Dr Beverley Rowbotham – New Chair of Avant Mutual Board

22 July 2019 | Avant media

The Avant Mutual Board is excited to announce the appointment of Dr Beverley Rowbotham AO to its Chair from 1 July 2019.

Dr Rowbotham takes over from Professor Simon Willcock, who is not seeking renomination for the Board at this November’s member election. To allow for an orderly transition, Professor Willcock has stood down from his role as Chair and will come off the Avant Mutual Board following the Annual General Meeting on 29 November 2019.

Dr Rowbotham is a haematologist at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, a past President of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. She recently finished a five-year stint as Chair of the AMA Federal Council and is Chair of the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Committee. Dr Rowbotham was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australian Day Honours for her distinguished service to medicine. She has been a Director of Avant Mutual since 2010 and resides in Brisbane.

“The Avant Board is delighted to appoint Dr Rowbotham to the position of Chair,” Andrew Boldeman, Managing Director, Avant said. “She is a natural leader and highly committed to Avant striving to do its very best for our members.”

“Sadly we will be farewelling Professor Willcock as Chair. He has led Avant superbly in his five years as Chair, and prior as a Director,” Mr Boldeman said. “He has been an inspirational force for us at Avant, through his common sense approach, ability to relate to our members and his commitment to good medical practice.”

“Simon will be greatly missed," Dr Rowbotham said. “He has worked to build better lives for doctors throughout his career and his legacy here at Avant is a vibrant mutual that is focused on the needs of its members. I want to recognise, in particular, his commitment to Avant’s scholarships and grant programs to assist members to undertake research to advance the care of their patients.” 

In his term as Chair, he has overseen the growth of Avant’s new businesses, such as Doctors’ Health Fund and, in 2014, the implementation of the Avant Retirement Reward Plan, a unique scheme for Australian mutual organisations that gives Avant the ability to share our financial surplus capital with members when they retire from medical practice. Prior to becoming a Director in 2006, Professor Willcock served on Avant’s NSW Medical Experts Committee. Outside of Avant, he made a significant contribution to the medical profession through his multiple governance and educational roles and numerous published articles.

Picture: Dr Beverley Rowbotham with Professor Simon Willcock.

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