Leadership boss moves to hospital

A newly created position in hospital management has lured Leadership Ballarat Western Region chief Jennie Courtney to Ballarat Health Services.

Ms Courtney will take on the role as Director of Community Engagement, a new position which will drive strategic development of communications, fundraising, volunteering, pastoral care and community engagement activities.

The new position will sit among the hospital leadership team in the BHS People and Culture portfolio to ultimately ensure BHS collaborates more with the community.

Ms Courtney said she hoped to continue building on the local connections she has made through LBWR.

“I look forward to building on my work at LBWR - making connections across our community and working together to create change for the better,” she said.

MOVING: Leadership Ballart Western Region chief Jennie Courtney is moving to a new director's position at Ballarat Health Service. Picture: MDP Photography & Video

MOVING: Leadership Ballart Western Region chief Jennie Courtney is moving to a new director's position at Ballarat Health Service. Picture: MDP Photography & Video

“Through my role at LBWR, I have quickly realised the Ballarat community is uniquely connected and committed to creating a better future for all the people who choose to call our gorgeous city home.” 

Before taking on the top role at LBWR, Ms Courtney led fundraising, marketing and external relations programs at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford.

“I am excited to be joining BHS as it continues to grow and develop. BHS will continue to empower, engage and develop opportunities for its staff to partner with the community to support our region’s health and wellbeing,” she said.

Lessons learned in her LBWR role prompted Ms Courtney to take on the BHS position.

“I have had the privilege of joining this year’s participants on their journey of self-awareness – thinking about where our strengths lie and what we’re passionate about.

“We have heard from leaders across business, government and the community sector who have stressed the importance of continually learning and challenging yourself. This opportunity brings together my past experiences in the university sector, my lessons from LBWR and my passion for community, health and wellbeing.”