Management Team

Virtus' Management team has considerable experience in the Assisted Reproductive Services (ARS), diagnostics and day hospital markets around the world:

Sue Channon, Group CEO

Sue has held senior management positions in various Australian healthcare organisations for over 20 years. Before her appointment to CEO of Virtus in November 2010, Sue was CEO of IVF Australia Pty Ltd. Prior to joining Virtus, Sue was State Manager for NSW and ACT for Medical Imaging Australia, the National Director of Nursing for Mayne Group (now part of Ramsay Health Care), CEO of Kareena Private Hospital, CEO of Castlecrag and Mosman Private Hospital and CEO and Director of Nursing for Castlecrag Private Hospital.

Sue is a member of the Risk Committee.

Glenn Powers, CFO and Company Secretary

Glenn joined Virtus as CFO and Company Secretary in August 2008. Prior to joining Virtus, Glenn was CFO and Company Secretary of Tower Software Limited.

Glenn has a broad range of experience in private equity backed businesses, working in a range of engineering, electronics, software and service businesses. Glenn has also been a Director for both main and AIM market listed businesses in the UK. Glenn is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Jade Phelan, Managing Director, Victoria

Jade is a highly regarded healthcare executive with a unique combination of significant operational experience gained from managing in a large and complex private hospital environment and strong commercial acumen having begun her career in finance roles with two major accounting firms.

Jade worked at Healthscope Operations Limited for six years as the CEO of The Mount Private Hospital in WA, one of the largest Healthscope hospitals in the country, before returning home to Melbourne and commencing with Virtus in late 2016.

With a strong track record of thriving in a patient and doctor facing environment in specialist healthcare, Jade is a welcomed member of the executive team.

Anthony Walsh, Managing Director, Ireland

Tony is the co-founder and CEO of Sims IVF. He  introduced Ireland's first donor sperm program and co-founded Ireland's’ first donor egg program. He also founded Ireland's first independent IVF unit at the Clane Clinic in 1988 and was responsible for Ireland's first IVF baby.

He has previously served on the editorial committee of Modern Medicine of Ireland and the consultant committee of the Irish Medical Organisation.  Tony currently lectures medical students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and has previously lectured at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a fellow of the FRCOG, and the national representative for Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Simon Barker, Managing Director, Tasmania

TasIVF, where Simon has been Managing Director since 2009, joined Virtus Health in 2014. During his time at TasIVF, Simon has helped grow the business and achieve Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year in 2012. Simon has extensive experience in urban and regional healthcare, with positions of Managing Director of Support2Health and  General Manager at Ochre Health. Prior to this, Simon had a notable career in operations and recruitment for the defence industry, where he worked directly for the Australian Defence Force and the United Nations, as well as with a private organisation providing services to the Department of Defence.

Steve Zappia, Managing Director, Queensland

Steve joined Virtus in May 2013. Prior to joining Virtus, Steve amassed a wealth of experience in the health industry having served as State Manager Queensland for Primary Healthcare, National Laboratory Manager for Idexx, General Manager Queensland and Practice Group Manager for Imed, General Manager Pathology and Development Manager for MIA and State Operations Manager NSW for Mayne Health. Steve also has extensive experience as a pathology scientist.

Nadia Stankovic, Managing Director, New South Wales

Nadia joined Virtus in June 2004. More than a decade spent in several senior management positions within the organisation has equipped her with a unique ability to see things from all perspectives. Before being appointed Managing Director of IVFAustralia in early 2014, Nadia lead innovative change in her role as Operations Manager, successfully driving key business objectives including NSW’s first low cost model in The Fertility Centre, Liverpool.

Raju Narayan, Managing Director, Singapore

Raju joined Virtus in 2013, where he led business development in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, before opening Virtus’ first fertility clinic in Asia in late 2014. Raju has over 25 years’ experience in the management and development of public and private hospitals in Singapore, India, the broader South-East Asian region and the Middle East. Prior to joining Virtus, Raju served as the CEO of Parkway East Hospital, Singapore and as the Divisional President, International Operations for Parkway Group Healthcare. Raju was the  Executive director of the Board for Parkway Group’s joint ventures in India, Abu Dhabi and Vietnam. He has held various senior management positions at Singaporean hospitals including Tan Tock Seng, Changi General and Raffles Hospital throughout his healthcare career.

Bill Watkins, Medical Director, Tasmania

Bill is currently Clinical Director of TasIVF, having been part of the TasIVF team since 1996. He is also the only CREI qualified fertility specialist in Tasmania. Bill was Senior Registrar at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne from 1993 until early 1996, where he was responsible for the IVF program and involved in establishing one of Australia’s first ICSI programs. He returned to Tasmania in 1996 and joined TasIVF, initially established as one of Australia's first IVF clinics by three gynaecoligists, including Bill's father.

David Molloy, Medical Director, Queensland

David was appointed as Medical Director of Queensland Fertility Group Pty Ltd in 2004 and has provided contracted clinical services to patients of Queensland Fertility Group Pty Ltd since 1986.

David has a distinguished resume of achievements, including acting as President of the Australian Medical Association in Queensland, Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society Limited and National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as well as Chairman of the IVF directors group.

David also currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the IVF directors group, a position he has held since 2004.

David Walsh, Medical Director, Ireland

David is the co-founder and Medical Director of Sims IVF.  At Sims IVF, David co-founded Ireland's first egg donor program. He has previously lectured at Trinity College, Dublin, and has served as an executive member of Ireland’s Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He has published widely and has a special interest in uterine pre-evaluation and embryo transfer.

Lyndon Hale, Medical Director, Victoria

Lyndon has been the Medical Director of Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd since 2008. He is also Director of Reproductive Surgery at The Women’s Hospital, and is on the board of the Fertility Society of Australia. Lyndon is highly regarded for his knowledge and proactive approach and brings extensive experience in assisted reproduction treatments to the care of his patients.

Peter Illingworth, Medical Director, New South Wales

Peter joined Virtus in May 2006 and since that date has served as Medical Director of IVF Australia Pty Ltd along with providing contracted clinical services to patients of IVF Australia Pty Ltd.

Peter is an accredited specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 20 years specialist experience in the area of infertility practice. Peter has an international reputation in the field of reproductive medicine.

Prior to joining Virtus, Peter was Network Director at the Women’s and Children’s Health, Director of Reproductive Medicine at Westmead Hospital and a Clinical Scientist at MRC Reproductive Biology Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Peter is a Conjoint Honorary Associate Professor at Sydney University, a position he has held since 1996.

Roland Chieng, Medical Director, Singapore

Roland has been Medical Director of Virtus Fertility Centre since its opening in late 2014. Roland is a qualified obstetrician and gynaecologist and has been practising as a fertility specialist since 2001. He has previously worked at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Singapore General Hospital, and consulted with Melbourne IVF. Roland also holds a graduate diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture.