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.

Sarndrah Horsfall

Sarndrah Horsfall

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.

Rose Kent.

Rose Kent

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 customer service and building productive, effective partnerships. She is committed to delivering the best outcomes for the Queensland community and works collaboratively with the Office of the Health Ombudsman in 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.

Robyn Collins

Robyn Collins

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 currently Deputy Chair of both the South Metropolitan Health Service Board and Rural Health West Board and was 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 and has also received the Women's Hospitals Australasia Medal of Distinction.

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Catherine Miedecke

State Manager, Tasmania

Catherine Miedecke started with AHPRA in July 2010.

She 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.

Jane Eldridge

Jane Eldridge

State Manager, New South Wales

Jane Eldridge is State Manager of the New South Wales office. Commencing 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, and in between all of this has owned a business manufacturing and exporting sun protective swimwear. 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.

Murray Smith, State Manager, Victoria

Murray Smith

State Manager, Victoria

For the last 10 years, Murray has either established or re-engineered a number of state-based regulators. He has held senior roles with the Victorian Building Authority, Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation and one of its predecessors Responsible Alcohol Victoria. He also helped establish Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission and the Public Interest Monitor.

Before changing to broader public administration, Murray worked with Victoria Police. Among many different roles with Victoria Police, Murray performed duties with the Westgate District Drug Task Force, the South Melbourne Criminal Investigation Unit, the Sexual Crimes Squad and supervised operational policing activities. He received three commendations for his work, the Victoria Police Service Medal and the National Medal for service to the community in times of crisis.

Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration), a Master of Business (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations), and a Master of Business Administration as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Murray has also completed an executive program at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Sheryle Pike

State Manager, South Australia

Sheryle Pike has been with AHPRA since July 2010 and has held a variety of management roles in the Registration team in the Adelaide Office prior to her appointment as State Manager, South Australia.

Sheryle has many years’ experience in health regulation and just prior to joining AHPRA she was the Principal Advisor, Professional Practice & Education at the Nursing & Midwifery Board of South Australia.

Sheryle is a registered nurse and registered midwife with an extensive background in clinical practice and many years’ experience in leadership roles across a diverse range of settings within the health sector.

Sheryle has a Bachelor of Nursing (Postgraduate) and a Masters in Health Service Management from Flinders University. 

Anthony McEachran

Territory Manager, Australian Capital Territory

Eliza Collier

Territory Manager, Northern Territory

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