We pride ourselves on the quality of the people we work with. Our team is highly qualified, with most having over 25 years of industry experience across various roles of health and human services. We also work closely with a core group of associates and consultants with whom we share an established and highly effective working relationship.

Peter Axten


Peter has been consulting to the health sector for over two decades. Prior to his role at Aspex, he spent six years as a senior executive in policy and planning as well as in an operational role as Regional Director for State Government. Peter’s experience includes change management in politically sensitive environments together with extensive strategic planning and service development across a broad spectrum of health and human services.

Dr Darren Harris


Darren has experience across a range of health care roles including clinical, evaluation and consulting positions spanning 25 years. In the past 15 years he has specialised in policy and program evaluation at organisational, community, statewide and national levels. Darren has undertaken more than 80 competitively tendered evaluation studies, advised for over 200 government programs and presented at forums across the academic, public and private sectors.

Dr Peter Nagel


Peter has held senior management positions in Government, most recently at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services. This experience included key accountabilities across service planning, asset investment, audit and risk management, policy review and program development. Peter has several years of consulting experience at Aspex and has led an extensive range of projects encompassing service planning, program review, workforce planning and strategy.

Christopher Smith

Senior Consultant

Christopher has a broad understanding of the Australian health system including from a practical clinical perspective. Having completed undergraduate studies in Optometry and over 14 years’ experience in both independent and national corporate health practices, Christopher completed his Master of Business Administration with a Dean’s Commendation. His breadth of skills is underpinned by strong research abilities and experience.

Sabrina Stow


With over 25 years’ experience in policy and strategic roles in Government and private consulting, Sabrina has a comprehensive background in health policy and project management. Her work includes both line and central agency experience, as well as an extensive understanding of intergovernmental relations. Sabrina’s work during her time with the Victorian Department of Health ranged across a variety of areas including mental health, the private hospital industry, public health, pharmaceutical policy and strategic projects.

Leo Curran


Leo has been with Aspex Consulting since its inception in 2007 and has extensive experience in quantitative analysis including data-linkage, demand modelling, population and utilisation review, and self-sufficiency analysis across a wide range of health and human services projects. Leo’s expertise is in analysing and presenting complex data in informative and accessible formats including informatics and GIS spatial analysis.

Larissa Freeman


Larissa has over 17 years’ experience working in the healthcare industry. She gained a solid grounding in healthcare through a post-graduate management training program in tertiary, specialist and not-for-profit hospitals, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services. Larissa has held operational roles in Victoria and the USA, where she was responsible for managing staff training for an EMR implementation project at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston. Larissa has an MBA and an MHA and recently studied Managing Health Care Delivery at Harvard Business School.

Josh Faure


Josh recently joined Aspex Consulting after 4 years working in various data-intensive roles, ranging from Statistical Consultant to Data Scientist. He has experience in developing innovative and effective advanced statistical and predictive modelling to solve clients’ analytics problems, identify patterns, and present findings in understandable and informative formats. Josh’s has expertise is in utilizing various machine learning algorithms, and predictive analytics, within the high dimensional scenarios.

Olivia Fay


Olivia is a recent graduate who has joined Aspex Consulting after completing her Master of Economics. Oliva Economics has experience analysing business models and operations across the private and not-for-profit sectors, having previously worked at Purposeful, a consultancy with a strong focus on helping organisations to have greater social impact.
Olivia was selected for the Innovative Business Models Project (2017), an initiative of the Melbourne City Council and Monash University.

Jim Swinden


Jim co-founded Aspex in 2007 and has over 30 years’ experience across the public hospital sector, the private sector and consulting. He has held a number of CEO roles including Freemasons Hospital and Gippsland Southern Health Service and is currently Chair of the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. He is a former Director of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Peninsula Health. Jim has consulted on a wide range of projects encompassing service and strategic planning, financial modelling, policy development as well as reviews of operations, governance and model of care.

Amanda Singleton


Amanda has a diverse background in the delivery of health services in Victoria, working in private and public, rural and metropolitan health services. An experienced consultant, midwife and manager of maternity staff , her work has provided a solid grounding in business management in private and public health sectors. With a unique combination of technical, analytical and clinical understanding, Amanda has worked on a number of operational and financial reviews, service planning and quality initiatives.

Danny Millman


Danny has extensive senior management experience in health care. During his time as Divisional Business Manager with Epworth Freemasons he was responsible for all non- clinical functions including finance, supply, IT, front-office, health information services, infrastructure and hospitality. Danny is a strategic thinker with a track record of getting results in challenging environments. He has led a number of significant management information system upgrades that have become major reference sites.

Dr Sharon Willcox


Prior to establishing Health Policy Solutions in 2005, Sharon had over 25 years experience working in health policy in senior roles in Government. Sharon’s expertise includes health system reform, health financing and comparative health system analysis, and health services planning, pricing and funding frameworks. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and co-author of 2015 textbook, The Australian Health Care System.

Julian King


Julian specialises in evaluation and value for money. He brings over 20 years experience in public policy, including establishing and leading the New Zealand office of an Australian consulting firm, senior consultancy roles at KPMG, and policy positions at Health Canada, NZ Ministry of Health and Social Policy Agency.

Julian is a member of the Kinnect group, an Associate of Oxford Policy Management, and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Charles Darwin University. He is a former Board member and Treasurer of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) and a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Dr Fran Wise


Fran has spent over 25 years’ in the health care sector including clinical experience in a variety of rehabilitation areas. Currently a Senior Rehabilitation Physician, she has held a number of senior positions across both private and public hospital settings, and plays a major role in the research activities of her unit. Fran’s expertise in research design and data analysis has led to a number of successful grants and accolades, with her work also having been published in peer-refereed journals.

Kevin Carter


Kevin is a former registered psychiatric nurse with over 30 years of experience in mental health including clinical practice, service management and development, hospital and community based service delivery, training and service planning. He has held a variety of senior management and clinical positions in the mental health sector including management roles with the Department of Health and Human Services. Kevin has a detailed and extensive knowledge of mental health services and requirements in Victoria and significant consulting experience in mental health service planning, model of care reviews, and asset investment planning.