The board of the Commission has at least seven members appointed under section 28 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 external link.


The board's Chair is Professor Alan Merry, Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He is a practising anaesthetist and chronic pain specialist, and works with both public and private patients, in serious medical emergencies and in managing chronic illness.

He led the Safe Anaesthesia Group of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative and currently chairs the Quality and Safety Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. He is involved with a follow-on project with these (and other) organisations to improve the safety of anaesthesia world-wide through better standards, technology and education.

Professor Merry has a long-standing interest in safety and quality in health care. He co-chaired the New Zealand Medical Law Reform Group in the 1990s, and has conducted research into various aspects of safety in anaesthesia and surgery. He co-authored the book Safety and Ethics in Healthcare, A Guide to Getting it Right.

Find out about all our board members.

Clinical leads

The Commission has a number of clinical leads who guide the Commission's work programmes.

Find out about all clinical leads.


Chief executive

Janice WilsonDr Janice Wilson is the Commission’s chief executive, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to this she was a deputy director-general at the Ministry of Health, initially for mental health, then population health.

A psychiatrist by training, she was also director of mental health at the Ministry and has worked clinically as a psychiatrist, as well as a manager of mental health services.

Janice enjoys living in Wellington with her family including her dog and cat, and the challenges of being an active gardener within the wonderful climatic variations this city experiences.

Lisa Clyde is senior executive assistant to Dr Wilson. Contact Lisa Clyde.

Deputy chief executive

Karen Orsborn is the Commission's deputy chief executive and the director of health quality learning and improvement. Contact Karen Orsborn.

Media advisors

Tom Metcalf and Lizzie Price are the Commission's media advisors.

Contact Tom Metcalf (021 813 591) or Lizzie Price (027 695 7744).


Information on expenses incurred by staff while working for the Commission can be found here.

Delegation policy

Click here to read the Commission's delegation policy.

Last updated 21/11/2018