The Board

WAGPET is a company limited by guarantee, registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

A Board of Directors, elected from WAGPETs membership, governs the company. Directors are elected for a two year term at the company’s annual general meeting and are eligible to restand for consecutive terms.

Dr Damien Zilm 

Chair: Dr Damien Zilm

Damien Zilm is a rural General Practitioner. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1998 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2005. He has spent most of this time working in Kalgoorlie, both private practice and hospital work. He also regularly works in Esperance and Leonora. He is the medical coordinator of a corporate practice. Damien is a procedural GP with special interests in occupational, palliative, geriatric and chronic disease medicine. He is also the Finance Director of the Goldfields Midwest Medicare Local.

Damien is a supervisor and has previously chaired the Goldfields RAC and Supervisor Forum. He has been on the WAGPET Board since 2007 and during this time he has served on the Board as the Supervisor Advisory Group representative, Nominations & Governance Chair and Vice Chair. Damien has held the position as Chair since November 2010. 

Peter Maguire 

Vice Chair and GP Supervisor Representative: Dr Peter Maguire

Peter’s background in general practice spans 30 years in active practice - ten in full time procedural practice in Byford, followed by 18 years part time clinical practice, mainly in Claremont, whilst also pursuing a career in medical education. Currently practising rurally in Narrogin, Peter also holds a sessional appointment as a medical co-ordinator for the Rural Clinical School.

Peter has been involved in medical education for over 20 years, firstly as a member of the RACGP education committee, then as a medical educator with the various GP vocational training programs and most recently with WAGPET from 2005 to 2009. Peter has supervised GP registrars in Claremont and Narrogin, and has been involved in student teaching since the 1980s.

With a very strong interest in supporting rural GP training, Peter is particularly keen to see greater opportunities for rural procedural practice and believes his experience working with supervisors will equip him for the role as GP Supervisor Representative on the Board.

June Foulds 

Finance Director: Ms June Foulds

June Foulds has a long history in education and training in the health field, with experience in working with the RACGP and over the years working in a Regional GP Network. June is Chair of the local South West Regional Advisory Committee and over time has seen the number of Registrars triple - an indication of the quality and relevance of local training. Workforces issues remain a priority with June and this includes local involvement with University, Rural Clinical School, TAFE and the recently established Manea Vocational College.

June has a Masters Degree in Health Services Management, a qualification in Training and Assessing and has several additional Board portfolios including Board of Edith Cowan University in Bunbury and Bunbury Pathways Mental Health Organisation.

Amanda Ashley 

GP Registrar Representative: Dr Penny Wilson

Dr Penny Wilson holds the GP Registrar Representative (Rural Director) position on the WAGPET Board of Directors. Dr Wilson is an ex-registrar of WAGPET, having attained by FRACGP in August 2012 and is currently working as a locum GP in various rural locations.

Dr Wilson’s clinical work involves a combination of community general practice, procedural obstetrics, emergency and inpatient management. In additional to clinical duties, Dr Wilson has been involved in the teaching and mentorship of medical students, junior doctors and GP Registrars and is an accredited DRANZCOG Advanced GP obstetrics supervisor, an examiner for the RACGP OSCE and a UWA student mentor.

Dr Wilson has considerable experience in registrar representative roles - in 2012 was the Perth and Outer Metro East Registrar Liaison Officer, the Chair of the WAGPET Registrar Advisory Group and the WAGPET representative to GPRA and has also been the GP registrar representative for the AMA Doctors in Training Committee and the RACGP WA Faculty Board.

With a commitment to improving the health of communities through a strong primary care sector Dr Wilson believes General Practice is the cornerstone of this care and high quality teaching and training is the foundation on which it is built. 

Chris Pickett 

Board Member: Mr Chris Pickett

Mr Chris Pickett joined the Divisions of General Practice Network in 2000 in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria as Workforce Manager and subsequently became Deputy Chief Executive Officer.  In 2007 he took up the position of Chief Executive Officer with Pilbara Division of General Practice and guided the organisation through expanding its membership, obtaining accreditation and reforming the organisation as Pilbara Health Network in 2010.  In late 2011 Mr Pickett was appointed as the Transitional Chief Executive Officer for the new Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local.  Mr Pickett previously spent 22 years with the Federal Government in various operational and policy positions, culminating in a Senior Executive Service Level position managing a $300m infrastructure project.  He is Past Deputy President of ‘Leading from Within’ charity.  Mr Pickett joined WA General Practice Network as Director in 2008, in 2011 was appointed to the Board of the Combined Universities Centre of Rural Health and in June 2012 was appointed to fill a casual vacancy as Director on the Board of WAGPET.

Andrew Png 

Board Member: Dr Andrew Png

Andrew Png was a GP registrar in the previous training program in WA and has worked as a GP in Kwinana for the last twelve years. He has supervised registrars since 2003. More recently with the desire to trial a vertical training model with WAGPET he has taken on supervision of resident doctors through the Community Residency Program.

Andrew has been on the Board of WAGPET since 2004 and involved in the divisional network since 2002 as a Board member, and more recently, as Chair of the Rockingham Kwinana Division of General Practice.

Tim Shakleton 

Board Member: Mr Tim Shackleton

Tim Shackleton has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the public and private non-government health sectors. His strengths lie in strategy development and implementation, change management, project direction and strategic advocacy. He has a wide network of health, political and community leaders both within Western Australia and Australia. 

In 2006, Mr Shackleton was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations). On commencement with the RFDS in WA, the organisation employed 170 people, operated 11 aircraft and had annual expenditure of approximately $30 million. On Mr Shackleton’s departure after five years, the organisation employed 230 staff, operated 15 aircraft, including Australia’s first RFDS aeromedical jet, and had annual expenditure of over $60 million. Today, RFDS Western Operations is recognised as a world leader in the provision of emergency aeromedical services. 

Prior to joining the RFDS, Mr Shackleton was WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt Regional Director. In this role, Mr Shackleton oversaw all state government health services in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia including 24 public hospitals, regional public and mental health services, residential and community based aged care services, visiting medical service arrangements and all health infrastructure. He was responsible for approximately 800 full time equivalent employees and an annual budget of $90 million. Stakeholder management was a key component of this role as the Wheatbelt contains over 100 small communities in 45 local government authorities and six state seats of parliament. Prior to undertaking this role, Mr Shackleton was Regional Director of the Pilbara Gascoyne Health Region in the Northwest of Western Australia. In this role Mr Shackleton oversaw state government health service provision from eight acute hospitals, regional public and mental health services and aged care services. He was responsible for 850 full time equivalent employees and an annual budget of $85 million. 

Mr Shackleton has also held other senior health posts, including General Manager of the Murchison Health Service based in Meekatharra and Executive Director of the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia. 

Mr Shackleton is a director of health consultancy firms Virtual Health and Australis Health Advisory. He is also Chairman of the Wheatbelt Development Commission and a Non-Executive Director of the Regional Australia Institute and WA GP Education & Training (WAGPET). 

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Movement and post-graduate qualifications in health services management and company directorship.

Trina Pitt 

Company Secretary: Ms Trina Pitt

Trina Pitt has worked for WAGPET since 2004 and has been Corporate Services Manager since the beginning of 2006. Trina has an Accounting degree from Curtin University, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an associate member of Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd having recently completed studies in Applied Corporate Governance.

Trina has had experience in both not for profit and for profit organisations in a wide range of industries including health, finance, publishing and sales both in Western Australia and abroad.

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