GP Synergy welcomes the appointment of new Directors Dr Karen Flegg and Mr Brett Cowling to the GP Synergy Board.
GP Synergy is also pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr Ian Kamerman and the appointment of long standing Directors, A/Prof Lyn Fragar AO as Chair and A/Prof Michelle Guppy as Deputy Chair. GP Synergy extends it sincere thanks to retiring Director and Chair, Dr Harry Nespolon and Director, Dr Siaw-Teng Liaw.
The appointments were made following the announcement of member ballot results at GP Synergy’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 October 2017.
Dr Karen Flegg is an experienced GP, who holds fellowship of both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). She has over 12 years’ medical education experience and was a Director of Training with former regional training provider, Coast City Country GP Training. Dr Flegg is currently on the board of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) and previously served on the board of the RACGP, amongst others. She is also the former CEO of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
Mr Brettt Cowling is CEO of Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre, and has over 15 years of executive management experience in rural medicine and the health sector within Australia and the Pacific. His previous positions have included a ministerial appointment as specialist medical advisor to the minsters of health and mental health on the Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Council (AACC), executive director for Queensland Health in the Townsville Health Services District, and chair of an International Baccalaureate curriculum facility that led significant strategic change across Melanesia.
“We welcome the new directors to the Board, and their diverse skills and expertise,” said newly appointed Chair, A/Prof Fragar.
“Both Dr Flegg and Mr Cowling bring to the board a wealth of corporate, clinical and governance experience, which will complement the board’s skills.
At the meeting, Dr Nespolon was applauded for his strong leadership during a period of significant change and growth for the organisation.
“Dr Nespolon’s vision and insight has been instrumental in getting GP Synergy to where it is today,” A/Prof Fragar said.
“He is highly respected and experienced, and has made a positive and indelible mark on GP training.
“He will be sorely missed and on behalf of the Board, we extend our profound thanks for his leadership and commitment.”
A/Prof Fragar also paid tribute to retiring Director, Dr Siaw-Teng Liaw.
“Dr Liaw is one of GP Synergy’s longest serving directors, and over his seven-year tenure he has supported the organisation through many changes and challenges.
“His outstanding service and expertise has been highly valued and on behalf of the GP Synergy Board, I sincerely thank Dr Liaw for his commitment and contribution,” she said.
The GP Synergy Board
- Associate Professor Lyn Fragar AO (Chair)
- Dr Michael Bonning
- Mr Brett Cowling
- Dr Karen Flegg
- Associate Professor Michelle Guppy
- Mr Craig Hocking
- Dr Ian Kamerman
- Dr Elizabeth Marles
- Mr Damon Rees
- Dr Fiona Robinson
- Dr Warwick Yonge