Media release: NSW Rural Doctors Network announces new CEO
6th September 2016
The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is pleased to announce that Mr Richard Colbran has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NSW RDN.
Mr Colbran has held senior executive roles in the not-for-profit sector in health and social services for the past 10 years, and comes to NSW RDN from Royal Far West (RFW), where he has been the Business Director since 2012.
Mr Colbran brings a deep commitment and drive to see rural communities have a strong, stable workforce with equity of access to health services. His skill in integrating stakeholders, from government to local health providers and local community members, will help ensure that rural people can access the health and other essential services that are critical to their wellbeing.
“I am honoured and excited to lead NSW RDN as it continues to pursue its mission of enabling the highest possible standards of healthcare to NSW’s rural and remote communities. The organisation has a strong reputation and service capability and I acknowledge the commitment and effort by Dr Ian Cameron for his role in building this wonderful organisation.”
After 20 years at the helm of NSW RDN, Dr Ian Cameron will soon retire as CEO.
Dr Ros Bullock, Chair of the NSW RDN said that as a result of Dr Cameron’s leadership, the NSW RDN remains well placed to help manage the health issues rural communities are facing today and into the future.
“In achieving his position, the NSW RDN owes much to Dr Cameron’s leadership and to his excellent understanding of the complex issues associated with rural health determinants, workforce and health service delivery issues and the intricacies of developing and implementing rural health research, policies and services.”
Mr Colbran will commence work with the NSW RDN on Monday 17th October. Dr Ros Bullock said the NSW RDN Board, management and staff look forward to welcoming him to the organisation and the role of CEO.
Royal Far West has also extended its congratulations to both Mr Colbran and NSW RDN and welcomed the opportunity to forge even stronger relationships between the two organisations, to support the people of rural NSW. Mr Richard Barron, Chair of RFW, said that the charity is proud of its commitment and success in building strong and effective leaders and managers under the stewardship and direction of CEO Ms Lindsay Cane.
“NSW RDN and RFW share a common commitment to the health and wellbeing of those living in rural communities. Richard’s experience and energy will service NSW RDN, its members and rural communities well.”