Chief Executive Officer
Martin Fletcher started with AHPRA in December 2009 as the inaugural chief executive officer. With more than 15 years' experience in patient safety in Australia, the United Kingdom and internationally, he brings strong expertise in public protection and quality improvement to the work of establishing and leading AHPRA.
Before joining AHPRA, Martin was chief executive of the National Patient Safety Agency, the leading National Health Service body for patient safety in England and Wales. From 2004 to 2007 Martin worked with the World Health Organisation in Geneva to establish a global program of work on patient safety. From 2000 to 2002, he worked with the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care to establish the first national program of work on patient safety in Australia.
Martin holds a Master of Management degree in public sector management, an Honours degree in behavioural sciences and an undergraduate degree in social studies.
Executive Director, Strategy and Policy
Chris Robertson is Executive Director, Strategy and Policy for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). He has held senior leadership roles for over 15 years in health policy and regulatory reform, as well as workforce planning and innovation.
He is an authority in the design and application of the National Law across 14 health profession boards, which was a COAG reform initiative. It established a single national regulatory scheme for what is now over 600,000 registered health practitioners in Australia.
He holds a Graduate Certificate of Health Management from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University. He was previously a registered nurse with qualifications in critical care from the Alfred Hospital Melbourne. Chris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director, Regulatory Operations
Kym Ayscough, Executive Director, Regulatory Operations came to AHPRA in March 2010 after seven years as CEO and Registrar of the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales. After four years as NSW State Manager, Kym took up the role of Executive Director on 1 July 2014. In this role, she has accountability for national delivery of the core regulatory functions of registration, notifications, compliance and legal services.
Kym is a solicitor and holds Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Law and Management degrees. She has more than 17 years' experience in professional regulation and thrives on the challenges of building a transparent, efficient, effective and fair system of regulation for health practitioners.
Executive Director, Business Services
Sarndrah Horsfall came to AHPRA after working in the UK both for Central Government and more recently working in the NHS Acute sector. Prior to this Sarndrah worked for the General Medical Council in the UK where she undertook an independent review of their corporate complaints process; an internal GMC review on University of Morecambe Bay NHS FT; and a report into Doctors who commit suicide while under GMC’s Fitness to Practise investigation.
She was also the Chief Executive for the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) in the UK, the independent public body responsible for patient safety, research ethics and monitoring the performance of medical practitioners between 2009 and 2012.
Sarndrah has held a number of senior executive posts in both the public and private sectors, with a specific focus on setting up, developing and maintaining efficient and effective organisations in complex political environments. She has a track record in managing strategic change in a complex environment, organisational development, team development, financial and performance management.
State Manager, Victoria
Mary Russell joined AHPRA in 2015. She leads the Victorian office team in delivering core regulatory functions and supporting the work of Victorian and regional Boards and Committees. She has a focus on developing teams to deliver strong performance and facilitate change. Mary brings extensive regulatory expertise to this role, having served as member and presiding member of a state board before her appointment as inaugural Chair of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia in 2011.
Mary holds a PhD in Health Sciences and has worked in tertiary education as a lecturer, researcher and manager. Her clinical background as an occupational therapist spans public hospital, community and private practice settings, where she has worked as a clinician and manager. Mary completed a bachelors degree in occupational therapy and holds postgraduate awards in occupational therapy, research and public health.
State Manager, Queensland
Rose Kent joined AHPRA in June 2015. She leads the Queensland office team in the delivery of core regulatory functions and supports the work of the Queensland Boards and Committees. Rose has a strong focus on delivering the best outcomes for the Queensland community through working collaboratively with the Office of the Health Ombudsman as part Queensland’s co-regulatory arrangements.
Rose has held senior and executive positions in the Queensland public service. She has extensive experience in regulation in both policy and operational roles, working most recently regulating Queensland’s public passenger transport system. Rose holds qualifications in teaching, commerce and management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
State Manager, New South Wales
Shane Dann came to AHPRA after 11 years as Chief Operating Officer and Queensland State Manager of the Independent Practitioner Network, Australia’s largest operator of medical centres. Shane’s experience leading teams of health practitioners and managing the performance of more than 85 medical centres nationally will provide new insight and skills to AHPRA’s operational network.
Shane holds formal qualifications in Business with a major in Accountancy. He is also a member of the Australian College of Healthcare Service Management. Shane leads a team of approximately 100 staff, supporting the National/Local Boards and Committees in their core role of registering and regulating the members of the 14 health professions.
State Manager, Western Australia
Robyn Collins has many years' experience in senior healthcare management positions. Prior to joining AHPRA in March 2010, she was chief executive officer and registrar of the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia.
Robyn is an inaugural member of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Board at Curtin University of Technology. In recognition of her leadership skills, Robyn was awarded an Adjunct Associate Professor Award by Curtin University for leadership in nursing and midwifery. In 2008 she received the Women's Hospitals Australasia Medal of Distinction.
State Manager, South Australia
Richenda has qualifications in medicine and medical administration and has contributed to the development of the National Scheme since its inception, through her work as Director, Notifications South Australia.
She has over 30 years’ management experience in acute and psychiatric hospitals, the South Australian Department of Health, the (former) Medical Board of South Australia and now national, multi-profession health practitioner regulation.
Her roles have encompassed operational, strategic and policy and associated national and international activities, including leading South Australian delegations to two health workforce expos in the UK.
Richenda has held state and national posts in the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, is a past chair of the Royal District Nursing Service South Australia Board and has continuing interest in risk management and performance assessment.
State Manager, Tasmania
Catherine Miedecke started with AHPRA in July 2010 and is currently managing the Tasmanian office until July 2014. She leads a team of about 25 staff, covering the full range of functions provided by AHPRA. Catherine has broad experience in regulation and has held senior and executive level positions with nursing regulatory authorities. She has extensive management and clinical experience in rural, provincial and metropolitan hospitals.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) and Graduate Diploma in Health Administration and Information Systems from the University of Central Queensland.
Territory Manager, Australian Capital Territory
Bob Bradford joined AHPRA after eight years as chief executive officer of the ACT Medical Board. Bob’s background is managing regulatory activities within the health environment and previously, military logistics, including support to deployments.
In his capacity as ACT manager since June 2010, Bob has been responsible for establishing the AHPRA ACT office on commencement of the National Law in July 2010, including the transfer of ACT health staff and the operations of health professions boards, and redeveloping the AHPRA legal services framework.
Bob is a member of the AHPRA State and Territory Managers’ Committee (STMC). He is also the STMC representative on the Project Priority Group, Senior Legal Group, Panel Working Group, the Directors of Notifications Committee, Accreditation Steering Committee and the Privacy Working Group.
Bob holds a BA (Mil) (UNSW), a MSc (Def Stud) (Madras) and a Grad Dip Strategic Studies.
Territory Manager, Northern Territory
Jill Huck came to AHPRA from the Northern Territory’s Health Professions Licensing Authority, where she was director for five years and the registrar of 11 health practitioner registration boards and the Health Professionals Review Tribunal.
Jill has extensive experience working with programs in key health and welfare areas, including mental health, human research ethics, social security, human rights and equal opportunity. She has held academic posts at numerous institutions, including Central Queensland University, Northern Territory University and Monash University. Jill is a community member for both the NT Mental Health Review Tribunal and the NT Parole Board.
Jill’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) from University of NSW and a Master of Social Policy (Class 1) from James Cook University.