Our Governance and Committees

Our governance  

Rural Doctors Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who are either rural doctors or business people selected for their specific skill set.  

The Board are supported by various committees who are guided by our Constitution which sets out our purpose, operation, and decision-making.  We make decisions in line with approved policies as defined in our Governance Framework. 

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and Australian Taxation Office recognises the Foundation as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).  We have held this status since 2015.

Bringing diverse expertise 

Not only do we have a committed Board passionate about rural health, we have a diverse bunch of people who give generously of their time to serve on our committees. 

Our Committee members  bring a wide range of skills and expertise to our decision making and provide significant support to the Board and the executive team.

Innovative thinking excites us yet it is always supported by robust governance. This inspiring group of professionals challenge us to be better than we thought we could be!

Passionate people making a difference

At the heart of Rural Doctors Foundation are a group of people with a love of everything rural and remote.

What drives us is an understanding of the challenges and needs of those living in these communities. And a commitment to make change. 

Our Finance, Risk and Investment Committee 

The Finance, Risk and Investment Committee review all financial matters and risk issues and provide regular reporting to the Board

Stephen Buchanan

Committee Chair and Treasurer
Sydney

BBUS (ACC) MBUS (APPFIN)

Glenda Colburn

Glenda Colburn

Committee Member and Director
Gold Coast

Rachael Gaven

Committee Member
Gold Coast

Ross Ole

Committee Member
Toowoomba

Mark Scales

Committee Member
Brisbane

Tarun Sen Gupta

Committee Member
Townsville

Our Program Committee

Our Program Committee  provide governance oversight to major programs including allocation of grants. It will monitor, make recommendations, and advise the Rural Doctors Foundation Board (Board) on matters relating to our key programs. They ensure all programs and grants are delivered in line with our purpose, and fit within our current resourcing and budget. 

Dr Sue Harrison

Committee Chair and Director
Echuca

Dr Tony Brown

Committee Member
Roma

Courtney Coyne

Committee Member
Brisbane

Dr Konrad Kangru

Committee Member
Proserpine

Leanne Patton

Committee Member
Charleville

Dr Michael Rice

Committee Member and Director
Beaudesert

Tarun Sen Gupta

Committee Member
Townsville

Our Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee works with the Board to define the Fundraising Strategy for the Foundation. They support the CEO and Relationship Manager and ensure that all fundraising activity is ethical and in line with relevant legislation and our policies. 

Glenda Colburn

Glenda Colburn

Committee Chair and Director
Gold Coast

Dr Marian Dover

Committee Member and Director
Port Macquarie

Dr Sue Masel

Committee Member and Director
Goondiwindi

Rohan McPhee

Committee Member and Secretary
Brisbane

Ross Ole

Committee Member
Toowoomba

Vanessa Thorne

Committee Member
Sydney

Interested to join our Board or a Committee?

We are very grateful for the support of like-minded advocates working with us to achieve fairer health outcomes for those living in rural and remote communities.