AHPRA Senior Managers

Martin Fletcher

Martin Fletcher

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.

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Chris Robertson

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 15 health profession boards, which was a COAG reform initiative. It established a single national regulatory scheme for what is now over 670,000 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. 

Kym Ayscough

Kym Ayscough

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.

Mark Edwards, Director People and Culture

Mark Edwards

Executive Director, People and Culture

Mark Edwards joined Ahpra in September 2018 as the Executive Director, People and Culture.

Prior to joining Ahpra, Mark worked within the transport and infrastructure industry in NSW holding senior HR leadership positions and was responsible for leading large scale reform and transformation projects during a period of significant organisational change. During his career, Mark has had extensive experience in the design and delivery of strategic people programs that have contributed to improved organisational performance and positive workplace cultures.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW and a Masters of Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Sydney.

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Clarence Yap

Chief Information Officer

Clarence Yap joined Ahpra in May 2019 as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Clarence has more than 23 years' experience in senior IT management, including 10 years as CIO for various organisations across Australia and APAC.

Clarence comes to Ahpra with extensive experience in technology and business transformations, including completing several core systems replacement programs and a digital transformation that redesigned and improved all customer experience systems at HCF. His expertise is in leading and managing all facets of IT functions, including application development and support, SaaS applications (including Salesforce, Adobe, Microsoft, Google), private/public cloud management, technical support, technology innovations, vendor management, financial management and disaster recovery planning.

Clarence holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from Flinders University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

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Liz Davenport

Chief Financial Officer

Liz Davenport joined Ahpra in January 2020 as Chief Financial Officer bringing 20 years of experience leading finance and corporate services in public and private sector health, transport, technology and education fields.

Her background includes resolving complex financial disclosures for Victoria’s transport assets, innovation and transformation programs and fostering high performance.  

Liz is a Fellow member of CPA Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Executive MBA from the University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma Accounting and Bachelor Business Management. 

Anthony McEachran State Manager ACT

Anthony McEachran

Territory Manager, Australian Capital Territory

Motivated by Ahpra’s commitment to ensuring safer healthcare, Anthony joined Ahpra in 2012.

Throughout his career at Ahpra, Anthony has held a range of positions including National Practitioner Audit Coordinator and Director Registration before taking up the role of Territory Manager for the ACT. Anthony is passionate about health and wellbeing and strives to create a culture of innovation and empowerment within government and legislative frameworks.

Jane Eldridge

Jane Eldridge

State Manager, New South Wales

Jane started as the State Manager for New South Wales in 2018. Beginning professional life as a nurse and midwife, Jane has previously worked for the Medical Defence Union and Avant, one of Australia’s leading medical indemnity insurance providers.

Jane has also worked as a legal practitioner at the Australian Medical Association (NSW) and the Medical Council of NSW. Jane is a strong advocate for the prevention of melanoma and is actively involved with another non-profit which makes breast cushions for women and men who undergo breast surgery for breast cancer.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Law.

Heather Edwards, State Manager Queensland

Heather Edwards

State Manager, Queensland

A registered nurse and midwife, Heather is recognised for her expertise in health promotion as demonstrated by a decade’s commitment to improving health management, promotion and prevention within Australia.

In addition to her role as Ahpra State Manager for Queensland, Heather is Chair of The Centre for Women and Co. – an innovative not-for-profit inspired to educate, support and empower women and families across the Redland and Logan regions.

With experience in executive and board leadership in health and social services, Heather is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Helen Egan, Territory Manager NT

Helen Egan

Territory Manager, Northern Territory

Helen joined Ahpra in February 2020. Prior to joining Ahpra, Helen worked across the health and social services sector in range of governance and professional roles in Victorian, national and Northern Territory arenas over more than 20 years. This has included periods on both a National Board and an NT Board under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Helen has worked extensively with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members and stakeholders in the health, disability and mental health sectors during the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She maintains her role conducting audits for NDIS providers for the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (via an approved quality auditor body) and quality audits in the mental health and community services sector. 

Helen holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York, a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Patrick Maher, State Manager South Australia

Pat Maher

State Manager, South Australia

Pat has extensive experience working in the health and community sectors and has held senior management, policy, and service purchasing positions in the Commonwealth, Northern Territory and most recently the South Australian governments. Pat started as the State Manager, SA in July 2021.

He practiced as a physiotherapist before moving into management and policy positions in disability, health and community services. He has led national health workforce reform programs in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and expanded scope of practice.

Pat has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Master of Physiotherapy (Rural & Remote Health), a Graduate Diploma of Public Sector Executive Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Clements

State Manager, Tasmania

David Clements is an accomplished senior executive whose experience ranges across frontline service delivery, policy and project management, education and training, and management across Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.

David started working in the health and human services sectors in 1995 and has been a strong and passionate advocate for vulnerable and marginalised groups in the community throughout his career. He has worked within the child protection, youth justice, alcohol and other drug, mental health, disability, housing and homelessness and vocational education sectors. David’s regulatory work as Tasmania’s Interim Commissioner for Children and Young People and his contribution to establishing the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Tasmania drew him to Ahpra and its work.

David is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Diploma of Health Studies and is currently completing a Master of Public Health.

Clarissa Martin, State Manager Victoria

Clarissa Martin

State Manager, Victoria

Clarissa is a passionate leader with senior executive experience in the health, disability and social insurance sectors. With a clinical and academic background in physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences, she has successfully led the development and translation of industry-based research programs in workers’ compensation and injury management, primary health care and disability service delivery using a co-design methodology.

Clarissa joined Ahpra in February 2018 as an Executive Officer working with the National Boards within the Strategy and Policy Directorate. She started in the role of State Manager Victoria in June 2019.

Clarissa holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and a PhD, and having completed an NHMRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, holds an honorary academic appointment at Monash University in the School of Primary Health Care.

Karen Banks State Manager Western Australia

Karen Banks

State Manager, Western Australia

Before starting at Ahpra in June 2019, Karen worked in public health services in WA where she gained experience in a variety of hospital, community and administrative settings. Karen has led teams delivering everything from chronic disease and child health clinical services to outpatient reform, palliative care and public health services. Most recently Karen has worked as Project Director in large scale transition and infrastructure programs.

Karen has been a registered nurse for 25 years, and before relocating from Edinburgh, Scotland to Perth, Australia 13 years ago, worked in a hospital setting and managed a large-scale community nursing service.

Page reviewed 10/07/2019