Full name: Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name: Northern B HDEC

Abbreviation: NTB

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Terms of Reference

Download Northern B Terms of Reference [DOCX, 178 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 was formerly the Executive Secretary of the AUT Ethics Committee. Prior to this she worked as a research Contracts Manager for Uniservices Ltd in the University of Auckland's School of Population Health, 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 was on the Working Party of the NEAC National Ethical Standards, and  Royal Society Te Apârangi's Code of Professional Standards and Ethics. She is a member of the Data Ethics Advisory Group (NZ Stats).

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.

 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.

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.

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 is Project Manager for the Centre for Cancer Research at University of Auckland. Most recently she has worked in Planning Funding and Outcomes at various Auckland DHBs and regionally, as Programme Manager for Metro Auckland Data Sharing and Lead for Regional Data Governance redesign, Business Manager for Planning, Funding and Outcomes at Waitemata and Auckland DHBs and Project Manager of System Level Measures, a Primary Care population health focused quality improvement programme. She recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Quality Systems at Massey and has been appointed Chair of the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee B for the past two years. She has previously worked as a Business Manager in Primary Care and has experience working in clinical quality, improvement and audit related roles, including Quality Lead at Waitemata DHB and Clinical Audit Manager at St John, Process Manager and Extended Storage Co-ordinator at Fertility Associates, and (quality improvement) Data Evaluator at Counties Manukau Health. Her interest in ethics began with the role of Ethics Coordinator at the Health Research Council and prior to this she worked in cardiovascular and respiratory research and was a Research Fellow in Neuropsychology. She has a Masters and a Bachelor’s degree in (healthcare related) Sociology from the University of Auckland.

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