Our Governance

Our Legislation

Health and Wellbeing Queensland was established on 1 July 2019, as an independent statutory body within the portfolio of the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services to improve the health and wellbeing of the Queensland population.

The Health and Wellbeing Act 2019 is the governing legislation for Health and Wellbeing Queensland and identifies the main functions to be:

  • to facilitate and commission activities to prevent illness and promote health and wellbeing;
  • to develop partnerships and collaborate with other entities to further its objective or carry out its functions under the act;
  • to give grants for activities to further its objective or carry out its functions under the act;
  • to monitor and evaluate activities to prevent illness and promote health and wellbeing;
  • to develop policy and advise the Minister and government entities about preventing illness and promoting health and wellbeing;
  • to coordinate the exchange of information about activities to prevent illness and promote health and wellbeing.

Our Board

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is governed by a board appointed by the Governor in Council.

The board is appointed under the Health and Wellbeing Act 2019, which requires a member to have qualifications and experience in areas including law, business, public health, academia, community service organisations or the not-for-profit sector or other areas the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services considers relevant.   The Act also requires that at least one board member must be an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander.

Dr John Wakefield, Board Chair

Dr John Wakefield is the Director-General of Queensland Health and possesses 30 years’ experience in clinical and management roles across Queensland.

Dr Wakefield previously led the Clinical Excellence Queensland (CEQ) Division of Queensland Health, where he and his team drove significant reforms in mental health, nursing and maternity services.

He has been actively involved in Queensland and national efforts to improve patient safety, including establishing and leading the Queensland Health Patient Safety Centre and chairing the National Open Disclosure Pilot Project.

In 2011, he was awarded a public service medal for services to patient safety as part of the national Australia Day Awards.
Mr Stephen Ryan, Board Deputy Chair

Mr Stephen Ryan is a professional board member, senior executive and educator with over forty years’ experience in strategic leadership, governance and service delivery.

Mr Ryan has extensive exposure across the public, union, superannuation and not-for-profit sectors in his various roles as a secondary school teacher, a Trustee of the QSuper Board, and a director of QInvest. Mr Ryan is currently a Director of the Residential Tenancies Authority Qld and chair of its Risk and Audit Committee. He is also a Director of GROW, a national not-for-profit community-based organisation helping Australians recover from mental illness through programs of mutual support and personal development. Mr Ryan was an executive member and President of the Queensland Teachers’ Union.
Ms Clare O'Connor

Ms Clare O’Connor is the Director-General of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.

Ms O’Connor has over six years’ experience in Director-General positions, having served in two other departments, including most recently leading the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme to Queensland.

She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Public Sector Leadership and extensive experience in community and disability services, as well as progressing other transformational social service reforms.
Mr John Lee

As Director-General, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport, John Lee is leading the Government’s objectives for Queensland to drive economic growth and support jobs through strengthening and growing the state’s tourism and innovation sectors.

Through grant funding, infrastructure and planning, major events, world-class venues and support for the state’s elite athletes via the Queensland Academy of Sport, John is also leading government support of Queensland’s participation and success in sport and active recreation. John has enjoyed a highly successful career in government, tourism, sport, major events and transport. He has extensive experience in sports administration, operations, governance, asset management, venue leasing and has a detailed understanding of the private and public sectors, and is recognised for his leadership skills, strategic thinking, commercial acumen, and strong communication skills.
Ms Jane Williams

Ms Jane Williams is an experienced registered nurse and holds qualifications in management, community service coordination and rural and remote health. Since 1992, Ms Williams has worked in rural and remote areas of Western Queensland and continues to practice as a wellness nurse at the Barcaldine Medical Centre and cares for people with chronic disease and mental illness. Living and working as part of a rural and remote community has provided Ms Williams with valuable insights to the issues and challenges facing these communities.

Ms Williams also holds a number of key board appointments with Central West Hospital and Health Board, Queensland Music Festival, CheckUP, Royal Flying Doctors Service (Queensland) Foundation, Queensland Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council and Central West Rural Wellness Network.
Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe

Highly-experienced, widely-published and highly awarded expert on urban development, sustainability, environmental science and public health. One of Australia's most respected environmental scientists, Professor Ian Lowe is an emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University, where he was previously Head of the School of Science, and an adjunct professor at Flinders University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. He holds earned degrees from the University of NSW and the University of York, as well as honorary doctorates from Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. His principal research interests are in the broad area of policy decisions influencing use of science and technology, especially in the fields of energy and environment.
Ms Stella Taylor Johnson

Ms Stella Taylor-Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Kambu Health Service and has more than 40 years working within the health sector. Ms Taylor-Johnson is committed to building a better tomorrow for her community and believes in a holistic way of healthcare.

Ms Taylor-Johnson has been the Chair of Queensland Trachoma and Eye Health for 10 years and was the Chair of the Murri School for many years when it was established at Doorknock Terrace in West End.

Ms Anna Voloschenko

Ms Anna Voloschenko is a Health Professional with over 30 years’ experience encompassing public health, health promotion, health protection and population health. Presently she is an independent Consumer Advisor and strategic planner on matters related to the health of populations and communities who live in Queensland. Throughout her career, Ms Voloschenko has been involved in the development of major public health and health promotion campaigns which included community education and associated workforce both nationally and at a State level. For many years Ms Voloschenko has championed health issues including health literacy and challenges facing culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders. She also advocates for equity and inclusion for all. As a result of her efforts she was awarded an Outstanding Individual Achiever Award by Multicultural Queensland in 2019.

Our Chief Executive Officer

Adjunct Professor Robyn Littlewood

Adjunct Professor Robyn Littlewood brings a unique set of skills as a highly experienced paediatric clinical dietitian with more than 20 years’ practical experience.

She has been working at Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) Hospital and Health Service in a number of different roles since 1997 and is the Co-Chair of the Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network.

Robyn is also the General Manager of CHILD Dietetics and holds a range of professional and occupational memberships on advisory and consultative bodies focussing on child health and obesity prevention, health system improvement and consumer collaboration.

Last updated 27 September 2021