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Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee


Full name:         Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name:      Northern A HDEC

Abbreviation:    NTA

OHRP ref:         IRB00008714


Terms of Reference

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

Membership and attendance

No meetings were postponed or cancelled due to inability to make quorum. Three members’ terms expired during 2015. Six members were appointed in 2015.


Lay members

Dr Brian Fergus (Chair)

Membership category: Community Perspectives
Date of appointment: 11 November 2015
Current term expires: 11 November 2018

His career has included management positions in industry, and management consulting before founding and running his own computer services company (1997-2008). Dr Fergus completed a Diploma of Business Administration at the University of Auckland, a PhD in Chemistry at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland. He is a former member of the Auckland District Health Board (2007-2010) and a previous member of the Baradene College Board of Trustees. Brian is a member of ECART (Ethics Committee for Assisted Reproductive Technology). Brian was the chair of the Northern X HDEC.

Ms Rochelle Style

Membership category:   Ethical and moral reasoning
Date of appointment:    14 June 2016
Current term expires:     14 June 2020

Rochelle Style holds an Honours Degree in Law (University of Canterbury, 1985) and a Masters of Bioethics & Health Law (Distinction) (University of Otago, 2017). 

She was a partner in one of New Zealand’s leading law firms, Bell Gully, and acted as Litigation Counsel on behalf of PHARMAC. She is a current Ministerial appointee on the Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee and was a member of an expert Working Party appointed by the Ministry of Health to update the National Ethical Health Research guidelines (September 2017-March 2018).   She also has valuable clinical ethics experience gained through her appointment, over 5 years, as a member of the Capital & Coast DHB’s Clinical Ethics Advisory Group.

Rochelle is also an independent researcher and has published on the governance of health data research in New Zealand and delivered lectures and presentations on data ethics, including at the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington. 

Dr Kate Parker

Membership category: Observational Studies
Date of appointment: 11 November 2015
Current term expires: 11 November 2018

Kate works at the University of Auckland as Programme Manager of the NETwork! Project, a NZ-wide multidisciplinary project investigating the incidence, treatment and genomic basis of neuroendocrine cancer. Previously, Kate was Director of Business Operations, for Proacta, a biotechnology start-up company developed new treatments for oncology in partnership with the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. Kate has also worked with Auckland UniServices, focusing on commercializing technologies invented at the University of Auckland.

Before moving to New Zealand, Kate worked at GlaxoSmithkline in the UK as a Manager in the Business Projects Team, advising the R&D business on strategic and operational issues. She also spent 5 years at ISO Healthcare consulting (now part of the Monitor Group) and 6 years at CMR International, a not for profit research organization that advises the pharmaceutical industry on issues in international drug development.

She has PhD in drug development from the University of Wales(Cardiff) and an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen.

Dr Christine Crooks

Membership category: Intervention Studies
Date of appointment: 11 November 2015
Current term expires: 11 November 2018

Christine Crooks is a clinical trial coordinator and project manager at Cancer and Blood Services, Auckland City Hospital. She manages all aspects of several oncology clinical trials including collaborative group and pharmaceutical sponsored trials. Christine’s background in health research has involved managing intervention studies while completing PhD (students, athletes and older adults) and conducting an observational research project as a postdoctoral research fellow (infants and young children). She is a member of the New Zealand Association for Clinical Research, Australia New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group and Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group. Christine has a PhD and MSc (Nutritional Science) from Massey University and a Science degree from Waikato University.

Dr Karen Bartholomew

Membership category: Intervention Studies
Date of appointment: 13 May 2016
Current term expires: 13 May 2019

Dr Karen Bartholomew is currently employed at Planning and Funding in Auckland Waitemata DHBs working in Child, Maternal and Youth health, and is involved in a number of research projects. Karen graduated with a Microbiology degree from Massey University in 1998. She worked from a consumer perspective in a Women’s Health Collective and Rape Crisis while in Palmerston North and then moved to Auckland graduating with her medical qualification (2004) and Masters of Public Health with honours (2011) from the University of Auckland. She has undertaken a range of clinical work, with a focus on women’s health. She holds a specialist qualification in Public Health Medicine, and has an interest in women’s health, maternity, screening and public health genomics. She is also has a strong interest in public health and research ethics, and is a member of the Massey University Human Ethics Committee (Northern) and the Health and Disability Ethics Committee Northern A.

Ms Toni Millar

Membership category: The Law
Date of appointment: 11 November 2016
Term expired: 11 November 2019

Ms Toni Millar is self-employed, working in a number roles as a trustee, director and board member. Among these, she is Director of the Centre for Social Impact (2015 – present), Chair of the Auckland Council’s Creative Communities Central Assessment Committee (2013 – present), a member of the Ministry of Social Development’s Auckland Central Community Response Forum (2010 – present) and a Trustee of Foundation North (previously ASB Community Trust) (2011 – present). Ms Millar has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of Auckland (1997), a Diploma in Teaching from North Shore Teachers College (1979), and a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors New Zealand (2010). She was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2005 and awarded the Queens Service Medal for community works in 2015.

Dr Catherine Jackson

Membership category: The Law
Date of appointment: 11 November 2016
Term expired: 11 November 2019

Dr Catherine Jackson is a Public Health Medicine Specialist at Auckland Regional Public Health service (2011 – present). Prior to this, she was a data manager and analyst for Youth National Secondary School Survey (2012). Dr Jackson was a member of the Fiji Islands Rheumatic Heart Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Group (2013 – 2015). She is a member of the New Zealand College of the Public Health Medicine Assessment Committee (2014 – present) and was a Registrar of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Council (2009 – 2012). Dr Jackson holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (1994), a Master of Public Health (2011), and a Diploma in Paediatrics (1996) from the University of Auckland.