AMPCo Board


AMPCo Board

Mr Damian Smith


Mr Damian Smith is the current Chair of the Board of AMPCo. He joined the Board of AMPCo as an independent non-executive director of AMPCo in August 2017. Mr Smith works as a strategy & operations consultant for several technology and digital media businesses. Mr Smith is an experienced digital media and technology executive, having been Chief Executive Officer of NASDAQ-listed LookSmart, as well as CEO of RateCity, and more recently Essential Media, a leading public affairs and research consultancy. He has also led digital media at Network TEN, was interim CEO and a non-executive Director at Nuix (a leading Australian forensic software business), and was part of the initial team at Telstra Ventures. Mr Smith holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Richard Allely


Mr Richard Allely joined the Board of AMPCo in 2014 and served as the Board Chairman from 2014 to July 2020. He also serves as a non-executive director of Source Financial Inc, an advisory board member for Renoir Consulting Group, and non-executive director and audit committee chairman for the PGA of Australia. Mr Allely stepped down in October 2012 as the managing director and CEO of PMP Limited, the largest printing and distribution company in Australia and New Zealand with a turnover in excess of A$1 billion. He served more than 10 years with the company, including 7 years as a chief financial officer. Prior to PMP Limited, Mr Allely held senior executive roles with a number of leading Australian and international companies including Tenix Pty Limited (formerly Transfield Pty Limited), John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Boral Limited, James Hardie Industries Limited and Fanner-PLP Pty Limited. Mr Allely has significant experience in the manufacturing, building and construction, publication and media sectors within Australia and South East Asia, and has led major business transformation programs involving M&A, divestments, restructuring and industry consolidation initiatives.

Dr Gary Speck AM


Dr Gary Speck joined the board of AMPCo in July 2018. Dr Speck is also a director of AMA Ltd and chairs the investment committee. He is a practising orthopaedic surgeon with appointments in a public hospital and a busy private practice, with active involvement in teaching at postgraduate level and is Deputy Chair of the R.A.C.S. medicolegal section. He has been active in professional associations with executive and leadership roles with the AMA, RACS, Australian Orthopaedic Association, Council of Procedural Specialists and the Spine Society of Australia. Dr Speck is a peer reviewer for SICOT(Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthoppedique et de Traumatologie) since 2007, and a regular contributor to international meetings. Dr Speck has undertaken regular and advanced courses with the AICD gaining a GAICD. From July 2016 he has chaired Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS) and is a director of MIPS insurance Ltd. In 2012 he was a foundation member of the Health Innovation and Reform Council, Department of Health (Government of Victoria), 2012-2015; Chair of the Standing Committee on Health Quality, Safety and Outcomes, 2012-2015, advising David Davis the Health Minister and achieving changes in pay for performance and unplanned readmissions. Most recently he chaired a panel responsible for the introduction of a Victorian legislated new assessment system for traffic injury spinal impairment in 2016.

Prof Jeanette Ward


Appointed to the Board in November 2019, Jeanette brings a deep understanding of the Australian health system, having worked in diverse roles in many settings including private consultancy, executive public service and academia.  Widely recognised for her expertise as a public health physician and health leader in evidence-based policy and practice, her commitment to data-driven decisions and accountable health management is lifelong.  Based in the Kimberley with its unique Aboriginal, multicultural and entrepreneurial profile, Jeanette has an insightful appreciation of Australia’s national and international opportunities. She joins the AMPCo Board at a crucial time as AMPCo continues to expand its vision and develop innovative platforms for medical communications and data products.  She is also a dedicated champion for the Medical Journal of Australia as our premier peer-reviewed general medical publication at the cutting edge of high-impact scientific publishing, connecting its readers to incisive and distinctive content that builds new knowledge and understanding beyond the confines of narrow speciality silos.