Full name: Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name: Northern A HDEC

Abbreviation: NTA

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Terms of Reference

Download Northern A Terms of Reference [DOCX, 178 KB]

Membership and attendance

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


Ms Catherine Garvey (Chair)

Membership category: Lay (The Law)
Date of appointment: 11 August 2021
Current term expires: 11 August 2024

Catherine qualified from the university of Auckland with a LLB/BA. Catherine is a barrister at Quay Chambers in central Auckland. She has been practising law with a particular interest in medico-legal issues, since 2000.

Catherine is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal, and a member of the Massey University Human Ethics Committee.

Dr Karen Bartholomew

Membership category: Non-Lay (Intervention Studies)
Date of appointment: 13 May 2016
Current term expires: 13 May 2019

Karen is currently employed at Planning and Funding in Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards 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 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 Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee.

Dr Sotera Catapang

Membership category: Non-Lay (Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 11 February 2020
Current term expires: 11 February 2023

Sotera studied Doctor of Medicine at the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM), Cebu City, Philippines and was granted license in 1976; worked with a private firm as general practitioner before joining a residency training program (Macy Foundation grant) on Primary Care Pediatrics with Cebu Velez General Hospital, the medical training center of CIM; thereafter, she joined its faculty. She acquired a Master of Science in Public Health – Major in Biostatistics at the University of the Philippines (2000), under a study grant from CIM sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development. She was awarded the Assistant Professor position by CIM for the Department of Anatomy-Section of Histology and Neuro-Anatomy, and concurrent Biostatistician for the Clinical Epidemiology Unit. In early 2000, she studied nursing and she became a Registered Nurse in 2004. She stayed with the academy, focused on research as professor and coordinator of medical and paramedical researches for a couple of medical schools and a national university; hence, had the opportunity to pursue a PhD in Education - Majoring in Research and Evaluation at the Cebu Normal University, completing only its academic requirements.

Before coming to New Zealand in 2016, Sotera was invited by Chong Hua Hospital to be the Biostatistician and research consultant, advising medical staff with their research studies in support of the hospital health service improvement program, and member of the Institutional Review Board (Ethics Committee) of the hospital. In 2018, she received a Certificate of Achievement on Introduction to Statistical Investigation from Open Polytechnic NZ, an online program.

Dr Kate Parker

Membership category: Non-Lay (Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 11 November 2015
Current term expires: 11 February 2023

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 United Kingdom as a Manager in the Business Projects Team, advising the R&D business on strategic and operational issues. She also spent five years at ISO Healthcare consulting (now part of the Monitor Group) and six years at CMR International, a not for profit research organisation that advises the pharmaceutical industry on issues in international drug development.

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

Ms Jade Scott

Membership category: Non-Lay (Intervention Studies)
Date of appointment: 15 August 2021
Current term expires: 15 August 2024

Jade is currently employed as a Clinical Trial Monitor/Quality Manager for Cancer Trials New Zealand at the University of Auckland. She has worked in Oncology Research for almost 20 years and has previously held positions at the Auckland Breast Cancer Registry and Auckland Hospital Cancer and Blood Research. 

She has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Auckland. 

Jade is of Māori descent (Ngāpuhi) and brings an awareness of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori.

Mr Jonathan Darby

Membership category: Lay (Law/Ethical Reasoning)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 13 August 2024

Based in Auckland, Jonathan has considerable insight into the Health and disability sector with lived experience of disability. He works as a community liaison with the Electoral Commission. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology from 2013 to 2020. Jonathan holds a law degree from Canterbury University and a Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Health Sciences (Endorsed in Bioethics) from Otago University.

Dr Leonie Walker

Membership category: Lay (Ethical/Moral Reasoning)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 16 August 2024

Leonie has solid scientific and health research training, followed by employment in the United Kingdom NHS providing clinical laboratory services, immunology research, front-line health promotion (HIV / AIDS / addictions), and senior management NHS research governance roles including with the UKCRN Diabetes Research Network.

With nearly a decade as principal researcher for NZNO since 2008, Leonie has brought New Zealand experience in health workforce education, regulation, and health related policy work. More recently, to gain wider knowledge of the New Zealand health system, Leonie spent two years at Massey University, coordinating postgraduate public health programs and teaching public health intervention management and public health research and evaluation at postgraduate level. Leonie is currently an adjunct professor in the College of Health Sciences at Massey. She previously worked as an ethics advisor with Victoria University. Leonie’s current role is as Policy and Advocacy Officer with the Public Health Association, a Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led NGO with a focus on reducing health inequalities.

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