Board of Directors
Hon Peter Collins Chairman AM QC
Peter Collins has had a long and distinguished involvement with the delivery of health and improvement of health services.
As NSW Health Minister (1988-91) he laid down plans for the Coalition’s health strategy which opened opportunities for public-private cooperation and co-location resulting in private hospitals on the campuses of Prince of Wales, Royal North Shore, and St. George Hospitals. He drove the relocation of the Children’s Hospital to Westmead and raised Nepean (Penrith) and Liverpool Hospitals to teaching status.
After his 22 year career in the NSW Parliament, which also included service as Attorney General, Treasurer and Leader of the Opposition, he was appointed Chairman of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2004-current) by the Australian Government.
Peter has since served on the boards of the Cancer Council of NSW (Ministerial appointee); Cancer Institute of NSW (as Chairman); and, St John Ambulance NSW (as Chairman, 2007-current); Legal Aid NSW (2009-current); and Macquarie Generation (2006-2009).
Peter Collins is also a director of the industry superannuation fund HOSTPLUS (2006-current); and the Workers Compensation Fund Investment Board of NSW (2005-current). He is a foundation member of the board of the Sydney Financial Forum.
Peter is also Managing Director of Barton Deakin Government Relations based in Sydney.
An active Reserve officer all his life, Peter Collins was promoted Captain in the Australian Naval Reserve in 2010 and saw active service in Iraq in 2007.
Before entering Parliament, he was an ABCTV journalist and barrister. Peter Collins was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2004 for his service in the NSW Parliament.
Ken Barker Non-Executive Director PSM, GAICD, FPNA
Ken has 42 years of experience in public sector management and finance. He has worked across four large NSW Government agencies (NSW Police, the former Public Works, Corrective Services and NSW Health). Ken has a level of knowledge, practical experience and expertise in public sector finance and risk management that is largely unequalled across the public sector.
For more than two decades Ken was the senior NSW Health public sector financial advisor. He managed the large NSW Health budget and provided expert financial advice to assist the negotiations for numerous Commonwealth and State Health funding agreements. As well as being a public sector financial expert Ken is one of this state’s leading experts in public health funding arrangements. He is also a recognised NSW leader in the development of successful policy and risk management strategies for insurable risks under the NSW Treasury Managed Fund (TMF).