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Print industry heavyweight to head AMPCo Board


Former print industry high flyer Richard Allely has been appointed to Chair the Board of the AMA’s medical publishing arm, Australasian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo).

Mr Allely, a former senior Fairfax executive, was credited with reviving the fortunes of print industry heavyweight PMP Limited during a period of major disarray in the printing and distribution group.

The transformation plan he oversaw as Chief Executive Officer from early 2009 was seen as instrumental in achieving big improvements in the company’s performance in subsequent years..

He announced his resignation from PMP in September 2012, but his contract with the company does not expire until 30 June this year. He will take up his position as AMPCo Chair on 1 July.

Current Chair, AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton, is stepping down from the role, but will continue to serve on the AMPCo Board as an AMA representative, as will the other AMA representative Dr Elizabeth Feeney, who also serves as Treasurer of the AMA – a position that may be abolished at the AMA Annual General Meeting on 23 May if proposed changes to the Constitution are adopted.

They will be joined on the Board by columnist Rowan Dean, who has a background in advertising and commercial film-making.

The new appointments, approved by the AMA Federal Council, were triggered by the retirement of three existing Board members, Dr John Kessell, Dr Peter Ford and Dr Roderick McRae.

AMA Secretary General Anne Trimmer paid tribute to the many years of service provided by Dr Kessell, Dr Ford and Dr McRae: “Their support for, and interest in, AMPCo over this time is recognised and appreciated”.

Ms Trimmer said the Federal Council has decided to hold a fifth AMPCo Board position vacant until early next year, to allow the new Board to operate for a few months “in order to identify which, if any, additional skills might be needed to complete the Board”.

Adrian Rollins