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 1982.

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

Associate Professor Anthony Leicht


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.

Scott Morrison

Deputy Chair

Scott is the Publisher and Creative Director of DUO Magazine, the region’s leading monthly lifestyle publication and the Managing and Creative Director of Fresh New Media, the well respected advertising and marketing agency. With over 32 years experience in starting, marketing and managing businesses in our region, Scott is proud to be Townsville born and passionate about promoting and developing the economic and lifestyle benefits of our city and through DUO Magazine, Fresh New Media and his other business interests and activities. Scott has a Diploma of Visual Communications from Queensland College of Art, and was the Chairman - Industry Focus Group - Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC).

Matthew Bryant


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.

Kieran Keyes

Kieran is a proud alumnus of James Cook University, holding a Bachelor of Nursing Science and a Masters of Business Administration. Currently Kieran is the Townsville Hospital and Health Service’s Chief Operating Officer. Kieran has held the positions of the interim Chief Executive at both the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and at the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, with the latter he managed its transition to Board governance. Kieran has held senior executive roles with Townsville, Wide Bay and Metro North Hospital and Health Services and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

In addition he has held leadership roles in the corporate areas of Queensland Health. Career highlights for Kieran include seeing wait-time performance improve in every health service he has worked. Kieran began his professional career as a registered nurse, working in coronary care. He has maintained his nursing registration, and values every opportunity to participate in frontline care delivery. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. When not working Kieran is happiest when with family, fishing and coaching or refereeing rugby.

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.