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Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee


Full name: Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name: Northern B HDEC

Abbreviation: NTB

OHRP ref: IRB00008715


Terms of Reference

Download Northern B Terms of Reference (Word 395, KB)

Membership and attendance

No meetings were postponed or cancelled due to inability to make quorum. 


Mrs Kate O’Connor (Chair)

Membership category: Ethical and moral reasoning/Lay

Date of appointment: 14 December 2015

Current term expires: 14 December 2020

Kate O'Connor is the Executive Secretary of the AUT Ethics Committee, having been a member of the committee for 5 years whist working as Senior Research Contracts Specialist in AUT's Research Office. Prior to this she worked as a research Contracts Manager for Uni Services Ltd in the University of Auckland's School of Population Health, and was Secretary for the University of Auckland's Human Participants Ethics Committee, and the Biological Safety Committee. She has Master of Arts in philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business. She is a member of the NZ Branch Executive of the Australasian Research Management Society. In 2014, Kate began a DHSc investigating how Michel Foucault’s theoretical toolbox may be used to inspire transformation in the practice of research ethics committees.

Ms Susan Sherrard

Membership category: Lay in Consumer / Community Perspective

Date of appointment: 19 March 2018

Current term expires: 19 March 2021

My passion is to improve the lives of disabled people.  I identify as a disabled woman, partner and mother. I have been working in the disability sector for over 30 years, in positions including working directly with disabled people and whānau, Disabled Person led Organisations, Community, Government and service providers. My qualifications support the work I do, a Master of Arts in Nursing, and a Diploma in Psychotherapy.

My current role as a Project Lead is to provide leadership to the disability based projects being implemented by Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui. I also provide advice and information from a lived experience perspective to the wider Te Pou team. My aim is to work along side people to ensure they have the values, skills and resources to provide the support needed by others.

Miss Tangihaere MacFarlane

Membership category: Lay member in Consumer/Community Perspectives

Date of appointment: 20 May 2017

Current term expires: 19 May 2020

Miss Macfarlane (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi) is Quality and Risk Manager, Complaints Officer and Privacy Officer at Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust (2011 – present).  She has previously held positions on the Lakes District Health Board Community & Public Health Advisory Committee (2001 – 2007), Te Kotahitanga o Te Arawa Fisheries Trust (2004 – 2013), and Te Roopu Hauora o Te Arawa Trust (2001 – 2007).  Miss Macfarlane has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (2007) and a Diploma in Māori Business (2004), among other studies.

Mrs Stephanie Pollard

Membership category: Non-lay member in the design and conduct of intervention studies

Date of appointment: 14 December 2015

Current term expires: 14 December 2019

Mrs Stephanie Pollard is currently employed as an independent Clinical Research Consultant. With a 20 year career in clinical trials she specialises in oncology trials and previously held Research Manager roles at the University of Auckland (2007-2011) and University of Leeds, UK (1996-2006). She obtained a Master’s degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law in 2005.

John Hancock

Membership category: Lay/Law

Date of appointment: 14 December 2015

Current term expires: 14 December 2019

John is currently a Senior Legal Adviser at the Human Rights Commission. Prior to that, he was Principal Adviser (Legal) at the Office of the Children’s Commission. He practiced for many years as a Youth Advocate in the Auckland Youth Court and was the senior supervising solicitor at YouthLaw, a community law centre that provides a free legal service for people aged under 25. He also has extensive experience in civil society advocacy and law reform work, international human rights reporting and has served on Ministerial committees and the boards of non-government organisations.

Dr Nora Lynch

Membership category: Non-lay member in the provision of health and disability services

Date of appointment: 19 March 2019

Current term expires: 19 March 2022

  • Member of a committee of specialist rheumatologists which prepared treatment guidelines for local specialist use.
  • Ministry of Health Ethics Committee Member (HDEC- NTB) 2015 –
  • Ministry of Health Working Party – National Research Ethics Guidelines Update 2017–
  • CMA (Companionship and Morning Activities for the elderly)       
  • Board Member 2015- Chair 2017-MEMBERSHIPS New Zealand Rheumatology Association- awarded Life Membership 2014
  • American College of Rheumatology- International Fellow
  • Fellow Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Mrs Jane Wylie

Membership category: Non-lay member in the design and conduct of intervention studies

Date of appointment: 19 May 2017

Current term expires: 19 May 2020

Jane Wylie was originally a Medical Laboratory Scientist, and after raising a family and completing a DipSocSci (Massey 1994) she returned to work in 2001 as New Zealand Coordinator for an Australasian research consortium into familial breast cancer. In 2006 she moved to clinical trials work for the Haematology Research Unit at Auckland Hospital, acting as Team Leader for several years, and then in 2014 to new trials development and quality management in Cancer Trials New Zealand at the University of Auckland. During these years she obtained a MHSc(Hons) with post-grad. studies in medical ethics, health law, research design and cancer therapies. Most recently Jane has been a Research Project Manager at the University of Auckland of studies investigating molecular profiling in blood cancers. Jane also held a part-time research consultancy facilitating projects across a range of health disciplines (2005-2012). Other roles include secondment to the NZ Health Innovation Hub (2012), and she currently serves on the Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) under the Auckland Academic Health Alliance and is a member of several health professional organisations.

Mrs Leesa Russell

Membership category: Non-lay member in the design and conduct of intervention/observational studies

Date of appointment: 14 December 2015

Current term expires: 14 December 2020

Mrs Leesa Russell (F, 34, Auckland, NZ European) is Clinical Audit Manager at St John (2014 – present).  Prior to this she was Process Manager and Extended Storage Co-ordinator at Fertility Associates.  She has a Masters and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Auckland.