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Dr Matthew Bryant

Dr Matthew Bryant

Acting Chair

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. His research interests include telehealth and pain management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

David Patton

David Patton

Board Member

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 Townsville University Hospital, and was there for almost 5 months after birth. 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 Smith

Board Member

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 has a strong background in taxation advice, business support and general management.

Kate earned her Bachelor of Commerce at James Cook University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, has a Diploma of Financial Planning and is a Registered Tax Agent.

Julie Watson

Julie Watson

Board Member

Julie is the Director of Social Work at Townsville University Hospital. She has worked primarily in the areas of health, disability and project management throughout her career. She has 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 University 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.

Tony Mooney AM

Tony Mooney AM

Board Member

Tony Mooney was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Townsville City Council and was elected Mayor in 1989. He held the position of Mayor of Townsville until 2008. In 2008, Tony was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2011, Tony was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to local government and the community.

Tony served on the boards of numerous government and community entities, including Ergon Energy, LG Super, Townsville Entertainment Centre Board of Management (Chair) until 2008, and as the inaugural Chair of the Willows Stadium Joint Board (currently 1300 Smiles Stadium). In 2011, Tony was appointed by the Federal Government to the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority where he served until 2016.

Tony has held the position of Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board Chair since May 2016.

Craig Burkhardt

Craig Burkhardt

Board Member

Craig has over 20 years of experience working with small to large family enterprises and is the Branch Manager for Rabobank Australia, Townsville and Ayr providing financial services to primary producers in Northern and Western Qld. Having spent most of his life living in regional Qld he is aware of some of the challenges that face health services and is looking forward to expanding the Townsville Hospital Foundations support into smaller centres.

Craig has a Bachelor of Business from Central Qld University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.