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.

Kate O’Connor (Chair)

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

Kate 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 a Master of Arts in philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in business. She was on the Working Party of the National Ethics Advisory Commitee's National Ethical Standards, and Royal Society Te Aparangi's Code of Professional Standards and Ethics. She is a member of the Data Ethics Advisory Group (NZ Stats).

Susan Sherrard

Membership category: Lay (Consumer/Community Perspective)
Date of appointment: 19 March 2018
Current term expires: 19 March 2022

Susan's passion is to improve the lives of disabled people. Susan identifies as a disabled woman, partner, and mother. She has 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. Susan's qualifications support the work she does - a Master of Arts in Nursing and a Diploma in Psychotherapy.

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

Leesa Russell

Membership category: Non-Lay (Intervention/Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 16 August 2024

Leesa is the Project Manager for the Centre for Cancer Research at University of Auckland. Most recently she has held roles 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 has an interest in ethics which began with the role of Ethics Coordinator at the Health Research Council, and continued with her close relationship with the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology during her time at Fertility Associates. Shortly after this, she was appointed to the Northern B HDEC (2015) and was reappointed for a further three years in 2021. She sat as Chair of the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee B for two years (2019-21). 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. In her early career, she worked in cardiovascular and respiratory clinical research and was a Research Fellow in Neuropsychology. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Quality Systems at Massey in 2019 and has a Masters and a Bachelor’s degree in (healthcare related) Sociology from the University of Auckland.

Barry Taylor

Membership category: Non-Lay (Intervention/Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 16 August 2024

Barry has worked in suicide prevention and mental wellbeing promotion for 35 years at the local, national and international levels. He has been a respected leader and thinker in the field, often implementing pioneer and innovative initiatives in emerging programme areas or target populations. He led the first national response to youth suicide in New Zealand in the late 1980s. He has sat on numerous government advisory groups, written national guidelines, undertaken research and established evaluation and outcome measures for national and local programmes. He has always had a long term interest in the application of ethical practice and research.

As a health sociologist and public health practitioner, Barry has always been committed to addressing the social and cultural determinants and in suicide and mental wellbeing and therole of social, economic and cultural disparities and inequities in indigenous populations and marginalised people. He was known for his work on suicide in men, LGBTTIQA+ communities, and those living with a mental illness. He also brings his insights from his own lived experience of mental illness. 

In 2016, Barry was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention. After a number of years overseas, Barry is back in New Zealand and is passionate about actively contributing to building the knowledge base, competence, and capability within our country to enhance wellbeing and addressing the unacceptably high rate of suicide in the country.

Alice McCarthy

Membership category: Lay (Law)
Date of appointment: December 2021
Current term expires: 

Alice is a legal professional with a range of experience dealing with Māori legal issues.

Alice is currently employed at Manaia Legal, where she has represented a range of Māori trusts, co-governance and post-settlement governance entities. Some of her previous roles include Solicitor at Auckland Council, Solicitor at Pacific Law and Legal Assistant at Justice Chambers.

Alice's governance experiences include being a member and Secretary of the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers’ Association, and a collective member of Wellington Women’s Refuge.

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