Board Members


Dr Tony Sherbon

Board Chair

“I believe that primary care is the most effective part of our national health system and that GPs do more for Australians than anyone else. I am honoured to be part of an organisation that helps to train such great doctors for South Australia.”

Dr Tony Sherbon has more than 30 years of experience designing and overseeing the delivery of healthcare services across Australia.

Following his early career as a clinician, since the early 1990s Tony has worked in senior management roles including  CEO of SA Health as well as CEO of a Commonwealth agency.

Since 2015 Tony has consulted to the sector, providing specialist advice on health industry strategy and operations across a range of national issues.


Ms Rosey Batt

Board Director

Ms Batt is a lawyer with 30 years’ experience in commercial law. She is an experienced Board director across many sectors including health and education.

Ms Batt has a specific interest in corporate governance and Director’s duties and responsibilities. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a facilitator in the Company Director’s course both nationally and internationally.


Mr Ian Smith

Board Director

Ian Smith is the Director, College Services in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University.

Ian has led business change in a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

Prior to his role at Flinders University, Ian established new ways of doing business in mining, media, defence, government, agriculture and the energy industries. Previous roles have included Group Manager, IT solution and Projects at Origin Energy Ltd and Chief Information Officer for AAB Grain, now known as Viterra.


Dr David Rosenthal

Board Director

Assoc. Prof David Rosenthal has practised as a rural GP in his home town of Renmark in the South Australian Riverland for more than thirty-five years.

In addition to accepting a rural clinical workload, including anaesthetics, he is active as Senior Lecturer in rural medical education at the Flinders University, and in a successful local teaching program, he is involved with the placement and education of eight medical students who spend their entire third year of study based in general practices in the Riverland.

He was Foundation President of the South Australian Rural Doctors Association and later a President of the National Rural Doctors Association. David is interested in the construction of rural health care delivery systems and in the education of both medical students and intending rural general practitioners. He is an inaugural Board member of the Rural Health Education Foundation.

He is also Chief Consultant, Safety & Quality for Country Health SA.


Dr Jayanthi Jayakaran

Board Director

Jayanthi is Dean (People and Resources) in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University and is a medical doctor with fellowships in medical administration through the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and with the Australasian College of Health Services Management. With broad experience in education and training, clinical practice, public health, health leadership and management, policy formulating and advocacy, Dr Jayakaran has worked in specialty training sectors and health services in Australia and overseas.

Most recently, she held a senior leadership position in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network and SA health, as Executive Director of Medical Services.


Dr Roger Sexton

Board Director


Roger  has practised as a rural procedural GP for over 35 years in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa regions and as a rural locum across SA. He has enjoyed a very broad clinical practice which has included obstetrics, anaesthetics and emergency rural medicine.

His special interest and contribution to medical education has been recognised. He has a long-standing interest in doctors’ health and played a major role in establishing the rural doctors’ Dr DOC program in 2000, the Doctors’ Health SA Program in 2010 and the Doctors’ Health NT program in 2016. He is recognised nationally for his work in this area.

He is a board director of Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd which oversees the doctors’ health programs across Australia. He completed his MBA at the University of Adelaide in 2015 and was awarded the prize for Strategic Management. He has since completed a Harvard University short course in not-for profit governance.

He has a strong belief in the benefits of life-long professional development as a doctor and board director.  Roger’s unique experience in and understanding of rural clinical medicine, education, medical indemnity and doctors’ health drive his long-standing commitment to improve the health of the profession for the good of the community.


Dr Anthony Carpenter

Board Director


Anthony is a general practitioner and public health physician with hospital and community practice experience in every Australian state and territory, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim.
Anthony has over 20 years advisory and analytics experience for domestic/foreign governments and health care providers, including work for Harvard Medical International, the Harvard Program in Healthcare Financing, the Harvard School of Population and Global Health and KPMG Australia.
Anthony has held executive roles in Commonwealth and state governments in public health, finance, analytics and COVID-19 policy and operations.

Anthony has held teaching and research appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health, Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. His research interests are in the use of longitudinal, patient-centred data to identify opportunities to enhance prevention in community and primary care settings.

Anthony has extensive governance experience in the public and not-for-profit sector on a wide range of boards. He is an instructor on the Rural Emergency Skills Training program for ACRRM.



Ms Kerrynne Liddle

Board Director

Kerrynne has under-graduate and postgraduate qualifications in management, business and ethics and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has held numerous board and council positions in areas of social housing, university sector, the arts, and home ownership and indigenous business growth. She has run a successful media and communications company, been a news journalist, political adviser to a Federal Cabinet Minister and held senior leadership roles in the tourism and energy sectors. She currently works in the area of aged care and homelessness.

Kerrynne is a Central Arrernte woman, born and raised on country in Alice Springs, now living in Adelaide.

Dr Richard Johns

Board Director

Dr Johns has worked in general practice for over 30 years as an owner/partner.  He has held a range of roles with Southern Division of General Practice, General Practice Network South and SAFKIML, largely in the continuing professional development field and other advisory roles.

He serves as an RACGP examiner and a member of the RACGP PESCI panel as well as chairing the Griffith Rehabilitation Hospital Medical Advisory.


Dr Rachel Swift

Board Director

Rachel is the Managing Director at Swift Outcomes a health care consulting firm. She has 16 years’ international experience in health care delivery, global health and biomedical research, including a decade with The Boston Consulting Group and roles as a strategic advisor in West Africa during the 2014 UN Ebola Emergency Response Mission and with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to launch a new program to combat maternal and childhood malnutrition in East Africa. She is an experienced director serving on Federal Government Health Care and NFP Boards.

Rachel has held teaching appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Southern California, Adelaide, and Magdalen College School. She is a published medical and global health researcher with a doctorate in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.


Ms Allison Dawe

Company Secretary

Allison is an experienced executive that has a passion for Corporate Governance. She has significant experience in working with and providing Board support services across various sectors and industries. Her previous experience includes 7 years as an Education Executive with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) SA/NT, responsible for the implementation of education programs including the Company Directors Course.

Previous roles include Marketing Manager, EY South Australia and Membership Manager, Adelaide Convention Bureau. She has a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) and Advanced Diploma of Tourism and is a Member of the AICD and Governance Institute of Australia.