Our leadership

GPRA board members

Dr Sama Balasubramanian — President

Dr Sama Balasubramanian is a GP working in regional NSW in the town of Wagga Wagga and was appointed GPRA president in November 2018. He has a passion for registrar advocacy and wellbeing, and sits on the GPRA Board as the Registrar Director. He was a Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) GP Synergy and is 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. He is also a member of the RACGP NSW&ACT Faculty Board.

Mr Scott Williams — Chair

Scott Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Police Health Group, a not-for-profit member-based private health insurance organisation for both the Police and Emergency Services community. Scott has worked within the healthcare industry for 28 years and, having commenced his career as a Registered Nurse holding many clinical and management roles in both the community and hospital setting. Scott has also held a variety of senior executive roles within public and private health across both Australia and the United Kingdom. His interest in the health service was nurtured at an early age by his grandmother who had held a long career in healthcare herself as an enrolled nurse from the 1950s.

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, HeartKids SA/NT and more recently completing two terms of office as an Appointed Director for the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Currently, he is serving as a Director on the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council, and in 2018 accepted the role of Chair for the Joanna Briggs Institute Advisory 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 and has recently completed the INSEAD International Directors' Programme. Ingrid also sits on the board of Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, as the deputy chair.

Dr Rebekah Hoffman

Rebekah is a new fellow of the RACGP, and works clinically in Mittagong, NSW, where she has special interests in dermatology, women's health and children's health. Rebekah also works as a clinical tutor and lecturer at the University of Wollongong. Rebekah has a keen academic focus, recently presenting and publishing her research from her academic year, looking at Junior doctor burnout. She is undertaking a PhD at the University of Wollongong, looking at the experiences of barriers and supports to women who juggle the dual roles of being a mother and a doctor. Rebekah is also the Chair of the NSW New Fellows Committee, and sits on the NSW RACGP Faculty. She is the co-host of the popular podcast, “Just a GP”, alongside faculty members Dr Ashlea Broomfield and A/Prof Charlotte Hespe. Previously, Rebekah was a GP Registrar and Registrar Liaison Officer with GP Synergy.

Xander Alpherts

Xander is a partner at Deloitte specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Xander leads the healthcare M&A team at Deloitte and has a personal and professional interest in the sector. He also leads Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice in Victoria. Xander joined the GPRA board in July 2019 and chairs the Finance and Risk Management (FARM) committee. Xander has a BA from the University of Oxford, followed by a career in corporate finance at Shell, ABNAMRO, Investec and Deloitte. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a current director of Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.

Dr Jessica Tidemann

Before studying medicine, Dr Jessica Tidemann worked for the Australian Government Department of Health and developed a strong interest in the way the political sphere and public policy shape and inform healthcare and the practice of medicine. Before moving into general practice, she worked in a number of different hospitals with most of my time spent in O&G and sexual health. 

Dr Tidemann has recently fellowed with FRACGP, sat on the GPRA Advisory Council throughout her time as an RLO and currently sits on the RACGP NSW & ACT Faculty Council as registrar representative.

The GPRA Advisory Council reports to the Board. The committees within the Board for governance are: audit, finance, succession planning, director and senior management evaluation and remuneration, risk management and strategic planning.

GPRA is governed by the GPRA constitution.

 

GPRA executive leadership

Dr Andrew Gosbell
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.

GPRA network patron

Professor Michael Kidd AM

Professor Michael Kidd AM is the Patron of GPSN and GPRA. He is a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and a past president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). He has recently been appointed as the Director of the new World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care.