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
I have been Chief Executive since July 2019 and am responsible to the College Board for the ongoing delivery of Te Rautaki: the Statement of Strategic Intent.
I’m delighted with the achievements of the team in recent years and count as some of their biggest achievements. These include the:
- lifting of the public profile of the College and our members
- ongoing journey of embedding cultural safety and equitable health outcomes across all aspects of the College
- extensive refresh of the GPEP curriculum
- modernising of The Foundation Standard and Cornerstone
- substantial advocacy and member support
- constant pivoting necessary as the College weathered the COVID-19 pandemic over a prolonged period.
I am supported by my Senior Leadership Team and our extremely talented and committed staff, in addition to an array of passionate members providing services to meet the College’s strategic outcomes.
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 Corporate Services
I have the great privilege of leading the Corporate Services functions at the College.
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.
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.