Leadership team

Dermot Roche

Dermot Roche

Group CEO & Executive Director

Dermot joined the Ochre Health Group as CEO in 2016. He has a rare breadth and depth of experience of Australia’s healthcare sector, having worked in a number of executive management roles within some of Australia’s largest healthcare organisations including Medibank. Dermot has championed “The Ochre Way” – creating our Purpose, Vision, Values, as well as the roadmap Ochre Health is following in order to both prosper and also to deliver on our core Purpose of “improving the health of our communities”. A people person in a people business, Dermot understands the key focus in delivering on of these objectives is to operate a patient-centred model of care in partnership with great GPs who are well-supported by a cohesive team of nurses, administration and other staff.

Dr Ross Lamplugh

Dr Ross Lamplugh

Co-Founder & Chair

Ross is a co-founding owner of the Ochre Health Group and the Chairman of the Board. Ross brings 20 years of clinical and medical management experience to the company, including 10 years as a GP Anaesthetist in rural and remote Australian communities. He was also the Medical Superintendent for Palm Island Hospital and Deputy Director of Medical Services at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Ross is actively involved in medical education and is a voluntary Director of APLS courses. He currently sits on the Allied Health Professions – Rural and Remote Generalist Project Advisory Group for HWA, and was previously a Director of the NSW RDN and General Practice Training Tasmania. As Chairman, Ross works closely with the Ochre Health Group leadership team with a particular focus on growth opportunities and on maintaining Ochre’s high level of clinical service.

Dr Hamish Meldrum

Dr Hamish Meldrum

Co-Founder & Director

Hamish is a co-founding owner and director of the Ochre Health Group. Hamish is a New Zealand medical graduate with experience in General Practice, Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics. He worked in the Outback town of Bourke in NSW for 5 years as a GP Obstetrician and, since 2006, he has been based in Sydney. He was Ochre Health’s Director of Medical Services until 2020, focusing on clinical governance, quality improvement and running the company’s program around monitoring and reporting on health outcomes. He is still extensively involved in clinical support for doctors across the Ochre Health Group as well as being an examiner for the RACGP Fellowship exam.

Darren Bunis

Darren Bunis

Chief Financial Officer

A chartered accountant, Darren has over 25 years of experience spanning across the financial services and health sectors of public and private companies. Having qualified with EY, and following stints with J.P. Morgan and Abbey National in the UK, Darren moved to Australia to work for CBA before spending seven years as Head of Finance for a major division of Macquarie Group. He was an integral part of Steadfast’s successful IPO in 2013 which included the acquisition of 66 insurance brokers, before moving to oncology provider Genesis Care and then supported property group Domain’s ASX listing. He joined Ochre in 2020 with a brief to both lead Finance and prepare the company for IPO.

Jason Keir

Jason Keir

Chief Operating Officer

With 20 years of experience in senior executive roles including at McDonalds Australia and Telstra, Jason has spent the last decade in the healthcare sector. In this time, he has focused on building, growing and improving organisations’ systems, processes and people capabilities across telehealth, occupational medicine, allied health and specialist services areas. As Chief Operating Officer, Jason is responsible for the national management of medical centres and patient care, operationalising “The Ochre Way” to ensure that our clinics are easy to access, friendly to deal with and operating efficiently – every time, every day.

Dr John Hall

Dr John Hall

Director of Medical Services

John joined the Ochre Health Group as Director of Medical Services in 2020. He was previously the owner and Managing Director of Downs Rural Medical, a multi-centre GP practice based on the Darling Downs in Queensland, which merged with Ochre Health at the same time. John is the current President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), a Fellow of both ACRRM and RACGP, a past president of RDAQ, and he also sits on the AMAQ Board. He is a highly experienced Rural Generalist doctor, holding qualifications in both obstetrics and skin cancer medicine, and he currently provide VMO obstetric services in Cooma in NSW, St George in Queensland and Broome in WA.

Nick Ford

Nick Ford

Chief Acquisitions Officer

Nick cut his teeth working for Raine & Horne in the sale and leasing of commercial property before being appointed as Petbarn’s National Property Manager. He then moved to veterinary clinic operator Greencross where he spent nine years, firstly as Regional Development Manager and then as General Manager of Property, with a major focus on optimisation and growth projects including acquisitions. He joined Ochre Health in 2021 to lead our Acquisitions Team and our efforts to identify quality practices aligned with The Ochre Way and bring them into the family.

Costa Intzirlis

Costa Intzirlis

General Manger, Ochre Recruitment

Born and raised in New York, Costa has over 20 years of experience in the recruitment industry spanning a variety of industries globally. He has spent the last 9 years delivering strategic medical workforce solutions to support Australian and New Zealand’s private and public healthcare providers. Prior to joining Ochre in 2020, he held senior management roles with Wavelength International, HCA Doctors and Medacs Healthcare, which have given him a strong understanding of both supporting doctors through their careers as well as partnering with clients to deliver bespoke recruitment solutions.

Sean Grant

Sean Grant

Chief Marketing Officer

Sean has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, business development and customer experience leadership roles spanning healthcare, professional services and consulting. He is a Fellow and Lifetime Member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and he has won four AMI Marketing Excellence Awards at national level including the Campaign of the Year. As Chief Marketing Officer, Sean is responsible for marketing strategy and campaigns founded in “The Ochre Way” and supporting both our growth targets and our model of patient-centric care delivered by great GPs.

Matt Chudley

Matt Chudley

National GP Recruitment & Engagement Manager

Matt began his career in the UK before moving to Australia in 2012. He has gained over 15 years of experience in recruitment and human resources, working in both agencies and inhouse, with organisations including South Thames College and GP World in the UK, and Medacs Healthcare and the Cerebral Palsey Alliance in Australia. Matt is an Ochre “boomerang”, initially working as a Senior Recruitment Consultant with Ochre Recruitment between 2014 and 2017, then returning in 2020 to run the Registrar Program for Ochre Health before being promoted to his current role in 2021.

Linda Hamlyn

Linda Hamlyn

National Practice Support Manager

A registered nurse by background, Linda has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector. She worked as a nurse and a nurse educator in various major hospitals in and around Brisbane before joining Medibank Health Solutions in 2012. There she led the Resource Nurse Team before becoming Practice Manager for Nurse Triage Operations and then Head of Mental Health. She joined Ochre Health as a Regional Manager in 2017. In her current role, she leads a team focused on improving the support, skills and performance of medical centres and people across the organisation.

Clinton Husted

Clinton Husted

National Commercial Manager

Clinton leads our property management portfolio, including handling leasing, rental agreements and facilities management. He is also responsible for procurement and new business opportunities. He has a finance background, including CPA and CIMA qualifications, as well as an MBA from the University of Auckland, and his roles before joining Ochre Health in 2020 included Commercial Manager of Sunshine Coast Airport and Commercial Manager of Humes, a division of Fletcher Building Group.

Melissa Rixon

Melissa Rixon

Regional Manager, ACT, Southern NSW & Victoria

Before moving to the healthcare sector, Melissa spent 20 years in retail and consumer goods in a wide variety of commercial, divisional, regional and product management roles. These included stints with David Jones, Sheridan, premium brand importer/distributor Sheldon and Hammond, Luxottica and Coles Supermarkets. She joined Ochre Health in 2017 with responsibility for our fast-growing network of medical centres in the ACT, where we partner with over 75 doctors, and our rural and regional practices in Southern NSW and Victoria.

Damian Pennyfield

Damian Pennyfield

Regional Manager, Central & Western NSW

Before moving into healthcare, Damian spent over ten years with Coles Group including as Store Manager for a number of the company’s major supermarkets in Canberra. He joined Ochre Health in 2019 as a Practice Manager and subsequently played a number of key roles including Acting Regional Manager for Tasmania and then NSW, leading our HotDoc patient experience transformation project and leading the launch of six new practices in Western NSW following our hospital VMO contract tender win. Damian was appointed to his current role in 2021 and is combining it with completing his MBA.

Sean Dickson

Sean Dickson

Regional Manager, Queensland & Northern NSW

After spending over 20 years working for businesses focused on animal nutrition and care, including Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Petbarn and veterinary clinic operator Greencross, Sean made the transition to human healthcare when he joined Ochre Health in 2020. He is applying his expertise in managing multi-site service operations, as well as building and leading high performing teams, to our network of medical centres from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Northern NSW.

Nicky Pollington

Nicky Pollington

Regional Manager, Tasmania

Nicky has over 20 years of experience working in rural and remote areas across Australia as well as in Uganda, Zambia and Cyprus. A geologist by background and with a strong focus on leadership throughout her career, she worked in a range of industries including mining and construction before moving into healthcare, and she remains a non-executive director of engineering and environmental consultancy pitt&sherry. She joined Ochre in 2020 with responsibility for managing our Tasmanian practice network as well as our mainland practices that run local hospital emergency departments.