Our People

The Board consists of three members (the Commissioners) nominated by the Minister of Health and Wellbeing and appointed by the Governor.

The HSCG Act requires that one of the Commissioners appointed must have legal expertise and experience that is deemed to be suitable by the Minister and two must have expertise in the area of trusts or financial management, or other expertise, knowledge or experience deemed suitable by the Minister.

The Commissioners are currently:

Chairman – Lino Di Lernia

Lino has worked in senior executive and management roles over a career in South Australia, interstate and overseas.

Lino has significant experience in negotiating and structuring complex transactions and problem resolution.  He also has extensive experience in the management and delivery of major projects, particularly in relation to infrastructure.

Lino is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has worked on a number of Boards.

Commissioner – Villis Marshall

Professor Marshall is recognised internationally as an eminent urology consultant, educator and researcher. His experience spans the provision of clinical services, general management of public hospitals, and improvement in safety and quality in healthcare settings. He has over 300 publications.

Professor Marshall held faculty appointments at the London Hospital Medical College, St Peters Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital before serving as head of urology at Flinders Medical Centre and subsequently Professor and Chair of Surgery at Flinders University. Professor Marshall was also the General Manager and Clinical Director of Surgical Specialties Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Adelaide University.

In 2006 Professor Marshall was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia for service to medicine in urology and kidney disease research. In 1999 he received the highest award of the Order of St John for more than 20 years’ service in supporting the training of volunteer ambulance personnel throughout Australia. Professor Marshall is also a distinguished fellow and past president of the Urological Society of Australia. He retired from the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2012.

Professor Marshall is the Chair of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care having held that role since 2012.

Professor Marshall also held the position of part time Director of the Office for Research at the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network from 2016 to 2018.

Commissioner – Carolyn Mitchell

Carolyn is an experienced non-executive director.  In a former life Carolyn was a commercial lawyer specialising in the areas of commercial advice, insolvency and trade practices for over 25 years.  Legal practice gave her the ability to identify major issues of governance, risk management and legal compliance and to then set about improving those areas.

Carolyn is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors.

Since leaving legal practice Carolyn has built a substantial portfolio of non-executive director roles, including currently holding the Chair role for Credit Union SA, Netball SA, Tonkin Consulting, The CanDo Group and Haighs Chocolates.


A full time Executive Officer, Chris Peirce, and two part time administrators assist the Board.