CEO Announcement

June 19, 2024


Stephen Walker, CEO of St Andrew’s Hospital, announced his retirement today after 23 years at the helm.

"It has been a privilege and an honour to be the CEO of this wonderful organisation for the past 23 years," Stephen said. "Working with all of the dedicated staff, volunteers, and Visiting Medical Officers has been an incredible experience."

Under Stephen's leadership, St Andrew’s Hospital has grown to be a nationally recognised and respected private hospital. "St Andrew’s enjoys an exceptional reputation for our commitment to patient safety and quality, and that is all due to the magnificent teamwork here. We are now the largest independent private hospital in Australia and a true South Australian organisation," he added.

Stephen leaves behind a remarkable legacy, including the introduction of cardio thoracic, robotic, and neuro surgeries, major developments at 321 and 337 South Terrace, strong relationships with health insurance funds, and the growth of staff numbers to over 900.

Hospital Board Chair, David Whitbread, praised Stephen’s achievements. "I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen for the past six years. His achievements, interaction with VMOs and staff, and his ability to make things happen have been impressive. He is one of the best CEOs I have worked with, and St Andrew’s position in the community is a credit to him and his executive staff."

Deputy Chairman Dr. Jim Sweeney echoed these sentiments, noting Stephen’s exceptional contribution over his tenure. "I have been associated with St Andrew’s Hospital for 37 years as a clinician and board member. Stephen’s leadership has been transformative, particularly in the structural development of the hospital and its focus on clinical excellence. This will be his lasting legacy."

The Hospital Board has engaged Stillwell Management Consultants to conduct a worldwide search for Stephen's replacement and wishes him the very best in his retirement.