Executive Team

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Gerard Benedet | Executive Director

Gerard Benedet joined the Guild as Executive Director in November 2023. He is an experienced and effective executive, having served as the Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland Branch Director since October 2019. As Branch Director, Gerard worked closely with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Labor Government to develop and implement nation-leading reforms to primary health care, including the North Queensland Scope of Practice Pilot, the Community Pharmacy UTI Health Service, and the Free Flu Vaccination Program. Gerard also led the Guild’s response to the COVID pandemic in Queensland, which was the first state to allow community pharmacists to administer COVID vaccines and the first state to do school-based COVID vaccine outreach.

Prior to joining the Guild, Gerard held senior roles at News Corp Australia, Careers Australia, and the National Rugby League. This culminated in the successful realisation of Rugby League Central and its associated hall of fame and education centre, via a grant from the then Infrastructure Minister, Anthony Albanese. Gerard was also Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition in Queensland, Chief of Staff to the Queensland Treasurer, and National Director of not-for-profit advocacy organisation Advance Australia.

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Mark Hill | Chief Finance Officer

Mark Hill is the Chief Financial Officer of the Guild and previously held positions as the National Manager, Finance and Corporate Governance and National Accountant. At the Guild he is responsible for the overall financial governance of the organisation, management of strategic financial risks, and ensuring the organisation is financially resourced to achieve its strategic goals.

Mark previously had experience in a number of accounting firms, providing audit, tax and financial services to clients ranging from ASX listed companies through to government agencies, not-for-profits and small businesses. He is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and holds degrees in Commerce (Financial Accounting) and Business (Industrial Relations).

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Anthony Brierley | Chief of Staff

Anthony joined the Guild as Director of Government & Public Relations in November 2022. After the Guild’s Save Your Local Pharmacy campaign in 2023 and the Heads of Agreement for the 8th Community Pharmacy Agreement in early 2024, Anthony was appointed Chief of Staff. Prior to the Guild, Anthony was a General Manager at the Australian Hotels Association and has an advanced understanding of how advocacy and strategic communications create member-value in employer organisations.

Anthony has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a Master’s in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

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Lisa Todd | General Manager - Health Economics

Lisa has worked in the health care advocacy sector for over 15 years across various areas related to the development of funding models, policy and program design, delivery and evaluation. She holds qualifications in health informatics and data science and is passionate about driving public health service delivery that maximises opportunities for patients and healthcare providers to thrive.

Lisa started working with the Guild’s Health Economics division in 2015, and now heads up the team responsible for delivering econometric modelling, public health funding analysis, and policy and regulatory advisory to create a community pharmacy landscape that benefits Guild members and their patients.

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Scott Harris | General Manager - Workplace Relations and Business

Scott Harris brings over 25 years of expertise in workplace relations across diverse industry sectors. Currently serving as the General Manager, Workplace Relations and Business at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Scott has held pivotal roles in both public and private sectors. His career spans positions as a workplace relations manager, specialist, and human resources manager for international firms, where he has significantly enhanced corporate performance and employment management.

Scott holds Master's degrees in Industrial Relations, Business Administration, and Legal Studies from Charles Sturt University. His extensive knowledge and experience uniquely position him to provide strategic and operational advice on managing obligations, responsibilities, and ensuring compliance for businesses.

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Mel Sykes-Bridge | General Manager - People, Culture, Operations and Member Engagement

Mel joined the Guild in 2010 after over 14 years in the healthcare sector. Her journey to General Manager People, Culture, Operations and Member Engagement has been fuelled by her love of people and community.  She has worked across a diverse portfolio at the Guild, from Government Relations and Policy through to Member Services and Innovation and has a deep understanding of the community pharmacy landscape and its people, she has built strong relationships throughout industry and provides holistic insight into strategy and operations.

Mel is passionate about creating a workplace that is connected, where people feel valued and genuinely cared for and that business operations support the team to high performance. She is deeply committed to delivering a meaningful and rewarding employee experience, based on strong values, accountability, care and leadership. Mel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Deakin University.

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