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Key people


Dr Kym Jenkins President
Associate Professor John Allan President Elect
Dr Margaret Aimer Elected Director
Professor David Castle  Elected Director
Dr Nick O'Connor Elected Director
Dr Peter Jenkins Elected Director
Associate Professor Saji Damodaran 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 


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Our Board

Dr-Kym-Jenkins.jpg 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. 

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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.

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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 Lead for the Development and Delivery 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 Recovery Solutions, 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 was elected to the College’s inaugural Board in 2013 for a three-year term and in 2016 for a further two years.

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Professor David Castle – Elected Director

Professor David Castle graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1985. He then went on to train in clinical research and psychiatry at London’s Maudsely Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, and he also studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he gained an MSc in epidemiology. Professor Castle gained his RANZCP Fellowship in 1999 after moving to Australia.

Professor Castle has held a number of clinical, research and academic positions and is currently Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and the University of Melbourne, where his clinical and research interests range from schizophrenia and related disorders, to cannabis and mental illness, obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, disorders of body image, and bipolar affective disorder.

Professor Castle is widely published in Australia and internationally with over 550 papers and chapters, and 22 books. In 2011 Professor Castle was awarded the RANZCP Senior Research Award for the most significant contribution to psychiatric research over the previous 5 years. He is on a number of advisory boards and editorial boards, and is a reviewer for over 30 national and international scientific journals, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych) in London.

Professor Castle was Chair, Victorian Branch of the RANZCP from 2013 to 2016. In 2016 Professor Castle was elected to the Board for a 2 year term. 

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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. 

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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 was elected to the College Board in 2013 for a 3-year term and in 2016 for a further two years. 

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Associate Professor Saji Damodaran – Elected Director

Associate Professor Saji Damodaran became an RANZCP Fellow in 1997. He graduated from the University of Kerala,T.D. Medical College and Hospital with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1988 and qualified as a psychiatrist in 1993. Since immigrating to Australia in 1994, Associate Professor Damodaran has had a range of clinical and management positions within Victorian Mental Health Hospital and community settings, including Director of Clinical Services at Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon, Associate Professor and Director of Psychiatry at Monash University and Monash Medical Centre, and Medical Director of the Mental Health Program of Monash Health. Since 2011 he has been working in fulltime private practice based at Glen Iris Victoria in clinical and medico-legal practice, where he sees a wide range of patients.

Associate Professor Damodaran is also a Fellow of RACMA, and the Australian College of Health Services Executives, and hold a Masters qualification in Health services Management from Monash University.

Associate Professor Damodaran has been involved in RANZCP activities for a number of years including a term as Honorary Secretary with the Victorian Branch, Co-opted Examiner, and General Councillor.

Associate Professor Damodaran was elected to the RANZCP Board in 2016 for a period of 2 years.

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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


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.

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