Management team

Management team at St John of God Richmond Hospital

Colman O'Driscoll - Chief Executive Officer 

Colman is the Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Burwood and Richmond Hospitals, having started in the role in January 2019. Colman has over 20 years’ experience across the health system, including senior leadership roles within the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. His experience includes working as the Chief of Staff in the NSW Government where he was responsible for driving significant reforms within the NSW Mental Health system, including the establishment of the NSW Mental Health Commission.

Colman is a psychiatric nurse having trained at St Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin, and holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing (Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). He moved from Dublin, Ireland to Sydney in 2003.

Lorna O'Brien - Director of Nursing

Lorna O'Brien was appointed Director of Nursing in January 2017 and prior to this was Nursing Unit Manager.  Lorna has over 25 years of experience working in a health care setting and ten years working as an independent business operator, serving as a Councillor on Hawkesbury City Council for eight years.  Lorna brings a unique set of highly developed skills and capabilities gained through many years working in demanding environments both with the healthcare sector and community.

Jae Lee - Director of Allied Health

Jae Lee was appointed Director of Allied Health in 2010 and is a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience in mental health. Jae has worked in public and private settings, hospitals and community services and has a special interest in trauma and complex trauma. Jae holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales.

Deborah Morris - Director of Mission Integration

Deborah Morris was appointed Director of Mission Integration in August 2017.  Prior to that she was the Coordinator of Pastoral Services at St John of God Richmond Hospital and also at St John of God Frankston Hospital.  She gained her Clinical Pastoral Education at the Mercy CPE Centre in Melbourne.  Deborah's background is in nursing and she holds a Masters in Clinical Nursing, Palliative Care, attained at the Australian Catholic University, North Sydney.

David Burns - Director of Finance and Corporate Services

David Burns was appointed Director of Finance and Corporate services in 2010. David has more than 30 years of experience in financial services, working for banks, insurance companies and financial services in Australia and England. David is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Dr Lavinia Schmidtman - Medical Director

Dr Lavinia Schmidtman was appointed Medical Director in 2005. Prior to this Dr Lavinia worked for 10 years at St John of God Richmond Hospital as a consultant psychiatrist/staff specialist with interest and area of practice in posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr Lavinia graduated from New South Wales University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1986 and completed her psychiatry training at Cumberland and Westmead Hospitals in Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry.