Our staff

ANZCA has professional and administrative staff located mainly at its head office in ANZCA House, Melbourne, as well as offices in New Zealand, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia (which also covers the Northern Territory), Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory

Below are the details of senior leaders at ANZCA, including general managers, their business units and the roles they undertake.



John Ilott
Chief Executive Officer 

ANZCA’s Chief Executive Officer is John Ilott who has several direct reports in his Department of the CEO including the general managers of Fellowship Affairs, Communications, Finance and IT, Education, Policy, Safety and Quality, Human Resources, the ANZCA Research Foundation, the New Zealand National Office, Finance and the Faculty of Pain Medicine. The executive director of professional affairs also reports to Mr Ilott.

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Carolyn Handley
Deputy Chief Executive Officer 

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer is Carolyn Handley, who is also leading ANZCA's important strategic initiatives of professional conduct management and the health and wellbeing of doctors. The general manager, Australian regions reports to her as well as the Facilities Manager and Manager, Change and Innovation.

Email the Corporate Affairs unit.




Dr Leona Wilson
Executive Director, Professional Affairs 

The Professional Affairs unit is made up of clinicians who provide advice on specific areas that require input from fellows. The Executive Director of Professional Affairs is Dr Leona Wilson. Other members who report to Dr Wilson are Dr Peter Roessler (DPA, Policy, Safety and Quality), Dr Vaughan Laurenson (DPA, Assessor), Dr Maggie Wong (DPA, Deputy Assessor), Dr Lindy Roberts (DPA, Deputy Assessor), Dr Nicole Phillips (DPA, Annual Scientific Meetings) and Dr Ian Graham (DPA, Special Projects). Professor Milton Cohen is the DPA, FPM.

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Rob Packer
General Manager, ANZCA Research Foundation 

The ANZCA Research Foundation raises funds to support medical research and education programs conducted by ANZCA and FPM fellows and staff in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

It administers the research grants program and supports the college’s international projects and activities.

Email the ANZCA Research Foundation.




Clea Hincks
General Manager, Communications

The Communications team produces key publications including the ANZCA Bulletin, annual report and e-newsletters. It designs collateral for all business units.

Communications is responsible for lifting ANZCA’s profile through the media and digital communications, including our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and website content. Communications also co-ordinates National Anaesthesia Day in October.

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Olly Jones
General Manager, Education  

The Education unit is responsible for all areas of education, including Training and Assessments: The anaesthesia training program, including examinations, the online training portfolio system and support for these functions; Learning and Development: Continuing professional development (CPD), developing and delivering learning resources (ANZCA Educators Program), Part Zero Course, EMAC course and resources on the Networks learning system; Strategy and Quality: New program development, training site accreditation, the specialist international medical graduate (SIMG) process, education evaluation and medical council accreditation.


Email:  Education | Training and Assessments | CPD | SIMG | TAC.



Helen Morris
General Manager, Faculty of Pain Medicine 

The Faculty of Pain Medicine unit supports all faculty activities. Primarily it supports delivery of the training, examination and specialist accreditation of specialist pain medicine physicians, accreditation of training units, the delivery of a continuing medical education program that supports ongoing development of skills and expertise, the development of research and education projects, the delivery of faculty communications and the development of resources for use by faculty fellows and trainees.

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Jan Sharrock
General Manager, Fellowship Affairs 

The Fellowship Affairs unit is responsible for the delivery of the college’s major educational events including the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting and special interest group (SIG) events. It is also responsible for membership services. The ANZCA Library, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History and ANZCA’s business archives, collectively known as Knowledge Resources complete the unit.

Email the Fellowship Affairs unit.




Kathryn Cooper
General Manager, Finance and IT 

The Finance and IT unit is responsible for: managing the financial affairs of the college (focusing on the production and use of information to meet college accounting needs and compliance with government and other regulatory bodies); delivering an end-to-end technological environment that enables college staff, fellows, trainees and other authorised users to access information using the most efficient hardware and software; project management; annual budgeting and strategic project roadmap processes in alignment with ANZCA’s business plan; and the development and implementation of strategy to manage financial risk and funding. Email Finance and IT



Jenny Lethbridge
General Manager, Human Resources

The Human Resources team provides strategic and operational human resources leadership to encourage best practice in the management of staff to enable them to achieve their potential, personally and professionally. This includes employee relations, industrial relations, recruitment and selection, learning and development, payroll and health and safety activities.

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Heather Ann Moodie
General Manager, New Zealand National Office 

The New Zealand National Office conducts activities in New Zealand for the college and FPM and ensures ANZCA and FPM are represented at New Zealand government and non-government agencies, such as the Ministry of Health, Health Workforce New Zealand, Medical Council of New Zealand and Health Quality and Safety Commission. 

Email the New Zealand National Office.




Jo-anne Chapman
General Manager, Policy, Safety and Quality

The Policy, Safety and Quality unit has an advocacy role, managing relationships and developing submissions for government and non-government bodies, including the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Council of New Zealand. The unit manages the Specialist Training Program, which funds training in settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals. It supports the Safety and Quality portfolio and also co-ordinates College professional documents and internal policies, such as intellectual property. 

Email the Policy unit.



Warren O’Harae
General Manager, Australian Regions

The regional operations team provides local support for fellows and trainees in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (Qld), South Australia/Northern Territory (SA/NT), Tasmania (Tas), Victoria (Vic) and Western Australia (WA). Each regional office supports ANZCA and FPM committees, courses, events and examinations.

Email:  ACT | NSW | Qld | SA/NT | Tas | Vic | WA.


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