A Board of Directors, elected from WAGPET's 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.
Dr Damien ZilmChair 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 Jonathan MortimerVice Chair, GP Registrar Representative and Rural Director 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.
Mr Chris PickettFinance Director 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 Andrew PngGP Supervisor Representative and Urban Director Dr Andrew Png is general practitioner who has worked in Kwinana since obtaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1999. He has been an AGPT supervisor for the last 14 years and has also supervised junior doctors through PGPPP and RVTS. He is currently a member of the RACGP WA faculty board and also on the RACGP Council. He first joined the board of WAGPET in 2004 and has served on various board subcommittees.
Dr Jonathan RamachenderanBoard member Jonathan is a Rural GP Anaesthetist in Albany, Western Australia. He was appointed to the WAGPET board in November 2016. Jonathan has worked and trained in the country and currently holds appointments as a VMP in anaesthetics at Albany Health Campus and Katanning District Hospital in addition to his primary care practice in Albany. He has extensive experience in GP registrar training issues through his roles as RLO of Great Southern and subsequently Chair of the Registrar Advisory Group. He is an additional GP supervisor and is involved in teaching GP registrars, nurses and junior doctors through his GP and hospital work respectively. He has also collaborated and led several audits and projects working with WACHS and the RACGP. He has a passion of rural health and training and developing a sustainable and quality workforce for the bush.
Dr Penny WilsonRural Director 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.
Dr Simon TowlerUrban Director Dr Towler has been privileged over 30 years as a medical practitioner to work as a clinician in intensive care and clinical manager at two very different tertiary teaching hospitals. He has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Western Australia and served two terms on the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He has been extensively involved in reform in clinical practice in blood management and a member of the Medical Board in Western Australia. He has served as the WA State President of the Australian Medical Association and been involved in redesign and reform programs at hospital, regional and national levels. Dr Towler has ongoing interests in blood management and technology and has had an extraordinary two years being part of the transition and commissioning of the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia.
Adj Prof Janice BellChief Executive Officer
Ms Trina PittCompany Secretary 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.