John Kirwan was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service - Tasmania in 2015. Prior to this John was CEO of the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) from mid-2008 and in July 2012 was appointed as CEO of the Tasmanian Health Organisation North.

John has almost 40 years of IR, HR and operational health experience. He has been the Commissioner for Public Employment in the Northern Territory, Executive General Manager responsible for the Acute, Community, Public and Aboriginal Health areas of the Health Department of Western Australia (HDWA), and General Manager responsible for Health Workforce Reform in HDWA. He was a full time union official in Western Australia for 14 years.