CEO Unit

Anyinginyi Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Leisa McCarthy

Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer – Leisa McCarthy

As the Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, I look for­ward to work­ing with staff, our Board of Direc­tors and stake­hold­ers to respond to com­mu­ni­ty needs in work­ing towards bet­ter health out­comes for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.” Dr Leisa McCarthy 2022

The CEO is respon­si­ble for:

Strate­gic Planning

  • facil­i­tat­ing the strate­gic plan­ning process for the Board of Direc­tors as needed
  • ensur­ing the Strate­gic Plan is effec­tive­ly imple­ment­ed and includ­ed in Busi­ness Plans and Job descrip­tions as appropriate
  • ensur­ing the Board is pro­vid­ed with annu­al reports on per­for­mance in rela­tion to the Strate­gic Plan
  • ensur­ing the Strate­gic Plan is a liv­ing doc­u­ment’ and avail­able to all staff.


  • ensur­ing the organ­i­sa­tion works in a cul­tur­al­ly respon­sive and appro­pri­ate manner
  • work­ing to strength­en the cul­tur­al prac­tices of the organisation
  • ensur­ing there are the means in place to enable qual­i­ty and effec­tive engage­ment with the community.


  • sup­port­ing the Board by ensur­ing they receive infor­ma­tive, accu­rate and rel­e­vant information
  • main­tain­ing an action sheet on all actions agreed on by the Board.

HR and pub­lic relations

  • imple­ment­ing strate­gies to increase and devel­op the Abo­rig­i­nal workforce
  • ensur­ing Anyinginyi has a pos­i­tive rela­tion­ship with all sec­tions of the community.


  • ensur­ing the organisation’s man­age­ment prac­tices and process­es are inno­v­a­tive and ensure sta­bil­i­ty for future operation.

Finan­cial management

  • ensur­ing qual­i­ty finan­cial man­age­ment including:
    • reports to the Board
    • unqual­i­fied audit reports
    • accept­able annu­al results
    • autho­rised expen­di­ture per approved delegations.


  • the effec­tive man­age­ment of Exec­u­tive Man­agers includ­ing their reg­u­lar per­for­mance reviews.
  • ensur­ing the cul­ture of the organ­i­sa­tion is in accor­dance with Our Guid­ing Prin­ci­ples” in the Strate­gic Plan.

    Pol­i­cy, Research, Gov­er­nance and Spe­cial Projects Offi­cer – Heather Burton

    This role ensures high-lev­el coor­di­na­tion and sup­port to the Board and CEO to meet cor­po­ra­tion good gov­er­nance and man­age­ment account­abil­i­ties, pol­i­cy and research integrity. 

    This posi­tion is respon­si­ble for iden­ti­fy­ing issues impact­ing on Abo­rig­i­nal Health and work­ing with the Board and CEO to devel­op solu­tions. They pro­vide pol­i­cy advice through sub­mis­sions and rel­e­vant doc­u­men­ta­tion to both gov­ern­ments and key stakeholders. 

    Their goal is to strength­en Anyinginyi Health Abo­rig­i­nal Corporation’s capa­bil­i­ty to more effec­tive­ly devel­op and for­mu­late pol­i­cy themes, research devel­op­ment and good gov­er­nance prac­tices. This role must apply the Anyinginyi Cul­tur­al Frame­work and adhere to com­mu­ni­ty-spe­cif­ic pro­to­cols in all aspects of devel­op­ment, for­mu­la­tion and design work.