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.
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, 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 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.
David Clements is an accomplished senior executive who positively promotes and leads organisational change. He has extensive experience within the government and not for profit sectors, leading a range of strategic programs and projects. His experience ranges across frontline service delivery, policy and project management, education and training, management and senior executive roles 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 has undertaken numerous representative roles including as Tasmania’s previous representative on the Australian Industry Skills Committee, Australia’s civil society representative to APEC on the economic participation of people with disability and as a member of the Australian & New Zealand Children’s Commissioners & Guardians.
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.
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.
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.