Board of Directors
Dr Melanie Smith — President
Melanie has attained Fellowship of the RACGP and now has a practice located in Happy Valley, South Australia. Melanie’s interests from a clinical perspective lie in palliative care, mental health and children’s health. Working collaboratively with GPRA members, supervisors and the professional bodies, Melanie is passionate about supporting GP registrars during training, and the profession as a whole, to ensure the future of general practice is a healthy one for patients and doctors alike. Melanie was previously a GP registrar and Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) with GPEx.
Scott Williams — Chair
Scott Williams is the Chief Executive Officer at the North Eastern Community Hospital Inc, a not-for-profit hospital acute care and aged care organisation servicing primarily both eastern and northern Adelaide. Scott has worked within the healthcare industry for over 20 years and with a nursing background and has held many clinical and management roles in both community and hospital settings. Scott has also held a variety of senior executive roles within public and private health across both Australia and the United Kingdom.
In addition to his CEO role, Scott has been active in serving on several Boards at a local and national level which have included Ronald McDonald House Charities and HeartKids SA/NT Currently he is serving as a Director on the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council, Appointed Director for the Australian Breastfeeding Association and recently as Chairman of the Joanna Briggs Institute Advisory Committee.
Mr David Brennan
David brings extensive experience in business development and financial services as he is currently the Head of Distribution – CSB within the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group. David is the Chairman of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians, Deputy Chair of the New Palm Court Orchestra and a Non-Executive Director of the Intensive Care Foundation, Bendigo Community Bank network, Gunaikurnai Aboriginal Land and Water Corporation and Australian Literary Studies (ALS). David sits on the Compass Council at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics and also lectures in Allied Health at the Australian Catholic University. He previously held roles at Dimensional Fund Advisers and Macquarie Bank. David was the Founding Chairman of the Dry July Foundation and an advisory board member at the ATO representing the not-for-profit sector.
David holds degrees in Finance and Business Law from ESC Rouen, France and the University of Technology, Sydney along with post-graduate studies in Strategic Management at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. David is also a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Directors Institute in New Zealand.
David is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is the Chair of the GPRA Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Ms Ingrid Williams
Ingrid has been a GPRA Board Director since September 2013 and is a member and current chair of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee. She is an advisory consultant within the aged care sector having recently sold her own aged care business. Ingrid has 30 years' experience in the health and aged care sector. Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Educational Studies, a Master in Health Administration and is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ingrid sits on the board of Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, is the chairman of Wellness and Lifestyles and is a member of the CEO Institute.
Dr Eranthi Hettiarachchi
Eranthi is a GP Registrar in Queensland with GMT after spending four years in the hospital system including a year of locum work. Born in Sri Lanka and growing up on Pacific Islands, Eranthi completed her medical training in Australia and went on to work in regional and rural areas. Eranthi is passionate about addressing the issues that face future cohorts of trainees and considers the importance of GPs being viewed as an integral part of the health care system, recognising members’ training pathways with consideration to their well-being, exam preparation, remuneration and individual life experiences. Eranthi has a background in Psychology and Executive Leadership and her clinical special interest is in Paediatrics.
Dr Sama Balasubramanian
Sama is a GP registrar completing an extended skills term in refugee medicine in Western Sydney. He is the Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) for Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney and the registrar representative on the WentWest Primary Health Network Clinical Council. Sama was involved in multiple committees for GP Synergy, and was on the management committee for the General Practice Training and Education Conference 2017.
The GPRA Corporate Governance Charter provides an outline of the roles of decision-makers in the organisation, and the structure of the decision-making process of the organisation. The committees within the Board for governance are:
- succession planning
- director and senior management evaluation and remuneration
- risk management
- strategic planning.
The GPRA Advisory Council reports to the Board.
GPRA patron Professor Michael Kidd
From 2013-2016 Michael was President of the World Organization of Family Doctors. He is currently Professor of Global Primary Care at Flinders University. Michael is a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a Council Member of the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council , and a board member of several health organisations, including beyondblue. He is the Patron of GPRA and GPSN.
GPRA executive leadership
Andrew is responsible for the overall working of the organisation and works closely with the GPRA Board, key stakeholders and government providing overall direction and management to GPRA to ensure the organisation delivers on its objectives and remains a strong voice for the next generation of general practitioners.
Andrew represents GPRA and its policies and issues at various external stakeholder meetings, and works collaboratively with key stakeholders to advance the GP training environment.
Andrew also oversees GPRA's registrar programs including management of the Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN), policy development and member advocacy and support services.