Sean Dignum


Sean joined the Board 2015 following an extensive career as an advisor and strategist to business and government through complex and challenging periods and operating conditions. His expertise in media, issues management, sector reform and restructuring has been highly valued and sought after by his private advisory firm clients. Sean shares his time between his dairy farm in Neerim South and his firm in Melbourne. He has advised on several major government health campaigns and hospital projects. He is a board member of the Committee for Gippsland, a former director of Latrobe Regional Hospital and serves on a range of Baw Baw shire group committees and advisory panels.

Margaret Darton

Margaret Darton has an extensive career working in the Victorian public sector, most recently in food policy and regulation. She is currently a regulatory advisor on agriculture and food industry policy in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources following 12 years working in the Department of Primary Industries where she led the departmental response to whole of government response and participation in national food standards. Margaret has extensive experience in governance and has served on a number of Boards including Dairy Food Safety Victoria. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2015 for services to state and national food policy. Margaret is a local resident of Neerim, having lived in the district for the last 30 years.

Mark Dunsmuir


Mark is a founding director of Pursuit Advisors, the highly respected accounting and business advisory firm based in Warragul. Mark has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting practice and has worked with an extensive of range of clients across a diverse mix of the businesses including not for profit, agriculture, and professional service industries. He is a former board member of Gippsdairy, GippsTAFE and Fairview Home for the Aged. Mark is the chair of the Finance Committee.

Joe Rabar

Joe is a highly experience medical surgeon and has worked across metropolitan and rural areas around Australia. Joe is currently practicing as an assisting surgeon at Knox, Epworth and Warringal hospitals. His past roles include serving as the chief medical officer for AIG Australia. He is a former council member of the Australian Medical Association. With his broad experience and extensive professional network in the medical and hospital sectors, Joe’s appointment to the board is adding value in developing new opportunities for our hospital’s theatre services. Joe is a resident of Neerim South and an active member of the local community.


Nicole Steers

Nicole is a Registered Nurse and a qualified senior executive with many years’ experience spanning acute, community and primary care. Nicole has a particular interest in clinical governance and innovative business development opportunities. Nicole is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Jobs Australia.  Nicole brings practical understanding of the requirements for establishing robust clinical governance systems that will be essential to the successful implementation of new services and ensuring best practice for existing services.


Christie Bransgrove

Christie lives in Neerim South and is actively engaged in the Neerim district community through the kindergarten, primary school and as one of the organisers of the Winter market that operates at the Algie Hall. Christie is a secondary school teacher in Warragul. As a young mother Christie brings another perspective to the value of the hospital in the community and is a good ambassador for the hospital with this demographic, particularly as we develop new services.


NDHS Board of Management Applications

NDHS is currently seeking applications for voluntary Board of Management positions.

If you are interested in joining a dynamic and skills based Board of Management, committed to the future of a highly valued not for profit hospital and health service then please contact Kate Graham, CEO for further information at


A Board application package can be provided by contacting Alex Blackwood at or phone 03 5628 1226



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