Ms Gaylene Coulton

Ms Gaylene Coulton is a Director of LeadWest and the Chief Executive Officer of South Western Melbourne Medicare Local (SWMML).

Gaylene began her healthcare career as a Registered Nurse, later specialising in domiciliary palliative care and post graduate clinical education. Gaylene then moved into business development and executive management, including 3 years leading care services across a statewide health, welfare and aged care organisation.

Building on her passion to establish an integrated primary health care sector, in 2008, Gaylene became the CEO of a Division of General Practice. In November 2011, Gaylene established her own executive management consulting firm undertaking a contract to establish SWMML as a new not-for-profit company which officially opened in July 1, 2012. She then spent six months as the Transitional Chief Executive Officer before being appointed inaugural Chief Executive Officer in December 2013.

Gaylene has held national and state board positions and is an experienced Company Secretary. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The skills and experience Gaylene will bring to Leadwest include governance, leadership and executive management (including financial and business development), knowledge of the health system, policy planning, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement.