Meet our leaders

The Wesley Hospital executive team has a vast wealth of experience in healthcare services. Meet the people who lead our hospital.

Jason Burton

Acting General Manager

Commencing his journey at The Wesley Hospital in October 2023, Jason brings over 30 years of extensive experience in the dynamic realm of the healthcare industry. His professional trajectory has been marked by a series of impactful roles that have shaped his expertise and commitment to healthcare excellence.

For the past 6 and a half years, Jason served as the Director of Nursing at Brisbane Private Hospital, where he played a pivotal role in steering the institution towards delivering outstanding patient care and ensuring high-quality outcomes. This tenure followed previous Director of Nursing positions at St Andrews Ipswich and Gold Coast, showcasing a consistent dedication to leadership in healthcare settings.

Beyond the borders of Australia, Jason undertook the responsibility of General Manager for Ramsay UK in York, broadening his perspective and contributing to healthcare management on an international scale. His roots in nursing have been a driving force throughout his career, with significant contributions in senior nursing leadership roles at Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital, St Andrews Ipswich, and Gold Coast Surgical Hospital.

Jason’s unwavering commitment to safety has been a cornerstone of his approach, ensuring that healthcare institutions under his guidance prioritise the well-being of both patients and staff. Outside the professional sphere, he finds solace in the great outdoors and enjoy camping with family and friends during his downtime.

Phone: 07 3232 7271 |

Cheryl Clayton

Director of Clinical Services

Cheryl Clayton joined The Wesley Hospital in October 2016. She came to us after some 17 years with Mater Health Services where, in addition to her role as Director of Nursing and Midwifery Mater Private Hospitals, she held senior roles at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, Mater Children’s Hospital, and as the Director of Clinical Services at Mater Private Hospital Redland.

During her time at Mater Private Hospital Redland, Cheryl was instrumental in the implementation of an effective quality program which led to the hospital winning numerous awards for patient satisfaction and engagement. She puts the welfare of each patient at the centre of all she does and has a reputation for creating a strong culture of engagement with nursing and midwifery leadership, setting a high standard of how staff provide care for patients and each other.

Cheryl has spent several years in both the public and private hospital environments, however, her passion lies in the challenges of the private, not-for-profit sector and supporting those who access care and work in that sector. She is delighted in having joined such a dynamic team at the Wesley. In her words: “It is a privilege to work in an organisation with values that align with my own personal values.”

Phone: 07 3232 7926 |

John Ruhle

Manager of Pastoral Care Services

Rev (Major) John Ruhle is the hospital’s Pastoral Care Manager who is part of the Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s Memorial Hospital Executive Leadership. John leads a team of Chaplains who provide holistic, person-centred, spiritual care for our staff, patients and their family members from all faiths, communities and backgrounds.

John has played an instrumental role in implementing many programs and initiatives at the hospital to support the spiritual, cultural and emotional wellbeing of our people. These include the Little Things Often employee rewards and End of Life Compassionate Companions. John also serves as Chaplain with the Australian Army Reserves and is the Director of the Timor Children's Foundation.

John is originally from the Darling Downs and he is married with three daughters. He originally trained and worked as a commercial bank manager before retraining with the UCA and has been in full time leadership with the church for over 20 years in congregational, regional, state and agency roles. He loves to keep fit with running, MTB riding, boxing and swimming and has recently taken up Salsa dancing.

Phone: 07 3232 7204 |

Emma Donkin

Director of Corporate Services

Emma Donkin joined the Wesley Hospital in 2024 as Director of Corporate Services. With a wealth of experience amassed from her notable tenure in private hospitals, Emma brings a proven track record of leadership and strategic insight to our organisation.

Previously, Emma served as the Director of Finance and Hospital Support Services at St Andrews in Ipswich, where she played a pivotal role in spearheading significant expansion projects including the opening of a new Cancer Centre, the addition of two operating theatres, the incorporation of 39 beds and the enhancement of day rehabilitation services.

A distinguished Chartered Accountant, Emma's expertise extends beyond finance, with qualifications in Medical Chemistry and Mental Health. Throughout her career, she has held influential roles in Financial Management within global institutions, demonstrating a deep understanding of the intersection between finance and healthcare.

Emma's commitment to the healthcare sector and her passion for making a positive impact in the lives of individuals align seamlessly with our organisational values. Her strategic acumen and leadership skills are poised to contribute immensely to the continued success and growth of our corporate services.

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