Executive Personnel

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Karena Prevett Bachelor Business/Accounting

Karena commenced her role with Portland District Health in August 2017.  With a Bachelor of Business/Accounting qualification, Karena has strong financial experience from both the public and private sectors.    Prior to this appointment, Karena was employed in the local government sector for 13 years, most recently in the role of Director of Corporate Services.  Karena has a keen interest in governance and is passionate about the delivery of quality outcomes for our community.

Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Aged Care

Ros Nagorcka

Ros commenced her current role in June 2014. She has over 20 years’ experience in senior management as a Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Nursing in both the public and private health system across Australia.  Ros worked in Spinal Nursing at Austin Health in the early part of her nursing career and later returned to Portland to set up and manage Quamby, Drug and Alcohol services. Ros represents PDH on a number of regional committees, including Palliative Care and Chemotherapy. Ros has a keen interest in Governance and Quality.

Executive Director of Medical Services

Dr Kaushik Banerjea
MBBS, DM (Emergency Medicine), MHM, AFACHSM

Kaushik is an Emergency Physician turned Medical Administrator. After finishing basic medical training in India, he spent five years with the army, a major portion in High Altitude in the Himalayas. Kaushik has travelled the longer route to Australia via the UK and Caribbean islands. He trained as an Emergency Physician and has worked over twenty years at many diverse countries and environments, amassing a vast experience. He remains passionate about patient safety and has now moved into medical administration with a desire to have a wider impact in clinical governance and patient care.

Executive Director Primary Care Services

Margaret Cadenhead


Chief Finance Officer

Jim Mathewson
Master of Commerce/Professional Accounting

Jim commenced as Chief Finance Officer at Portland District Health in September 2021. Prior to that Jim has had a long involvement within the Finance Department at PDH,  being a previous Finance Manager and Finance Analyst. Jim has worked at a number of Victorian Public Hospitals as Financial Controller, Finance and Administration Manager or in Management Accounting roles, as well as various relieving Finance Manager and other Finance support roles.

Executive Director of Quality & Safety

Loren Drought

Loren commenced employment at Portland District Health in 1993 as a registered nurse in the Operating Suite. Since this time Loren has worked in various roles that include, Associate Nurse Unit Manager in the Operating Suite, Pain Management Nurse Consultant, Immunisation Nurse, Infection Control Consultant and Quality Manager.


Loren commenced as her role of Director of Quality in 2017 and is committed to working with staff and consumers to provide opportunities to review, reflect, enquire and act to create positive experiences and outcomes.


Acting Executive Director of Corporate Services

Annette Hinchcliffe