Board of Directors
The Directors bring to the Board relevant experience and skills, including industry and business knowledge, financial management and corporate governance experience.
Sonia Petering, Chair
Sonia has more than 15 years experience in non executive director and chair roles with listed and unlisted companies and government authorities across financial services, payments, insurance, professional services and healthcare.
Sonia is an experienced commercial lawyer who commenced her legal practice in 2001. She holds a current Victorian legal practicing certificate.
Sonia previously served as a non executive director on the boards of Transport Accident Commission of Victoria and Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria and as Chair of the Board of Rural Finance Corporation from 2009 - 2016. Sonia is also a non executive director of TAL Dai - ichi Australia Ltd, Qantm IP (ASX:QIP) and Cuscal Ltd.
Kate Munnings, Group CEO and Managing Director
Kate has a strong track record of leading teams that deliver exceptional services and drive commercial improvement; and in transforming businesses in preparation for changing operating environments.
A qualified lawyer and registered nurse, Kate’s breadth of professional experience equips her to lead the Virtus Health team in continuing to provide their exceptional work, which helps people become parents. Kate commenced as Group CEO 23 March 2020.
Prior to joining Virtus Health, Kate lead significant operations as Chief Operating Officer of Ramsay Health Care Limited’s Australian business; and as Chief Executive, Operations at ASX-listed Transfield Services Limited (now Broadspectrum Limited).
Kate has also been a partner at law firms Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Baker McKenzie; specialising in contract law and also spent 8 years as Chief Risk & Legal Officer/Company Secretary at Transfield Services focused on commercial law, risk management and corporate governance.
Kate previously served on the Board of South East Sydney Local Health District for 4 years and is currently a Board member of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre.
Dr Lyndon Hale, Executive Director
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.
Greg Couttas, Non-executive Director
Greg is a highly experienced audit partner having spent 40 years with Deloitte including 28 years as partner. During his formative years he worked in audit across various sectors, specialising in ASX100 clients. Greg’s expertise includes accounting, finance, auditing, risk management, corporate governance, capital markets and due diligence. Additionally, Greg held a number of management roles at Deloitte including being the Managing Partner for NSW from 2005 to 2008, chairing the Audit and Risk Committee for eleven years, and was a member of the Board of Partners for Deloitte Australia from 2005 to 2016.
Greg is the Chair of the Virtus Health Audit Committee.
Shane Solomon, Non-executive Director
Shane is a highly experienced healthcare professional having worked in numerous Executive and Board roles across the public and private health sector over the past 34 years. Shane brings extensive health policy and a strong understanding of operational and clinical governance gained from his roles in the Victorian public health system including the role of Undersecretary for Health, and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Returning to Australia in 2010, Shane became a Partner at KPMG Australia, leading the National Health practice and in 2013, he became founder and Managing Director of Telstra’s eHealth business, Telstra Health. Shane was appointed in 2011 by the Council of Australian Governments to be Chairman of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority he maintains this role and is on the Board of Silver Chain, one of the largest community based health care service providers in Australia.
Shane is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Michael Stanford, Non-executive Director
Michael, a registered medical practitioner, has extensive experience in the Australia health services sector in Group CEO roles of large healthcare organisations and as a Non Executive Director. Michael’s 23 years of Group CEO roles included 16 years at St John of God HealthCare which he grew into being Australia’s third largest private hospital operator, and one year at the ASX listed Australian Hospital Care Ltd.
Michael’s NED career, in addition to Virtus Health, includes current roles on the Board of the manager of the NZX listed Vital Healthcare Property Trust (NorthWest Healthcare Property Management), Nucleus Networks (the world’s largest Phase One clinical trial business), and as Chair of Diabetes Australia. Michael previously served on the Boards of ASX listed Healthscope and of private equity owned Australian Clinical Laboratories. Michael was awarded an AM in 2018 for services to health, higher education and the community of WA.
Michael is Chair of the Virtus Health Remuneration Committee.