Our leaders

Virtus' Senior Executive team has extensive operational leadership experience in the Assisted Reproductive Services (ARS), diagnostics and hospital markets around the world.
Kate Munnings

Kate Munnings, Group Chief Executive Officer

Kate commenced as Group CEO at Virtus Health Limited on 23 March 2020. A qualified lawyer and registered nurse, Kate’s diverse breadth of professional experience equips her to lead the Virtus Health team in continuing to provide their exceptional work that helps people become parents.

Prior to joining Virtus Health, Kate led significant operations including as Chief Operating Officer of Ramsay Health Care Limited’s 72 Australian hospitals; and as Chief Executive, Operations leading a portfolio of largely government contracts across Australia, New Zealand and Melanesia at 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 eight years as Chief Risk & Legal Officer/Company Secretary at Transfield Services focused on commercial law, risk management and corporate governance.

As a registered nurse, Kate was one of the early specialist in HIV/AIDS nursing at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

Kate is currently a Board member of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre and previously spent four years on the Board of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior, Group Chief Financial Officer

Matt joined Virtus Health in June 2021, and brings a deep understanding of the value drivers in healthcare as well as strong industry experience.

Having been an executive at Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH) since 2015, initially as Head of Strategy and then as Vice President Finance & Commercial Operations - Asia Pacific, Matt had responsibility for driving value across their operations in China, India, Japan, Korea, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand.

Matt also covered healthcare stocks for close to a decade as an equities analyst at Deutsche Bank, as Head of Healthcare Equities Research Asia Pacific at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Head of Equities Research Australia at Evans & Partners. This experience provided Matt with a rich insight into the structure of the industry as well as the impact of regulation and consumer trends. Prior to that, Matt spent a number of years in the corporate finance and valuations team at Deloitte. 

Matt gained significant M&A and transactional experience both in Australia and Asia through his time at Deloitte, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Cochlear.

Ava Bentley

Ava Bentley, Group Chief Legal and Risk Officer & Company Secretary

As Chief Legal and Risk Officer & Company Secretary, Ava leads the legal, risk and company secretarial functions of Virtus Health across Australia, Singapore, Ireland, Denmark and the UK.

An experienced corporate and litigation lawyer, Ava has a broad range of experience gained in private practice and in-house roles as well as risk and leadership roles in the medical defence and insurance industries.

Ava was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1995, is a qualified mediator and an experienced people leader.

Lee Bakerman

Lee Bakerman, Group Chief People Officer

Lee joined Virtus Health in August 2020 to develop and lead the People and Culture function across the group. Lee has over 20 years of executive level experience, leading the people and culture function across a variety of multi-national organisations.

Prior to joining Virtus, Lee spent six years with Broadspectrum (now Ventia) overseeing HR and Industrial Relations related workstreams for tendering and transition activities for major contracts across the group. In addition, Lee led the Human Resources function for the group’s Defence and Social Infrastructure sector, delivering essential contracting services through a team of over 5000 employees across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that, Lee spent a decade in the power and electrical contracting sectors as Vice President Human Resources in roles spanning Asia Pacific for AREVA T&D, Alstom T&D and Norfolk Group Limited. 

Lee’s strategic and commercial approach to HR and his passion for developing organisational capability has seen him lead several transformation programs across 13 countries.

Lee is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master’s Degree in People and Organisational Management from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, a leading European business school. Lee has lived in six countries and is fluent in four languages.
 

Jorge Silveira

Jorge Silveira, Chief Digital Health Officer

Jorge Silveira joined Virtus Health in September 2020 and leads the Virtus’ digital health strategy.

He has supported the implementation of various digital technology projects in Australia and overseas,  including the first e-Business portal for the automobile industry in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East for General Motors; the implementation of the Australian-first Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program across regional health services; the implementation of the Victorian-first digital electrocardiogram (ECG) in regional Victoria and also introduced cutting-edge information security technology in Australia, leading to the update of the Australian Federal Government Information Security Manual (ISM) to incorporate new erasure methods into the list of controls for media sanitisation.

He was also the chair of the Victorian Health Sector CIO Cybersecurity Working Group within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the deputy chair for the DHHS ICT Operations and Assurance Working Group, defining standards and programs to improve technology and cybersecurity maturity for the health sector. As a qualified auditor, he has conducted a number of ICT governance, operations and security reviews for various health services throughout his career.

A true believer that technology and people are key enablers to assist us re-inventing ourselves and improve ways we work. Jorge was named Top50 CIO in the 2020.

Richard Banks

Richard Banks, Group Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director, Europe

Richard joined Virtus in August 2017 with a strong reputation in strategic planning, service transformation, operational turnaround, business development and program management. Richard has significant experience of working with Executive teams in healthcare organisations and enjoys both developing strategy and taking plans through to implementation.

Richard received his formal management training through the UK’s NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and he has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management and Leadership. He has worked as an NHS Director, Management Consultant and Private Hospital Director. Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Richard plays a vital role in the expansion of Virtus operations within Europe.

Teena Pisarev

Teena Pisarev, Managing Director, NSW/ACT, Singapore and Diagnostics

With more than 20 years working in the private healthcare sector within hospital, diagnostics, pathology and outpatient services, Teena has a broad and extensive understanding of the emerging trends and challenges facing the health industry locally and within Southeast Asia. Over her career Teena, who is a graduate of Griffith University (GC), has worked closely with doctors establishing practices and amalgamating opportunities, led major brownfield healthcare redevelopments, and implemented new services to significantly increase services accessibility and hospital performance. She has a strong ability to engage teams, increase performance and deliver outstanding growth.

During her role as CEO of Icon Cancer Care, she oversaw the divisional expansion via collaboration with VMOs, staff and partner organisations. Through the simplification of processes, strengthening of clinical governance and empowerment of local leaders, Teena delivered strong growth and maintained an engaged and enthusiastic team. This was followed by a period living and working in Singapore and leading the MA expansion into South East Asia, as Regional CEO, where she successfully led the expansion of Icon in South East Asia.

Upon returning to Australia Teena joined Virtus Health in 2019, where she heads operations in multiple business units across Australia and South East Asia. Skilled in strategy planning, business development, change management and healthcare operations her leadership style is simple; supported, engaged clinicians and empowered and well-resourced teams result in exceptional patient care.

Adurty Rao

Adurty Rao, Managing Director, Victoria and Tasmania

Adurty Rao joined Virtus Health as Managing Director - VIC/TAS in December 2020.

Adurty has held leadership positions across a range of health care groups over the past 14 years, and also holds a Masters in International Hospitality Management with experience in the hospitality sector, and therefore has a unique focus on customer experience. 

A skilled people leader, Adurty was on the Australian Executive team at Ramsay Health Care, where she played a key role in transforming the group's operating model so as to improve patient outcomes, simplify and harmonise processes, while supporting the staff through those significant changes.

Adurty welcomed her daughter into the world in August 2019 and is enjoying her most important role, that of parenthood. 

Chris Smedley

Chris Smedley, Managing Director, Queensland

Chris Smedley joined Virtus Health in June 2020 to drive operational excellence across our fertility and day hospital businesses in Queensland. A seasoned executive with more than 20 years’ working in complex healthcare organisations, Chris has a strong track record in effective change management and growing revenue through creating positive, resilient workplace cultures.

With previous roles as Chief Executive Officer of Assure Programs and General Manager of BUPA, Queensland, Chris is purpose-driven, results-focused and skilled at harnessing employee engagement and customer experience to transform business and revenue growth.

A qualified Chartered Accountant and with a Bachelor of Engineering, Chris is a proven leader and a valuable addition to the Virtus Health executive team.