Ellis steps down from BCH

Garry Ellis has stepped down his role as chief executive at Bellarine Community Health. (supplied)

Bellarine Community Health (BCH) is on the lookout for a new chief executive after Garry Ellis announced he will step away from his role with the organisation to pursue other interests.

Mr Ellis took over as CEO in 2020 and has played a key role in delivering a turnaround strategy for BCH over the past three and a half years.

Mr Ellis said he has thoroughly enjoyed working at BCH but was looking forward to stepping away from a full-time role.

“I have been thinking for a while that it is time for me to step away from a full-time role and to transition to retirement through some part-time work,” he said.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of the board, the executive team, managers and all other staff and volunteers that has enabled BCH to get through the COVID pandemic relatively unscathed, while achieving significant improvements in financial viability.”

BCH board chair Fay Agterhuis said the board had enjoyed working with Mr Ellis and wished him every success in his transition to retirement.

“I would like to acknowledge the significant work undertaken by Garry to achieve financial improvements for BCH during a difficult period,” she said.

“Our board directors and Garry should be very proud of their work to map out a clear plan for BCH to maintain its position as the health provider of choice on the Bellarine.”

The BCH board will now begin a recruitment process for a new chief executive.