliance Board was expanded to include representation from all member organisations, and the Western Alliance Research Translation Committee was established. The Research Translation Committee is made up of health practitioners, researchers and consumers from across the Western Alliance member base, and advises on the development of Western Alliance operational activities as well as providing a feedback loop between the Alliance and its member organisations.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for strategic direction and governance of Western Alliance Health Research Ltd. The Board meets every 2 months.

  • Director: Ms Fiona Brew, Chief Executive Officer, Colac Area Health
  • Director: Ms Rowena Clift, Chief Executive Officer, Western District Health Service
  • Director and Chair: Prof Brendan Crotty, Barwon Health Board member, Former Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • Director: Ms Frances Diver, Chief Executive Officer, Barwon Health
  • Director: Mr Craig Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, South West Healthcare
  • Director: Mr Dale Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Grampians Health
  • Director: Mr Andy Giddy, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Western Victoria Primary Health Network
  • Director: Prof Rachel Huxley, Executive Dean Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • Director: A/Prof Nicole Mercer, Deakin University, Wadawurrung Woman, with ties to Wurundjeri Nation
  • Director: Prof Warren Payne, Executive Director, Western Alliance
  • Director: Mr Mario Santilli, Director Development and Improvement, East Grampians Health Service
  • Director: Ms Katherine Stanley, consumer representative
  • Director: Prof Shane Thomas, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Federation University
  • Director: Chief Executive Officer, Portland District Health (currently recruiting)


Research Translation Committee

The Research Translation Committee provides advice and support to the Board of Directors. Meetings are held every 2 months.

  • Prof Steven Allender, Deakin University
  • Dr Laura Alston, Colac Area Health, Deakin University
  • Mr Drew Aras, Western Alliance
  • Ms Jaclyn Bishop, East Grampians Health Service
  • Prof Sue Brumby, National Centre for Farmer Health
  • Ms Ashleigh Clarke, Grampians Health
  • Ms Leah Damman, South West Healthcare
  • Mrs Marilyn Dolling, Consumer representative
  • Dr Michael Field, Colac Area Health, Western Alliance
  • Mr Andy Giddy, Western Vic PHN
  • Prof Fergal Grace, Federation University
  • Ms Cassandra Hamilton, Western Alliance
  • Ms Kate Huggins, Deakin University
  • Prof Alison Hutchison, Deakin University, Monash Health
  • Mr Peter Kelly, Western Alliance, Deakin University
  • Dr Olivia King, Barwon Health, Western Alliance
  • Dr Ella Ottrey, East Grampians Health Service, Western Alliance
  • Prof Warren Payne, Western Alliance
  • Prof Anna Peeters, Deakin University, Western Alliance
  • Prof Aziz Rahman, Federation University
  • Ms Aleesha Sayner, Grampians Health, Western Alliance
  • Ms Janelle Solomon, Barwon Health, Project Officer, Aboriginal Health Improvement Initiative, Kureinji Woman
  • A/Prof Vincent Versace, Deakin University
  • Prof Peter Vuillermin, Barwon Health, Deakin University
  • A/Prof Anna Wong Shee, Grampians Health – Chair
  • A/Prof Mark Yates, Grampians Health
  • Ms Emma West, Deakin University


Company Secretary/Public Officer

Mr Drew Aras, Chief Operating Officer



Please find the Western Alliance Strategic Plan 2023 – 2026 here: Western Alliance Strategic Plan 2023 – 2026

Please find the Western Alliance Annual Report 2021 – 2022 here: Western Alliance Annual Report 2021-22

Please find the Western Alliance Annual Report 2020 – 2021 here: Western Alliance Annual Report 2020-21

Please find the Western Alliance Annual Report 2019 – 2020 here: Western Alliance Annual Report 2019-20