Dr Anthony (Tony) Williams (Chair)
Tony is an intensivist and head of research in the critical care complex at Middlemore Hospital. He is a current member of the Middlemore Hospital Perioperative Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. He is a previous Chairperson of the New Zealand National Committee of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and prior to that, the New Zealand National Committee of the Faculty of Intensive Care of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Tony is a Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
Stephanie Thomson, NZRN Comp, MN, NP (Deputy chair)
Stephanie is a nurse practitioner in adult perioperative care at Southern Cross Hospital in Rotorua. The majority of her 30 years of nursing experience has been in critical care and perioperative nursing. A lot of her nursing experience has been in the United States of America, where she worked in the quality and risk management department at a large tertiary care hospital.
Stephanie has also worked as a medical ethics consultant for many years and was fortunate enough to undergo ethics training at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She is a strong patient advocate and is passionate about the role that nursing plays in ensuring that patients have optimal outcomes.
Professor Ian Civil
Professor Ian Civil trained in Auckland, initially in general surgery and spent subsequent time in training in vascular surgery and trauma in the USA.
He is a Professor of Surgery in the University of Auckland, Department of Surgery and has been Director of Trauma Services at Auckland City Hospital since 1992. He has served on a number of international trauma organisations becoming President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) in 1990 and President of the International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Intensive Care (IATSIC) from 2007–09 and President of the Australasian Trauma Society (ATS) from 2011–13.
Ian is a member of the Editorial Boards for the World Journal of Surgery and the World Journal of Emergency Surgery, Associate Editor of Traffic Injury Prevention, Senior Editor of the Australian and NZ Journal of Surgery and Deputy Editor of INJURY. From 2003–12 Ian was a member of the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and served as President from 2010–12. He is the Clinical Lead for the Major Trauma National Clinical Network and the Medical Clinical Lead for the Commission's Safe Surgery Advisory Group.
Dr Kerry Gunn
Dr Kerry Gunn is an Anaesthetist, and Deputy Clinical Director (Perioperative) at Auckland City Hospital. He has an interest in Liver transplant and trauma anaesthesia, which has led to research in coagulopathy and massive haemorrhage management. He chairs The Auckland Blood transfusion Committee who have introduced a systematic changes in blood product use throughout the hospital. He has an interest in improvement in patient outcome through process changes in perioperative care.
Kerry is a member the NZ National Council of ANZCA, (Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) the CPD (Continuing Professional Development ) Committee of ANZCA, and NZ Anaesthesia Education Committee. In the area of transfusion he is a member of the steering committee for PBM of the NBA (Australia) and the Massive Transfusion Registry.
Professor Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Auckland. He has established an internationally recognised research group in perioperative care at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland. He runs a busy surgical research group and has made seminal contributions to understanding of the metabolic response to surgery. Through multiple clinical trials he has explored different ways of improving postoperative recovery.
He has over 230 peer-reviewed papers, with a focus on medical education and perioperative care. He is the supervisor of 20 current or past MD/PhD’s. He was awarded the University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Research Supervision in 2014 and the Gluckman Award for Research in 2016.
He is a Councillor on the RACS Council and is the Head of the Surgical Research Society of ANZ. He is the President of the International Surgical Society.
After completing training in anaesthesia (2008) and general medicine (2009), Dick saw the developing specialty of perioperative medicine (PoM) as a way to use his skills and improve patient safety. He is the previous chair of the PoM Special Interest Group and founder of the Australasian PoM meeting. He works as a specialist anaesthetist at Canterbury Health (with the portfolios of the Pre-Admission Clinic and Perioperative Medicine Lead) and in private practice. He joined the POMRC committee in 2017 to represent anaesthesia and the South Island. He has worked as a consultant in both Australia and New Zealand in public and private practice.
Keri Parata-Pearse – Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Awa
Keri is a registered nurse who has worked in both the private and public areas of health service provision. In over 25 years nursing experience she has practiced in a variety of settings which has included critical care (intensive care) and perioperative nursing.
Keri studied and successfully completed her Masters degree in Health Development and Policy at Waikato University. She enjoys the value of using her academic as well as her clinical skills gained in her current role as nurse coordinator for Mortality at Waikato District Health Board. She is a current member of the Waikato DHB Mortality Review Committee and is an agent for the local Waikato Child, Youth Mortality Review group.
Her main topic of interest includes preventable deaths (which includes in the perioperative phase) and is passionate about how we can work together to make things better in this specialised area of work.
Dr Maxine Ronald – Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine
Maxine Ronald is a General Surgeon and fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2012). She is of Ngāti Wai and Ngāti Hine descent. Maxine completed her fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at the Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia before returning to New Zealand in 2016 to take up a full time position at Whangarei Hospital. Her other clinical interests include colorectal surgery and melanoma.
Maxine has been a member of the RACS Indigenous Health Committee since 2012 and Deputy Chair of the committee since 2015. She is key member of the Māori Surgical Working Committee which developed the RACS Māori Action Plan aimed at reducing health inequity for Māori and increasing the Māori surgical workforce. She is also a member of the Māori and Pacific Clinical Advisory Committee for Northland.
Rob Vigor-Brown is a barrister and solicitor from Rotorua and completed his bachelor of laws from Otago University in 1978. His recent practice has focused on criminal appeals, as well as counsel on applications relating to parole and compulsory treatment orders. He has been involved in a wide range of different aspects of law throughout his career.
Rob is in his third term on the Lakes DHB board where he is a member of the Finance Advisory Committee (Deputy Chair), Disability Support Advisory Committee (Deputy Chair), and was also on the Lakes Health Service Improvement Project Advisory Committee. He is the Community Representative for the Waikato DHB Disability Support Advisory Committee. Rob is a member of the Midlands Trauma Research Centre Steering Group and the Rotorua Community Organisation Grants Scheme. He is a trustee of the Te Aratu Trust and a director of Laboratory Services Rotorua.