Executive team

Our Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team are responsible for the strategic direction and management of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.

Learn more about our Executive team.

Chief Executive

Tina Chinery

EMPA, DipEd, BAppSc (Nursing), GAICD

Tina Chinery was appointed Chief Executive on 30 September 2020 after acting in the role from March 2020.

She has extensive experience in public health service leadership, including management of acute services, primary health and aged care sectors. Tina's been involved in a number of system wide health service reforms and has overseen the development and commissioning of regional hospitals and tertiary hospitals.

Tina began her career as a rural general nurse and she's spent the past 20 years in senior executive roles.

She was the Regional Director for the Pilbara Region WA, Chief Operating Officer Southern for the WA Country Health Service and Executive Director Cairns Services.

Executive Director Cairns Services

Marie Kelly

GAICD, RN, RPN, Grad. Cert (CMH)

Marie Kelly commenced as Acting Executive Director Cairns Services in March 2020 and was permanently appointed to the role in November 2021. She has worked in a variety of roles across Queensland Health for the past 28 years.

These have included clinical and management positions in multiple hospital and health services with a dedicated focus on the growth and development of Mental Health Services.

She spent over 6 years in the Mental Health Branch, Department of Health leading state wide initiatives before returning to front line operational work in late 2016.

Marie was involved in the successful commissioning of the new mental health building at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Greenfield site.

She then joined the Cairns Services Management Team in 2017 as the Mental Health Service Director. Marie has been integral in the $70 million Mental Health Unit redevelopment.

Acting Executive Director of Rural and Remote Services

Tracey Morgan

RN, RM, Grad Cert (InsCare), Grad Cert (MH), Grad Cert (BusManHlth), MNSG, MAICD

Tracey has 39 years of experience in nursing. 19 of those years she's been in senior nursing leadership and management positions across the public and private sector. In her early nursing career, she held clinical nurse specialist roles in Intensive Care and Respiratory Medicine at Westmead Hospital in NSW.

Tracey also worked for 12 months for International Health and Medical Service. She was the health service manager across two detention centre sites in Darwin during the peak of the asylum seeker period.

More recently, she was the Rural Manager for Mental Health in southern Queensland before progressing into Director of Nursing roles.

She came to Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service as Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Rural and Remote Services.

Tracey is a member of the Australian College of Nursing and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chief Finance Officer

Steve Thacker


Steve Thacker was appointed Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of the Health Service in December 2015.

He brings more than 25 years of senior management experience to Queensland Health. This is following a varied career across health, government and charity sectors. Accepting this role of CFO brought him back to his roots, having grown up in North Queensland.

Before spending nearly 20 years in the United Kingdom working in health, education and criminal justice systems, Steve worked in remote Australian Indigenous communities.

He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants, the Institute of Directors and the Association for Project Management.

Acting Executive Director Allied Health

Tania Cavanagh

B Physiotherapy, GAICD

Tania Cavanagh has been acting as the Executive Director of Allied Health since March 2020.

Tania has worked for over 30 years as a Physiotherapist. This has been in clinical and clinical leadership roles, in both public and private sector health settings, across Australia and overseas in the United Kingdom.

In 2004, she became the Health Service's Director of Physiotherapy. Over the past 5 years Tania has acted for long periods in the Director Allied Health role.

Tania is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Executive Director Medical Services

Adjunct Clinical Professor Don Mackie


Don Mackie was appointed in June 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in clinical leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand.

He originally specialised in anaesthesia and has worked in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Most recently, Don held the role of Executive Director of Medical Services and Clinical Governance with the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Previously, he was New Zealand Ministry of Health Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director General: Clinical Leadership, Protection and Regulation.

Before that, Don was Chief Medical Officer at Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery

Mark Goodman

RN, ENB 405&998, PGDip R+R Health

Mark has been acting in the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery position since August 2021.

Mark was most recently employed in Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service as the General Manager (Northern) and is a highly regarded executive and nursing professional lead.

He is substantively the co-Director of Nursing at Croydon Primary Health Care Centre, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.

His career includes hospital management and professional leadership roles in New Zealand as well as a number of clinical and management roles in remote First Nations communities.

Mark has post graduate qualifications in neonatal care and rural and remote health care.

Executive Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Joy Savage

MBA, AICD member

Joy Savage joined the Executive Team in May 2018. She has lived most of her life in Cairns and joined us after she returned from Canberra where she worked at the senior executive service level for over a decade.

She's held chief executive roles in the Aboriginal community-controlled health service sector in Far North Queensland. She's also had senior officer experience in the Commonwealth public service, including the Department of Health and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Joy has health leadership, social policy, corporate and international development experience accumulated over 25 years.

Joy is currently a board member of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and is a board member of the Fred Hollows Foundation Social Action Fund (USA).

Executive Director People and Engagement

Erica Gallagher

Grad Cert Public Sector Mgt, FAHRI

Erica Gallagher joined the Executive Team as acting Executive Director People and Engagement in June 2020.

Erica’s career spans over 30 years in leading and managing strategic and operational workforce services in the WA and Queensland public sector.

More recently, she's been Executive Director Workforce and Engagement for Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service. She's also worked in the not for profit disability sector and in the Kimberly region in WA in training and health organisations.

Erica is a fellow member of the Australian Human Resource Institute and was the WA State President.

Her focus is on relationship building, innovation, valuing diversity, promoting cultural inclusiveness and working in collaborative partnerships with every aspect of the business.

Erica is passionate about working with people and strongly believes that concentrating on people results in improved business performance.

Last updated:November 2021