About Us

Our Vision,
History and
People

Royal Rehab is Australia’s leading provider of rehabilitation and disability services.

Highly regarded for our specialist expertise in brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Royal Rehab is also renowned for supported accommodation services, our private hospitals and community services delivering holistic quality care.

Born from the compassion of one remarkable woman over 120 years ago, Royal Rehab continues to enrich the lives of the people it serves.

Our skilled multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals support people to achieve as much independence and quality of life as possible. This includes assisting people to adjust to changed abilities, relearn skills and gain new ones, and reintegrate into their homes and the community.

We are motivated by our vision - a world without limits for people with disability, illness and injury.

We recognise everyone’s circumstances are different, and independence comes in many forms. Each person’s individual goals mean everything to us as we work together to discover what is possible.

We warmly welcome you to discover more about Royal Rehab.

Our joint patrons

We are proud to have The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson as Royal Rehab’s Joint Patrons. This appointment extends a long tradition of Governors as patrons of our facility.

Royal Rehab is…

Expert

We deliver via a team of professionals who are leaders in their fields. We have a remarkably long history with a wealth of experience. We are dependable and reliable.

Exceptional

Our services and facilities are outstanding. We strive to deliver the highest standard of care and excellence in everything we do. We are committed to education and research to drive innovative advancements that benefit the people we serve.

Respectful

We understand people are individuals. We respect the right of the individual to set their own goals. We appreciate everyone’s circumstances are different. Our services enrich lives by providing personalised support.

Friendly

We are warm, welcoming and positive while being professional in everything we do.

Our People

The Royal Rehab Leadership Team provides a solid foundation of expertise which supports our people to achieve great things.
We employ a team of health professionals from a range of disciplines and corporate staff who are our greatest assets.

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Our Board Members

Katrina Williams BEc LLB GAICD

Director

Katrina is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer currently working with the Office of General Counsel at The University of Sydney where she specialises in trusts, governance and charitable fundraising law. She was formally with Baker McKenzie Lawyers for 15 years practising in corporate and securities law. In May 2018, Katrina became a committee member of the Royal Rehab Foundation and then in December 2018 became a member of the Board.

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Our Board Members

Gregory Anderson ACA CA

Director

Gregory is Executive Director of management consultants O’Connell Advisory providing independent financial, business and strategy services in the health and disability sectors. He is Chairman of O’Connell Care, an approved aged care provider which delivers outsourced management services to residential aged care businesses. Gregory is a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and WHK. He joined the Board in June 2013 and also holds the position of Chair of the Planning Development Committee.

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Tony Staveley MComm Grad Dip (Land Econ) FAPI FRICS MAICD JP

Chairman

Tony has extensive experience as a director of numerous private and public company subsidiaries as well as government and industry bodies and sporting associations. He is currently a Director of Balance Group Pty Limited and Balance Corporate Property Development Pty Limited. Tony joined the Royal Rehab Board in 2000 and has held the position of Chairman since October 2014. He is also a Member of the Board Executive, Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee, Planning and Development Committee, Royal Rehab Foundation Committee and Development Control Group.

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Anthony Wehby FCA MAICD

Vice-Chairman

Anthony is non-executive Chair of ASX listed Aurelia Metals Limited and former Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2000. He is an independent financial consultant providing services to small and medium companies. Anthony joined the Royal Rehab Board in February 2012 and has been Vice-Chairman since October 2014. He also Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

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Clive Austin AM LLM FAICD

Director

Clive is a consultant to Sydney legal practice Hardings Solicitors of which he previously held the position of senior partner. He has held numerous other senior roles including President of The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (NSW) and NSW Regional Council Redkite. Clive is a Director of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Foundation and Friends. Clive joined the Royal Rehab Board in 1993 and was Chairman from February 2003 until October 2014. He is also a Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, Board Executive, Audit and Risk Management Committee, Planning and Development Committee, Royal Rehab Foundation and Development Control Group.

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Merilyn Speiser BEc FCA CHAHRI

Director

Merilyn is Founder and Principal Consultant of Catalina Consultants, a Human Resources consulting business providing outsourcing services to a variety of industries. She previously held the positions of Head of Human Resources at Crown Horwath and partner at WHK. Merilyn is Chair of the Royal Rehab Foundation and joined the Board in February 2018.

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Professor Steven Faux FAFRM FFPMANZCA GAIC

Director

Steven Faux established the Director of the Departments of Rehabilitation at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and is a conjoint academic at the University of NSW and the University of Notre Dame. He has authored over 90 journal articles and his research team authored Australia’s first studies in tele-rehabilitation for chronic pain. Steven is a foundation member of the National Facility for Human Robot Interaction Research at the University of NSW, a board director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Clinical Lead for the Rehabilitation Community of practice for COVID19 for the NSW Ministry of Health.

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Paul Billingham MBA(AGSM) FCA FGIA GAICD RITP

Director

Paul is Managing Director of GreenMount. He was previously the Sydney Office Chair and National Managing Partner of Grant Thornton Australia where he spent over three decades in restructuring and corporate space. He now sits on several boards as a Chair, NED and Committee Member including defence business TWPG; industry peak body Australian Property Institute; and leading engineering firm Lucid Consulting Australia. A keen yachtsman, Paul is the Immediate Past Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, is a member of the Finance and Risk Committee of Australian Sailing and a NED of the CYCA Safety of Life at Sea Trusts.

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Clara Cutajar BBus CA

Director

Clara is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Clara has provided a broad range of services including assurance and tax services and for the last 20 years has specialised in transactions advice having worked in Australia and overseas. Clara has had exposure to several sectors including infrastructure, real estate, and health. Clara is a member of the PwC’s Deals Leadership team in Australia and a member of PwC’s Global Infrastructure Leadership Team. Clara contributes to a number of committees including being a member of the Australian Business Councils Infrastructure, Housing and Construction Working Group. She holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

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Alex Gillan BBus(IT) GAICD

Director

Alex is an independent non-executive Director of South West Healthcare and Gospel Resources Ltd. Alex joined Royal Rehab's Board of Directors as part of the merger with breakthru Ltd., where he served as a Director for almost a decade, including 5 years as Chair. Alex is also Chair of the AICD Geelong regional committee.

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Our Leadership Team

Matthew Mackay

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew is a healthcare executive leading growth through strategy and direction, designing and building a strong and engaging culture, developing leaders and increasing performance. He re-engineers core processes around customer needs to optimise performance and uses technology and organisation design to improve service delivery, service quality and staff engagement.

Matthew has held senior management and executive roles in public, private and military sectors over two decades.

Matthew is also a Captain in the Australian Army with operational deployments in command positions in Afghanistan and Timor.

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Our Leadership Team

Denise Thomas

Chief Operating Officer

Denise is an accomplished health care executive and has held senior executive roles in both public and private sector health care, independent hospitals, publicly listed groups and government organisations.

Denise was elected to the APHA council in 2011 and has served on a range of taskforces and committees. She currently chairs the APHA Rehabilitation Committee. In 2020 Denise was a Non Executive Director of Parkinsons NSW.

Denise is a Registered Nurse, holds a Master of Health Law (Usyd) and Bachelor of Health Management (UNE).

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Our Leadership Team

Nicholas Edwards

General Manager/Director of Clinical Services (DON) MetroRehab Hospital

Nicholas has over 25 years of healthcare experience within the public and private sectors in which he has held a variety of senior management and executive roles. His work history includes clinical nurse consultant of intensive care; project management of the building, commissioning and opening of several private hospitals; CEO of a number of private hospitals and working as a national Quality and Risk Manager for a national private healthcare provider. Nicholas enjoys managing teams, project management and ensuring strategic timeframes are met.

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Our Leadership Team

Jessica Scanlan (nee. Taveira)

General Manager Disability Services

A long-standing leader at Royal Rehab, Jessica has held the role of Operations Manager Royal Rehab Private, Clinical Operations Manager of Brain Injury Unit, After Hours Nurse Manager and member of the senior nursing team.

She holds a Bachelor of Nursing, double major Paediatrics and Neurology, a Bachelor of Arts, double major Gender Studies and Sociology, Graduate Diploma Management, and is currently completing a Master of Leadership in Health and Human Services.

Jessica is a member of the Australian Rehabilitation Nurses Association and Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association.

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Our Leadership Team

Phil Dibley

Chief People Officer

Phil joined Royal Rehab in 2021 with over 20-years people and culture leadership experience gained in large multinational organisations. Phil’s experience includes implementing strategically aligned human resources & communications functions, building high engagement & performance cultures, leading strategy development and execution, as well as people aspects of M&A projects and business integrations. Phil brings a highly constructive leadership style and a passion for mentoring next generation leaders, ensuring succession, and building sustainable businesses.

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Glen Stoddart

Chief Financial Officer

Glen has over 20 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant, most recently working in the healthcare and aged care sectors. He has held senior finance positions with listed and private businesses across a variety of industries in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Our Leadership Team

Dr Clayton King MB BS FAFRM (RACP)

Director Medical Services

A rehabilitation physician with over two-decades of experience as Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, including inpatient and Brain Injury Community Rehabilitation Services, Dr King is currently appointed at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Rehab.

Dr King’s medical career includes positions at St Vincent’s and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals as well as being a past member of the Motor Accidents Council, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW and various committees of the Ministry of Health and the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr King’s experience includes research and teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in brain injury rehabilitation.

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Our Leadership Team

Selina Rowe

General Manager Royal Rehab - Ryde

With over a decade of experience leading allied health teams, Selina has a diverse clinical background. She is dedicated to developing individuals and teams with a focus on exceptional clinical care. Selina began at Royal Rehab in 2011 as Clinical Operations Manager of the NSW Spinal Outreach Service, leading a multidisciplinary team and working in collaboration across the State Spinal Cord Injury Service Network to improve service development.

Selina held senior clinical dietitian roles in public and private facilities prior to allied health and executive roles. With a passion for technology and ehealth, Selina has completed post graduate studies in Health Informatics and embraces the opportunities digital advancements can bring to healthcare.

Our History

We would like to acknowledge the Wallumedegal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of this land and pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.

Royal Rehab evolved from humble beginnings in 1899 with a compassionate and pioneering woman Susan Schardt. At just 27 years of age, Susan, who was blind from birth, helped a man with disabilities who was destined to be homeless by finding him accommodation and care. Throughout the decades that followed over 61,000 people have turned to Royal Rehab – Australia’s leading provider of rehabilitation and disability support services.