• Board Members

Ramsay Health Care Board Members

Board of Directors

Michael S Siddle
Michael Siddle

Appointed 27/05/14 (Appointed as a Director 26/5/75)

Mr Michael Siddle was appointed as Chairman of the Company on 27 May 2014, having formerly been Deputy Chairman for 17 years and a founding Director. He has built up significant knowledge of the business and the private hospital industry after starting with the Company in 1968. Mr Siddle has extensive experience in the management of private hospitals and has been integrally involved in Ramsay Health Care’s successful expansion through construction, mergers and acquisitions.

Mr Siddle is also a Director of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Committee memberships:

  • People & Remuneration Committee (Member)
  • Nomination & Governance Committee (Member)

Independence status:

  • Non-independent
Craig McNally
Craig McNally
CEO & Managing Director
Appointed 03/07/17
Mr Craig McNally was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ramsay Health Care (Ramsay) on 3 July 2017, after serving seven years with Ramsay Health Care as Chief Operating Officer and 22 years prior to this in various roles including Head of Global Strategy and European Operations.
Mr McNally is one of Ramsay’s longest serving Executives having commenced with the Company in 1988. He has worked across operational, strategic and financial roles during his tenure.
For the last two decades has been responsible for the development and implementation of Ramsay’s growth strategy including brownfield expansions, international market assessments, mergers and acquisitions and new business strategies. He has been at the forefront of all the major acquisitions and deals completed by Ramsay Health Care. His unique ability to assess the opportunities and risks associated with new business ventures and to evaluate their ‘strategic fit’, as well as his sound judgement and insight, has ensured the Company’s successful growth both domestically and internationally.
He has been a key leader in the development of The Ramsay Way culture and in particular developing leadership capability within the global organisation.
David Thodey AO
David Thodey AO
Non-Executive Director (Appointed 28/11/17) and
Lead Independent Director (Appointed 1/03/20)

Mr David Thodey AO is a business leader who has had an executive career in the technology and telecommunications industries, with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.

In addition to being a Non-Executive Director and Lead Independent Director of Ramsay Health Care, Mr Thodey is currently Chair of Tyro Payments Limited (a leading alternative payments provider) and Xero Limited (a small business accounting software company).

Mr Thodey was previously CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, Chair of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and prior to that he was CEO of IBM ANZ.

Mr Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from Deakin University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from University of Technology Sydney in 2018.

Mr Thodey is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Mr Thodey was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for his service to business and the promotion of ethical leadership and workplace diversity.

In the past three years, Mr Thodey has served as a Director of the following listed companies:

  • Xero Limited (Appointed June 2019)
  • Tyro Payments Limited (Appointed November 2018)
  • Vodafone Group Plc (Resigned July 2020)

Mr Thodey is the Lead Independent Director and is a member of the following Committees:

  • Nomination and Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Audit Committee (Member)
  • People & Remuneration Committee (Member)

Independence Status:

  • Independent
Claudia Süssmuth Dyckerhoff
Claudia Süssmuth Dyckerhoff PhD
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 30/10/18

Dr Claudia Süssmuth Dyckerhoff PhD joined the Ramsay Health Care Board in October 2018, bringing expertise in market growth strategies, business development, and operational performance improvement in hospitals.

Dr Süssmuth Dyckerhoff has extensive global experience in hospitals and health care across Europe, Asia, and the USA. She joined McKinsey & Company in Switzerland in 1995 and was transferred to the USA focusing on supporting health care companies, including pharmaceutical/medical device companies, payor, provider and health systems in Europe and the USA. In 2006, Dr Süssmuth Dyckerhoff transferred to China, was elected Senior Partner in 2010 and supported health care companies as well as governments across Asia. She also led McKinsey’s Asia-wide Health Systems and Services Sector. 

Dr Süssmuth Dyckerhoff also supports start-ups in the Healthcare area, she joined the board of the Health Tech company HUMA in April 2021 and joined the board of QuEST Global in November 2020.

Dr Süssmuth Dyckerhoff studied Business Administration at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland as well as at ESADE, Barcelona where she graduated with an MBA/CEMS Master. She also holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of St Gallen/University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

In the past three years, Dr Süssmuth Dyckerhoff has served as a Director of the following listed companies:

  • Hoffmann La Roche (Appointed March 2016)
  • Clariant AG (Appointed April 2016)
  • Prudential plc (Appointed January 2023)

Committee memberships:

  • Risk Management Committee (Member)

Independence status:

  • Independent
Alison Deans
Alison Deans MA MBA GAICD
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 15/11/18

Alison Deans has 25 years’ experience building technology-enabled businesses involved in media, ecommerce, financial services and health, and across leadership roles as an executive, a director and in venture capital.

Ms Deans joined the Board of Ramsay Health Care in November 2018. She is also Chair of Cochlear Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Deputy Pty Ltd. She is also on the Investment Committee of MainSequence Ventures.

In her executive career Ms Deans was previously the CEO of eBay Australia and New Zealand, CEO of eCorp Limited, (a publicly listed portfolio of digital businesses), CEO of Hoyts Cinemas, and most recently CEO of netus Pty Ltd - a technology investment company acquired by Fairfax.

Ms Deans also spent seven years as a Consultant with McKinsey & Company and is currently a Senior Advisor with the firm. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford

Graduate School of Business and a Master of Arts (Physics) from Cambridge University.

In the past three years, Ms Deans has served as a Director of the following listed companies:

  • Cochlear Limited (Appointed February 2015)
  • Westpac Banking Corporation (Resigned December 2020)

Committee memberships:

  • People & Remuneration Committee (Chair)
  • Nomination and Governance Committee (Member)

Independence status:

  • Independent
James McMurdo
James McMurdo BSc (Economics), ACA
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 10/09/19

Mr James McMurdo has over 30 years finance and banking experience. He has a background in corporate advisory spanning across mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory and financing with experience across multiple industries including the healthcare sector. He has held senior operating management roles and worked extensively in both the Asia Pacific and European regions.

Mr McMurdo is one of the Founding Partners of Privatus Capital Partners, an advisory and merchant banking business. Prior to establishing Privatus, Mr McMurdo held senior management roles at Deutsche Bank and was based in Hong Kong. During the time he was at Deutsche Bank he was Global Co-Head of Corporate Finance, Head of Corporate and Investment Bank for Asia Pacific and CEO for Australia and New Zealand. He sat on the firm’s Global Executive Committee for the Corporate and Investment Bank for four years.

Prior to this, Mr McMurdo was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he held senior positions in the Investment Banking Division in Australia and Europe.

Mr McMurdo holds a degree in Economics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and is a qualified chartered accountant (England and Wales).

Committee memberships:

  • Audit Committee (Member)

Independence status:

  • Independent
Karen Penrose
Karen Penrose B.Com (UNSW) CPA FAICD
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 1/3/20

Ms Karen Penrose has had an extensive executive career in leadership and CFO roles, mainly in financial services. She is well-versed in financial management, customer outcomes and operating in a rapidly changing regulatory environment which stems from 20 years in banking with Commonwealth Bank and HSBC and eight years as a listed-company CFO.

Ms Penrose has been a full-time director since 2014 and is an experienced committee chair of audit and risk. In addition to being a Non-Executive Director of Ramsay Health Care, Ms Penrose also serves as a Director of Bank of Queensland, Cochlear and Estia Health. Ms Penrose is a member of Chief Executive Women and on the Board of Marshall Investments Pty Limited and Rugby Australia Limited.

In the past three years, Ms Penrose has served as a Director of the following listed companies:

  • Bank of Queensland (Appointed November 2015)
  • Cochlear Limited (Appointed July 2022)
  • Estia Health (Appointed October 2018)
  • Ramsay Santé (Appointed February 2021)
  • Spark Infrastructure Group (Resigned May 2020)
  • Vicinity Centres (Resigned September 2022)

Committee memberships:

  • Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Risk Management Committee (Member)

Independence status:

  • Independent
Steven Sargent
Steven Sargent
Non-Executive Director

Appointed 25/11/21 

Mr Sargent’s executive career included 22 years at General Electric, where he gained extensive multi-industry, international experience leading businesses in industries including healthcare, energy and financial services across the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Mr Sargent is currently a Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy Limited and Chair of infection prevention company Nanosonics Limited. His unlisted board activities include Chairman of The Origin Energy Foundation Limited, Origin’s philanthropic arm, and Non-Executive Director of The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Mr Sargent holds a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and is a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

In the past three years, Mr Sargent has served as a Director of the following listed companies:

  • Origin Energy Limited (Appointed May 2015)
  • Nanosonics Limited (Appointed July 2016)
  • OFX Group Limited (Retired August 2022)

Committee memberships:

  • Risk Management Committee (Chair)

Independence status:

  • Independent

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

Henrietta Rowe
Henrietta Rowe B Econ (Soc Sci) (Hons), LLB (Hons), FGIA, MAICD
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Appointed 25/06/19

Henrietta was appointed Group General Counsel & Company Secretary on 25 June 2019 and is responsible for the Group legal, governance and secretariat functions.

Henrietta has more than 15 years’ experience with leading global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, and in-house at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital management and corporate governance.

Henrietta holds a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney, is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Law Committee.