Royal Flying Doctor Service Announces New Board Chair – Tracey Hayes

Tracey and Tom scaled
Tracey and Tom scaled

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Hayes as the new Chair of the Federation Board.

Tracey Hayes is an experienced Board Chair and Company Director, working across industries at local, national and international level. She is the Chair of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and Board member of the Australia Indonesia Institute. Tracey has also been a board member of CRC for Developing Northern Australia, Chair of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation Board, Advisory Board member of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, and a member of the Council of the Order of Australia.

Tracey was the first female Chief Executive of the Territory’s cattle industry (Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association) and has been named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.  She has a Global Executive MBA, is a former pilot, owns and runs a successful small business, and is the mother of four children who are sixth generation Territorians.

With a rich background in remote Australia and a lived understanding of the challenges for those that live, work and travel in the bush, Tracey is welcomed to the role of RFDS Federation Board Chair.

“As a mother, business woman and long-term advocate for people in the bush, I am very excited about this new role contributing to the Royal Flying Doctor Service”, says Tracey.”  I know too well the importance of emergency medical and primary health care service in regional, rural and remote Australia, with my own family having to rely on these services many times in the past.  I look forward to lending my corporate skillset, rural experience and understanding to assist this iconic and long-running health charity continue its vital services in the bush”.

The Federation Board offered its deep appreciation and thanks to Dr John O’Donnell AM who stepped down as Federation Chair at today’s Annual General Meeting.


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