Meet our leaders

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

David Harper

General Manager

David commenced at The Wesley Hospital in August of 2023, previously he has been working for St Vincent’s Health Australia where he has been part of an operational performance team.

Prior to this, David was State Manager for Healthscope across Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. David has also held General Management roles of Gold Coast Private Hospital and Allamanda Private Hospital.

David has a nursing background and held nursing leadership roles at a number of hospitals including Greenslopes, St Vincent’s Melbourne and Mater, predominantly in operating theatres.

He is a ‘People Focused’ leader who is passionate about delivering safe and compassionate care across the hospital.

Outside of work David enjoys spending time with his family and working on his farm in northern New South Wales.

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 |

Jason Burton

Director of Operations

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 |

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 |

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