Fraser Coast Hospice

Profile of Directors

Mr Ross Zelow

Acting Chair

Previously the longstanding Principal of Urangan State High School for more than 15 years, Ross went on to a senior leadership role with the Queensland Department of Education as Assistant Regional Director.

He is now the CEO of Zelow Leaderhip and Coaching, working as a coach and mentoring partner providing leadership development programs across a range of settings. He has qualifications in Education and postgraduate qualifications in Educational Leadership and Organisational Coaching.

Reflecting his support for his local community, in addition to his role on the Fraser Coast Hospice Board, Ross is also a member of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Committee.

Mrs Jasine Leslie

Founder / Board Secretary

Jasine is a Registered Nurse with 22 years nursing experience, with her main interests and work experience in palliative, oncology and community nursing care.
Jasine is currently a Nurse Unit Manager at GenesisCare Oncology and some of her previous experience has included roles as CNC and Pall Care Nurse Specialist in RDNS for 10 years – Victoria.

She has also previously worked for Toowoomba Hospice and Toowoomba Blue Care Community before that.

She is the proud mother of three grown children and has made the beautiful Hervey Bay home for the last 7 years Jasine is passionate about community and social justice
– having nursed as a volunteer on a medical ship twice in PNG and currently volunteering at Riding for the Disabled Hervey Bay as committee president and horse volunteer.

Jasine has spent the last 3 years very busy in a volunteer capacity with the initial proposal, funding, design and build and opening of the Fraser Coast Hospice – a huge dream and passion of hers’. She remains as Secretary and Founder on the Board of Directors, serving the Fraser Coast Community.

Jasine holds a Bachelor of Health Science – Nursing, Post Grad Diploma in Palliative Care and a Certificate 3 in Frontline Leadership. She is a member of Palliative Care Queensland and Cancer Nurses Society Australia.

Mrs Joyce Atkins

Board Treasurer

Joyce currently holds the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the Fraser Coast Hospice.

She is a retired business woman who was a full partner in a family wholesale food distribution business in Ulladulla NSW for 27 years with an annual turnover of $2.5 million dollars.

From 1989- 2016 Joyce was also the Manager of the Southcoast Distributors – Wholesale Food Service. Duties throughout this time included but were not limited to office and warehouse management, bookkeeping and data management, in charge of all financial obligations of the company, staff payroll & hr responsibilities for at least 5 staff, stock and client orders management, website & information management.
Joyce has been involved in several professional bodies including being a Member of the Ulladulla Chamber of Commerce for 20 years.

Joyce has a deep commitment to her local community which includes holding the position of Honorary Treasurer and the Campialba Camp Coordinator (3 day annual event) of the Hervey Bay Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists, INC. at Hervey Bay, and several hold social memberships.

Mrs Gay Lavery

Board Member

Gay is a retired Registered Nurse who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Fraser Coast Hospice Board in a number of nursing, governance, and education areas.

Among her many professional positions, Gay has previously been a Director of Nursing, a university lecturer, a conference presenter and a practitioner member of the NT Nursing & Midwifery Board, Senior Projects Officer – Medicines and Poisons Control Environmental Health for the NT Government Health Department and on the Advisory Committees for Medicines Scheduling, Chemicals Scheduling and Therapeutic Goods.

Gay has always been and remains an active and dedicated member of the community. She is currently a member of the Hervey Bay Rotary club since 2016 and previously in Darwin, and QOTA clubs and was also a founding member of the Probus club in Darwin in 2014 and is the current President.

Together with her Bachelor of Nursing (Honors), Gay has also attained a Masters in Health Management and a number of other education accomplishments.

Mrs Megan Savill

Board Member

After 20+ years of building a successful executive management career, Megan realised that her passion and skill for nurturing leaders could be directed anywhere and benefit many others. This realisation gave Megan the strength & courage to depart executive management and launch her leadership coaching business.

Coaching leaders and mentoring entrepreneurs brings Megan joy. Aiding their discovery or reconnection with self, freeing them of busyness, and enabling them to think and act strategically provides Megan great satisfaction.   

“I am passionate about empowering leaders. Empowering them to take action, resulting in a lighter, brighter life.”

Dr Subecha Badu

Board Member

Dr Subecha Badu is a General Practitioner with 15 years of clinical experience. 

Subecha has been working as a GP in Wide Bay Area for the last 5-6 years. She likes all aspects of General Practice and has a special interest in palliative care. 

She also works as a Medical Educator for James Cooks University and supports local Wide Bay GP registrars during their training. 

Subecha’s culturally and linguistically diverse background reflects the fact that our Hospice is a safe space for people and their families from different backgrounds. 

She is a member of our Medical Advisory Committee and also has admitting rights within the Hospice. 

Mr Daniel Foley

Board Member

Bio to come

Mrs Jan Hegge

Board Member

Bio to come

Mrs Alicia Trimingham-Turl

Chief Executive Officer - Director of Care

Alicia Trimingham-Turl has been a Registered Nurse for the past 20 years working in management in acute private hospital and hospice settings.

Completing a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland in 2000, she commenced her working career as a post graduate at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital on the Sunshine Coast. Relocating back to the Darling Downs in 2002, Alicia then worked on the Oncology/Palliative Care Ward at St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

In 2003, Alicia accepted a Registered Nurse position at the new purpose built 6 bed inpatient facility Toowoomba Hospice. She was appointed to the Director of Nursing role at the Hospice in 2005 and after 10 years moved back to the Sunshine Coast to work again at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital as the Nurse Unit Manager of the Miles Savill palliative care wing.

Longing to return to Hospice and a community based organization that makes a difference to people with a terminal illness, Alicia was appointed to the Director of Care role at the new purpose built 6 bed Fraser Coast Hospice in Hervey Bay in July 2021. She was instrumental in the initial setup of licensing and accreditation of the facility.

Alicia’s post graduate studies include a Graduate Certificate Cancer Nursing (QUT), Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Specialist Certificate Palliative Care (UofM) and is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Oncology Nursing) at the University of Tasmania.