2023 | Volume 24 | Issue 6


The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has appointed Stephanie Clota as the new chief executive officer with effect from 29 January 2024.

Stephanie is a highly respected and experienced leader with a remarkable track record of success in the healthcare and training sectors. Her expertise in strategic decision-making, financial performance, policy and advocacy, and corporate governance will be invaluable as we guide our organisation into the future.

Stephanie brings a wealth of experience to RACS, most recently serving as the CEO of GPEx, South Australia's leading primary care specialist training and workforce planning organisation. During her tenure at GPEx, she spearheaded the successful delivery of the Australian General Practice Training program in South Australia and oversaw its transition to a college-led model in 2023. Her ability to build and maintain key partnerships with government, private, and not-for-profit organisations has been instrumental in strengthening practitioner development and ensuring it meets the evolving healthcare needs of communities.

Beyond her operational and stakeholder management acumen, Stephanie has a deep understanding of the healthcare landscape, recognising both the innovations and opportunities that lie ahead, as well as the challenges our College faces. Her collaborative leadership style and values-driven approach will inspire and empower our teams to achieve our goals.

“We are delighted to have Stephanie join us. We look forward to her many contributions and the positive impact she will make to our College, Fellows, Trainees, Specialist International Medical Graduates, staff and the communities we serve," RACS president Associate Professor Kerin Fielding said.