College leadership team
Our leadership team sets the tone and direction for the College, under the guidelines of Te Rautaki our Statement of Strategic Intent.
Meet our people
Acting Chief Executive and Head of Corporate Services
I have the great privilege of leading the Corporate Services functions at the College. I am also currently the Acting Chief Executive.
I have a very strong belief that the cornerstone of high performing and sustainable organisations is a positive and adaptive culture. The design of corporate practices and processes are critical in building and maintaining such a culture.
My career has taken me across many different sectors: Telecommunications, financial services, tertiary education, energy, science and research, and core public sector.
Before joining the College, I was Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for Statistics NZ.
I am a member of the Institute of Directors, a Chartered Fellow of the HR Institute of NZ, and an Associate Fellow of the Management Institute of NZ.
I am a keen musician and cyclist (although not at the same time), a follower of most sport and love to read histories of the countries of the British Isles.
Dr Luke Bradford
Dr Bradford is a Tauranga-based GP working at 5th Avenue Family Practice and became a partner at the practice in 2013.
He trained in Southampton in the UK and moved to New Zealand in 2008. Initially working in emergency medicine, Dr Bradford left the hospital system and travelled via urgent care to Hauora medicine, a Māori philosophy of health, where he worked at Ngati Kahu Hauora in Tauranga and was the GP for Matakana Island.
A desire to help shape service delivery for patients and work with partners to better inform them of the value and excellence of general practice led Dr Bradford into governance roles and representative groups.
Head of Learning
Learning is committed to providing world class education to the next, and future, generations of General Practitioners and Rural Hospital Medicine doctors.
The team work across the College and the sector to establish the systems and relationships our trainees need for success.
My entire working life has been spent in health care. The commitment I made as a junior nurse to keep the patient at the centre of my care is still reflected in my leadership values today. I, and my team, are committed to providing the best learning solutions to college trainees, in order to ensure future New Zealanders receive the highest standards of quality care.
I am privileged to lead this team and we are working together to establish our training programmes as world leading examples of how to develop doctors that are both equipped with the technical skills and knowledge to provide excellence in primary care but who possess the tools to flourish in our diverse and ever-changing communities.
Head of Membership Services
Our members are at the heart of everything that we do within the Membership Services team.
We support our specialist GP and rural hospital doctor registrars and Fellows throughout their membership journey with the College to ensure that they can provide the best healthcare to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We do this through supporting their continuing professional development; providing quality programmes that set the standard for general practice certification and accreditation; we facilitate educational and collegial events; we promote the roles of specialist GP and rural hospital doctors; we inform; we conduct research to understand current issues; and we advocate on behalf of our members to government and other agencies to ensure continual health outcome and inequity improvements.
With an extensive background in marketing and engagement, I’m passionate about understanding customers’ needs, wants and the bigger picture that we’re operating in to help inform our workplan and provide the best service levels to our members to support their important mahi.
Tumuaki Māori | Head of Equity
Ngā mihi maioha! Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi. Ko Ngāti Wheke te hapū. Ko Te Rāpaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa te marae. Ko Julie McDonald tōku ingoa.
I lead the Equity team which is kaupapa-driven to increase the number of Māori and Pasifika fellows, to ensure the GP workforce is pro-equity and Te Tiriti compliant, and to advocate for and influence equitable health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika.
I am very excited to be part of this team. My previous mahi has involved initial teacher education and managing the reo Māori certificate at the Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga, and teaching for many years at Wellington High School. Before this I worked as a litigation lawyer, which included the privilege of being involved in the Top of the South | Te Tau Ihu Tribunal process.
Hei konā mai.