Executive Team


BPH Karen Clark_portrait_lowres

Karen is an experienced health executive who has a wealth of knowledge and executive leadership experience in both hospital operations and clinical streams from her work in major healthcare facilities across both the private and public hospital sectors.

Before joining the Buderim Private Hospital in June 2019, Karen was the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer with St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne where she was responsible for driving high clinical standards; the introduction and implementation of innovative technology; and building additional theatres.

Earlier in her career Karen held a number of roles including General Manager/Director of Nursing at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Director of Nursing and Operations at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Hospital Manager/Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Mercy Hospital for Women.

Karen’s vision is to further enhance and develop the hospital’s unique blend of care, commitment and expertise to consistently exceed the needs and expectations of our patients, their families and the community.


BPH Kate Burns_1_website

Kate is a dedicated healthcare professional with expertise in leading and managing both strategic and operational functions within the healthcare sector.  Kate has a strong clinical, operational and consulting background in service and process redesign to improve operational performance and ensure better outcomes for patients and communities.

Kate has a critical care nursing background and has held product, project and consulting roles within Telstra Health, Manager of Access and Patient Flow at Royal Melbourne Hospital and clinical and operational leadership roles with Mercy Health. Kate has worked with a diverse array of stakeholders to deliver patient and service redesign to improve quality of care and achieve efficient and effective operations.

Kate has a demonstrated commitment to customer focus, ensuring delivery of safe quality care through innovation, continuous improvement, team cohesiveness and resource sustainability.

Kate's vision for Buderim Private is to lead our teams to grow our services and ensure optimisation for patients around quality, safety and excellence.


BPH Dr Carl Scott

Dr Scott graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland.

He completed anaesthetic training in Queensland and further completed Intensive Care training in Queensland and New South Wales before moving to practice at Nambour Hospital and, latterly, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Buderim Private Hospital.

He has presented at ASA meetings on “Epidurals in the ICU” (ICU update) and “Futile Surgery” (symposium).

He maintains an interest in medico-legal matters.


Craig Walker_website 
Craig has an extensive background in the healthcare industry where he has led all of the non-clinical services that support excellence in clinical care. 
Prior to joining Buderim Private Hospital, Craig was the General Manager of Financial Control at Metro North Hospital and Health Service in Brisbane, which is the largest Hospital and Health Service in Australia. 
He has also held other Hospital Executive positions across Queensland which includes valuable experience in a rural and remote setting.
Craig has played a key leadership role in the design of several new greenfield and brownfield Hospitals in Queensland and has a keen interest on leading and developing staff to provide the highest possible services for all patients.
Craig is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Craig's vision is to further enhance the non-clinical services provided to all patients who choose to visit Buderim Private Hospital.