10/11/2017 - 14:55

Walsh to chair RFDS

10/11/2017 - 14:55

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Former Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh has taken the reins as Royal Flying Doctor Service chair.

Sam Walsh replaces the outgoing Neville Bassett

Former Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh has taken the reins as Royal Flying Doctor Service chair, a move that was foreshadowed in February.

Mr Walsh replaces the outgoing Neville Bassett, who served 26 years on the board, including the last nine as chairman.

Michael Hutson has also retired after 14 years as a RFDS board member.

Mr Walsh is currently the chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth Diocesan, and has previously served as chair of the Black Swan Theatre Company and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.

John Walker and Saul Harben have also been added to the RFDS board.

Mr Walsh said RFDS was an integral service for regional WA.

“RFDS has a vital role to play in the future prosperity of our state,” he said

“As more people choose to live, work and travel across WA, we must pursue opportunities to innovate and partner across sectors that will ensure optimum patient outcomes no matter where or when we are needed.”

Mel Ashton is the acting chief executive while the company searches for a replacement for Grahame Marshall.

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