Board of Directors

DHSA Ltd has a current board of 6 directors. Our Chair is Mr Craig Farrow. Directors are constitutionally appointed for a three-yearly term.

Craig L Farrow B Ec, Dip FS, CPMgr, SA Fin, FCA, FAICD

Chair: Mr Farrow is Chairman/Partner of Brentnalls SA, Chartered Accountants. In prior years he was the former National Chairman of the Brentnalls National Affiliation of Accounting Firms and the 2012 President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. From late 2012 to mid 2014 he was Executive Chair of CAANZ, leading the successful merger project between ICAA and NZICA.

He is currently Chairman of Tonkin Consulting Engineers, Murray River Organics Ltd (ASX:MRG) and AIRR Holdings Limited. In addition, Mr Farrow is a director and Board adviser to several private consulting and trading enterprises across the agribusiness, software and manufacturing sectors. Craig Farrow is a founding member and current Chair of the Doctors’ Health SA Board.

Formerly Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Public Practice Advisory Committee, Mr Farrow is also highly awarded, including being a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and receiving the Institute of Chartered Accountants 1999 National President’s Award for services to the Institute and the profession.

Craig is an adviser to a number of general practices, general practitioners and medical specialists and current non-Executive Director of Country and Outback Health.

Craig L Farrow

Dr Andrew Lavender

Dr Lavender is a full-time staff anaesthetist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has been a past AMA(SA) President and was President of the AMA at the time of establishment of Doctors’ Health SA Ltd. He has a strong interest in doctors’ health and in particular, the welfare of surgeons and anaesthetists. Dr Lavender joined the Board in 2010.

Dr Andrew Lavender

Associate Professor Alison Jones

Alison works at Flinders University as the Dean (Education) in the College of Medicine and Public Health. She was formerly the Director of Medical Education and Research at SA Health managing the postgraduate medical council (The South Australian Medical Education and Training Unit). In her previous role, Alison was a member of interstate and national committees including the Canberra Region Medical Education Council, the National Medical Training Advisory Network and the Australian Medical Council Prevocational Accreditation Committee.

Alison has a PhD in Medical Education from the University of Manchester and has academic appointments with the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. In 2017, Alison successfully completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course

Alison has previously worked at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the University of Auckland and the University of Adelaide as well as at medical schools in the UK. She has been an accreditation team member for the Australian Medical Council and involved in accreditation of specialty medical college programs. Alison has published extensively in the area of medical education and continues to be actively involved nationally and internationally.

Alison was appointed the Doctors’ Health SA Board in August 2018.

Mr Rob Kennett

Rob Kennett is a partner of Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers. He leads the Intellectual Property & Information Technology (IT & IP) practice group. He is also a member of the Dispute Resolution team. He has developed his practice, with a major specialisation in the IT, online and electronics sector.

Rob specialises in commercial litigation, intellectual property, technology and corporate law. He is a trained negotiator and qualified mediator, and has broad experience in acting for technology, media, manufacturing and resources companies. He regularly acts in large corporate, intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialisation matters. He has expertise in trademark and brand protection disputes.

Rob joined Cowell Clarke in 2014, after more than 30 years in private practice in Adelaide. He is also a current member of the Law Society of South Australia; Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal; Australian Institute of Company Directors; Adelaide Benevolent Society and former Board member of General Practice SA (gpsa). Rob was appointed to the Doctors’ Health SA Board in August 2018.

Mr Rob Kennett

Dr Anne Sved Williams, AM

Anne spent her first 10 years of medical life as a GP before training in family therapy at the Ackerman Family Institute in New York and formal psychiatric training in Australia. She is employed by the Women’s and Children’s Health Network and is an associate professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Adelaide. She was medical unit head of South Australia’s Mother-Baby Unit, Helen Mayo House, for 31 years and still works there part-time as consultant psychiatrist as well as working in private practice. Clinical and teaching interests have included the health of doctors, primary care psychiatry, and perinatal and infant mental health. Her research interest in the last 10 years has been in the area of perinatal borderline personality disorder which involves coordinating a large clinical research project, MI-DBT (mother-infant dialectical behaviour therapy). She has 30 publications, edited a book on Infants of Parents with Mental Illness, and has written 3 book chapters and 2 children’s picture-story books.

Ms Alyson Smith

M Hlth Serv Mgt; B Ed (Prof Dev); Dip T (Nse Ed); Registered Nurse

Alyson Smith is a Board Director with the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (SA) since 2013. She is the Principal Consultant for Alyson Smith Consulting Pty Ltd providing consultancy services in health profession regulation; nursing and midwifery education and accreditation; and health care policy.

Alyson has worked in a range of executive and senior leadership positions in health profession regulation at state, national and international level; nursing and midwifery education and accreditation as well as health care policy and quality improvement at state and national level. In 2005, Alyson was the recipient of the South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Nursing Education.

From 2014 to 2018, Alyson led a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project titled Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) in Cambodia. This project provided technical advice and guidance to the Ministry of Health and five health profession Councils to strengthen the system of health profession regulation for medicine, dentistry, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy. In 2019, Alyson provided a consultancy to the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and their partner, B Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. to develop the Regulatory Framework for Continuing Professional Development including the Standard, Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions for health practitioners regulated by the five health profession Councils in Cambodia.

From 2006 to 2014 Alyson held positions as the Executive Officer for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA); the inaugural South Australian State Manager for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the CEO and Registrar for the Nurses and Midwives Board of South Australia (nmbSA).

Alyson is currently a Board Director for the Cambodian Association of Nurses (established February 2019) and the Deputy Chair for the SA Region of the Australian College of Nursing. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a reviewer for the journal, Human Resources for Health.

Alyson was appointed to the DHSA Board in 2020.