Board of Directors


Appointed July 2015

Chris Barry was appointed to the BRHS Board of Management in 2015 and is currently the chair.

He also chairs BRHS’ Clinical Credentialing Committee and Medical Advisory Committee.

Chris has had over 35 years experience in the Victorian Public Sector, mainly in Executive roles. 

He was the CEO of several state government committees, authorities and ministerial taskforces.

Chris has also managed the State Government’s responsibilities for the preparedness and response to natural disasters in Gippsland.

Chris has a long history of involvement in community activities including education and school councils, and is currently a Board Member of Noweyung (Disability Services) as well as several other not-for-profit organisations.

MBA, BCE (Hons.)

Bruce Hammond joined the BRHS Board of Management in 2019.

He is a civil engineer with over 35 years of experience in the Victorian public sector, most recently as the Managing Director of East Gippsland Water.

Bruce is the managing director of a regional consulting practice and the Chairperson of Lakes Entrance Fishermen Limited, Deputy Chairperson of Noweyung (Disability Services), and a member of the Australian Water Association.

BA, BCom, Grad Dip Fin Plan, CA

Chad Burrell was appointed to the Board of Management in 2017.

Chad has 20 years’ experience working as a chartered accountant and auditor with a focus on not-for-profit organisations and is a director of a local accounting firm.

He is actively involved in a number of community organisations.

CPA, MBA, BBusCom, GAICD, GIA (Cert)

Michelle Dowsett was appointed to the BRHS Board in 2020.

Michelle is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), and runs her own consultancy business, CFO Assist.

She is an active participant on numerous public and non-public sector committees, including being a board director of TAFE Gippsland and the Rural Financial Counselling Service in Gippsland.

Michelle is an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committee of Gunaikurnai Traditional Land Owners Management Board and Gippsland Ports, and a ministerial appointment to the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gippsland Committee, and represents RDA Gippsland on the Gippsland Regional Partnership. 


Dr Simon Fraser was appointed to the BRHS Board of Management in 2017.

Simon is a former Chief Medical Officer and Senior Paediatrician at Latrobe Regional Hospital, and has worked in the Australian health system for more than 35 years.

Later in his career he developed an interest and expertise in medical administration, clinical governance and more recently the private health and insurance sector, and having lived in regional Victoria since 2005, has a strong interest in issues facing families in rural communities.


Karly was appointed to the BRHS Board of Management in 2019.

A strategic marketing professional, Karly worked for eight years as the Executive Officer of East Gippsland Marketing, a regional marketing body created by local Government and the community to promote the region to investors, new residents and visitors.

She is currently the National Marketing & Communications Manager for Workways Australia, a NFP employment and community services provider; and previously served on the Board of Committee for Gippsland.

Karly is passionate about access to quality healthcare in regional and rural communities and sees it as a driving force of economic development in East Gippsland.

BPharm, MPS

Brendon Moar has served on the BRHS Board of Management since 2015.

He is currently the proprietor and pharmacist in charge of Corner Amcal in Bairnsdale. Brendon has been a community pharmacist in East Gippsland for 12 years, and has a strong interest in integrated healthcare, indigenous and public health, and health literacy in regional communities.

Brendon is a board member of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority, and a member of the East Gippsland Primary Health Care Network’s Clinical Advisory Committee.


Peter Murphy has served on the BRHS Board of Management since 2013.

Peter is a lawyer specialising in criminal and family law, and is currently a Director of Warren Graham and Murphy in Bairnsdale, as well as being an active member of a number of community and sporting organisations.

Ll.B (Hons.)  M.A., F.A.I.M., Grad. Dip. (Counselling)

Liza Newby was appointed to the BRHS Board of Management in 2019.

With a background in health law, Liza has worked in the health sector, at the state and federal level, for the last 30 years, and is passionate about the provision of safe quality health care to all.

She is a former Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner, and has worked as an adviser in health law to health aid agencies in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.


Julie Small has served on the BRHS Board of Management since 2016.

She is the administration manager at Nagle College in Bairnsdale, and since relocating to East Gippsland in 2009 has been involved in numerous fundraising and community projects.

Previously, Julie was a branch manager of the Paynesville & District Community Bank, and spent 15 years working for the Shell Company of Australia Ltd.

She is an active member of Bairnsdale Sunrise Rotary Club and continues to work on projects that support our local community.

Julie is passionate about partnering with our community to ensure the health service is actively involving consumers to better understanding the expectations they have when interacting with BRHS.

M.E., Grad Dip Quality Management

Vijay Susarla was appointed to the BRHS Board of Management in 2020.

Vijay is an experienced Board director and CEO with extensive experience in governance, strategic planning, policy development and risk management in Australia and overseas.

He has a strong passion for social justice and holds other qualifications in governance and risk management, and has been on a number of public and private sector Boards for over fifteen years, including CrimCheck Ltd and Regional Development Australia Melbourne East.

Vijay is currently a Board Director and Chair – Quality, Risk and Safety Board Committee for WAYSS Ltd (Family Violence and Homeless services) and Rio Tinto Register of Independent Directors for Traditional Owner Boards.