Meet our board members
Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe
MBBS (Hons) FRACGP DCH (Lon) GCUT FAICD
Chair RACGP Board, Chair RACGP NSW&ACT
Dr Charlotte Hespe is a GP and owner of an inner-city Sydney practice where she has worked for the last 20 years. Charlotte is a general practice supervisor and her practice functions as a teaching practice for medical students and general practice registrars.
Charlotte also works as Associate Professor, Head of General Practice and General Practice Research for The University of Notre Dame, Australia, School of Medicine, Sydney.
She has been involved with the RACGP since achieving her FRACGP, serving as an examiner, NSW Co-Assessment Panel Chair for four years, and National OSCE Facilitator for two years before becoming RACGP NSW&ACT Deputy Chair in 2012.
She was also a member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care 2016–17.
Dr Harry Nespolon
BMBS, DipRACOG, FRACGP, BEc, LLB (Hons), FACLM, MBA, FAICD, MHL
Dr Harry Nespolon has been a practising GP for more than 20 years.
As RACGP President, Harry is dedicated to fostering collaboration between GPs, industry and government stakeholders in the best interests of the RACGP and its members.
Harry holds law and economics degrees and completed his Master of Health Law (MHL) from the University of Sydney in 2015.
He is sought out to provide advice on many aspects of healthcare, including general practice and broader policy issues, and writes extensive expert reports for medico-legal proceedings.
Associate Professor Ayman Shenouda
MBBCH, FRACGP, FARGP, Dip Derm. UK
Vice-President, Chair RACGP Rural
Dr Ayman Shenouda has been the Chair of RACGP Rural since October 2014, prior to that he was the deputy chair for five years.
Ayman is also a member of the RACGP NSW&ACT Board Executive and was on the RACGP National Standard Committee of Education for several years.
Ayman was awarded RACGP GP of the Year in 2009, and his practice was awarded NSW&ACT General Practice of the Year in 2007.
Ayman’s main interest is education and training and his passion is to develop quality frameworks and systematic management tools to enable and enhance the work of GPs.
Dr Kaye Atkinson
BMed (Hons), FRACGP, MFM (Monash)
Dr Kaye Atkinson is the RACGP Censor-in-Chief. She was Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee – Pre-Fellowship Education for six years, and RACGP Victoria Censor for six years.
Kaye is also a member of the RACGP Victoria Council, RACGP Rural Council, the Board of Censors, Board of Assessment and RACGP Specific Interests.
Kaye is committed to maintaining the Fellowship standards of the RACGP and working with the RACGP Board of Censors, Board of Assessment and Board of Directors to further the goals of the RACGP and general practice.
She feels privileged to be GP and is dedicated to ensuring that high-quality education and training is available for all doctors interested in a career in general practice.
Dr Zakaria Baig
Chair RACGP South Australia and Northern Territory
Dr Zak Baig is the Chair of the RACGP SA&NT. Zak has been a GP for more than 20 years and has had extensive experience in rural and emergency medicine in Australia and the UK.
Zak graduated from medical school in Pakistan and has since received additional training in England, Ireland and Australia.
Zak worked in emergency medicine before transitioning to rural medicine where he practiced on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia for more than a decade.
He has been heavily involved in medical education and has a special interest in assisting international medical graduates with their training.
Zak has been an examiner for the RACGP and the Australian Medical Council for many years.
Dr Krystyna de Lange
BPharm, MBBS, DRANZCOG, DCH, CertEM, FRACGP
Dr Krystyna de Lange is the RACGP Registrar Representative, and a new Fellow working in a small, GP-owned, metropolitan practice in Brisbane.
Krystyna graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 and spent four years working in the area of obstetrics and gynaecology in Brisbane hospitals before moving into general practice.
Krystyna has taken an active role within the registrar advocacy space, being the registrar liaison officer for General Practice Training Queensland (GPTQ) since 2016.
Krystyna has an interest in education and during her training was also a registrar medical educator for GPTQ.
Dr Cameron Loy
MBBS BMedSc(Hon) FRACGP FARGP DCH DRANZCOG GAICD
Chair RACGP Victoria
Dr Cameron Loy is a GP practising in Lara, Victoria and in prisons. He has worked in south-western Victoria and in Timor Leste.
Cameron previously held the position of Deputy Chair RACGP Rural (2003-2014), and Deputy Chair RACGP Victoria (2014) before becoming Chair in 2016
He is an RACGP Examiner and QA Examiner and was Assessment Panel Chair for six years. He was also a member of the RACGP Expert Committee - Standards for General Practice.
Cameron remains a committed supervisor and mentor for GP registrars, residents and medical students.
Ms Christine Nixon, APM
Co-opted Council Member
Ms Christine Nixon is the Deputy Chancellor at Monash University and Chair of Monash College and the Good Shepherd Microfinance.
Christine was the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2001-2009, being the first female chief commissioner in any Australian state police service.
After leaving Victoria Police, she was appointed as chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, a position she held from February 2009 until July 2010.
Christine has extensive experience in policing, organisational reform, risk management, crisis management, corruption prevention, emergency management and human resource management.
Associate Professor Peter O’Mara
Chair RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Associate Professor Peter O’Mara is from the Wiradjuri people of NSW. Peter has worked with the Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service since 2002, and describes himself as an Aboriginal man who loves being a doctor.
Peter loves working one on one with his patients and finds a source of satisfaction in the knowledge that in his own small way, the work that he does contrbutes toward closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes.
In 2008, Peter took on the position of Associate Professor, Indigenous Medical Education and Head of Discipline, Indigenous Health at Newcastle University.
Peter has been a member of the AIDA Board for eight years and was President of AIDA from 2009 – 2012.
Associate Professor Jennifer Presser
Chair RACGP Tasmania
Associate Professor Jenny Presser is the Chair of RACGP Tasmania and regional representative for Denison.
Jenny completed medical school at Flinders University in South Australia in 2002, where she spent a year in rural general practice with the Flinders University Riverland program.
Jenny completed her general practice training with Northern Territory General Practice Education in 2009.
Jenny has worked as a medical educator with General Practice Training Tasmania and Tropical Medical Training in Queensland. She is currently the Academic Lead for the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery medical program (MBBS).
Dr Lara Roeske
MBBS Hons, FRACGP, DipVen
Chair RACGP Specific Interests
Dr Lara Roeske is a GP, practice owner, and has held many senior positions at the RACGP such as co Deputy Chair of RACGP Specific Interests, Victoria board member, inaugural Chair of the Sexual Health Medicine Network, and previous Chair of the Women in General Practice RACGP Victoria committee.
With a background spanning more than 15 focusing on Specific Interests, Lara has worked in advisory roles to key stakeholders, on steering committees, guideline working parties, representing the RACGP across a range of domains relevant to sexual and reproductive health, cervical cancer prevention and translation of evidence into practice at state and national levels.
Dr Sean Stevens
MBBS, DRACOG, FRACGP, MBA
Chair RACGP WA
Dr Sean Stevens is the Chair of RACGP WA. Sean is a second generation GP, growing up in the town of Albany in the south-west of Western Australia. Sean went to medical school at the University of Western Australia and did his general practice training in Perth and country Western Australia.
In addition to being a practice owner for 15 years, Sean has supervised 30 general practice registrars. He is a founding member and the inaugural Chair of the the RACGP Specific Interests – Business of General Practice network. Sean was also the inaugural Vice-Chair of the Australian GP Alliance and has been on the RACGP WA Council for five years, four of those as Deputy Chair.
Mr Martin Walsh
Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee, Board Member of Oxygen Pty. Ltd., Co-opted Council member
Mr Martin Walsh has been an international partner and advisor for 35 years in assurance and advisory services at both Ernst & Young and Deloitte in Australia, PNG, South Korea and the US.
Martin has assumed many board director roles, including with not-for-profit organisation Surf Lifesaving Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Governance Institute as well as being a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Bruce Willet
Chair RACGP Queensland
Dr Bruce Willett is a GP and practice owner in Victoria Point in Redland City, south of Brisbane, who is committed to grassroots general practice and medical education.
He has been on the board of General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) since 2010, was Chair of GPSA from 2015 to 2016, and Chair of the GP Supervisor Liaison Officer Network from 2010 to 2015, and has been an RACGP examiner since 1994.
Bruce has been the Supervisor Liaison Officer for General Practice Training Queensland/Central and Southern Queensland Training Consortium (GPTQ/CSQTC) since 2008 and also worked as a medical educator for GPTQ.