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Key people

Board

Dr Kym Jenkins President
Associate Professor John Allan President Elect
Dr Margaret Aimer Elected Director
Dr Peter Jenkins Elected Director
Dr Vinay Lakra Elected Director
Dr Sue Mackersey Elected Director
Dr Nick O'Connor Elected Director

 

Executive management team

Mr Andrew C Peters Chief Executive Officer
Dr Mirco Kabat Executive Manager, Operations and Bi-National Offices
Ms Elaine Halley Executive Manager, Education and Training
Ms Rosie Forster  Executive Manager, Practice, Policy and Partnerships 
Mr Heng Soong Executive Manager, Financial Services
Mr Jon Cullum Executive Manager, Membership and Events 

 

►More about the Board

►About the College's Governance structure

All general enquiries should be directed to ranzcp@ranzcp.org. All media enquiries should be directed to media@ranzcp.orgTo email all Board members simultaneously please use board@ranzcp.org.

Our Board

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Dr Kym Jenkins – President 

Dr Kym Jenkins is the current President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Her term as President began in May 2017 and will conclude in May 2019.

Dr Jenkins was elected to the RANZCP’s inaugural Board in 2013 and was the inaugural Chair of the Membership Engagement Committee. Dr Jenkins was also a member of RANZCP General Council from 2005-2010.

Dr Jenkins has held a range of roles as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both the public and private sectors. She has a clinical and academic interest in the health and welfare of the medical profession and has spent the last 10 years in the role of Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Program. In her private practice, Dr Jenkins continues her work in the doctors health field whilst specialising in consultation-liaison and women’s psychiatry. She is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University and an honorary senior fellow at Melbourne University.

Dr Jenkins has had extensive involvement in psychiatry-related medical education, both within the RANZCP and externally. She has had roles within the College as an accredited examiner, trainer and assessor and has served as the Chair of the Committee for Examinations; Chair of the Fellowships Attainment Committee; and the Deputy Chair of the Board of Education. She has also been involved in the planning and development of the (competency-based) Fellowship program since its inception and has chaired several of its working parties.

Graduating from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1980 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB), Dr Jenkins initially specialised in General Practice. After moving from the United Kingdom to Australia in 1986 she worked in General Practice before commencing psychiatry training. She completed her Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) in 1998. In addition to a Masters of Psychological Medicine, Dr Jenkins pursued further studies in medical education gaining a Masters of Education degree in 2008. 

Dr Jenkins can be contacted via president@ranzcp.org.

John Allan RANZCP Director

Associate Professor John Allan – President Elect

Associate Professor John Allan gained his Fellowship of the RANZCP in 1987 after completing his medical training in Queensland and his psychiatry training in Adelaide. Since then he has also completed a PhD at the University of Queensland.

Associate Professor Allan is the current Chief Psychiatrist in Queensland and also holds an academic role with the University of Queensland. Throughout his career he has held a wide range of leadership roles in mental health in both New South Wales and Queensland. He spent 20 years working in Townsville, where he helped the community and services recover from the Ward 10B scandal by rebuilding confidence and developing a wide range of new services. Associate Professor Allan’s many clinical interests include the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and care for those with serious mental illness in community settings.

His current research and policy interests focus on national mental health reform, clinical service standards and integrated care, seclusion and restraint reduction, recovery-oriented practice, insight into schizophrenia, rural and remote mental health, carer and consumer involvement and smoking reduction strategies. He is also Chair of the Australian Safety and Quality Partnerships Standing Committee, which recently released the National Mental Health Recovery Framework.

Associate Professor Allan has been heavily involved in psychiatry training for many years as supervisor, teacher, examiner, assessor and mentor for trainees, SIMGs and other psychiatrists. He has been on numerous college committees including the Board of Education and Committee for Exams. As Chair of the Specialist International Medical Graduates Education Committee he led the group that substantially reformed the pathways to Fellowship for SIMGs, and was Chair of the OSCE subcommittee, which introduced the first College OSCEs.

Associate Professor Allan initially joined the Board in May 2015 as a Casual Board Director for a 12-month term. He was elected to the Board for a two-year term in 2016.  Associate Professor Allan assumed the role of President Elect of the College from May 2017 – May 2019, and will assume the role of President in May 2019.

Associate Professor Allan can be contacted via president.elect@ranzcp.org.

Margaret Aimer RANZCP Director

Dr Margaret Aimer – Elected Director

Dr Margaret Aimer graduated from the University of Auckland Medical School with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1983, and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1994. Dr Aimer has held a range of clinical positions with health services in New Zealand, with the majority of her clinical work focused on older people and adults in both hospital and community settings. From 2004 until 2011 she was Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Counties Manukau District Health Board. In 2011 she moved to a new position at Ko Awatea– Centre for Health System Innovation and Improvement for the Counties Manukau District Health Board in Auckland. As the Manager for the Improvement and Change Team at Ko Awatea she is responsible for leading programmes of work supporting system wide change both locally and nationally. She holds an additional part time role as Senior Clinical Director for Emerge Autearoa, a large NGO provider.

Dr Aimer has been a member of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry since 1994 and was Director of Training Old Age Psychiatry from 1998-2001. In 2012 she was Deputy Chair, Board of Practice, Partnerships and Policy, partnerships and external relations portfolio. Dr Aimer joined the College’s inaugural Board in 2013 for a three-year term and was elected for a further two years in both 2016 and 2018.

Dr Aimer can be contacted via margaret.aimer@ranzcp.org.

Peter Jenkins RANZCP Director

Dr Peter Jenkins – Elected Director

Dr Peter Jenkins graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1980, and in 1995 gained Fellowship of the RANZCP, as well as the College's Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training.

He has practised predominantly in the public sector and is now the Director of Clinical Services with Eastern Health Child and Youth Mental Health Service, which serves those aged up to 25 living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Dr Jenkins has been involved with College activities over many years, including as a member of General Council (2007–2011), member and past secretary of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee, member of the Victorian Branch Committee and member of the Youth Special Interest Group Committee.

Dr Jenkins joined the College Board in 2013 for a 3-year term and was elected for a further two years in both 2016 and 2018

Dr Jenkins can be contacted via peter.jenkins@ranzcp.org.

Dr Vinay Lakra – Elected Director

Dr Vinay Lakra became a RANZCP Fellow in 2007. He is the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria and Clinical Director of North West Area Mental Health Service, North Western Mental Health. He has held a range of positions as a Consultant Psychiatrist in acute inpatient and community settings. He has also held other leadership positions in mental health services in Victoria and NSW previously. He is a surveyor for The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and a member of the Section of Psychiatry, AMA Victoria.

Dr Lakra graduated in medicine from JN Medical College, India in 1999 and then completed his MD in psychiatry from Central Institute of Psychiatry, India in 2002 before moving to Australia in 2004. He is also a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, has a Masters in Health Management from University of New South Wales and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Lakra’s interest and expertise includes leadership and management, clinical governance systems, patient safety and quality, assessment and training standards for SIMGs; and supervision and mentoring of junior doctors and early career psychiatrists. He also continues to be involved in clinical practice in General Psychiatry including Electro Convulsive Therapy.

Dr Lakra has been involved in College activities over the years including initially as a member and subsequently Deputy Chair of Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education. As part of this committee, he has extensive involvement in development and operation of changes to assessment and training of SIMGs including Substantial/Partial Comparability programs. Dr Lakra continues to be a college accredited supervisor and an assessor for Substantial Comparability program.

Dr Lakra joined the Board for a two year term from May 2018.

Dr Vinay Lakra can be contacted via vinay.lakra@ranzcp.org.

Dr Sue Mackersey – Elected Director

Dr Sue Mackersey is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School and completed Fellowship training in Australia in 1994. Dr Mackersey’s work experience has been in New Zealand and Australia, public and private practice, metropolitan and rural settings and across a range of sub specialities. In the twelve years since moving back to New Zealand from Melbourne, she has been based in Tauranga and has been Clinical Director and Director of Area Mental Health Services for the Bay of Plenty and Hauora Tairawhiti.

Dr Mackersey has served three terms on the RANZCP Finance Committee and is a member of the investment subcommittee and NZ branch committee. She has supported development of education and research and been active in training as a supervisor and examiner. In 2017 she convened the NZ RANZCP conference.

Dr Mackersey participates in a broad range of leadership and governance activities. In recent years her clinical focus has been in the field of addictions, adolescent and maternal mental health. She has a research interest interest in psychosocial response and recovery from disaster and rural health.

Dr Mackersey joined the Board for a two year term from May 2018.

Dr Sue Mackersey can be contacted via sue.mackersey@ranzcp.org.

Dr Nick O'Connor – Elected Director

Dr Nick O’Connor graduated in Medicine at Sydney University in 1981 and became a Fellow of the College in 1987. Dr O’Connor also has a Masters in Medicine (Psychotherapy), a Masters in Health Administration, is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr O’Connor is Clinical Director North Shore Ryde Mental Health Service, and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Sydney. His current clinical roles include senior staff specialist psychiatrist in the Emergency Department and Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) at Royal North Shore Hospital and Council appointed psychiatrist assessing medical practitioners for the New South Wales Medical Council. Dr O’Connor’s other roles have included:  Chair of the RANZCP Section of Leadership and Management, Chair of the Board of the NSW Mental Health Association, Chair of the Members’ NSW Institute of Psychiatry and Co-Chair of the Mental Health Network of the NSW Agency of Clinical Innovation.

Dr O’Connor’s areas of interest include: management and leadership of mental health services, clinical and corporate governance, quality improvement and patient safety, general adult psychiatry and management of people with borderline personality disorder. He has worked on a number of College committees from the 1990s.

Dr Nick O'Connor joined the Board in May 2017 as a Casual Board Director for a 12-month term and was elected for a further two years in 2018.

Dr O'Connor can be contacted via nick.oconnor@ranzcp.org.

 

Past presidents: The immediate past president of the College (2015–2017) was Prof Malcolm Hopwood. Visit the Presidents of the College page for more information about Prof Malcolm Hopwood and other past presidents.

 

Our Chief Executive Officer

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Mr Andrew C Peters – Chief Executive Officer

After working extensively in leadership roles in the Victorian racing industry and as General Manager for a privately owned Australian management organisation, Andrew joined the College as Company Secretary and Director – Corporate Development in 2007. In 2010 Andrew was appointed to the role of Chief Executive following an extensive recruitment campaign.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has qualifications in business and communication from RMIT University, and is currently completing an MBA at Newcastle University. He has substantial experience in working with boards and committees, change management, senior-level administration and governance, and has successfully led complex negotiations in sensitive environments.

He has represented many organisations internationally and nationally and is highly experienced in stakeholder relations. Andrew has a strong commitment to the College and the work performed by the membership, and recognises the importance of the College as a leader in the mental health field. Golf, international affairs, horse racing, gardening, and two dogs and a cat keep Andrew occupied when he is not working for the College.

Andrew Peters can be contacted via andrew.peters@ranzcp.org.