Dr Zena Burgess PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Zena BurgessZena is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RACGP, having been appointed in 2008. Zena is proud to be associated with the RACGP by contributing to its future and ongoing success. Her priorities are to ensure the responsiveness of the RACGP to its more than 40,000 members and to assist the RACGP to meet its business objectives.

Under Zena’s leadership, the RACGP has more than doubled its turnover and membership, and has grown into an innovative technology and solution based member organisation. Zena has embraced digital technology to deliver value and support to RACGP members and ensure the organisation remains a sustainable business for years to come.

Zena holds a PhD in psychology and completed her thesis in the area of women and corporate governance. She holds a MBA, a Master of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts. Zena's first career was as an Organisational and Clinical Psychologist. She began her career over 20 years ago working in regional Victoria as one of two psychologists in a Community TAFE College providing services to a large geographical region. She has also worked in community agencies and crisis services.

Zena has substantial experience in the post-secondary education sector, having worked at La Trobe University, Swinburne University and at Australian Catholic University. She has also had a successful consulting career, working largely in areas related to personal and organisational change, primarily in public sector, health and allied health related organisations.

She has been on the board of Bicycle Network for the last 5 years and is currently President. Bicycle Network has 45,000 members this is the largest cycling organisation in Australia. She is also on the board of Australian Medicines Handbook.

In 2008, Zena completed the Leadership Victoria program and contributes her expertise pro bono to projects related to community resilience. She maintains a modest publication and research profile in areas such as services benchmarking, women and corporate governance, work and most recently in work engagement.

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