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Board and Executive Management Team

Board

Associate Professor John Allan President
Dr Vinay Lakra President-Elect
Dr Margaret Aimer Elected Director
Dr Peter Jenkins Elected Director
Dr Sue Mackersey Elected Director
Dr Nick O'Connor Elected Director
Dr Elizabeth Moore Elected Director (casual vacancy)

 

Executive management team

Mr Andrew C Peters Chief Executive Officer
Ms Callie Kalimniou Legal Counsel
Mr Heng Soong Executive Manager, Operations
Ms Rosie Forster  Executive Manager, Practice, Policy and Partnerships 
Ms Anna Lyubomirsky Executive Manager, Education and Training
Mr Jon Cullum Executive Manager, Membership and Events 

 

►About the College's Governance structure

All general enquiries should be directed to ranzcp@ranzcp.org. All media enquiries should be directed to media@ranzcp.orgTo email all Board members simultaneously please use board@ranzcp.org.

Our Board

 

John Allan RANZCP President

Associate Professor John Allan – President 

Associate Professor John Allan is the current President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). His term as President began in May 2019 and will conclude in May 2021.
 
Associate Professor Allan gained his Fellowship of the RANZCP in 1987 after completing his medical training in Queensland and his psychiatry training in South Australia. Since then he has also completed a PhD at the University of Queensland.
 
Associate Professor Allan is the Executive Director of Mental Health Alcohol and other Drugs Branch in Queensland Health. He has previously been Chief Psychiatrist in both Queensland and New South Wales. He spent twenty years working in North Queensland where he developed a wide range of new mental health services. He is highly experienced in government policy, mental health legislation and service development.
His clinical interests include the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and comprehensive care for those with serious mental illness. His current research and policy interests focus on mental health reform, reduction in restrictive practices, human rights, recovery oriented practice, and smoking reduction strategies.
 
Associate Professor Allan has been heavily involved in psychiatry training for many years as supervisor, teacher, examiner, assessor and mentor for trainees, SIMGs and other psychiatrists. He has been on numerous college committees including the Board of Education and Committee for Exams. As Chair of the Specialist International Medical Graduates Education Committee he led the group that substantially reformed the pathways to Fellowship for SIMGs, and was Chair of the OSCE subcommittee, which introduced the first College OSCEs.
 
Associate Professor Allan initially joined the Board in May 2015 as a Casual Board Director for a 12-month term and was elected to the Board for a two-year term in 2016. Associate Professor Allan assumed the role of President Elect from May 2017 – May 2019, during which time he chaired the Members Advisory Council and Audit Committee.
 
Associate Professor Allan can be contacted via president@ranzcp.org
 

 

Vinay Lakra RANZCP President-Elect

 

Dr Vinay Lakra – President-Elect

Dr Vinay Lakra became a RANZCP Fellow in 2007. He is the Clinical Director of North West Area Mental Health Service, North Western Mental Health. He served as the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria for three years during 2016–19. He is a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and a member of the AMA Victoria council. 
 
Dr Lakra graduated in medicine from JN Medical College, India in 1999 and then completed his MD in psychiatry from Central Institute of Psychiatry, India in 2002 before moving to Australia in 2004. He is also a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, has a Masters in Health Management from University of New South Wales and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 
Dr Lakra’s interest and expertise includes leadership and management, clinical governance systems, patient safety and quality, assessment and training standards for SIMGs; and supervision and mentoring of junior doctors and early career psychiatrists. He also continues to be involved in clinical practice in general psychiatry including electroconvulsive therapy.
 
Dr Lakra has been involved in College activities over the years including initially as a member and subsequently Deputy Chair of the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education. As part of this committee, he has extensive involvement in the development and operation of changes to assessment and training of SIMGs including Substantial/ Partial Comparability programs. Dr Lakra continues to be a College-accredited supervisor and an assessor for the Substantial Comparability program.
 
Dr Lakra joined the Board for a two-year term from May 2018, and assumed the role of President Elect of the RANZCP from May 2019 – May 2021. Dr Lakra will assume the role of President in May 2021.
 
Dr Lakra can be contacted via president.elect@ranzcp.org and vinay.lakra@ranzcp.org

 

Margaret Aimer RANZCP Director

Dr Margaret Aimer – Elected Director

Dr Margaret Aimer graduated from the University of Auckland Medical School with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1983, and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1994.

Dr Aimer has held a range of clinical positions with health services in New Zealand, with the majority of her clinical work focused on older people and adults in both hospital and community settings. From 2004 until 2011 she was Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Counties Manukau District Health Board. In 2011 she moved to a new position at Ko Awatea– Centre for Health System Innovation and Improvement for the Counties Manukau District Health Board in Auckland.

As the Manager for the Innovation and Improvement Team at Ko Awatea she was responsible for leading programmes of work supporting system wide change both locally and nationally. In April 2019, Dr Aimer moved to the position of Clinical Director Mental Health and Addictions, Northland District Health Board. She holds an additional part time role as Senior Clinical Advisor for Emerge Aotearoa, a large NGO provider.

Dr Aimer has been a member of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry since 1994 and was Director of Training Old Age Psychiatry from 1998-2001. In 2012 she was Deputy Chair, Board of Practice, Partnerships and Policy, partnerships and external relations portfolio. Dr Aimer was elected to the College’s inaugural Board in 2013 for a three-year term and in 2016 for a further two years.

Dr Aimer can be contacted via margaret.aimer@ranzcp.org.

 

Dr Peter Jenkins – Elected Director

Dr Peter Jenkins graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1980, and in 1995 gained Fellowship of the RANZCP, as well as the College's Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training.

He has practised predominantly in the public sector and is now the Director of Clinical Services with Eastern Health Child and Youth Mental Health Service, which serves those aged up to 25 living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Dr Jenkins has been involved with College activities over many years, including as a member of General Council (2007–2011), member and past secretary of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee, member of the Victorian Branch Committee and member of the Youth Special Interest Group Committee.

Dr Jenkins joined the College Board in 2013 for a 3-year term and was elected for a further two years in both 2016 and 2018

Dr Jenkins can be contacted via peter.jenkins@ranzcp.org.

 

Dr Sue Mackersey – Elected Director

Dr Sue Mackersey is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School and completed Fellowship training in Australia in 1994. Dr Mackersey’s work experience has been in New Zealand and Australia, public and private practice, metropolitan and rural settings and across a range of sub specialities. In the twelve years since moving back to New Zealand from Melbourne, she has been based in Tauranga and has been Clinical Director and Director of Area Mental Health Services for the Bay of Plenty and Hauora Tairawhiti.

Dr Mackersey has served three terms on the RANZCP Finance Committee and is a member of the investment subcommittee and NZ branch committee. She has supported development of education and research and been active in training as a supervisor and examiner. In 2017 she convened the NZ RANZCP conference.

Dr Mackersey participates in a broad range of leadership and governance activities. In recent years her clinical focus has been in the field of addictions, adolescent and maternal mental health. She has a research interest interest in psychosocial response and recovery from disaster and rural health.

Dr Mackersey joined the Board for a two year term from May 2018.

Dr Sue Mackersey can be contacted via sue.mackersey@ranzcp.org.
 

 

Dr Nick O'Connor – Elected Director

Dr Nick O’Connor graduated in medicine at Sydney University in 1981 and became a Fellow of the College in 1987. Dr O’Connor also has a Masters in Medicine (Psychotherapy), a Masters in Health Administration, is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr O’Connor is Clinical Director, North Shore Ryde Mental Health Service (until July 2019) and Clinical Lead, Mental Health Patient Safety Program, NSW Clinical Excellence Commission.

His recent clinical roles include senior staff specialist psychiatrist in the Emergency Department and Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) at Royal North Shore Hospital and Council appointed psychiatrist assessing medical practitioners for the New South Wales Medical Council.

Dr O’Connor’s other roles have included:  Chair of the RANZCP Section of Leadership and Management, Chair of the Board of the NSW Mental Health Association, Chair Governing Council Higher Education NSW Health Education and Training Institute and Co-Chair of the Mental Health Network of the NSW Agency of Clinical Innovation.

Dr O’Connor’s areas of interest include: management and leadership of mental health services, clinical and corporate governance, quality improvement and patient safety, general adult psychiatry, and management of people with borderline personality disorder. He has worked on a number of College committees from the 1990s.

Dr Nick O'Connor joined the Board in May 2017 as a Casual Board Director for a 12-month term and was elected for a further two years in 2018.
Dr O'Connor can be contacted via nick.oconnor@ranzcp.org

 

Dr Elizabeth Moore – Elected Director (casual vacancy)

Dr Elizabeth Moore was born in Malaya, educated in England and Australia, completing her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Adelaide before attaining Fellowship of the RANZCP in 1990.  She has special interests in codesign and governance of mental health services as well as the social and cultural determinants of health and wellbeing and their influence through a systems thinking lens.
 
Dr Moore has worked in both public and private hospital and community settings, holding clinical and administrative positions in psychiatry in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia and is the inaugural ACT Coordinator-General of the Office of Mental Health and Wellbeing.
 
Dr Moore has been active in RANZCP activities for many years, including most recently as the Chair of the Western Australian Branch Committee (May 2015-October 2018). In this role, Dr Moore was a member of the Members Advisory Council and the Australian Branch and New Zealand National Committee Chairs Forum, and established the WA Section of Leadership and Management. Dr Moore also completed a full six year term of the Corporate Governance and Risk Committee (2013-2019), and has been a member of the Committee for Continuing Medical Education and the Committee for Examinations. Dr Moore’s earlier representation included the WA Branch Representative on General Council (2009-2013), as well as educational activities through examining and sitting on assessment and examination sub-committees.
 
Dr Moore can be contacted via elizabeth.moore@ranzcp.org


►More about the Board

Past presidents: The immediate past president of the College (2017–2019) is Dr Kym Jenkins. Visit the Presidents of the College page for more information about Dr Jenkins and other past presidents.

 

Our Chief Executive Officer

Mr Andrew C Peters – Chief Executive Officer

After working extensively in leadership roles in the Victorian racing industry and as General Manager for a privately owned Australian management organisation, Andrew joined the College as Company Secretary and Director – Corporate Development in 2007. In 2010 Andrew was appointed to the role of Chief Executive following an extensive recruitment campaign.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has qualifications in business and communication from RMIT University, and is currently completing an MBA at Newcastle University. He has substantial experience in working with boards and committees, change management, senior-level administration and governance, and has successfully led complex negotiations in sensitive environments.

He has represented many organisations internationally and nationally and is highly experienced in stakeholder relations. Andrew has a strong commitment to the College and the work performed by the membership, and recognises the importance of the College as a leader in the mental health field. Golf, international affairs, horse racing, gardening, and two dogs and a cat keep Andrew occupied when he is not working for the College.

Andrew Peters can be contacted via andrew.peters@ranzcp.org.