Simon is an experienced and versatile senior health care consultant with an extensive clinical and executive leadership background. 


Simon has practised as a surgeon, in Australia, Scotland and Hong Kong. Simon has further worked in public and private settings and diverse hospitals including academic, quaternary level facilities, private hospitals and regional centres. In addition to his clinical training, he has an MBA and has had extensive experience in senior hospital leadership.


Simon has worked as Executive Director of Medical Services, Group Director of Health Informatics and General Manager of a large private hospital. He has undertaken a variety of interim executive roles, with an emphasis on improving systems and culture.


He is a member of the Safer Care Victoria Academy and an associate fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management.


Jill Butty has been at the Royal Women’s Hospital as Director of Quality and Safety for over 8 years, with a similar role at another health facility for over 10 years.  Jill’s current role includes patient safety, quality improvement, incident investigation, risk management, and accreditation.

Jill is also a member of the Safer Care Victoria Academy and works with SCV to conduct complex safety reviews, provide training in Clinical Governance and support health services in learning from serious incidents.

Jill has been the Quality Lead for the Statewide Regional Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committees project, and is currently a member of the Board of The Kilmore and District Hospital.


Dr Nicola Cunningham is an Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and a Senior Forensic Physician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM). Nicola also works with the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, and the Incident Response Team for Safer Care Victoria.

Nicola is the Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Communiqué, and Medico-Legal Editor of Emergency Medicine Australasia. Her roles provide valuable insights into community and hospital medicine, and the interface between these areas, as well as a unique perspective on the medico-legal aspects of clinical practice.


Nicola is responsible for the Forensic Medicine Registrar Program at the VIFM, utilising her skills in medicine and the law to introduce trainees from general practice, critical care and physician streams to the vagaries of both these worlds. She is a passionate advocate for patient and staff safety, creatively using education and legal instruments to challenge the status quo.


Jen Morris is a patient/consumer perspectives expert working across the fields of healthcare quality, safety, regulation, governance, education and research.

With a focus on patient and consumer perspectives and experiences, Jen has extensive experience as an advisor and decision-maker within health services, professional organisations, educational institutions, regulatory bodies and government. Jen also has governance experience as a non-executive director on corporate and regulatory boards in the health sector, and in healthcare systems research within the University of Melbourne’s Law and Public Health Unit.


Her consulting and advisory experience spans the whole quality and safety improvement cycle – including roles focused on health service culture, complaint management, incident review, practitioner education, behaviour change initiatives, regulatory oversight and systems design.


Ms Liat Watson is a member of the Safer Care Victoria (SCV) Academy - part of SCV’s Incident Response Team – trained to undertake complex systems safety and incident analysis reviews within a contributory factors framework, using human-factors, systems-thinking and just-culture approaches. She provides training to health service staff in incident analysis methodologies (Root Cause Analysis) and provides expert input as a consumer representative on sentinel event review panels.

An accredited consumer leader with specialised training in co-production and the role of consumers in clinical governance, she has worked with the Australian Commission for Safety & Quality in Healthcare in the development of the National Standards (v2) and sits on various peak bodies including the Victorian Clinical Council, the Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council and Safer Care Victoria’s Patient & Family Council.

Prior to becoming involved in the healthcare sector Liat worked in the stockbroking and human resource industries.

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