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 took up this role in 2014 following 20 years within public health systems both here in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Scott worked in a variety of senior executive roles within the SA Health public health system, more recently as the Executive Director of Corporate Services and Executive Director Acute Services at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Scott has a nursing background and has held many clinical and management roles in both community and hospital settings in Australia and the United Kingdom. Scott returned to Australia with an Executive MBA and the Senior Management/Leadership Program delivered by the Kings Fund in London. While in the UK he held a variety of senior management roles including the support of the first successful amalgamation of a National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust (hospital) with an NHS non-Foundation Trust.
Scott has also held several Board positions at a local and national level which have included Ronald McDonald House Charities, South Australian Ambulance Service, HeartKids SA/NT and currently is a Director on the Australian Breastfeeding Association Board.
Dr Ashlea Broomfield
Dr Ashlea Broomfield has a strong interest in general practice and general practice registrars in Australia. Ashlea was the JMO representative in her resident year and became an RLO for North Coast General Practice Training in her GPT2 term. Ashlea sits on the Terms and Conditions Committee for 2016 and was on the GPRA Constitution Review Committee in 2015. Ashlea was GPRA's Chair of GPRMEN prior to her appointment to the Board.
Mr David Brennan
David brings extensive experience in business development and financial services as he is currently the Head of Engagement – act. Banking within the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group. David is the Chairman of the New Palm Court Orchestra and a Non-Executive Director of the Bendigo Community Bank network, the Australasian College of Sports Physicians 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 John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
David chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for GPRA.
Ms Ingrid Williams
Ingrid has been a GPRA Board Director since September 2013 and is a member of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee. She is an owner and CEO of Elm Aged Living and 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 Leading Age Services Australia (Vic) and Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, 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.
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 executive leadership
Chief Executive Officer
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.