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Aurum Governance

The Aurum Institute is governed by a Board of Directors, supported by governance committees and led by a Group Management Executive consisting of a Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) supported by a Technical Expert Group; a Group Chief Operations Officer (COO) and a Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Dr Petra Kruger

  • Title: Technical Director: Health & Pharmacy Services Management
  • Qualifications: MBBCh (Wits), PG Diploma in Occupational Health (Wits), MPH (London)
  • Location: Parktown

Dr Petra Kruger graduated with a medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1992 and began her career as a Mine Medical Officer at Gold Fields Limited. Discovering an innate ability to conceptualise, create and implement organisational systems, she assisted in scaling up the company’s Occupational Health services. As an independent consultant, she continued to set up and run Occupational Health services in mining- and construction sector companies over the next few years.

Then in 2001, she joined AngloGold Ashanti to establish the company’s HIV Management Programme. A big focus was to roll out the first large-scale managed ART programme in the country. The role also required her to track and analyse the strategic corporate impact of the epidemic and report this regularly to mining operations, the media and investors.

Having trained in project management, she established an HIV and TB consulting firm in January 2005, which included project managing the expansion of Aurum’s PEPFAR-funded HIV treatment programme.

Upon joining Aurum in 2007 she established their Rustenburg Research Unit, and in 2010 became a director responsible for all company operations. Her increasing knowledge of health management systems and processes, and of human resource management, was consolidated with a Master degree in Public Health (specialising in Health Services Management) which she completed in 2014.

Since 2012 she has headed up a new Aurum technical department for Health Services Management. This role has allowed her the scope to follow her passion: helping other health professionals to make the difficult transition from clinician to manager through customised development programmes. A member of Aurum’s senior leadership team, she also contributes to the company’s strategic development activities, and identifies and pursues any new project and funding opportunities for the company.