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Senior Executive Leadership Team

Gillian Yearsley

Chief Executive Officer

Gill (Jill) Yearsley leads Northern Territory PHN and works with the Senior Executive Leadership Team to align Northern Territory PHN’s operations with the strategic direction set by the Board.

Gill is a strong believer in relationship and engagement development. She understands the importance of collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, such as community groups, state and commonwealth governments, primary health providers, and Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations to improve health outcomes and ensure high-quality primary health care.

Since emigrating to Australia fifteen years ago, Gill has worked as a Senior Director within the State Health, Primary Health and Community Care Services across the North Queensland region. She relocated from Queensland to the Northern Territory to take up the CEO position with NT PHN.

Gill is a registered nurse with extensive experience working as a senior clinician in mental health and clinical governance. She also holds a Master’s Degree for Advanced Professional Practice in Health Care.

Le Smith

Executive Manager, Health Commissioning

Le Smith leads Northern Territory PHN’s service design, procurement and contracting functions to commission health services and activities across the NT, ensuring that commissioned services are high quality, evidence-based, culturally appropriate and responsive to local needs.

Le knows that co-designing person-centred solutions by working in collaborative partnership with all key stakeholders including community, consumers, carers, Aboriginal community controlled services, government and non-government services delivers the greatest outcomes for people.

Le holds a Bachelor of Health Science with postgraduate studies in International Health, is an Honorary Fellow of Menzies School of Health Research, a Board member for the Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Responsibilities: health program and service co-design, procurement and contracts, program monitoring and evaluation.

Heather Keighley

Executive Manager, Health Workforce

Heather Keighley is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who leads Rural Workforce Agency NT, primary health care outreach services and improvement and integration activities at NT PHN, providing strategic guidance for teams that implement primary health care workforce and broader systemic strategies and services throughout the NT.

Heather appreciates the importance of strong professional and organisational partnerships across the primary health care and education sectors both nationally and within the NT in achieving workforce reform to meet health and community needs into the future.

Responsibilities: Rural Workforce Agency NT, outreach services, primary health care support, NT HealthPathways, clinical advice, system integration.

Rob Moore

Executive Manager, Strategy Implementation and Partnerships

Robin has held several senior health executive roles in both South Australia and Queensland across acute and primary health care settings. He has extensive experience in a PHN context, having worked with PHNs in South Australia and North Queensland, alongside multiple stakeholders.

Robin’s depth and breadth of experience brings a strong strategic focus to the Strategy Implementation and Partnerships branch.

Responsibilities: strategic planning and initiatives, business relationship management, portfolio wide initiatives, portfolio management, and regional partnerships.

Kristy Brain

Chief Financial Officer

Kristy leads the finance department at Northern Territory PHN, ensuring financial compliance with the organisations’ funding agreements, Australian Accounting Standards, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Regulations 2013 and the Corporations Regulations 2001.

With a breadth of experience across many industries, Kristy understands how good governance and a robust finance department provides assistance and support to serve Northern Territory PHN’s internal and external customers and key stakeholders.

Kristy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Responsibilities: budgeting and forecasting, financial and management accounting and reporting, treasury management, internal controls, compliance with statutory and other regulations.