Mr Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive

Andrew has extensive experience in executive roles in a variety of hospitals and health care settings; and within the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services as the Director for the State’s mental health system, as Regional Director for Health, Housing and Community Services and as Director of Strategy. Immediately prior to joining Monash Health, he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Alfred Health.


Mr Martin Keogh

Chief Operating Officer

Martin Keogh joined Monash Health as Chief Operating Officer after many years of clinical and management experience in a variety of roles within acute health care settings. This has enabled him to develop a broad level of knowledge, skill and understanding of the contemporary drivers for health service performance and the need for continual organisational improvement. Prior to joining Monash Health Martin was acting Chief Operating Officer of Alfred Health.

Having originally trained as a registered nurse, Martin practiced in the areas of emergency and cardiology before finally specialising in intensive care nursing. Subsequently, he embarked on a management career. Martin has a proven track record in identifying and implementing improvements to enhance patient safety, access and importantly enhancing the patients’ overall experience. He has a strong interest in patient safety and quality of care initiatives, incorporating evidence based practice.


Adjunct Professor Cheyne Chalmers

Executive Director, Residential Care and Support Services
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Cheyne is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background of respiratory and palliative care nursing and was involved in the development of national standards and education pathways for nurses in New Zealand during the 1990s. In early 2000 Cheyne was involved in leading the amalgamation of four large hospitals onto one site, in Auckland New Zealand. From 2005-2009 Cheyne was the Director of Nursing at Capital and Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand. After joining Monash Health in 2009 Cheyne as Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, she developed the “Target Best Care” approach to redesign within Monash Health and is the executive lead for Infection Control within Monash Health.



Mr Stuart Donaldson

Executive Director, Financial Services
Chief Finance Officer

Stuart Donaldson joined Monash Health in January 2017. Stuart is an experienced senior finance executive with a strong record of achievement and a wealth of experience in a number of multi-national organisations. His track record demonstrates excellent financial acumen and strategic thinking combined with commercial know-how. He recognises the importance of partnering to deliver excellent outcomes aligned to the overall strategy or an organisation.

Stuart’s previous role was Chief Financial Officer at RMIT University since 2010. Stuart has also worked in senior finance roles with multinational fast moving consumable goods, including Cadbury Schweppes, Kraft Foods, Nestle and Pacific Dunlop.


Mr Emilio Pozo

Executive Director, Information Development

Emilio has more than 20 years’ experience in Information Technology having undertaken appointments in a number of global enterprise organisations across various industries, enabling Emilio to develop the skills necessary to successfully manage complex and major business transformation projects. Emilio has worked as an Executive Director at a tertiary health service, has led EMR related programs and developed solutions in acute, subacute and community health settings.

As Executive Director Information Development, Emilio has executive accountability for leading a multi-million, multi-year hospital wide Electronic Medical Record (EMR) program as well as having operational accountability for Information Technology across the entire health service. The EMR is a digital version of the patient record that will transform the way in which Monash Health delivers high quality health care to its patients.


Ms Karen Lowe

Executive Director, People and Culture

Karen joined Monash Health as Executive Director People and Culture in September 2016 with a broad range of experience across many industries including chartered accounting, utilities, steel, professional services and banking. She has developed her passion for people through a variety of roles including shared services, finance, human resources and general management roles.

Karen’s most recent role was Head of H R – Branch Banking for NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank based in Scotland.

Ms Louise Kanis 

Executive Director, Public Affairs and Communication

Louise joined Monash Health in February 2018. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Louise has headed corporate affairs for a major Melbourne transport consortium, established the communications and marketing function for a multinational financial services firm, driven the communications for a university undergoing major change and built her own agency servicing marquee external clients across a diverse range of industries.

Louise has served on Australian executive management groups, an international marketing and communications executive team, a crisis management executive, as a director of a charitable foundation and as the co-owner and director of her own company.

Professor Carlos Scheinkestel

Professor Carlos Scheinkestel

Executive Director Quality, Safety and Patient Experience

Carlos’ remit is to drive and support the organisation in the delivery of reliably safe, high quality care that consistently meets or exceeds best practice standards and expectations.

His track record includes leading a large and complex department to achieve international recognition as a centre of excellence in patient outcomes, research and education and win four Victorian Public Healthcare awards, the AHRI Wayne Cascio Award for organizational change and development, an Australian Business Award for Service Excellence, an Australian Mobile and App Design Award, The Best of the Best International Nutrition Competition four times and an ELSO Centre of Excellence twice.
He has served on government committees, has a number of publications, received an NHMRC research grant, and given many invited presentations, both nationally and internationally.
He is an adjunct clinical professor with Monash University and recently completed studies focussing on leadership in disruptive times, obtaining a Specialist Certificate in Executive Leadership at the Melbourne Business School.

Updated 13 October 2017