Executive Team

Elizabeth Deveny

Elizabeth Deveny

Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth Deveny is an experienced and well-respected senior executive with a strong commitment to providing sustainable health outcomes for all Australians, and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive, productive partnerships with key stakeholders and the broader community.

Elizabeth has strong skills in research, risk management and governance from her background in academia, allowing for effective forward planning and high levels of efficiency.

She is an accomplished communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage and collaborate with stakeholders and cross-sectoral organisations, including justice enforcement agencies, members of parliament, senior public servants, healthcare organisations and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Before her appointment at SEMPHN, Elizabeth was Chief Executive of Bayside Medicare Local (BML) from its formation in 2012.

Amongst her other current appointments, she chairs the Southern Metropolitan Partnership which brings community, industry and local government together to provide the Victorian government advice about regional priorities and is a member of the Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel. Dr Deveny is Chair and ongoing Board Member of the Australian Digital Health Agency and also Chairs of the Australian Digital Health Agency Board’s Privacy and Security Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth holds a Masters degree in vocational health education and a PhD in Medicine (clinical decision making), both from Melbourne University. 

Cam Battaglia

Cam Battaglia

Chief Operating Officer

Cam Battaglia joined SEMPHN as Chief Operating Officer in July 2016 and is responsible for System Outcomes, Service Innovation and Workforce Development. Holding a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), he brings to the role extensive senior management experience in both the commercial and Not For Profit sectors.

Most recently he was CEO of St Vincent de Paul where he was responsible for all strategic, governance and operational matters, including the oversight of program delivery, more than 10,000 members and volunteers and an annual turnover of some $40 million.

From 2007-11, Cam was CEO at ProVision Eyecare, Australia's largest membership group of independent optometrists, with a focus of promoting patient care.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

General Manager System Outcomes

Chris joined SEMPHN in December 2015 and is currently General Manager, System Outcomes. A qualified actuary, he was previously Director, Performance Measurement and Improvement with the National Health Performance Authority and has worked across the health sector in government, consulting and insurance.

Chris and the System Outcomes team are responsible for data collection, analysis and service evaluation at SEMPHN. Together they ensure that SEMPHN commissions services that are targeted to members of the community that need them most and that the performance of those services is actively and effectively monitored and reviewed.

Tony James

Tony James

General Manager Human Resources

Tony James joined SEMPHN in July 2015 and is currently General Manager Human Resources and is responsible for Human Resources and Occupational Health & Safety. Holding an Advanced Diploma of Business (Human Resources), he brings to the role HR experience in health and higher education sectors. Most recently he held senior HR roles for the Bayside Medicare Local and RMIT University.

Brian O'Sullivan

Brian O'Sullivan

General Manager Strategic Relations

Brian joined SEMPHN as General Manager Strategic Relations in August 2018 and is responsible for stakeholder engagement, communication, events, media relations and issues management. With over 25 years’ experience in the corporate communications arena, Brian has held senior leadership roles at City West Water, Yarra Trams and Australia Post, in addition to work in the local government and not-for profit sector. Brian is the former Chair of BreastWest, a not-for profit committee which supported breast cancer survivors in the Western Health catchment (2007-2014), in addition to mentoring young achievers at Western Chances, a western suburbs scholarships organisation for young people who have the capability, but not the funding, to achieve in their field of expertise (2009 – present).

Clare Escott

Clare Escott

General Manager Corporate Services

Clare joined SEMPHN in March 2020 and is currently General Manager Corporate Services. Clare is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has extensive senior executive experience in leading Corporate Services teams in the health not-for-profit and local government sectors.  Her broad career experience includes financial management, risk and governance, with a focus on project delivery and business improvement.  

Clare and the Corporate Services team are responsible for ensuring that robust financial management and sustainable corporate infrastructure, systems and processes are in place to support SEMPHN in delivering its strategic objectives.

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