Hennessy leads health board

Professor Jill Hennessy.

Western Health has appointed professor Jill Hennessy as chair of its board.

Ms Hennessy, who previously served as Victoria’s attorney-general, health minister, ambulance services minister and workplace safety minister takes up the position on July 1.

Ms Hennessy said she was honoured to lead the board during an “exciting phase of expansion”.

“This organisation plays a critical role in delivering high-quality healthcare to our community, and I am committed to working

with the board, executive team, and staff to continue this tradition of excellence as the service enters an exciting phase of expansion,” she said.

Ms Hennessy replaces outgoing chair Robyn Batten who said “Jill’s impressive track record at the highest levels of Victoria’s healthcare and legal sectors make her an ideal leader for our organisation”.

“Her dedication to public service and her strategic vision will be tremendous assets as Western Health continues to expand and innovate. It has been a privilege to serve as Chair, and I am confident that Jill will continue to drive Western Health forward with passion and expertise.”

The board and staff extended their gratitude to Ms Batten for her dedicated service and outstanding contributions.