EMPHN appoints Geoff Lavender interim CEO

EMPHN appoints Geoff Lavender interim CEO

30 January, 2020

EMPHN appoints Geoff Lavender interim CEO

Experienced public and not-for-profit sector health executive and board director, Geoff Lavender, has been appointed interim CEO of Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN). 

EMPHN’s Chair, Dr Stephen Duckett, said Geoff’s significant experience in policy and strategy and in leading change will be crucial in guiding EMPHN’s business as it enters a new decade. 

"Over the last 12 months, EMPHN has re-positioned itself to focus on its’ transformational strategies under the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.  

“Geoff’s experience will be invaluable in continuing to drive this journey whilst a permanent CEO is appointed. 

“Thank you to the Executive and interim CEO James Scott for maintaining the momentum,” Stephen said. 

With over 30 years’ experience in health and human services and working with government, Geoff brings extensive knowledge and experience in government relations, strategy and public policy.  

He has held senior executive positions in the Victorian government in health and community services portfolios, including Director Programs in the Victorian Department of Health and Director of Public Health.  

Geoff has worked as a freelance consultant providing management advisory services, particularly focused on policy and strategy in the public and not-for-profit health sectors. 

Most recently Geoff was Interim Chief Operating Officer at North Richmond Community Health. Geoff was also Chief Executive Officer of Northern Melbourne Medicare Local in the lead-up to the establishment of the PHN.   

In addition, Geoff is an associate with HardyGroup in leadership, executive professional development and learning. He is facilitator of a number of HG Executive Learning Sets and he designs and conducts leadership development programs for HG clients in the public and NFP sectors. 

Geoff starts as the interim CEO on Monday 3 February 2020.   

The Board has commenced the process of appointment of a substantive CEO. This follows the announcement in December 2019 that Robin Whyte, EMPHN’s former CEO, was moving for personal reasons.