Professor Brenda Wilson AM

Lieutenant Governor of South Australia

Professor Brenda Wilson AM was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of South Australia on 15 August 2014.

She was born in Wales in the United Kingdom and migrated to Australia with her parents and older sister in 1959.

She attended a number of schools in SA including Pennington, Grange, and Henley South primary schools, Ardrossan Area school and Elizabeth West primary and high schools.

She graduated as a general nurse from Royal Adelaide Hospital (1976) and subsequently trained as an intensive and coronary care nurse (1978). She completed a Diploma of Applied Science at the South Australia College of Advanced Education (1982) and was awarded professorial status at Flinders University in 2000 and University of South Australia in 2015.

Professor Wilson has held several senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector and health industry including, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA (2003- 2015); Executive Director Nursing and Patient Services, Flinders Medical Centre (1995-2003), Executive Director of Nursing, Lyell McEwin Health Service (1994-1995) and Director of Nursing (1992) and Chief Executive (1993 -1995), Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.

She was appointed charge nurse of the cardiology unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (1982) and has worked in London at Guys and the London Hospitals.

While Chief Executive at Cancer Council SA, Brenda was appointed by the Health Minister as the inaugural Chairman of the Cancer Clinical Network (2008-2010) and worked with a number of key individuals during this period to produce the first State-wide Cancer Control Plan for SA.

She was a volunteer surveyor for the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (1995 to 2005) which examines the standards of practice and service delivery in major teaching and private hospitals in Australia against a set of key criteria.

She is a volunteer mentor for the Australasian College of Health Service Executives mentoring program and was awarded the Gold Medal for her leadership role in the College in 2015.

She is the Patron of Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), Patron of the Australian College of Health Service Managers and Patron of the United Nations of Australia (SA Division)

Brenda is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Executives (FCHSE), a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing (FACN) and a Graduate and Fellow of the Wharton School of Management (FWSM), Pennsylvania USA.

She holds a Diploma of Applied Science (Flinders) , Bachelor of Business (B.Bus) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Australia.

She was the Winner of the (2000) Telstra SA Business Women's Award for Corporate and Government Sector, South Australia and the (1999) recipient of the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellow for Executives Program in Management.

Her current board positions include Chairman Helping Hand Aged Care (2020), Director, ACHA Health (2016); Member Flinders University Council (2015) and Executive Council(2017), Director Womens and Children’s Health Network (2019) Chairman Clinical Advisory Council (2020).

She is a former Director of the University of South Australia MBA Advisory Board, Burnside Hospital (2003-2011) SA Opera, (2017-2020) Hutt Street Centre (2015-16) ACH Group (2014-2020), and Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council (2010-2019).

Her partner, Dr Kym Bannister is a nephrologist and nuclear physician who retired in 2014 as medical co-director of the Central and Northern Adelaide renal and transplantation service at Royal Adelaide Hospital, and is currently pursuing a Master of Art History at Adelaide University.  She is stepmother to Jonathan (aerospace engineering and economics) and Geoffrey (law, commerce) graduates.

Please send all correspondence for Professor Wilson at:

C/- Government House Adelaide

GPO Box 2373