Meet the Board

The Townsville Hospital Foundation is governed by an independent Board of Directors responsible for all activities of the Foundation.  The Board determines policy matters and strategic direction.

Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor-in-Council upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health for terms of three years.

The Board comprises persons from a wide range of professional backgrounds, industry leaders and health professionals, who have a willingness to give of their time and expertise to ensure ethical and good governance of the Foundation is maintained.

The Townsville Hospital Foundation Board acts in accordance with the Hospitals' Foundations Act 2018.

Each member of the Board has elected to undertake this role in an honorary capacity.


Associate Professor Anthony Leicht

Chairperson

Associate Professor Anthony Leicht has been an academic staff member of James Cook University since 1999 and currently conducts teaching and research activities associated with exercise, physical activity and cardiovascular function. He has been recognised with awards and Fellowships and contributes to committee activities for scientific journals, research ethics and university course accreditation.


Matthew Bryant

FANZCA, FFPMANZCA, FRACGP, FACRRM, Grad Dip Rural GP, MBBS

Matt is the Director of the North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service – a team of 35 people working across Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Mount Isa. He is the Chair of the Faculty of Pain Medicine Queensland Regional Committee, and is a Senior Lecturer at James Cook University. Prior to completing his Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia training, he worked as a Rural GP in Indigenous communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory.


David Patton

David is a partner at wilson/ryan/grose Lawyers where he commenced employment in 1998. He was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 and is now the partner in charge of the firm’s property workgroup. David has extensive experience in property and commercial transactions.

David has been a member of the Foundation’s Board since 2015. His oldest daughter was born at the Townsville Hospital where she spent almost her first 5 months. During that time David and his family observed and benefited from the efforts of the Foundation and its volunteers. Becoming a member of the Board was an easy decision for David when the opportunity arose.


Kate Smith

Kate, a proud local of Townsville, is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience providing sound business advice for family business and agricultural enterprises throughout Queensland. Working with Townsville based firm PVW Partners, Kate will bring with her a strong background in taxation advice, business support and general management and looks forward to the opportunity of working on the Townsville Hospital Foundation Board.

Kate has a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Diploma of Financial Planning and is a Registered Tax Agent.


Julie Watson 

Julie Watson is currently Director of Social Work at The Townsville Hospital (TTH). She has worked primarily in the areas of health, disability and project management throughout her career. She has had a strong interest in rural and remote health, workforce planning and professional development for Allied Health Professionals. Working for Queensland Health for the majority of her career she has been involved in a range of projects including telehealth projects and the redevelopment of the Townsville Hospital. She was responsible for facilitating consumer input and community engagement throughout these projects. Julie is a strong advocate for community and consumer input in the health setting.


Tony Mooney

Tony Mooney was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Townsville City Council and was elected Mayor in 1989. He held the position of Mayor of Townsville until 2008. In 2008, Tony was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2011, Tony was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to local government and the community.

Tony served on the boards of numerous government and community entities, including Ergon Energy, LG Super, Townsville Entertainment Centre Board of Management (Chair) until 2008, and as the inaugural Chair of the Willows Stadium Joint Board (currently 1300 Smiles Stadium). In 2011, Tony was appointed by the Federal Government to the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority where he served until 2016.

Tony has held the position of Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board Chair since May 2016.


Craig Burkhardt

Craig has over 20 years of experience dealing with small to large family enterprises and is the Branch Manager for Rabobank Australia in Townsville providing financial services to primary producers in Central and North West Qld. Having spent most of his life living in regional Qld he is aware of some of the challenges with health services and is looking forward to expanding the Townsville Hospital Foundations support into more remote centres.

Craig has a Bachelor of Business Degree from Central Qld University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and is a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.