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.



Nigel Fidgeon
Chief Executive Officer 

ANZCA’s Chief Executive Officer is Nigel Fidgeon who heads the Senior Leadership Team that is made up of all directors and general managers in the college and the executive director of professional affairs. His direct reports are the directors of Education, Fellowship Affairs, Finance and Services and Safety and Advocacy, and the general managers of the ANZCA Research Foundation; the Faculty of Pain Medicine; People and Culture and the New Zealand National Office. The executive director of professional affairs also reports to Mr Fidgeon.

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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 (DPA) is Dr Leona Wilson, a former president of the college.

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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Robert O'Brien
Director, 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.



Jan Sharrock
Director, 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 most special interest group (SIG) events, and manages the Australian Regions portfolio. Fellowship Affairs is also responsible for membership services and doctors health and wellbeing. The ANZCA Library, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History and ANZCA’s business archives, collectively known as Knowledge Resources, complete the unit.

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Kathryn Cooper
Director, Finance and Services 

The Finance and Services 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 for college staff, fellows, trainees and other authorised users; project management; annual budgeting and strategic project roadmap processes in alignment with ANZCA’s business plan; the development and implementation of strategy to manage financial risk and funding; and the management of college facilities.

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Clea Hincks
Director, Safety and Advocacy

The Safety and Advocacy unit has an advocacy role, its Policy team managing relationships and developing submissions for government and non-government bodies and communicating them internally and externally. The unit manages the Specialist Training Program, supports the Safety and Quality portfolio, as well as Indigenous health and overseas aid. The unit also co-ordinates college professional documents. The Communications team produces key publications including the ANZCA Bulletin and e-newsletters and is responsible for lifting ANZCA’s profile through the media and digital communications (FacebookTwitterYouTube) and website content. The team also co-ordinates National Anaesthesia Day in October.

Email: Policy Communications.




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.

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Helen Morris
General Manager, Faculty of Pain Medicine 

The Faculty of Pain Medicine unit supports all faculty activities including the 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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Brett O'Meara
General Manager, People and Culture

The People and Culture team provides strategic and operational leadership in all aspects of people management, leading organisational and cultural change and the embedding our values. The team models best practice in the leadership and management of staff to enable them to achieve their full potential, personally and professionally.

This includes learning and development, leadership and coaching, recruitment, employee relations, payroll, health and safety activities.

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Kiri Rikihana
General Manager, New Zealand National Office 

The New Zealand National Office conducts activities in New Zealand for the college and FPM.

It 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. 

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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. 

Australian Regions forms part of the Fellowship Affairs directorate.

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


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