Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Board

The Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network (FUNLHN) covers 391,581 square kilometres, taking in the Flinders Ranges, and the north eastern part of South Australia. Communities include: 

  • Roxby Downs
  • Leigh Creek
  • Hawker
  • Quorn
  • Woomera
  • Port Augusta
  • Whyalla.

The governing board is responsible and accountable to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for local decision making. The role of the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network governing board includes setting strategies and priorities for health services in the region, as well as ensuring the FUNLHN achieves the performance indicators in its Service Agreement.

Governing Board Chair and Members

Board Chair

Mark WhitfieldMark Whitfield FUN LHN Chair

Mark Whitfield is currently the Presiding Member of the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, Director NRM Regions Australia Ltd and formerly Chair of the Whyalla Special Education Centre. Until recently, Mark was the Executive Manager of the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School. 

He has previously worked in other roles in local government, regional development, health and education in Whyalla, on the Eyre Peninsula, in the Far North of the State and in local government. He has a strong record of volunteering on a variety of community organisation boards. 

Governing Board Members

Suzy Graham

Suzy Graham holds a Bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws, and has worked as a lawyer since 1999. Suzy owns and operates Spencer Gulf Law, a diverse legal practice based in Port Augusta with clientele across the FUNLHN region. Suzy brings legal expertise, business experience and broad local community knowledge to the Governing Board. 

Suzy is passionate about the delivery of excellence in health services, and the promotion of wellbeing across the FUNLHN. 

John Lynch

John Lynch served with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) for 32 years, and was the Chief Executive Officer of RFDS Central Operations for 18 years, retiring in December 2018. 

John holds a Bachelor of Health Science Management, is a Fellow of the National Institute of Public Accountants, an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

John brings finance and governance experience along with rural and remote primary health care practice experience to the Governing Board. 

Geri Malone

Geri qualified as a Registered Nurse and Midwife and has a Master's in Public Health. 

Her career has had a very strong focus on rural and remote mental health, ranging from clinical roles, management, education and professional development to policy and advocacy. 

Karyn Reid

Karyn Reid has had a long career in nursing across many clinical fields including experience in high-level clinical governance and executive health management. She resides in Port Augusta and has extensive knowledge of the health sites and population health needs across the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network. 

Karyn has extensive experience in community engagement and consumer advocacy and is committed to the principles of consumer focused health services. 

Shamus Cogan

Shamus Cogan is a Certified Practicing Accountant of over ten years with significant experience in the health sector. Currently Shamus is the Chief Finance Officer of North Eastern Community Hospital and Aged Care with oversight of the financial, activity, procurement and facilities functions.

Shamus was the inaugural CFO of Flinders and Upper North LHN and prior to this was one of the Country Health SA LHN managers with overseeing Activity Based Funding (ABF), Activity Based Management (ABM), Costing and Clinical Documentation. Shamus brings experience in the areas of financial modelling, activity based funding, activity based management, commissioning and performance.

Rohan Ward

Rohan is a qualified medical doctor who trained and practised in SA before launching his own Medical Technology business which was used in hospitals around Australia and the world. Rohan brings a unique blend of medical expertise, entrepreneurial experience, and technological acumen to the Governing Board. With his extensive background in healthcare and technology industries, he offers valuable insights into the intersection of medicine and innovation. Rohan’s passion for advancing healthcare services and promoting overall wellbeing aligns perfectly with the objectives of the FUNLHN.

Kate Warren

Kate is a Whyalla local and descendant of the Aboriginal people of the Wiradjuri nation. Kate has broad project management experience and has been involved in promoting and integrating the Medicare financial models in Aboriginal Medical Services to senior clinical staff, peer educators and volunteers in the Community. She has also been a key developer for a variety of health education programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic diseases.

Board meetings

The Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network (FUNLHN) Board meetings are held on the fourth Friday of each month from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm at a FUNLHN health site. The FUNLNH Board members, CEO and Secretariat also attend each meeting.

The Governing Board includes established committees to assist the Board in performance of the functions.

These committees include:

  • Finance Committee
  • Risk and Audit Committee
  • Clinical Governance Committee
  • Consumer Engagement Committee

Each Committee has Terms of Reference outlining their role and they can make recommendations to the Board.

Annual Public Meeting 

The 2022 Annual Public meeting for the Flinders and Upper North LHN was held on 24 November and chaired by Mark Whitfield (Governing Board Chair).

Members of the public were invited to attend in person or via Teams.


For further information or any questions concerning the Governing Board, please contact Health.FUNOCEOCorrespondence@sa.gov.au

Board meeting agendas

Board meeting minutes

FUNLHN Governing Board Archived meeting papers

Travel and entertainment expenses

Gifts and benefits register