The WCHN is led and managed by the Chief Executive Officer, Lindsey Gough, who reports to the WCHN Governing Board. An experienced Executive Leadership team supports the ongoing operations of the Network.
WCHN's Executive structure includes both strategic and clinical leadership positions, and has been designed to ensure that the WCHN is able to successfully respond to the objectives of the Government's health agenda.
Chief Executive Officer
Ms Lindsey Gough is Chief Executive Officer of the WCHN.
Lindsey Gough is the CEO of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. She has 39 years’ experience in healthcare in the UK and Australia, 26 of those in management.
Prior to joining the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Lindsey worked as Executive Director of Operations and Deputy CEO at Western New South Wales Local Health District. Lindsey has previously held leadership roles at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Health Workforce Australia and within the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.
As the CEO of South Australia’s leading provider of health services for children, young people and women, Lindsey is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community.
Executive Leadership Team
The Chief Operating Officer is accountable for the leadership and performance of the Network's operational service delivery. The role oversees the Women's and Babies Division, Surgical Services, Paediatric Medicine Services, Allied Health, Complex and Sub Acute Care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Child Protection Service, Child and Family Health Service, Youth and Women's Safety and Wellbeing Division, Child Safety Strategy, and the Aboriginal Health Division.
Jane Jennings commenced her career at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) in 1987 after completing her nursing training at Port Pirie Hospital; she has then since obtained her Bachelor of Nursing at Flinders Medical Centre.
She has worked across many areas of the hospital and has significant senior leadership experience.
Jane’s work ethic, passion for health care and attention to detail is very much acknowledged within the WCH.
Yvonne Warncken joined the Women’s and Children’s Health Network in May 2020 as Chief Finance and Commercial Officer.
In this role she has executive oversight of Business Advisory Services, Procurement and Supply Management, Revenue Performance and Clinical Improvement and Advisory Services.
She also has local operational leadership of the statewide services of Medical Imaging, Pharmacy and SA Pathology based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Yvonne has an intricate understanding of SA Health and the Local Health Network landscape.
Prior to joining WCHN, she held senior roles within both the private and public sectors, including at North Eastern Community Hospital, and as Chief Finance Officer at both Country Health SA Local Health Network and Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.
Phil Robinson, PSM
Phil Robinson, PSM is Executive Director, Corporate Services at the Women's and Children's Health Network and oversees a range of functions including, information technology, infrastructure, engineering, research activities, partnerships and consumer and community engagement for the Network.
Phil is a Board member of Ronald McDonald House, and is Chair Board of Emerging Minds, an organisation funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide National Workforce Support in Child Mental Health.
A clinical psychologist by training, Phil has extensive health management experience in both community and hospital settings.
In 2004, Phil was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Australia Day Honours List for his services to child and adolescent mental health.
Dr Jenny Fereday
Dr Jennifer (Jenny) Fereday was appointed Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery in 2013. She has held senior nursing positions in the areas of clinical, management, education and research in both the public and private sectors. Her academic qualifications include Registered Nurse (Diploma of Applied Science & Bachelor of Nursing), Midwifery Certificate, Master of Educational Management and Doctor of Philosophy.
Jenny is the professional lead for all nurses and midwives across WCHN and is involved in leading, and contributing to, decision making for nursing and midwifery at a Network, State and National level. Jenny’s philosophy is to foster a culture of excellence in nursing and midwifery practice grounded in research evidence, critical inquiry, teamwork, innovation and person-centred care whilst adhering to the core values of WCHN and the professional standards for nursing and midwifery.
Dr James Rice
Dr James Rice is Executive Director, Medical Services (Clinical Governance) for the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.
James has Executive-level responsibility for Clinical Governance across the Network in addition to being a professional lead for all Doctors employed at WCHN. As a Paediatrician and Head of the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department, James has significant clinical experience in working at WCHN in addition to children’s hospitals in Melbourne, Sydney and Canada. This has helped James develop a passion for improvement, innovation and value in healthcare, and to work to ensure that the medical workforce at WCHN is supported as the healthcare landscape continually evolves to meet the health needs of women, children and youth into the future.
Dr Gavin Wheaton
Dr Gavin Wheaton is a paediatric cardiologist and Executive Director, Medical Services (Workforce, Education and Partnerships). Gavin has extensive clinical and leadership experience in paediatrics and child health. He is involved in numerous statewide and national committees, and is Chair of the SA Child and Adolescent Health Community of Practice. He worked previously as a paediatrician in the Northern Territory and has a deep interest in indigenous health and rheumatic heart disease.
Gavin is committed to high quality care and the development of services for children and adolescents in South Australia.
As the Executive Director of People and Culture, Patrick has responsibility for corporate communications, education and training, human resources, and work health and safety and injury management.
Patrick is passionate about developing our leaders, teams and staff, in supporting them to provide quality care and services to our patients and consumers, and their families.
Patrick has extensive experience across the full range of people and culture functions, having worked in the health industry for more than 25 years in a variety of government and non-government roles.
The Executive Lead, Allied Health, Complex, Sub-Acute and Spiritual Care is responsible for strategic, clinical and operational performance of the directorate.
Natalie has held several senior management positions in the public health sector. A highly experienced clinician, Natalie has managed and directed allied health services across the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, dietetics and orthotics.
Natalie also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Disability Studies and Bachelor of Applied Science, Speech Pathology.
Jackie Ah Kit
Jackie was born in Darwin and raised in the Northern Territory and is the proud descendant of a Warramunga woman and a Waanyi man.
For the past three decades, Jackie has worked in senior management roles leading high profile and innovative programs within the Government and non-Government sectors. From 2000 – 2006, she held the position of Chief Executive Officer with the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service. Since then, she has held executive positions with both SA Health and the Northern Territory Department of Health. In February 2012, Jackie took up the position of Director, Aboriginal Health with the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.
Jackie has a strong interest in developing systems that encourage and enable Aboriginal staff to project and protect their culture and heritage in the workplace and is committed to improving the cultural security of services across South Australia.