Ms Fiona Brew
Fiona Brew RN, Perioperative Certificate, Grad Dip Acute Care Nursing, MACN, MBA, GAICD
Fiona commenced with Colac Area Health in June 2019. Fiona brings extensive regional and rural experience working across a variety of health regions in senior executive roles. She has held portfolios across both the clinical and corporate domains influencing health outcomes for local communities.
Fiona has represented the sector on numerous working groups and through ministerial appointments. Recognising that staff are the greatest asset for any organisation, drives her passion in developing opportunities for people to learn and grow. Fiona is a values driven leader and believes a safe and just culture leads to a high performing organisation.
Executive Director – Nursing
Lisa commenced at Colac Area Health in May 2022.
Lisa began her career in health as a nurse in Tasmania and relocated to Victoria, where she completed post graduate studies in Midwifery and Advanced Nursing/Management. Lisa’s career has evolved over a number of years while holding various leadership and management positions and participating in working groups/committees at a local, regional and state level. Lisa is currently studying her MBA at Deakin University.
Lisa is a values based leader who is passionate about improving health outcomes through the provision of safe, quality, consumer focussed care. Lisa is committed to understanding and working with the broader Colac community.
Executive Director – Community Health
Jo has been working in various health leadership roles for over 25 years. Her breadth of experience includes roles in Aged Care, Rehabilitation and over the past 10 years in Community Health.
During this time Jo has been involved in the actualisation of significant organisational imperatives and service implementations that aim to better support patients most at risk in our communities to better manage their health and wellbeing.
Executive Director – Finance and Corporate Services
Ian was appointed to the role of Executive Director Finance and Corporate Services in February 2022 having worked in a similar position within the rural health sector since moving to Australia from the UK in 2018 with his family.
Having spent many years within the education sector in Scotland Ian is passionate about lifelong learning and developing the skills and potential of all staff across the organisation. Working collaboratively and as a team are Ian’s main drivers for success and a thriving organisation.
Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Chartered Global Management Accountant and has many years of experience in change management and leadership development gained within the private, public and third sectors.
Executive Director – People and Culture
Angela was appointed to the role of Executive Director, People and Culture in February 2022 and brings over 25 years’ experience in both the Private and Public sectors, across Healthcare, FMCG, and Financial Services.
Angela has lead transformation projects delivering sustainable customer centred processes and service delivery capacity and brings extensive experience across the full employee lifecycle, including developing and implementing strategies to drive cultural alignment.
Angela is passionate about coaching and mentoring others to reach their potential, and believes developing a clear vision, strong leadership and proactive collaboration is the foundation to an organisations success.
Executive Director – Medical Services
Ajai Verma commenced as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Barwon Health and Executive Director of Medical Services for Colac Area Health in January 2022. Prior to becoming a medical administrator, Ajai was a General Practitioner and currently sits on the Victorian RACGP Faculty Council.
Ajai has experience as a front-line clinician and medical leader across the public and private health sector in rural, regional and metropolitan settings. He also has extensive experience as a non-executive Board Director of public health services and commercial entities.
Ajai has a passion for improving health outcomes for regional and rural communities and believes everyone should have access to safe, high quality care delivered locally.
Ajai is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Australasian College of Health Service Management. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Masters Degrees in Surgery, Public Health and Health Management and is an Affiliate Associate Professor with the Deakin University School of Medicine.
Clinical Director – Medical Services
Ian was appointed Clinical Director Medical Services in 2022 after serving in the role of Director of Medical Services since 2018 in a part-time capacity and remains the Director of Perioperative Services long side the Clinical Director role.
Having lived and worked in Colac for the last 30 years, he is a long standing member of the local community bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked as a GP at the Corangamite Clinic and Anaesthetist at Colac Area Health.
Ian’s role incorporates key responsibilities including effective management, leadership and support in the provision of quality care and services at Colac Area Health, and continuing to deliver care to patients in his practice.