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 re-stand for consecutive terms.

The Board

Dr Damien Zilm

Chair
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  • 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, and Fellowed with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in 2014. Damien has spent most of this time working in Kalgoorlie, both in private practice and hospital work. He also regularly works in Northam, Laverton and Bassendean, and has worked in Esperance and Derbarl Yerrigan. 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 and Board of the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance as Co-Chair of the Country PHN, and a supervisor with RVTS. 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, Vice Chair and Chair.

Dr Penny Wilson

Vice Chair
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  • Dr Penny Wilson is an ex-registrar of WAGPET, having attained Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in August 2012, and is currently working as a district medical officer at Broome Hospital. In addition to clinical duties, Penny 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 Objective Structured Clinical Exam and a University of Western Australia student mentor. Penny has considerable experience in registrar representative roles; in 2012 she was the Perth and Outer Metro East Registrar Liaison Officer, the Chair of the WAGPET Registrar Advisory Group and the WAGPET representative to General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA). Penny 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, Penny believes general practice is the cornerstone of this care and that high quality teaching and training is the foundation on which it is built.

Mr Chris Pickett

Finance Director
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  • Chris Pickett has 30 years’ experience at senior management level in the government and not for profit sector and more than fifteen years working in primary health care management, including serving as Deputy Chief Executive of the Goulburn Valley Division of General Practice, Chief Executive Officer of the Pilbara Health Network and Chief Executive Officer of the Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local. Chris has a strong interest in rural and remote health and the unique challenges faced in delivering comprehensive health care services in country WA, particularly the maintenance of a robust and effective workforce. Chris is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held a number of Board positions, including his roles as a Director of the West Australian General Practice Network and since July 2012 a Director on the Board of WAGPET. Chris is currently providing health consultancy services through his company SpiritHealth Consulting.

Dr Peter Maguire

GP Supervisor Representative
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  • Peter Maguire’s background in general practice spans 30 years, including ten years full time in procedural practice in Byford, followed by eighteen years part time in 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 (2005-2009). 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. Peter joined the WAGPET Board in 2011 as the Supervisor Advisory Group representative, and has served as Nominations & Governance Chair, GP Supervisor Representative, Vice Chair and Chair.

Dr Jonathan Mortimer

GP Registrar Representative
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  • Dr Mortimer is a GP and ex-WAGPET registrar, having obtaining his Royal Australian College of General Practitioners fellowship in 2015. He has worked in a mix of rural and urban areas and is currently working in Northam and Alkimos. With a long history of doctor-in-training representation, he has been a member of the Australian Medical Association Doctors-in-Training committee for five years, as well as representing junior GPs on the AMA Council of General Practice for the last two years. In 2014 he was a member of the WAGPET registrar advisory group and is keen to continue his focus on improving the training experience and quality of WA General Practice Training.

Ex-Officio Board

Dr Janice Bell

Chief Executive Officer
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  • Dr Janice Bell complete her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 1998. Prior to joining WAGPET as CEO, Janice worked with GP Education Australia, a company of the RACGP, as National Manager for Continuing Professional Development, Australian Medical Council Examination Training and Innovation. She was the State Director for the RACGP vocational training during the hand over of WAGPET. With tertiary qualifications in Arts and Education as well as Medicine, Janice has run her own management consultancy and worked in senior positions in human resources, training and education with various State government departments including Education, Health and Community Development. Janice is a member of the RACGP and its National Rural Faculty, National Standing Committee on Education, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Faculty and the Special Interests Faculty, She is on the WA Reference Board of the Australasian College for Health Services Managers, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Australian Medical Association (WA) Executive member. She is adjunct professor with Curtin University and on the external reference board of the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle) medical school. Janice was awarded the RACGP Rose-Hunt Award, awarded for services to the general practice profession in 2011.

Ms Trina Pitt

Company Secretary
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  • Trina Pitt has worked for WAGPET since 2004 and was Corporate Services Manager from the beginning of 2006, until being appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Trina has an Accounting degree from Curtin University, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an associate member of Governance Institute of Australia Ltd having 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.