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Executive Leadership Team

Merrilyn Strohfeldt

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.

Ms Merrilyn Strohfeldt has now happily returned to Toowoomba to take up the reins as Chief Executive Officer of Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.

Mandy Pengilly

Chief Operating Officer

Mandy is the Chief Operating Officer for the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.  In this role, Mandy leads the operations of the business – from human resources, to operational planning and beyond.

Mandy is a qualified Rehabilitation Counsellor, with business leadership qualifications in Human Resources, Marketing and Management. She has over 15 years’ experience in management and leadership of large teams, across a variety of health, disability and research organisations. Mandy is a specialist in improving business performance and large scale co-design & start up projects.

She drives substantial business and performance outcomes and has led teams to achieve significant success while ensuring they are motivated by the vision and are able to celebrate in the success.

Mandy is personally passionate about supporting and developing health professionals in creating integrated care for our community.  

​Kate McLoughlin

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

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.

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