The names and details of the company’s directors in office at the date of this report are as follows. The company’s board of directors is also known as the RACGP Council.

Dr Tim Koh

MBBS, FRACGP

Chair, RACGP Council; Chair, RACGP WA

Dr Tim Koh is Chair of RACGP Council and Chair of RACGP WA. A practising GP in north-metropolitan Perth, Dr Koh is a second-generation GP who is originally from Three Springs, approximately 300 km north of Perth, where his father was a rural GP.

Dr Koh has been involved in general practice training with RACGP WA and Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) since 2002. He served as RACGP WA Assessment Panel Chair for six years, and Education Committee Chair for four years.

After becoming RACGP WA Deputy Chair in 2010, Dr Koh was subsequently named Chair in 2014. He is a co-owner of Currambine and Ocean Keys family practices, where he supervises and mentors general practice registrars, residents and medical students.


Dr Bastian Seidel

MBBS, PhD, MACHI, MRCGP, FRACGP

President

Dr Bastian Seidel is a partner and co-owner of a general practice in Tasmania’s Huon Valley, south-west of Hobart. He joined RACGP Tasmania in 2009 and was elected Deputy Chair in 2011, before being named Chair in 2015.

Dr Seidel studied medicine in Germany and South Africa before completing his vocational training as a GP in the United Kingdom in 2006. He has been a general practice supervisor for general practice registrars and an RACGP examiner since 2007, and is a clinical professor at the University of Tasmania and Director of the National Asthma Council.


Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe

MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, DCH (Lon), GCUT, FAICD
Appointed 30 September 2017

Vice-President; Chair, RACGP NSW&ACT

Dr Charlotte Hespe is a GP and owner of an inner-city Sydney practice where she has worked for the last 20 years. She is a general practice supervisor, and her practice functions as a teaching practice for medical students and general practice registrars. Dr Hespe also works as Associate Professor, Head of General Practice and General Practice Research for the University of Notre Dame, Australia, School of Medicine, Sydney.

Dr Hespe has been involved with the RACGP since achieving her FRACGP, serving as Examiner, Co-Assessment Panel Chair, NSW for four years and National Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Facilitator for two years before becoming Deputy Chair of RACGP NSW&ACT in 2012.

A member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care in 2016–17, Dr Hespe is currently completing a PhD looking at the implementation of best practice for prevention of cardiovascular disease in the primary care setting.

Dr Hespe holds a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) qualification and has extensive experience in corporate governance, with 17 years’ experience as chair on several boards with a primary healthcare focus. Dr Hespe is a director for EIS Health Ltd, which is responsible for overseeing the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network.


Dr Mark Miller

MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP

Censor-in-Chief

Dr Mark Miller is the RACGP Censor-in-Chief and Chair of the RACGP Board of Censors and Board of Assessment. Dr Miller was previously Chair of the SA exam panel from 1997 to 2003, and RACGP SA&NT Censor. He has trained general practice registrars for more than 20 years, is a member of RACGP Rural, has been both a John Flynn and Ramus mentor, and has been a Harvard Macy Alumni Scholar since 2005.

Dr Miller has been a full-time rural GP in Goolwa on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula for more than 25 years. He is heavily involved in running the RACGP Fellowship assessments and has been a medical educator and facilitator at RACGP SA&NT–run workshops for many years. Dr Miller was awarded the 2013 RACGP GP of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the profession, and was awarded a 25-year long-service medal for rural practice in South Australia. He is also the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International ‘In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance and better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world’.

In addition to a full-time clinical role, Dr Miller has been involved with teaching medical students from Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, and for more than 10 years his practice has hosted Parallel Rural Clinical Curriculum students as they completed their third year at Flinders University medical school. He has supervised more than 40 general practice registrars and enjoys the vibrancy they add to clinical practice, teaching, mentoring and learning. Dr Miller has also provided tuition and mentoring to a number of international medical graduates (IMGs) commencing general practice in Australia.


Dr Zakaria Baig

MBBS, FRACGP, FACRRM
Appointed 30 September 2017

Chair, RACGP SA&NT

Dr Zak Baig is the Chair of RACGP SA&NT. He has been a GP for more than 20 years and has had extensive experience in rural and emergency medicine in Australia and the UK.

Dr Baig graduated from medical school in Pakistan and has since received additional training in the UK, Ireland and Australia. He worked in emergency medicine for many years before transitioning to rural medicine, practising on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia for more than a decade.

Dr Baig currently practises as a GP in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

Heavily involved in medical education for medical students and registrars, Dr Baig has a special interest in assisting international medical graduates with their training. He has also been an examiner for the RACGP and the Australian Medical Council for many years.


Dr Cameron Loy

MBBS, BMedSc(Hon), FRACGP, FARGP, DCH, DRANZCOG, GAICD

Chair, RACGP Victoria

Dr Cameron Loy is a practising GP in Lara, Victoria, and in correctional services. He has worked in south-western Victoria and internationally in Timor-Leste.

Dr Loy has held a number of prominent professional roles. He was Chair of the General Practice Registrars Association (GPRA) in 2002, Director of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme in 2006–10, and Director of Greater Green Triangle General Practice Education and Training (GPET) in 2001–03 and Chair in 2011. He has also held a number of roles within the RACGP, including Deputy Chair of RACGP Rural in 2003–14, and Deputy Chair RACGP Victoria in 2014. Dr Loy is an RACGP examiner and quality assurance examiner, was Chair of the RACGP Assessment Panel for six years, and was a member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Standards for General Practice. He currently holds the role of Principal Medical Officer for Justice Health, Victoria.

Dr Loy was on the advisory groups for the Victorian opioid substitution programs and hepatitis C therapy training programs for six years. He is a trustee of the Shepherd Foundation, providing research grants into prevention and occupational health. Dr Loy remains a committed general practice supervisor and mentor for general practice registrars, residents and medical students. In his spare time, he is a keen amateur astronomer.


Ms Christine Nixon APM

Co-opted Council member

Ms Christine Nixon is a prominent, experienced public speaker and advocate for women, disadvantaged youth, and multi-faith and multicultural communities. She is the Deputy Chancellor at Monash University and Chair of Monash College and the Good Shepherd Microfinance.

As Victoria Police Chief Commissioner from 2001 to 2009, Ms Nixon was the first woman in such a role in any Australian state police service. After leaving Victoria Police, she was appointed Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, a position she held from February 2009 to July 2010.

Ms Nixon has extensive experience in policing, organisational reform, risk management, crisis management, corruption prevention, emergency management and human resource management. She is also a published author, having written her memoir, Fair cop, with Jo Chandler in 2011, and Women leading with Professor Amanda Sinclair in 2017.

Ms Nixon has received numerous accolades for her services and achievements, including the Australia Police Medal in 1997 and Save the Children Foundation’s White Flame Award in 2009. She also has four honorary doctorates from multiple Australian universities and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University in the US.


Associate Professor Peter O’Mara

FRACGP

Chair, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Assoc Prof Peter O’Mara is from the Wiradjuri people of New South Wales. He has worked with the Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service since 2002 and describes himself as an Aboriginal man who loves being a doctor.

With a love for working one-on-one with patients, Assoc Prof O’Mara finds satisfaction in the knowledge that, in his own small way, his work contributes toward closing the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

Assoc Prof O’Mara began pursuing his other passion – making good doctors – in 2008, and took on the position of Associate Professor, Indigenous Medical Education and Head of Discipline, Indigenous Health at Newcastle University. He has been a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) board for eight years, and he was AIDA President in 2009–12.


Associate Professor Jennifer Presser

BSc, PhD, BMBS, DRANZCOG, DipChildHealth, FRACGP, MHPE
Appointed 30 September 2017

Chair, RACGP Tasmania

Dr Jennifer Presser is the Chair of RACGP Tasmania and regional representative for Denison.

Dr Presser entered medicine as a mature-aged student after working as a research scientist. After completing medical school at Flinders University in South Australia in 2002, she completed her general practice training with Northern Territory General Practice Education in 2009. She has worked in a variety of areas, including Aboriginal health, palliative care, family planning and community mental health.

Dr Presser has worked as a medical educator with General Practice Training Tasmania and Tropical Medical Training in Queensland. She is currently the Academic Lead for the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical program.

Dr Presser has a strong interest in mental health, is an accredited Balint group leader and works at Headspace Hobart.


Dr Ayman Shenouda

MBBCH, FRACGP, FARGP, DipDerm UK, GAICD

Chair, RACGP Rural

Dr Ayman Shenouda was appointed Chair of RACGP Rural in October 2014, after having served as Deputy Chair for six years. He is also a member of RACGP NSW&ACT and was on the RACGP National Standard Committee – Education for several years. He is also current Chair of Wagga Wagga GP After Hours Services. Former roles include Chair of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS), Director of Medical Education Coast City Country General Practice Training (CCCGPT) Riverina/Murrumbidgee, and Director on the board of the Riverina Division of General Practice and Primary Health.

Dr Shenouda was named the 2009 RACGP GP of the Year, while his Glenrock Country Practice was named the 2007 RACGP NSW&ACT General Practice of the Year and awarded three Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) awards in 2009 and 2010.

After migrating from Egypt more than 20 years ago, Dr Shenouda commenced his medical career in Australia as a surgical registrar in Tasmania in 1995 and has been a rural GP in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, for the last 17 years, where he established Glenrock Country Practice. Dr Shenouda’s main special interest is education and training, and he is passionate about developing quality frameworks and systematic management tools to enable and enhance the work undertaken by GPs.


Mr Martin Walsh

FCA, FGIA, GAICD

Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee; board member, RACGP Oxygen Pty Ltd; co-opted Council member

Mr Martin Walsh has been an international partner at both Ernst & Young and Deloitte. He is currently a director of the IOOF Group Regulated Entities and of Surf Life Saving Australia, and is Chair of the latter’s National Foundation. He is a past director of Hastings Funds Management and of StatePlus, where he was the Chair of their respective Audit and Risk Committees. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Governance Institute, and a graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors.


Dr Bruce Willett

MBBS, FRACGP
Appointed 30 September 2017

Chair, RACGP Queensland

Dr Bruce Willett is a GP and practice owner in Victoria Point in Redland City, south of Brisbane, and is committed to grassroots general practice and medical education.

Dr Willett has been enjoying his current practice – just a few kilometres from where he grew up – for the past 25 years.

Having been on the board of General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) since 2010, Dr Willett was Chair of GPSA from 2015 to 2016, and Chair of the GP Supervisor Liaison Officer Network from 2010 to 2015.

Dr Willett was the Supervisor Liaison Officer for General Practice Training Queensland/Central and Southern Queensland Training Consortium (GPTQ/CSQTC) from 2008 to 2018, and has also worked as a medical educator for GPTQ.

He has served on the boards of his local Division of General Practice and the Queensland Health Diabetes Network, and has been an RACGP examiner since 1994.


Dr Mary-Therese Wyatt

BSc (BioMed), DipEd (Maths), MBBS, DCH, FRACGP, GAICD

General Practice Registrar Representative

Dr Mary-Therese Wyatt is a recent Fellow of the RACGP who works in a long-established general practice in Perth, Western Australia. Prior to Fellowship, Dr Wyatt undertook general practice registrar training with Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET). She was a registrar liaison officer for WAGPET in 2014–16, which included a role on the Advisory Council for GPRA.

Dr Wyatt has continued her association with GPRA in an ex-officio role, representing the RACGP in the advisory council. She was also a GPRA board director in 2009–13.

In her life prior to medical training, Dr Wyatt studied biomedical science and spent several years as a high school mathematics teacher, working in country New South Wales.


Dr Zena Burgess

PhD, MBA, MEd, DipEdPsych, BA, FAPS, FAICD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Burgess is CEO and Company Secretary of the RACGP. She is also a director of RACGP Oxygen Pty Ltd, and a director on the boards of Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd, Mental Health Professionals Network, and Box Hill Institute and CAE.


Dr Guan Yeo

FRACGP, MBBS, GAICD
Resigned 30 September 2017

Chair, RACGP NSW&ACT

Dr Guan Yeo is experienced in matters of corporate and clinical governance, advocacy, and education and assessment. He is a practising GP in outer metropolitan Sydney and a clinical training consultant in clinical communication, standards, clinical performance assessment, high-quality use of medicines, and professional regulation.

Dr Yeo is currently the RACGP National Assessment Advisor for the OSCE. In a previous role as Chair of the RACGP NSW&ACT Assessment Panel, Dr Yeo introduced initiatives to help international medical graduates prepare for the RACGP Fellowship exam. He is a board director of Primary and Community Care Services Ltd and General Practice Network Northside (also a previous Chair). He is a hearings member of the Medical Council of New South Wales (previously the Medical Board) and a panel member of the Professional Services Review. He is also a member of the NSW Antimicrobial Stewardship Expert Advisory Group, and previously chaired the Prescribing Intervention Expert Advisory Group of NPS MedicineWise Ltd. He was awarded the RACGP NSW&ACT faculty service medal.


Dr Edwin Kruys

MD, FRACGP, GAICD, AdDipProjMgt
Resigned 30 September 2017

Chair, RACGP Queensland

Dr Edwin Kruys is a full-time practising GP in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterlands, and is RACGP Vice-President and Chair of RACGP Queensland. After graduating from the University of Amsterdam and finishing his general practice training in the Netherlands in 2004, Dr Kruys worked in various rural locations in Australia, including Cooktown and the remote Wujal Wujal and Hopevale Aboriginal communities in Cape York in Queensland, and Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Dr Kruys is passionate about advocacy for general practice. He writes the popular general practice blog doctorsbag.net, focusing on healthcare politics, eHealth and social media. Dr Kruys is also a member of the Australian Medical Association Queensland Council of General Practice.


Dr Daniel Byrne

MBBS, FRACGP
Resigned 30 September 2017

Chair, RACGP SA&NT; Chair, RACGP Specific Interests

Dr Daniel Byrne is a partner at Chandlers Hill Surgery in outer metropolitan Adelaide and was elected to the RACGP Council in October 2014 as Chair of RACGP SA&NT, and became Chair of RACGP Specific Interests in 2015.

Dr Byrne has been a strong supporter of the RACGP since his training days in the early 1990s, leading to Fellowship of the RACGP in 1993. He has supported the RACGP by participating in exam preparation workshops for general practice registrars and IMGs, conducting Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) interviews for IMGs wishing to enter Australian general practice, and assisting as a quality assurance examiner at the Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). He has been a medical educator and general practice clinical advisor, and been involved in general practice–hospital liaison and eHealth for 20 years.

Dr Byrne believes having the highest regard for quality and standards will guide the RACGP through all in which it is involved, whether it is practice accreditation, practice guidelines, eHealth or general practice training. He believes the RACGP must set the standards and rigorously defend the profession’s right to implement them.


Dr Clare Ballingall

MBChB, FRACGP
Resigned 30 September 2017

Chair, RACGP Tasmania

Dr Clare Ballingall is a GP from Newtown in Hobart, Tasmania, where she practises in a large group practice. Dr Ballingall has also worked for the federally funded phone triage service, GP Assist Tasmania, for 13 years, supporting rural GPs after hours.

Born in the UK, Dr Ballingall trained and worked in the hospital and primary healthcare sectors in Scotland. Upon relocating to Australia, she spent two years working in psychiatry in Queensland before settling in Tasmania.

Dr Ballingall’s first contact with the RACGP came 11 years ago when she was sitting her Fellowship exam, for which she was awarded the RACGP Tasmania medal for the highest aggregate score across the exam’s three segments. She has since been an examiner with RACGP Tasmania, and she joined the faculty as the Tasmania Regional Representative for Denison in 2015. Dr Ballingall has met regularly with local parliamentary members and is passionate about increasing awareness of current general practice issues.


Dr Andrew Png

MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD
Appointed 22 May 2018

Co-opted member

Dr Andrew Png is general practitioner and practice principal who has worked in Kwinana in the southern suburbs of Perth since obtaining the FRACGP in 1999. He has been an Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) supervisor for the last 14 years and has also supervised junior doctors through the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP) and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS). He is currently a member of the RACGP WA faculty board and is also serving on the board of Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Ltd (WAGPET), the Regional Training Organisation in Western Australia.