Chief Executive – Ms Jane Hancock


Jane Hancock is the Health Service Chief Executive of Central West Health, Queensland. Jane is on secondment from her role as Executive Director Operations, Gold Coast Health a position which she has held for three years. Jane is a passionate & dynamic executive leader with political acumen, strategic/commercial vision & an exceptional record driving community partnerships & leading executive teams at top-level to deliver quality patient-centred healthcare. With over 30 years experience in health care Jane’s areas of interest include; value in healthcare delivery, patient outcomes and leadership.

Jane received qualifications in critical care nursing from the teaching hospitals of the University of NSW. Jane is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has tertiary qualifications in; education and project management. Jane also has masters in business administration and has recently completed a program of study at Harvard.

Jane is married to Grant Carter. Grant has two adult children, Louise and Megan. Grant and Jane sponsor a seven year old boy Safik.  Jane is passionate about family and friends and her interests include; travel, art, reading, music, entertaining and piano.

Executive Director Medical Services – Dr David Rimmer


The position of executive director medical services was established in April 2013 to take overall responsibility for clinical governance, direct the medical workforce, facilitate all phases of medical staff development, manage the performance of general practices operated by the health service and provide oversight of allied health services. The role takes strategic leadership in clinical redesign, promotes the adoption of telehealth and establishes and maintains effective clinical business tools.

Dr David Rimmer graduated from The University of Queensland in 1977. After five years of broad hospital experience, he established a private general practice with his brother in Toowoomba providing a wide range of services including obstetrics, palliative care and inpatient management.

In 1997 he moved to Brisbane and pursued further training in emergency medicine, working at Mater Private Emergency Centre for three years, then with RFDS as medical officer in Kowanyama for three years, and then as emergency visiting medical practitioner at Wesley Emergency Centre. He continued to provide intermittent locum services for RFDS until 2009 and since then has provided locum services to rural practices through Queensland Country Practice’s senior reliever, predominantly to Longreach.

He holds Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) and Diploma of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG). He also holds current certificates in Emergency Management of Severe Trauma, Advanced Life Support Obstetrics, Advanced Paediatric Life Support, Emergency Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services – Lorraine Mathison


The position of executive director of nursing and midwifery services provides strategic leadership for the nursing profession, including recruitment and retention strategies and growing the local workforce through training and development opportunities to expand knowledge and skills. Additionally, the role has line management responsibility for health services in the district and plays a key leading role in patient care and safety and the development of new models of care to better meet the changing health needs of the community.

Lorraine Mathison is a registered nurse who has worked in the healthcare industry for 32 years. During this time she has worked in a wide variety of services within the healthcare system.

Positions have ranged from specialist clinical nurse consultant and educator in the health and tertiary sectors to executive management positions requiring knowledge across the fields of human resource management, finance, education, quality and safety. Her specific areas of interest are maternity and emergency nursing.

Lorraine holds a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Bachelor of Nursing, is an endorsed midwife, an endorsed mental health nurse and is currently undertaking a Masters in Health Service Management. Lorraine was a recipient of the Premier’s Award in Excellence for ‘Developing workplace culture of excellence’ in 2009.

Executive Director Finance, Infrastructure and Support Services (Acting) – Amy Lamb


The Chief Finance Officer (CFO) leads the finance function to promote the efficient, effective and economic use of resources across Central West Hospital and Health Service. The Chief Finance Officer formulates strategy, develops policies, constructs plans and budgets, oversees financial operations, monitors compliance and provides strategic and operational advice to business units, health service executives and the Central West Health Board. The Chief Finance Officer also provides professional support and direction to the functions of building, engineering and maintenance services, and business management.

Director of People and Culture – Lorelle Coombe


Ms Lorelle Coombe was appointed in August 2015 to the Director, People and Culture position which is a key leadership role in influencing and developing the health service’s strategic direction, organisation design and human resource development strategies that will foster and enable increased organisational performance, continuous improvement and employee engagement. The Director, People and Culture provides innovative thinking, strategic advice and change management to assist the Central West Hospital and Health Service in managing its human resources effectively, and to develop and promote Central West Health as an organisation that is focused on its people and organisational culture.

Lorelle has extensive experience in the government sector. Her first professional position was with Australia Post as a management accountant. Lorelle’s previous roles with the Queensland public service were with Central Queensland Institute TAFE and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Her roles with TAFE included Corporate Services Manager, Campus Manager (Rockhampton) and later Director, Human Resources. Prior to joining CWHHS she held the role of Regional Manager Business Services with the department of Natural Resources and Mines. This role had a broad portfolio including human resource management, workplace health and safety, finance and assets, information technology, and customer service centre management.

Lorelle has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and subsequently undertook further study to complete a Master of Business Administration with a focus on human resource management.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017 @ 4:53 pm