David Wright – Chairman
David Wright has been the Chair of the Improvement Foundation Board since 2006. He consults in health care internationally. He is a registered international expert on health care systems improvement with the WHO, the European Commission and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare. David has been: the Director of Health Reform for Bahrain, former CEO of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners between 2003 – 2008, the inaugural CEO of the Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) between 1998 and 2003, and the inaugural Managing Director of Quality in Practice (QIP) between 2000 and 2003, and a Director on Australian Medicines Handbook 2003 – 2008.
Claire Caesar – Board Secretary
Claire helped to establish the Improvement Foundation in Australia in 2006 and continues to identify strategic opportunities for IF to extend its quality improvement work in the Australian and Asia-Pacific health and community services sectors. Claire has worked in the health and community welfare field for more than two decades. During this time she has worked across the spectrum of government, non-government and community agencies, managed government budgets in excess of $386 million annually, and led initiatives to strategically reform primary health care and population health.
Ruth Kennedy – Director
The Chief Executive Officer for the Improvement Foundation, UK from 2006 to 2010, Ruth Kennedy has over 25 years of leadership and management experience in the National Health Service (NHS) UK, and within the private sector. From 2003 to 2006, Ruth was Chief Executive of NPDT (National Primary Care Development Team) which led the improvement of primary care in general practice across the UK. Ruth co-founded and established both the Improvement Foundation UK, and the Improvement Foundation Australia, in 2006.
The Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Committee
Established by the Board in early 2010, the FARM Committee consists of three members; Bruce Thomas, Chair, John Mortimore and David Wright. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis and provides advice and recommendations to the Board. The responsibilities of the Committee are: financial governance, external reporting and financial statement compliance, reviewing and recommending internal audits, risk management, external auditing.