Our people

Passionate, skilled and innovative

Passionate, skilled and innovative people make up the NTGPE staff.

We offer training and support services to GP registrars, GP supervisors and training posts. To do this, our people are skilled in medical education, management, administration, finance, counselling and well being, marketing and communications, events management, human resource management and information technology.

There are around 35 full-time staff and 15 part-time/casual medical educators and assessors.

Organisational chart

Chief Executive Officer
Dr Richard Zanner is the CEO

Richard is a management executive, consultant, educator, and administrator with over twenty years of leadership and advisory in a broad range of sectors including Education, Healthcare, and Justice. 

He has managed complex organisational transformation and change programs, and established several leading-edge Centres of Excellence (CoE) which provide leadership, best practice, standardisation, research and training in key focus areas. 

Richard’s experience spans urban, rural and remote Australia and leadership of multidisciplinary teams through highly challenging assignments in developing countries abroad. These include post-disaster infrastructure rehabilitation, mitigation planning, and programs to facilitate the strengthening of livelihood strategies in rural communities.

Qualifications: B.Bus.Sys, B.Sc. (HONS), Grad.Dip. Eng, Ph.D.

Chief Financial Officer
David Benallack is the Chief Financial Officer
Director of Medical Training
Nigel is the Director of Medical Training

Nige is proud to have served the NT health sector in a variety of guises including educator, accreditor, clinical advisor, training director and clinician for the better part of 20 years.

He has recently returned to NTGPE having gained wide professional and personal experiences of international health services and cultures, experiences which he believes will enhance his appreciation of the unparalleled richness of diversity from which primary healthcare in the NT already benefits.

Having commenced with NTGPE at its inception, it is an honour and a privilege to be able to also contribute towards the opposite end of the organisation’s development.

Director of People and Transformation
Renee is responsible for delivering on all aspects of People and Transformation

Renee has broad experience leading teams, strategic communications, designing change processes, influencing organisational cultures and building people functions. She is passionate about optimising employee experience to empower people to deliver their best work.

She sits on the Executive Board of NTGPE and is responsible for delivering on all aspects of the People and Transformation agenda. This includes the following functions:

  • Internal and external communications and marketing
  • People function
  • Transformation program
Director of Programs
Christine has a strong background in quality assurance, administration, adult education and continuous improvement.

Christine has a strong background in quality assurance, administration, adult education and continuous improvement. She has been involved in the strategic direction of NTGPE since 2008 and currently sits at an executive level within the organisation. Christine’s role oversees the operational management of the GP registrar, GP supervisor and practice accreditation and pastoral care programs.

  • Operational management of programs (GP registrars, GP supervisor, practice accreditation and pastoral care)
  • Quality assurance
  • Continuous improvement
  • Bi-College accreditation


Associate Diploma Education (Adult/Vocational) and Cert IV Workplace Training

Director of Cultural Education
Peter has worked with Menzies in a similar position and has held various jobs in different industries across the territory.

Peter's Aboriginality comes from the Butchella tribe from Fraser Island in Qld and through his father’s adoption and initiation process into the Gunibidji tribe in Maningrida. Peter grew up on the floodplains of the Adelaide River in the NT and has connections to Kakadu region in the NT, and also Wyndham in WA. He started with NTGPE as the Manager of Cultural Education in 2020, but his journey in cultural education started on the day he was born. He practices both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures and lives in both worlds making him a perfect candidate to lead the cultural education team at NTGPE.

Peter has a long history of working in the health education sector and worked as a cultural educator in the early 2000s, and with the Menzies School of Health Research. He comes from a background in media and is interested in the power of multimedia to improve communication and close the gap in health inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the NT.

Peter believes the primary goal of the cultural education team is to teach GPs how to challenge their preconceived ideas about working with Aboriginal patients and to help them to approach things differently.

Cultural education

  • Cultural awareness training
  • GP training and support
  • Management of the cultural education team