Our Board

In January 2013, the launch of CheckUP Australia marked the culmination of the organisation’s transition into an independent industry body dedicated to advancing primary healthcare.  Previously known as General Practice Queensland (GPQ), our organisation is committed to meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare landscape by building and fostering collaborative partnerships, networks and expertise to deliver practical solutions focused on best practice outcomes for a better primary healthcare sector, and better health for all.

As a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, CheckUP is governed by a Board of Directors who possess a diverse range of skills and experience, and as the governing body of the organisation, provide strategic direction and leadership.

2017 - 2018 Board Directors

Chair, Finance and Risk Management (FARM) Committee

Mr Colin Duff
Ms Jennifer Pouwer
Dr Roger Halliwell
Associate Professor Michael Greco
Mr Chris McCarthy

  • Mr Colin Duff

    MBA, B Comm

    Experience: Formerly the CEO of one of Queensland’s largest professional consultancy firms, Colin now sits on a number of Boards with a range of roles including Chairman, ED and NED providing strategic guidance and corporate support. He has over 25 years business experience as an executive across many different industries specializing in business growth at both strategic and operational levels. Well-equipped in the areas of corporate advisory, strategic growth, growth solutions, change management, performance management, operations efficiency and people management, Colin enjoys working with others motivated to growing their businesses.

    Areas of interest: Business growth & development, performance, team growth & achievement, innovation and preventative healthcare.

  • Ms Jennifer Pouwer

    Ms Jennifer Pouwer

    Experience: Jennifer is the CEO role of MIFQ (Mental Illness Fellowship Qld).  Prior to joining MIFQ Jennifer has had a range of Commonwealth, State and NGO roles across diverse human services portfolio ( child protection; disability services; quality and accreditation; mental health and employment services). She gained her interest and diverse networks  in the non - government sector through the Community Services funding and contract management function in the State department of Health. This interest followed through to voluntary Board contributions to PACT (Protect All Children Today); ADA – Aged and Disability Advocacy ; The Eating Issues Centre.

    Areas of interest: Leadership and culture; philosophy; corporate governance; collective impact and partnership models.

  • Dr Roger Halliwell


    Experience: General Practitioner since 1984, Company Director (NZ, UK, Australia) since 1983, Business Consultant/Auditor since 1986, Director (currently Chair) General Practice Gold Coast since 2011. Director General Practice Training Queensland

    Areas of interest: Clinical teaching (Registrars), Corporate Governance, Not for Profit Organisations, Financial Performance and Auditing, Change Management, Econometric Modelling of Health Care Systems.

  • Associate Professor Michael Greco

    PhD BSc(Hons) BTheol Grad.Dip.Teach (Sec); GAICD

    Experience: Chief Executive, Patient Opinion Australia; Director - CFEP Pty Ltd, Assoc. Professor for School of Medicine, Griffith University and Hon. Senior Research Fellow School of Medicine, University of Exeter, UK; and Board Director for Health Leaders Australia.

    Areas of interest: Patient-centered health reform, healthcare evaluation including multi-source feedback, accreditation and training health professionals.

  • Mr Chris McCarthy

    Experience:  Chris was appointed CEO of Hear and Say in 2012 having been with the organisation since 2007. Since his time at Hear and Say, the organisation has grown significantly and its staff of 64 now support over 600 children who are deaf, and their families. Chris oversees an expanding service network, with centres in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville and an eHealth program for rural and remote families.  

    Chris is currently a Director and Member of First Voice which collaborates nationally with other member organisations to shape public policy and funding decision making related to hearing impaired children.

    Interests:  Early Childhood Intervention and support of families; NFP Sector growth; Community Health solutions; Disability services and particularly relating to hearing loss; Rural and remote community development; and Leadership - individual and community