Senior Leadership Team

Carissa Brock - Chief Executive Officer

BBus, BComp, MCHSM, MHlthAdmin           

Carissa commenced as the Chief Executive Officer at Hesse Rural Health in November 2020. Carissa previously held roles of Director Corporate Services, Chief Operations Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer with Great Ocean Road Health and the prior Otway Health.  Carissa has a Masters of Health Administration, is passionate about rural health, supporting communities to receive high quality services close to home, and recognising staff as the greatest asset for our organisation – creating the ‘Hesse Heart’.


  • Finance
  • Clinical Governance & Ethics
  • Infrastructure
Margie McLeod - Director of Clinical Services

RN, BN, CertCritCare, MPH, GAICD   

Margie commenced at Hesse Rural Health as the Director of Clinical Services in October 2019. Margie has had a diverse career in nursing which has included emergency nursing, hospital management and project management roles in acute and primary care sectors. Margie holds a post graduate qualification in critical care and emergency nursing and a Masters of Public Health specialising in health management. Margie is committed to ensuring residents thrive in aged care and is passionate about ensuring all our consumers in acute and aged care receive person-centred, high quality comprehensive care.


  • Acute & Urgent Care
  • Dementia Care Services
  • Residential Aged Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Respite Services
Sue Ryan - Director of Community Services


Sue commenced as the Director of Community Services in June 2022.  She has extensive experience in primary prevention and community healthcare settings, working across a range of sectors including Adolescent and Women’s Health, Midwifery, Education and Early Years services. She has a wide range of employment and personal experiences working within rural communities and is committed to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for rural people. Sue has significant governance and leadership experience across a range of a local government, health and community sectors, both professionally and as a volunteer board member. 


  • Social Support Groups
  • Dietetics
  • Aged Care Packages
  • Palliative Care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Diabetes Education
  • Domicilliary Midwifery
  • Occasional Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Home & Community Nursing
  • Home Care Packaging
  • Hospital in the Home
  • Podiatry
  • Occupational Therapy
Nab Khoda - Chief Finance Officer

BBA (Finance and Accounting) & Master of Professional Accounting

Nab joined Hesse Rural Health as Chief Finance Officer in November 2022, bringing with him a wealth of experience from previous roles as Accountant and Finance Manager at several construction companies. Nab is passionate about their work, maintaining the integrity of financial data, and supporting the community. He recognizes the team as Hesse’s greatest asset, fostering a sense of belonging and friendship known as the “Hesse Heart”


  • Finance
Antionette Burgess - Manager People & Culture

BMgmt, BASc(Hons), DipMtgR, TAE

Antionette brings a collaborate leadership style, with an extended career with over 20 years’ experience as a dedicated Generalist Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety senior practitioner, working predominately within community and education sectors. Moving to Colac in 2019, Antionette began working in the public health sector and joined Hesse September 2022. As a change champion, key drivers for Antionette include the building of Hesse’s employer brand, strengthen a safety culture and developing workforce capacity through coaching, with the aim to build resilience for staff during organisational change and growth periods.


  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Relations
  • Payroll
  • Wellbeing
  • WorkCover
  • OHS
  • Learning and Development