Stephen Cornelissen

2018 Board Member

Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen​Adjunct Professor and Group Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Health (Richmond, Victoria, Australia)

Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen
BN, MHA, Grad Cert CCL, Dip SI, GAICD

Stephen has 25 years’ experience in the health and aged care industry in Australia and New Zealand. Since Stephen assumed the role of Group Chief Executive Officer at Mercy Health on 1 July 2011, the organisation has grown significantly. Mercy Health has expanded its aged care operations into Western Australia and Queensland, and acquired 14 more homes in Victoria. It has grown its expertise and international reputation in perinatal medicine, established Victoria’s first breastmilk bank and helped secure more than $130 million in government funding to commence the expansion and redevelopment of Werribee Mercy Hospital and the Mercy Mental Health service to help care for a growing population in Melbourne’s south west.

Stephen was named CEO of the Year and Health & Pharmaceuticals Executive of the Year at The CEO Magazine’s 2016 Executive of the Year Awards.

Stephen champions equity and inclusion in his role as a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador and plays an active role in supporting the retention of Mercy Health’s WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation each year.

Stephen is also passionate about improving and redesigning aged care to create a better ageing experience for more Australians.

Stephen has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from Oxford University, University of New South Wales, Deakin University and Australian Catholic University where he has also been awarded the honorary title of Adjunct Professor for his work in aged care. He has also undertaken further development at Harvard Business School.