our leaders

The Leadership Team is made up of experienced, dedicated individuals, working collaboratively to lead the organisation. They are passionate about the people and the mission of Primary Care Connect.

The Leadership Team are accountable for delivering upon the organisation’s Strategic Plan.

Strategic Plan 2024 - 2028

Board of Directors

Fraser Kerrins
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Fraser was born and raised in the Goulburn Valley region and currently lives on the family dairy farm in Tatura. Fraser is currently the General Manager of The Apprenticeship Factory and Monarch Personnel and has previously held roles in financial and human resource management, within the Aged Care and Manufacturing industries. Fraser joins the Primary Care Connect Board with 10 years’ experience in public practice accounting and auditing across a wide variety of industries including Transport, Agriculture, Education, Health and Aged Care, Hospitality and Tourism. Fraser is an active community member who is the current President of the Kyabram District Football Netball League (the KDFL), and has previously held executive roles on the Shepparton Festival and Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association.

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants – Australia and New Zealand Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting - CAANZ Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)/Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) – Deakin University, Geelong

Special Responsibilities
Fraser joined Primary Care Connect Board in 2022 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee.  

Fraser's Vision for Our Community
To have a community that can access what it needs, when it needs that is not limited by location and economics. 

Lisa Birrell
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Lisa is the executive manager for NorVicFoods, currently based at the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus.  The role focusses on knowledge exchange between the agri-food sector across the Hume region and the University of Melbourne. 
Lisa has previously worked in the dairy industry in both the Goulburn and Murray Valleys in a number of different roles, including private business, within a local milk factory and the local industry body.  Through these roles Lisa has at times worked closely with the local community health networks to provide any necessary assistance to those within the dairy sector. 
Lisa lives in Shepparton with her family and is an active community member especially around children’s involvement in sport.  

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (University of Melbourne); Diploma in Project Management (NSW Tafe); Foundations of Directorship (AICD); Certificate in Training and Assessment (GoTafe)  

Special Responsibilities
Member of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee  

Lisa’s Vision for Our Community 
To live in a vibrant, well connected and resourced community that has access to the same level of services as living in a metropolitan centre.

Kevin Preece
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Kevin is currently CEO of the Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation, an independently governed statutory corporation delivering library services to the City of Greater Shepparton, Moira Shire and the Shire of Strathbogie. Kevin is an executive member and treasurer of the peak industry body - Public Libraries Victoria, and chairs the Libraries Victoria consortia of libraries who share resources and participate in the One Card library system across Victoria. Kevin has over 32 years water industry leadership and natural resource management experience. He brings skills and experience across a range of disciplines including statutory corporation management, project management, natural resource and environmental management, community engagement, customer service, financial management and corporate governance. 
Kevin lives with his family at Shepparton, is active in the community and volunteers in local community sport.   

Associate Diploma Civil Engineering, Diploma Business Management, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

Kevin's Vision for Our Community
To live in a vibrant and inclusive community where the vulnerable in our society are supported and valued.  

Phil Hoare
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Born and raised in the Shepparton region I have more than 30 years professional experience across a broad range of operational and senior leadership roles. I am a fellow of the Fairley Leadership program and have completed the Institute of Company Directors Course. 
My formal Qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Post Graduate Diploma in Municipal Engineering and Management and Engineer of Water Supply (EWS). I have a unique blend of life experiences, qualifications and professional career. I take pride in creating supportive, healthy, authentic and productive cultures. 
I have strong traditional values based on family, accountability, integrity and empathy. I am an energetic, motivated and enthusiastic person who enjoys life. I thrive on helping others and have an extensive network of personal and professional friendships. I take pride in being authentic in all aspects of life and achieving effective and valued outcomes both personally and for the community. I love rural living, the outdoors, I’m a keen cyclist, enjoy water sports and fishing.

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) – Monash University, Caulfield 1986 Post Graduate Diploma Municipal Engineering and Management – Deakin University, Warrnambool 1990 Municipal Engineers Certificate (C.E) – Municipal Engineers Board 1991 Engineer of Water Supply Certificate (E.W.S) 1993 Fairley Leadership Program 2001 Australian Institute of Company Directors Course 2019 Prince 2, IAP2, Emergency Management AIIMS

Special Responsibilities  
Phil joined the Primary Care Connect Board in 2022.

Phil's Vision for Our Community 
My desire is to be part of a community that is safe, prosperous, and diverse. A community that cares and is supportive of each other particularly in times of need. I’d like to enhance the broader understanding of community issues and opportunities. I like to see all members of our community be fulfilled, happy and proud of who they are.        

Kim Fitzgerald
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Kim has 21 years’ experience in the community services sector, including early years, local government, and public health. Kim has held a variety of leadership positions and has special interest in health promotion, community development and promoting inclusive access to services in our community.   Kim has lived and worked in the Goulburn Valley for the majority of her career and is currently the Executive Manager Community Health and Wellbeing with NCN Health at their Cobram campus, prior to this she was in the local government sector for 17 years with roles at Greater Shepparton City Council and Moira Shire.   Kim lives in the region with her family and is actively involved in  a number of community groups including local sports clubs, she is also the current Chair of the Murray Primary Health Network Goulburn Valley  Community Advisory Council. In Kim’s spare time she enjoys horse riding, camping, and spending time with her family.  

 B. Social Science (Social Welfare), 
Dip Business, 
Dip Community Services, 

Special responsibilities
 Kim joined the Primary Care Connect Board in 2022

Kim's Vision for Our Community
Our community is growing and changing all the time, my hope is that our health, education, and community services are able to grow and develop to continue to provide the high-quality care and support our community deserves. Individuals and families across the Goulburn Valley should be able to live, work and play in an inclusive and dynamic community that is well connected to local services that improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all.

Ka Chun Tse
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KC worked as a hospital medical officer in Melbourne and Gippsland before working in medical workforce management, education and publishing.  He has been a medical executive in various public health services in the Hume, Loddon Mallee, Grampians and Gippsland regions since 2010.  He serves as a member of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Accreditation Committee, and a mentor for emerging health managers and medical students.  

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Melbourne University, Master of Public Health, Master of Health Management – UNSW, Fellow –Australian College of Health Service Management, Graduate – Australian Institute of Company Directors  ​  

Special Responsibilities
Ka Chun joined the Primary Care Connect Board in 2023 and is a member of the Clinical Governance Sub-Committee.  

Ka Chun's Vision for Our Community
The residents of Shepparton and surrounding districts should have access to high quality and safe community services and health care, that are governed professionally and proactively.  These services should be personalised as far as possible, catering affirmatively to diverse and marginalised groups in our communities. 



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