Nicole has worked extensively in public health and government in executive and non-executive roles for over 20 years and has been Chief Executive at cohealth since 2019 having served in a range of leadership roles in community health since 2006.
Nicole is passionate about community health and committed to the mission of improving health in partnership with individuals and the community. Social justice and health equity are the core principles of her decision-making and key drivers of her advocacy priorities. She feels privileged to have led an organisation that has consistently delivered outstanding services for communities who experience disadvantage.
In 2022, cohealth was named the Premier’s Health Service (Primary) of the Year and in the same year also won the LGBTQIA+ Service Provider of the Year award at the inaugural Australian Pride in Health + Wellbeing Awards.
Nicole has extensive governance experience, having served in a number of non-executive Board roles across the healthcare sector. She is currently serving as Non-Executive Director and Deputy Board Chair of Dental Health Services Victoria and Non-Executive Board Director for the Victorian Healthcare Association. Nicole has previously held non-executive Board roles with Western Health and the Macedon Ranges North Western Metropolitan Medicare Local.
With her clinical background, governance experience and expertise in primary care and the acute sector, Nicole is uniquely positioned to understand the Australian healthcare landscape, navigate change and lead system reform. Nicole’s commitment to address the social determinants of health has led her to pursue policy change beyond health system reform, as Co-Chair of the Australian Health, Housing and Homelessness Network.
Nicole has a Masters of Business Administration and, outside of work, she loves spending time with family and friends, travelling, cooking and keeping fit.
cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation. We provide essential health and support services in Melbourne’s CBD, and northern and western suburbs.