Executive Team

Chief Executive

Adj. Prof. David Plunkett


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Adj Professor Plunkett has many years of executive and senior management experience in both the public and private health sectors. He commenced his health career as a Registered Nurse. Adj Professor Plunkett joined Eastern Health in 2002 and held various roles, including Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Executive Director Acute Health, all leading to his current role of Eastern Health Chief Executive, held since September 2016. Adj Professor Plunkett holds a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership, appointed by the Minister for Suburban Development, and is a Fellow and current President of the Australian College of Nursing.

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Executive Director - Digital Health

Paul Adcock

DipAppSc BN GradCertCritCare MBA

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Mr Adcock commenced at Eastern Health in September 2019 in the Program Director eHealth and Chief Clinical Information Officer role. Since commencing at Eastern Health, he has also been seconded to the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre as the Workforce Team Lead during the acute phase of the Emergency Management Australia-led response to the COVID-19 epidemic in Residential Aged Care Facilities. Previously, Mr Adcock was the Director of Technology and Transformation at Alfred Health and has held senior roles in acute health, including clinical, operations and Information Technology.

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Executive Director - Learning and Teaching, CNMO

Leanne Boyd 

DipAppSc BN GradCertCritCare MN 

GradCertHigherEd PhD MTerEdMgt


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Professor Boyd commenced at Eastern Health in November 2019. Her previous role was Group Director of Nursing, Education and Research at Cabrini Health and she has more than 20 years of experience in health professional education. Prof Boyd has a clinical background in critical care. She holds a Master of Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Program Evaluation, Master of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Critical Care and Bachelor of Nursing from Monash University. She is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University, Australian Catholic University and Monash University. Prof Boyd is responsible for professional leadership of the nursing and midwifery workforce across Eastern Health.

Executive Director - Finance and Procurement, Chief Finance Officer and Chief Procurement Officer

Geoff Cutter


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Mr Cutter commenced at Eastern Health in May 2019. He is responsible for financial services and management accounting services, as well as procurement services. Previously, Mr Cutter was Chief Financial Officer in the health, emergency services, water, local government and ICT sectors. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration from Monash University.

Executive Director - Clinical Governance, Chief Medical Officer

Associate Professor Alison Dwyer


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Assoc Professor Dwyer commenced at Eastern Health in February 2019. Her previous roles have included Chief Medical Officer at Northern Health, Medical Director Quality, Safety and Risk Management at Austin Health and Director Medical Services at Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is a current Board Director of Peninsula Health and Chair of its Quality, Safety & Clinical Governance Committee. Assoc Professor Dwyer is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) and has a strong involvement in the training of medical administration registrars as a current Supervisor, Preceptor, Examination Censor and Chair of the Medical Administration Workforce Planning Committee. She is also a current ACHS Surveyor and her research interests have focused on junior medical staff wellbeing, engaging medical staff in quality and the role of the Medical Administrator in Health Services.

Executive Director - Mental Health and Clinical Support

Toni Gutschlag

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Ms Gutschlag is an experienced health executive with extensive experience of operational management, delivery, and strategic leadership roles in the mental health and addiction fields.
Ms Gutschlag joined from Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand where she had been for 28 years as Southern Executive Director Mental Health, Addictions, and Intellectual Disability. Ms Gutschlag is responsible for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Statewide Services, Medical Imaging, Pathology and Pharmacy.

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Executive Director - Infrastructure and Support Services

Rohan Lovell


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Mr Lovell commenced at Eastern Health in February 2023. He is responsible for Major Capital Improvements, Engineering Infrastructure, Support Services and Security, the Business Services Centre, and Fleet, Property and Retail Services. With over 20 years of strategic Infrastructure, Building and Corporate Support Services experience, Mr Lovell was previously the Director of Property and Asset Services at Fire Rescue Victoria and Director of Infrastructure and Support Services at Barwon Health. He provides a strategic and collaborative approach to the ongoing organisational transformation and sustainable growth for Eastern Health. He holds a degree in Architecture with additional tertiary qualifications in Risk and Project Management.

Executive Director - Strategy and Improvement

Rachel Meehan

MHealth Psych, GAICD

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Ms Meehan commenced at Eastern Health in December 2019 as the Executive Officer. Her previous role was Director of Strategy and Integrated Programs at Austin Health and she has more than 20 years of experience in health strategy and improvement. She holds a Master of Psychology and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Meehan is responsible for providing a strategic and collaborative approach to the ongoing transformation and sustainable growth of Eastern Health.

Executive Director - Clinical Operations

Shannon Wight

RN GradDipCritCare(ICU) MBA, MAICD

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Ms Wight commenced at Eastern Health in February 2019. The Executive Director Clinical Operations accountability is to ensure patients are transferred into the right clinical stream in the right location at the right time to receive their care. Ms Wight has responsibility for acute medicine (emergency and general medicine), aged medicine (subacute, transition care, residential aged care and chronic disease), specialty medicine and ambulatory care, pathology, pharmacy, patient access and allied health.


Executive Director - People and Culture

Adam Williams


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Mr Williams has a 20-year career as a HR executive in Australia and abroad with significant experience in workplace relations, transformation initiatives and strategic workforce planning. Mr Williams joined from CSL where he has been for over 10 years in senior HR roles covering Australia, Asia Pac and Global Operations. Previously Mr Williams spent time in Visy, Jetstar and Mondelez. Mr Williams is responsible for People and Culture, Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing, and Communications.