Board of Directors

Michael Wright

Dr Michael Wright (Chair)


Michael is a general practitioner working in Woollahra, Sydney. Michael is also a researcher with the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at the University of Technology Sydney, where he is currently a PhD candidate analysing the association between continuity of care in Australian general practice and health outcomes. Michael has previously worked in Queensland and spent four years in the UK, where he worked in private and NHS general practice and was a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Michael is Deputy Chair of the NSW/ ACT RACGP Faculty Board and a member of the Evaluation Working Group for the Health Department's Health Care Homes Program. Michael was previously Chair of the CESPHN Clinical Council, and a member of the Federal Government's Primary Health Care Advisory Group. Michael is keen to improve coordination in our health system, including reducing fragmentation of care and maximising the benefits of high-quality primary care.  

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Dr Teresa Anderson

B.App Science (Speech Pathology) PhD

Dr Teresa Anderson has worked in the NSW public health system for more than 30 years. She is Chief Executive of Sydney Local Health District, providing services to more than 640,000 people in Sydney and beyond. Dr Anderson has extensive experience as a clinician, manager and health service leader. She has held positions as the Director, Clinical Operations, Sydney South West Area Health Service, General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director of Community and Allied Health Services for the Liverpool Health Service.

She serves on the boards of the Ingham Institute, Centenary Institute, Heart Research Institute, ANZAC Research Institute and Healthshare, and is also the Chair of the Sydney Research Council.

Dr Anderson is focused on supporting collaboration and building partnerships to provide excellent health care. She is widely acknowledged for supporting and mentoring her staff in fostering new ideas to drive efficiencies and best practice.

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Professor Mark Harris


Mark Harris is foundation Professor of General Practice and Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW. He has a five year NHMRC Senior Professorial Research Fellowship 2011-2015 and was appointed Scientia Professor 2013-18. He is director of COMPaRE-PHC - the Centre for Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellence in PHC. He has substantial experience in health services research and trials on chronic illness prevention and management in primary health care. He is a member of the NHMRC Academy 2010-2013 and the Prevention and Community Health Committee 2013-2015. He has 311 publications and 2900 citations in peer reviewed journals. He is a life fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in recognition for his work for general practice on diabetes and preventive medicine including editing the RACGP Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice and the SNAP Guide. He received Australian Association for Academic Primary Care “Charles Bridges-Webb Medal” in 2010.

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Dr Gary Nicholls


Dr Gary Nicholls trained in the UK at Cambridge University and St Bartholomews’ Hospital Medical School, University of London. He has extensive experience in acute general hospital medicine, community health and general practice in both the UK and Australia. He is especially passionate about developing ways to ‘join up’ services between primary and community care, and hospital care – aiming to improve the health care of patients whilst improving service efficiency.

He holds positions as a Staff Specialist Physician for NSW Health and as a general practitioner in Sydney. He has special interests in the health care of disadvantaged patients, quality use of medicines, patient safety and medical education. Gary is a Conjoint Lecturer in Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School, University of New South Wales.

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Mr Robert Ramjan

AM, BA, BSocStuds

Rob Ramjan is CEO of One Door Mental Health and was the inaugural Executive Director of the Schizophrenia Fellowships Council of Australia Inc. He has worked for the Fellowship for more than 20 years and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to people with mental illness.

Rob has extensive experience in the provision of mental health services, especially in the non-government sector. His previous roles have included delegate to the Mental Health Council of Australia Inc and member of the NSW Mental Health Priority Task Force and the Guardianship Tribunal.

He is a member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Centre for Cognitive Disorders Advisory Committee, Macquarie University. He is a Trustee of the Psychosis Australia Trust. Rob is the author of a book on mental health residential services and was project director for 'The Schizophrenias: guidelines for an holistic approach to clinical practice guidelines', commissioned by NSW Health.

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Assoc. Prof. Anthony Schembri

BSW(Hons) GradDipPubAdmin, MPP(Merit), FACHSM, MAASW

Anthony Schembri is the CEO of the St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Anthony holds appointment as Board Director for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Board Director of the National Centre for Clinical Research of Emerging Drugs of Concern, Board Director of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, and Co-Chair of Australian Catholic University/St Vincent’s Nursing Research Institute. Anthony is an Adjunct Professor in Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University and Associate Professor of the St Vincent’s Clinical School of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Anthony completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is a Surveyor for the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards. Prior to this Anthony was employed in General Manager roles at Liverpool Hospital, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital and Fairfield Hospital. Anthony has also held the role of Clinical Director for Allied Health and hospital social work roles. Anthony was awarded in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours List, a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to hospital administration, and to medical research.

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Mr Chris Tzarimas (Tzar)

MSc(Ex. Rehab.), BSc(HMS), FAAESS, MBA

As the founding director of the Lifestyle Clinic - a local health service operating as a division of the Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW) - Chris has been involved in numerous local, state and federal health initiatives. He commenced his career as an accredited exercise physiologist coordinating evidence-based chronic disease management programs including PLWHA and mental health. He is the current Chair of the Multi-Disciplinary Group within the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) in Sydney. His previous posts include Chair, Exercise Is Medicine – Australia (the Australian arm of the global health initiative), Board Director of the Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (ESML), Executive Committee of the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre and the primary care representative to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). He is also a member of the Central & Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network (CESAHN) and was previously a Board Director of the Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network (ESAHN).

An advocate for allied-health services playing an integral role in person-centred care, Chris is passionate about translating research into practice to promote healthy lifestyles and keep people out of hospitals. He has contributed extensively to the Central & Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CEPSHN) through Board Sub-committees including the Finance Committee (November 2017 to current), Audit and Risk Committee (November 2016 to current) and Nominations Committee (Chairperson – August 2016 to November 2017), as well as the Board representative to the Clinical Council (June 2016 to current). 

Special responsibilities Finance Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Nominations Committee

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Sharlene McKenzie

Dip Community and Social Development, OAM


Sharlene is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up on the South Coast of NSW. She was the chair of the Community Council from 2019 to March 2022 and has worked closely with CESPHN for many years including as a member of the CESPHN Aboriginal Advisory. She brings to the board strong knowledge of issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the region as well as expertise in working with community organisations.

Sharlene has a deep passion for supporting people with complex mental health issues and is a member of the Suicide Prevention Lived Experience Network. She also works with and advocates for community members who have acquired brain injuries and in contact with the criminal justice system.

Sharlene is also very passionate about building the capacity of organisations to successfully engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and aiding them to form respectful partnerships that will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to deliver the programs that they have designed to community. Sharlene delivers Cultural Awareness training to organisations and individuals. She also provides Cultural Supervision to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff working in the wider NGO sector.


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Mr Rene Pennock 

Renee Pennock graduated as a physiotherapist in 1989 (The University of Sydney) and spent the first 15 years of his career working in the public sector for South Western Sydney Area Health service performing both clinical and management roles. 

In 2004, Renee became the CEO of the Macarthur Division of General practice and during the ongoing primary health care reform, progressed to the CEO of South Western Sydney Medicare Local (SWSML) and then South Western Sydney PHN. 

Rene completed a post graduate diploma in gerontology (The University of Sydney) and the Board Directors course (AICD). He is currently working for himself as a consultant in the health sector, working for various organisations. Most of his professional career has been in the primary and community sectors, working with allied health, nursing and medical specialties such as general practitioners, geriatricians and paediatricians. He has been commissioning services since his time in SWSML with an increased focus on this type of business as CEO of SWSPHN. 

Over the past 10 years he has implemented quality in general practice support services, practice nursing workforce support and a health alliance model of care. He also began an interoperability platform to enable real time sharing of clinical data between the acute and primary care sector. His current independent role enables him to share expertise and knowledge across a wide range of sectors and regions.


Mr Tobi Wilson

Tobi Wilson was appointed to the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive position in April 2019. Tobi brings a wealth of experience to the role, having held various executive positions, most recently spending two and a half years as General Manager of Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. 

Tobi’s extensive experience in executive and senior management roles includes two years as Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. In these roles, he demonstrated a proven ability to drive clinical change through redesign, including the delivery of several capital redevelopments.

Tobi began his career as a physiotherapist, before completing a Masters of Health Science Management at the University of South Australia

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Ms Peggy Huang

Ms Peggy Huang is a Dietitian, Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist who graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours.

Peggy has clinical experience providing individual and group services in a variety of settings including general practice, hospitals, aged care, youth, chronic disease and with CALD communities. She contributes to health care outside of employment via a number of volunteer networks and mentoring positions with industry leaders including Exercise & Sport Science Australia and Dietitians Australia.

Peggy has experience working with 4 Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), elearning, blended learning, competency based training, adult education methodologies, assessment and national training packages.

She is also the Non-Executive Board Director for 3Bridges Community and has been awarded for outstanding contributions to community and health care including the 2018 Young Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement, Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney.  

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Sarah Reed


Sarah Reed is a senior executive with diversified capabilities in health technology, health communications and social services. Throughout her professional career, she has applied her executive and operational experience to excel in situations that require integrity, resilience, and leadership.

Sarah is a valued advisor in the health industry to national corporations, small businesses, and not-for-profit organisations, where she has excelled in strategic consulting to colleagues in life science, food science, pharmaceuticals, human services and animal health. Sarah takes a contemporary view when facing issues, based on experience with health technology innovators, strategic medical communication companies and clinical research organisations.

Sarah was one of the first employees of Telstra Health, where she worked alongside the mergers and acquisitions team to spearhead the planning and implementation of every significant acquisition during the start-up period. Sarah has worked at Mission Australia, helping shape the NFPs service portfolio and leading the business development and tender team to secure social services that work to end homelessness in Australia. Sarah founded and led two successful private businesses: one in healthcare communications and one in clinical research (cohort recruitment). Both businesses she founded focused on clients in the health sector and delivered impact across multiple therapeutic areas.

Highlights of qualifications include:

  • Non-Executive Director, CESPHN (since 2022)
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (since 2007)
  • MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW (2012 - 13)
  • Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney (2000 - 04)
  • Bachelor of Science, The Ohio State University (1983 - 87)
  • Certificate in ProSci Change Management (2016)
  • Advisory Board Centre, Advisor to owners of health-related businesses (Freelance since 2018)