Martin Bowles AO PSM
National CEO

Martin Bowles

Martin Bowles PSM joined Champions of Change Health Group in 2019

Martin Bowles PSM is the National Chief Executive officer of Calvary, responsible for over 12,000 staff and volunteers, 15 Public and Private Hospitals, 17 Retirement and Aged Care Facilities and a national network of Community Care Centres.

Martin joined Calvary in November 2017 following an exemplary 40 year public service career spanning a diverse portfolio of industry sectors in the Commonwealth, Queensland and New South Wales Governments.

In the Australian Government, Martin was Deputy Secretary in the Departments of Defence and then Climate Change, and then Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and finished his public service career as Secretary of Health.

Martin has also played an integral role in changes across the health sector including the significant recent reforms to government funding for public hospitals in Australia, to generate greater efficiency, safety and quality in our hospital system.

Before joining the Australian Government, Martin held senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales public sectors.

Martin was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2012 for delivering highly successful energy efficiency policies and remediation programs for the Home Insulation and Green Loans programs.

Martin contributes to a number of influential committees and boards and is currently the Chair of Australia’s Health 2040 Taskforce, an initiative of the think-tank Global Access Partners; a board member of the Australia Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and participates at the Commonwealth Fund in Washington DC.

Martin is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

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Champions of Change Health

Martin Bowles is a Member of Champions of Change Health group established in 2019. The Health Group represents industry leaders from the public and private Health sectors. The Health Members are committed to significantly increasing the representation of women in high-pay, high-growth areas of the health sector.