Michael Stanford AM



Michael was appointed Chairman of Nexus Hospitals in June 2023. Michael began his career as a medical doctor in Sydney and brings 38 years of Executive experience in both the public and private healthcare sectors, twenty-three of which were in Group CEO roles. He also has twenty-eight years of Non-executive Director experience developed world-wide across a broad range of industries, including healthcare, biotech /pharma, property, aged care, higher education, and the arts.

Some of Michael’s previous board experience has included Non-Executive Director roles with ASX listed companies Healthscope, Virtus Health (IVF), and Australian Clinical Labs, and NZX listed Vital Healthcare Property trust, of which he is a current Director. Michael also served for 16 years as Group CEO of St John of God Healthcare and was Chair of Save the Children Australia Investment Committee.

Michael currently serves on the Boards of several well-respected companies including as Independent Chair of Integrated Mental Health, Board Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Board Chair of genU, President and Chair of Diabetes Australia, and Independent Non-Executive Director of NorthWest Property Group.

Michael has strong business, leadership and financial acumen, honed through executive and advisory roles where he has actively led major business transformations.  Michael has extensive networks and understanding of the healthcare ecosystem and significant commercial experience including mergers and acquisitions, organic growth, major capital developments, operational efficiency, and margin improvement (including through use of technology).

In 2018 Michael was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the health sector through executive roles, to tertiary education and the WA community.  In 2010 he received the WA Citizen of the Year Award – Industry and Commerce category. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael agrees with Peter Drucker that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” so he focuses his time and efforts on companies and people who take culture and behaviour very seriously.

In Nexus, Michael sees the ideal opportunity to contribute to reimagining Australia’s healthcare system using emerging technologies to create a sustainable healthcare system focussed on innovating patient-centred models of care in a short stay hospital environment.

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