Top End Health Service Board

The Top End Health Service (TEHS) Board is an independent statutory body established under the Northern Territory Health Services Act 2014 and is responsible for governing TEHS and ensuring it is managed efficiently and effectively.

Members of the board are appointed by the Health Minister under the following rules:   

  • members, including the chairperson, must not sit for a period of more than four years
  • members may be reappointed, but generally must not serve more than three consecutive terms
  • members must have skills or experience appropriate to the board’s role of governing and managing TEHS.


The performance of the TEHS is driven by the strategies developed by the TEHS Board and senior staff and implemented by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and TEHS Management.

The TEHS Board aims to fulfil the following:

  • to bring an independent and objective view to the TEHS decisions
  • to provide guidance to TEHS Management with respect to strategy implementation
  • to review the effectiveness of TEHS Management in delivering upon those strategies
  • to ensure sufficient control and accountability systems to accurately report TEHS performance.


The principal function of the TEHS Board is to govern the TEHS and ensure it is managed efficiently and effectively.

This includes negotiating and entering into a Service Delivery Agreement (SDA) with the Department of Health.

Board members 

Annette is Chair of the Top End Health Service Board and is also on the Cancer Council NT Board and the Cancer Council Australia National Board.

Annette arrived in the Northern Territory (NT) in 1991 and became an alderman on Palmerston Council a couple of months later, then was Mayor from 1997 to 2007. 

More recently, Annette worked for four years in the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi Government as curriculum manager of the Centre of Excellence and later as Director of Executive Education for the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce. She established the first business women’s mentoring group in the Middle East. 

On her return to Australia, Annette was Chair of the Charles Darwin University (CDU) Foundation Board.

Annette Burke

Diane was formerly a school teacher and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

She is a member of Consumers Health Forum and has served in consumer health and governance roles such as the Medicare Australia Stakeholder Consultative Group and the Therapeutic Goods Committee for over 14 years. 

She chairs the NPS Medicines Wise Consumer Advisory Group. Diane was Chair of the General Practice Network Northern Territory (GPNNT) Board from 2009 until its wind-up following the formation of the Northern Territory Medicare Local. Diane was also on the Governing Council of the Top End Hospital Network.

Diane Walsh 

Alan is director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. Having trained as a renal physician, Professor Cass completed a PhD at Menzies and worked as a renal physician in Darwin from 1998 to 2002. 

He undertook a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, before returning to head the Renal and Metabolic Division at the George Institute for Global Health at Sydney University. 

In 2012, he returned to Darwin as Menzies director.  Professor Cass has pursued a research career with a particular interest in the prevention and management of chronic disease and Indigenous health.

​Professor Alan Cass 

Connie is the director of the independent retail store Jape Furnishing Superstore and franchise outlet Forty Winks Darwin.

Connie was born in Timor Leste and educated in Singapore. She has been in the Territory since 1981.

She has served as a board member for NT Chamber of Commerce and represented the NT in the Australian Pavilion for the People's Exhibition at the Shanghai Expo 2010. 

She is currently a committee member for Total Recreation Dancing with Celebrities.

Connie Jape 

Sarah is a practising GP and works as senior medical officer with Danila Dilba Health Service, with responsibility for quality and safety. 

Dr Giles graduated in Medicine from Adelaide University in 1981 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2010. She has been a general practitioner in Darwin since 1997.

She is the medical member of both The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust NT Regional Committee and the Top End Community Visitor Panel. 

She is also a member of the NT Health Professional Review Tribunal. Dr Giles chaired the NT Health Minister's Advisory Council between 2009 and 2012.

Dr Sarah Giles

Michael started a successful consultancy business in 2007 and is managing director of THEM P/L and partner in MDS Partners, both Territory organisations with a diverse range of Territory and interstate clients. 

Michael has been in the Territory since 1978 and experienced a successful executive career in the Northern Territory Public Service between 1978 and 2006. 

He is a fellow of CPA Australia, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and graduate of ANU and holds tertiary qualifications from ANU, Canberra University as well as the University of Queensland. 

Michael is a board member of Mt Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, known as Gidgee Healing.

Michael Martin

Trish has a Masters in Tropical Health and several nursing qualifications. She has undertaken courses or programs such as the Australian Institute Of Company Directors, Australian New Zealand School of Governance Executive Fellows Program, NTPS Executive Development Program and the London Kings Fund Executive Fellows Program. 

Trish was born in Katherine and grew up in the NT. She retired in May 2012 after 26 years service in the NT Public Service where she held senior positions in policy, legislation and program development in the fields of health, housing, human services, local government policy and Aboriginal affairs.

Trish is also director for the CareFlight Board, Indigenous Business Australia Board and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. She is a member of the CDU Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Council and the Sydney University Ethical Investment Committee.

Trish Angus 

Amin is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

He was a former partner of Ernst & Young and Managing Director of Merit Partners Pty Ltd. He was an authorised auditor for the Northern Territory Government and Australian National Audit Office. 

His involvement in the health sector has been through auditing, budgeting, management accounting and corporate advice and as Board Members of Health NGOs. 

Amin served as president of CPA Australia NT and as a board member of the Heart Foundation NT. He has also lectured at CDU on a part-time basis.

Amin Islam 


Heidi Maruna
Executive Officer
PO Box 41326
Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: (08) 8922 7912


TEHS Board committees assist the board in performing its functions.

There are three committees of the TEHS Board:

  • Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
  • Safety and Quality Committee
  • Community and Consumer Engagement Committee.

The chief responsibility of a TEHS Board committee is to provide advice and to make recommendations for the TEHS Board about matters within the scope of the board’s functions, referred by the board to the committee.

Last updated: 10 January 2017