BCH Board Chair to Retire

BCH Board Chair to Retire

Bellarine Community Health’s long serving Board Chair, Hazel Ingram, has announced her intention to retire from the Board of the community health organisation.

Ms Ingram has informed the BCH Board and the Department of Health and Human Services of her decision.

With new Chief Executive Officer Shane Dawson joining the organisation, Ms Ingram said she felt the timing was right for her to retire.

“I wanted to be able to spend a few weeks in handover with our new CEO to allow for a smooth transition and then retire at the end of this month,” Ms Ingram said.

Ms Ingram’s decision to retire as Board Chair follows the resignation earlier this year of an elected Board Director and the recent resignation of appointed Board Director Graeme Smith.

Another long serving Board Director, Von Philp has also informed the Board that she will not be seeking re-election to the Board in November.

 “There will be two elected Board vacancies available at our next election and my retirement is a further opportunity to allow the Board to be reinvigorated with new members,” she said.

“This is an opportunity for new people to join the Board of Bellarine Community Health and assist with the development of new engagement strategies with the community and our key stakeholders,” said Ms Ingram.

“I’m proud of my time with Bellarine Community Health,” she said. “I’ve spent eight years on the Board and in that time we have navigated significant changes and challenges in both funding environments and patient centred service delivery models.”

“In that time I have also been involved in the upgrading and major redevelopment of three of our key sites on the Bellarine and the establishment of the Health and Wellbeing Fund,” she said.

“I’m extremely proud of these achievements because we have delivered quality facilities to our clients and been able to support many local health and wellbeing community led initiatives.”

“I acknowledge there has been some disquiet in the community over some decisions taken by the Board, but those decisions were made to ensure that Bellarine Community Health remains a reliable and viable service provider on the Bellarine.

“Being a volunteer Board Director, and a Board Chair, involves an enormous amount of commitment and I have always given 100 per cent of my efforts and strived to do the very best possible for Bellarine Community Health.”

“I would sincerely like to thank all our staff and volunteers for their commitment to providing the best possible health care services, and wish them, and the organisation all the very best moving forward. I’d also like to thank the staff and the Board for their support over the past eight years.”

Ms Ingram said she was now looking forward to stepping back and enjoying her retirement, travel, having family time and time to walk her new dog.

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