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Board Chair welcomes new Chief Executive to the role

The Board Chair of the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has today welcomed its new Chief Executive to the role. 

Dr Allan Hawke AC says Mr Newton is ideally suited to the position, due to his significant experience in health service delivery, strategic and operational leadership as well as capital development and implementation.

“A new Chief Executive signals a new era for the organisation, as we work to improve our delivery of services, along with the redevelopment projects throughout the LHD,” said the Board Chair. 

“Andrew comes with a strong background across a wide variety of areas within Health, having spent three years as General Manager of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals and three years as General Manager at Westmead and Auburn hospitals.

“He has the skills and experience to put in place a first-class health system throughout Southern NSW,” said Dr Hawke.

The Board Chair also thanked Acting Chief Executive Ms Mooney for her sterling contribution during the past three months.

“The LHD has been fortunate to have someone of Julie Mooney’s experience and commitment in the acting role; we look forward to having her work closely with the new Chief Executive.

Background

Mr Newton started his career as a student nurse in Sunderland in the UK before moving to Australia to start work in 1994 as a registered nurse in the operating theatres at Blacktown.

He then gained experience in rural health delivery through hospital manager roles in Cowra, Parkes, Forbes and other hospitals in Western NSW before being appointed as general manager at Dubbo Hospital in 2009.

In 2012, Mr Newton moved into an Executive position with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), where he gained redevelopment experience leading a major multimillion dollar capital works program.  This provided Mr Newton with the valuable skills and experience in rebuilding Westmead Hospital; working closely with staff, precinct partners and the community to ensure the redevelopment transformed the delivery of healthcare in area.

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