Executive Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Merrilyn Strohfeldt has had direct and indirect involvement with primary health throughout her career with extensive experience in the delivery of disability services, health and rehabilitation services across Australian and State Government jurisdictions, the not-for- profit sector and private industry. She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Griffith University and the Australian New Zealand School of Government, and a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland.
In her most recent role Merrilyn has been the Deputy Director General for the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. After joining the Department Merrilyn worked in service delivery leadership roles and had direct responsibility for outsourcing service delivery within her department for universal, prevention and early intervention services for youth mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing, Nurses in Family and Child Connect services and commissioning domestic violence support services, as well as the safety and wellbeing of children impacted by domestic violence.
Merrilyn has been responsible for the commissioning of $700 million in outsourced service delivery; and state-wide contract management of over $300M for disability, community and child protection services, including performance management, and funding of over 500 Non-Government Organisations. Merrilyn has now happily returned to Toowoomba to take up the reins as Chief Executive Officer of Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.
General Manager - Finance and Corporate Services
Kate McLoughlin serves as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, where she manages the company’s finances, corporate responsibilities and promotes a happy and healthy work culture.
Kate is a strong believer that success is a journey, not a destination and she injects this enthusiasm in both her professional and personal life. Prior to joining the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, Kate served as Senior Finance Manager and Revenue Manager for the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and Senior Business Analyst for Saxon Energy Australia.
She has a passion for the health economy and thrives on the challenges and satisfaction that comes with working in such a vital industry.
Kate earned a bachelor's degree in Education and a Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Southern Queensland and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Kate and her husband, Matthew, have four children and enjoy camping and jet skiing.
General Manager - Service Delivery
Stewart has returned to work in the health sector after practicing as an employment lawyer in the private sector. He began his career in healthcare, first as an Accounts Clerk in the early 1990’s at the Roma Hospital before working for approximately four years in Community Health positions in South West Queensland. He worked in the Corporate Office of Queensland Health in both Team Leader and Manager roles, before returning to South West Queensland in 2004 to assume the role of District Manager with the Roma Health Service District. Due to his strong negotiation and leadership skills, Stewart was able to successfully lead the amalgamation of the former Roma and Charleville Health Service Districts. A highlight of Stewart’s time at Roma was the establishment of an innovative recruitment model to attract and retain critical, clinical vacancies.
Stewart then assumed an executive position with the Darling Downs West Moreton Health Service District, where he gained significant leadership experience as Executive Director Rural Health and Aged Care. He was the single point of accountability for the delivery of health services and aged care in 21 rural hospitals. Stewart’s passion for workplace law stemmed from his role as Executive Director People and Culture with Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service where he led the Human Resource Management and Corporate Services support functions.
Stewart holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Human Resource Management), University of Southern Queensland.
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