Kerry has earned notable respect as a medico-political adviser and government relations expert. He is a registered lobbyist in every state and territory who capitalises on his knowledge of politics and bureaucracy to achieve consistently valuable outcomes for his clients.
Kerry has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Medical Association Queensland and also as Secretary General to Australian Medical Association federally. Significant achievements included developing a legislative framework for the National Registration of medical practitioners and securing AMA involvement in the Northern Territory Indigenous intervention program.
Kerry played a vital role in securing changes to Tort Law in Queensland, allowing doctors to practice without the constant threat of frivolous and vexatious litigation and guaranteeing the delivery of complex medical procedures in Queensland hospitals. He also played a leading role in nationally significant improvements in salary and conditions for salaried doctors attracting a wave of new talent to Queensland’s health system.
In 2000 Kerry established the AMAQ Foundation, a charity supporting delivery of health services to disadvantaged rural and remote communities. The Foundation has assisted disadvantaged Queenslanders in accessing vital health services and annually provides scholarships towards the tuition of rurally focused medical students.
In 2008 Kerry was awarded the Australian Medical Association President’s Award for “outstanding contribution towards fostering the objectives of the AMA”.
Kerry is a recognised builder and leader of result-focused teams, with more than 30 years’ experience as a manager of successful and respected organisations, in particular within the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He has a strong track record on selecting, developing and leading innovative teams.
Kerry has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his efforts in the ADF. His final positions within the organisation include Colonel, Chief of Staff 1st Division to Australia’s only regular army division. In this post he fulfilled a detachment to advise the United Nations on the establishment of a mission in North West Africa.
Kerry has also acted in an appointment in London, UK as the Campaign Manager of the Millennium Heritage Project.