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.
Chair: Dr Damien Zilm
Damien Zilm is a General Practitioner who works both rurally and in the metropolitan area. 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 Northam. Damien is a procedural GP with special interests in occupational, palliative, geriatric, chronic disease medicine and Indigenous health. He is also the Chair of the Goldfields Mid West 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.
Vice Chair and GP Supervisor Representative: Dr Peter Maguire
Peter Maguire’s background in General Practice spans 30 years including 10 years full time procedural practice in Byford, followed by 18 years part time clinical practice, mainly in Claremont, while also pursuing a career in medical education. Currently practising rurally in Narrogin, Peter also holds a sessional appointment as a medical coordinator for the Rural Clinical School.
Peter has been involved in medical education for more than 20 years, firstly as a member of the RACGP Education Committee, then as a medical educator with the various General Practice vocational training programs, and most recently with WAGPET 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 General Practice training, Peter is particularly keen to see greater opportunities for rural procedural practice and believes his experience working with supervisors equips him for his role as the GP Supervisor Representative on the Board.
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. Workforce issues remain a priority with June and this includes involvement with the local University and the Rural Clinical School.
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 Investing in our Youth, a not-for profit organisation specialising in advocacy for families and children.
GP Registrar Representative: Dr Penny Wilson
Dr Penny Wilson holds the GP Registrar Representative (Rural Director) position on the WAGPET Board. Dr Wilson is an ex-registrar of WAGPET, having attained 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 in-patient management. In addition 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. She 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.
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 the Pilbara Division of General Practice and guided the organisation through expanding its membership, obtaining accreditation and reforming the organisation as the Pilbara Health Network in 2010. In late 2011 Mr Pickett was appointed was appointed as the Transitional Chief Executive Officer for the new Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2014.
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. Mr Pickett has served as a Director on a number of not for profit Boards and in July 2012 was appointed to fill a casual vacancy as Director on the Board of WAGPET.
Board Member: Dr Andrew Png
Andrew Png was a GP registrar in the previous training program in WA and has worked as a General Practitioner in Kwinana for the last 15 years. He has supervised registrars since 2003. More recently, 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 and Medicare Local network since 2002 as a Board member, and more recently, as the Chair of the Perth South Coastal Medicare Local.
Board Member: Mr Tim Shackleton
Tim Shackleton has more than 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, stakeholder engagement and strategic advocacy. He has a wide network of health, political and community leaders both within Western Australia and Australia.
Mr Shackleton’s career history includes five years as CEO of RFDS Western Operations between 2006 and 2011, five years as WA Country Health Service Regional Director in the Wheatbelt and Pilbara-Gascoyne regions, two years as general manager of the Murchison Health Service and three years as CEO of the Asthma Foundation of WA. For the past three years, Mr Shackleton has operated health management consultancy firms Virtual Health and Australis Health Advisory.
Mr Shackleton is Chairman of the Wheatbelt Development Commission, Deputy Chairman of the Regional Development Council and a Non-Executive Director of the Regional Australia Institute and WAGPET. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Movement and post-graduate qualifications in health services management and company directorship.
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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