Our Board of Directors

WHA benefits enormously from the wisdom and guidance of our Board of Directors. We acknowledge and thank all of our directors who so generously donate their time and expertise to WHA.

Meet our Board

Our President

Prof Anne Sneddon
Anne is the current President of WHA, a role that she has held since 2017. She has history of being involved in WHA since 1998 in various roles, including the Early Pregnancy Loss consensus statement, active in benchmarking at both Canberra and Gold Coast University Hospitals, many presentations at Annual Safety and Quality meetings and since 2012 has served on the WHA Board. Anne was a member of the Expert Advisory committee for the reducing Severe perineal trauma project and involved in the overall process that introduced the concept of sustainable change in health care through The WHI organisation. 

Anne has a background in providing care for women who sustain a 3rd or 4th degree tear having established the first Australian multidisciplinary clinic for women in the immediate post-natal period and a follow up service for women in subsequent pregnancies. She has published with other leaders in this field around the impact of care in this area.

Anne currently is the Academic Lead for WH at Griffith University and other interests include chronic pelvic pain and, endometriosis.

Our Vice President:

Kate Reynolds

Coordinator of Midwifery WA Country Health Service, WA
Kate Reynolds, with 31 years experience as a midwife (and 37 years as a nurse) in WA tertiary, private, remote and regional maternity services with a passion for innovative models of maternity care and translating evidence into country maternity care practice.

Kate was previously manager of Maternity and Paediatrics at Bunbury for 6 years before setting up the Midwifery Group Practice. Kate is currently the Coordinator of Midwifery for WA Country Health Services, the largest health service in Australia, working in close partnership with the Clinical Head for Obstetrics, the Midwifery Advisory Forum and the Obstetric leadership to drive and standardise evidenced based policy and practice changes across WACHS whilst maintaining vigilance related to the safety and quality of maternity care.

Kate is able to influence at high levels for change in each of her roles including as WACHS Program Manager for the CHI Maternity Service Improvement program, as an executive member of the WA Health Clinical Senate and as Co-Lead of the WA Health Women and Newborn Health Network (WNHN). Kate is motivated by ensuring all country women and their families have access to safe, efficient and contemporary models of maternity care across the full continuum regardless of distance and where they give birth, including Aboriginal women.

Our Board Members:

Sue McBeath

A/Executive Director of Nursing Royal Hobart Hospital
Midwife/Registered Nurse/Family and Children Health Nurse with Bachelor of Science/Masters of Applied Science and Forensic Nursing post grad (sexual assault).

Board experience in WHA/AGM/Launceston General Hospital Executive and Royal Hobart Executive.

Midwife Representative COPPMM

Director of Nursing Royal Hobart Hospital Women's & Children's Services

Health Representative on interjurisdictional government committees

A/Prof Mike Beckmann

Director Mother's Babies and Women's Health Mater Mothers ‘Hospital
Associate Professor Mike Beckmann MBBS, PhD, CHIA, AFAIDH, FRANZCOG is Head of Mother Babies and Women’s Health at Mater and oversees Australia’s largest women’s health service with more than 12,000 births annually across 5 Facilities. He also holds the position of Chief Digital Health Officer for the Mater Group. ​

Mike is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, health informatician, and health services researcher with more than 70 research publications, and is currently supervising PhD students in the areas of minimizing clinical variation, team dynamics, and consumer information-sharing. ​

As a clinician, researcher and healthcare leader, Mike has led many innovations in healthcare delivery to improve safety and the quality of care, improve efficient, enhance patient experience as we as improve the work-life of staff

Nicole Flendt

Nicole has been a Registered Nurse since 1994 and a midwife since 1998. Having trained in Australia as a nurse & in England as a midwife, Nicole went on to have a variety of clinical experience across both professions, eventually commencing her management and leadership journey in 2001​ ​

Nicole has worked in leadership & management roles in the General Hospital setting (Swan Kalamunda Health Serv ice) managing the areas of Paediatrics, Maternity & Surgical; & in Tertiary Settings spanning Adult, Paediatric & Maternity services (Royal Perth Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital & Kind Edward Memorial Hospital).​ ​

My most recent positions have been at the Women & Newborn Health Service in the Executive positions of Nurse Midwife Co-Director for Gynaecology, Perioperative & Imaging Services for 3 Years, & Nurse Co-Director for Women’s Health, Genetics & Mental Health for 2.5 years – which is my current role.​

​ All of these roles required knowledge & application of clinical & corporate governance. I  was the chair of the Corporate Governance Committee at Women & Newborn Health Service for 2 years & member for 5 years, & a member of the clinical Governance Committee for 5 Years.  So, I have excellent working knowledge of both​.

Susan Gannon

Chief Executive Hospitals South Tasmania
Department of Health & Human Services, TAS
Susan is currently the Chief Executive of the Royal Hobart Hospital & Health Service in Tasmania.  Susan has had experience spanning three states (Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania) and working in senior management positions for Women’s & Children’s Services as well as all other clinical areas such as Medicine, Emergency, Cancer and Surgical Services. She has worked in policy, quality and education in both the public and private sector across Australia. ​

​ Susan has a passion for providing client centered care and striving to improve clinical outcomes for women and their families. Her qualifications include nursing, midwifery, a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Graduate Diploma in Family and Child Health, and a Masters in International Health. ​ ​

Susan has been a Director of WHA since 2014.​

Prof Adrienne Gordon

Senior Staff Specialist Neonatologist
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW
Adrienne is a senior staff specialist Neonatologist in the RPA centre for newborn care and Clinical Professor in the Disciplines of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology and Child and Adolescent Health, at Central and the Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical Schools, within the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. ​

She trained in paediatrics prior to specialising in neonatal/perinatal medicine and is passionate about the public health impact of a healthy start to life and preventing adverse pregnancy outcome especially stillbirth. She is a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence, a Board Member of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and active member of the IMPACT Network (Improving Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes – Action through Clinical Trials). ​

She has strong links with National parent led organisations - including Stillbirth and Preterm Birth Advocacy Groups both and is Deputy Chair of the National RedNose (Previously SIDSandKIDS) scientific advisory group. Adrienne currently leads the Public Awareness work within the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence which includes mass media campaign design and evaluation in collaboration with Prof Adrian Bauman from the University of Sydney. She is a key member of the Safer Baby Bundle initiative which aims to reduce late pregnancy stillbirth in Australia by 20% and a board member of the International Stillbirth Alliance. Adrienne is committed to multidisciplinary research and leads the BABY1000 project at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney which aims to determine the modifiable risks and interventions prior to and during pregnancy that impact on obesity, diabetes and later life health.​

Jonathan Morris

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Director
Clinical and Population Perinatal Health Research,
Royal North Shore Hospital
Professor Jonathan Morris is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and completed his Obstetric and Maternal Fetal Medicine sub specialty training in Sydney. He completed his PhD in Oxford and returned to Sydney in 1998 to the Royal North Shore Hospital. He leads a perinatal research team that extends from basic science to population health. His major research interests are the prediction, prevention and management of pregnancy complications.  He is Vice President of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance, and a Chief Investigator with the Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth.  ​