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The New Zealand Resuscitation Council is a national voluntary body with representation from major providers of resuscitation. Here you can find out more about the councillors who represent our members, or click the member's logo to link to that organisation.

Tony Scott

Chair / Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

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Tony represents both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Originally a pharmacist, Tony is now the Clinical Director of Cardiology at Waitemata District Health Board and a member of the Northern Region Clinical Cardiology Network.

His interest in resuscitation science has grown ever since the early 2000’s when he was part of the CORE Level 6/7 resuscitation trainer pilot.

 

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Tonia Nicholson

Treasurer / Australasian College of Emergency Medicine

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Tonia is an Emergency Physician and has represented the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine since 2005. She is both an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor and Advanced Paediatric Life Support instructor.

Resuscitation is an integral part of Tonia's daily clinical job. She has a special interest in teaching and is one of the Co-Directors of Emergency Medicine Training in her department,

For the past decade, Tonia has represented ANZCOR as a member of the ALS taskforce of ILCOR. 

 

 

 

Lindsay Mildenhall

Secretary / New Zealand Paediatric Society

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Lindsay is a Consultant Neonatologist at Counties Manukau District Health Board, with research interests in Neonatal Echocardiography. He was an ILCOR Neonatal Resuscitation worksheet author for the 2010 review, and a Topic Co-Chair from 2015-2020.

In 2022 he was created an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to Neonatal Intensive Care and resuscitation training.

Lindsay has represented the New Zealand Paediatric Society since 1999.

 

Renee McKeany

CORE and NLS Instructors of New Zealand (CINZ)

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Renee joined the council as representative of the CORE Instructors of New Zealand (CINZ) in 2017. She has been secretary of the CINZ Executive for more than 10 years, and a NZRC CORE Advanced Instructor for 16 years. Renee is a registered nurse with more than 25 years experience in clinical cardiology. She is currently employed as the Resuscitation coordinator for Waikato DHB. With an emphasis on education, Renee has a strong focus on quality. 

Jonathon Webber

Officer, Executive Committee (co-opted)

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Jonathon is an Advanced Qualified Lifeguard (ret.), and Life Member of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club and Surf Life Saving Northern Region. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anaesthesiology at The University of Auckland, CORE Advanced Instructor, and Founding Member of the International Drowning Researchers’ Alliance. Until October 2017, he represented Surf Life Saving New Zealand on the NZ Resuscitation Council.

At Surf Life Saving Northern Region, his roles have included Director of Regional Services, Director of Lifesaving, and Operations Committee Chair. Jonathon has a strong research focus, having authored and co-authored several journal articles, and textbook chapters on drowning prevention and resuscitation.

Anna Lawson

New Zealand Nurses Organisation

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Anna works part time in critical care and part time as the resuscitation coordinator for Whanganui Hospital. She became involved in the professional arm of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation from 2010-2014 on the Critical Care Nurses section national committee. During this time the committee laid the groundwork for the New Zealand College of Critical Care Nurses, and also started providing workshops for critical care nurses. 

Anna has become increasingly involved with the New Zealand Resuscitation Council over the last 10 years, and has a passion for its CORE and Newborn Life Support programmes.

 

Aaron Waterreus

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

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Aaron is the Specialist Response Manager for Fire and Emergency New Zealand and holds the portfolio for the Medical First Response and Medical Co-Response functions that Fire and Emergency provide, in support of our ambulance services. Aaron’s background includes 6 years with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 25 years with the New Zealand Fire Service and Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and three years working in private Crisis and Emergency Management roles in the Middle East. Aaron has a master’s degree in emergency management from Massey University.

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Tony Smith

St John

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Tony is an Intensive Care Medicine Specialist in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Auckland City Hospital. Tony is also the National Medical Director for St John, and in this role is responsible for overall clinical direction of the St John emergency ambulance service.

 

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Nick Beer

New Zealand Red Cross

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Nick was appointed the Quality Assurance Manager for training at NZ Red Cross in 2021. Since assuming the role he has formed and implemented a course design and development team which is focused on the continuous improvement of First Aid training, and the development of leadership and ongoing relationships across the wider organisation. Prior to this appointment, Nick lead the First Aid Training Team for Wellington.

Nick served as a Senior Officer with the Royal Air Force Regiment for 34 years. Completing deployed operations in Afghanistan, Africa, Belize, and the Falkland Islands before emigrating to New Zealand with his wife in 2019.During his time in the RAF, Nick was responsible for designing and implementing training for the Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERT) as well as combative skills and battlefield first aid.

 

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Christine Brabyn

Advanced Paediatric Life Support

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Christine is an Emergency Physician who has dual fellowship in Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine. She is an Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor and has been involved in teaching throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands since 2011.  She has a special interest in medical education specifically  teamwork, human factors and simulation based training.

She has been a member of Paediatric Research in ED International Collaborative (PREDICT) since 2017 and been a site investigator for a variety of Paediatric Emergency medicine studies.

 

 

Elaine Gray

New Zealand College of Midwives’

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Elaine has been the New Zealand College of Midwives’ representative since 2013. She works for the college as a Midwifery Advisor with a portfolio of Continuing Education.

A practicing registered midwife since 1985, Elaine is an experienced educator in maternity services who has developed and delivered midwifery education programmes. She has a particular interest in resuscitation on women during pregnancy and newborn babies.

Elaine is both a CORE instructor and Newborn Life Support instructor.

 

Emily Wynch

Wellington Free Ambulance

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Emily began her ambulance career in 2000 in the United Kingdom with East Midlands Ambulance Service. In 2011, she moved to New Zealand to join the Wellington Free Ambulance Urgent Community Care team as an Extended Care and Intensive Care Paramedic.

Following 5 years with this team, she took on the position of Clinical Quality Improvement Manager. Her current role is a Paramedic Tutor on the BHSc Paramedicine at Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua. 

 

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Gabrielle Nuthall

New Zealand Paediatric Society

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Gabrielle is a Paediatric Intensivist who works as a specialist at Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland. Having trained as a paediatrician in Australia and New Zealand, Gabrielle then completed fellowships in paediatric intensive care in Vancouver and Toronto. Gabrielle has been on the New Zealand Resuscitation Council since 2003.

Gabrielle’s areas of interest are resuscitation, simulation, teaching, early warning scores, and medical emergency teams. She is a founding member of the Starship Simulation Program, an Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor, a member of the Paediatric Task Force Committee of ILCOR, and chair of the Starship Resuscitation Committee.

Gerry Devlin

Heart Foundation

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Gerry is the current Medical Director of the Heart Foundation and is clinical leader of the New Zealand Cardiac Network. He is an Honorary Associate Professor with the University of Auckland. Having worked as a Cardiologist and Interventionalist for 22 years at Waikato DHB Gerry moved at the end of 2018 to take up a new challenge as a Cardiologist in Gisborne.

Gerry is an experienced general cardiologist, with a special interest in the prevention and management of coronary artery disease, hypertension and heart failure. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin Ireland and moved to New Zealand in 1988. He successfully completed his FRACP in 1995 and is also a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

He became a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2012 and completed an MD thesis with the University of Auckland in 2013. Gerry is a busy clinical researcher with over 100 publications. Research interests include acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and systems of care.

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Gary Payinda

Surf Life Saving New Zealand

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Gary is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Whangarei Hospital, and works for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust as a Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine specialist. He serves as the National Medical Director for Surf Life Saving New Zealand, and serves as Chair of the Medical Committee of the International Life Saving Federation.

His interests are in trauma, ultrasound, and medical education. His vision is for every one of the 5,000 surf lifeguards in New Zealand to be competent community first aiders—a small army of people spread throughout NZ who are willing and capable of helping others. He hopes to help the Council craft simple, memorable, and effective national first aid guidelines for first aiders and first responders.

 

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Jean Kelly

Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care

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Jean represents the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care. She has previously trained as a General Practitioner subsequently also training as an Urgent Care Physician. She is presently working as an Urgent Care Physician at Kenepuru Accident and Medical Centre in Porirua, Wellington and has been there since 2005. In this role she has developed as strong interest in community based resuscitation which she brings to the Council.

 

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Kelsi Nichols

New Zealand Defence Force

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Originating from Te Aroha, Kelsi is an alumnus of Auckland Medical School 2012.  Having joined the NZ Army on a loan scheme during medical school, she has been working as a Medical Officer in the military since 2015.  A combination of general practice, occupational medicine (including aviation medicine), and battlefield medicine, working for the NZ Defence Force keeps Kelsi on her toes and generates some reasonably good work stories, including some disaster relief work around the Pacific, and a tour of duty in Iraq in 2019.

Kelsi was asked to take over as the NZDF representative on the Council in 2021, where she adds to the culture by always bringing her knitting to meetings.

 

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Paul Musker

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

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Sean Galvin

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

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Sean is consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon working at Wakefield and Wellington Hospitals. After graduating from The University of Otago in 2002 he completed basic surgical training at Dunedin Hospital. Advanced surgical training in Cardiothoracic Surgery was then completed through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with positions in Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington and Melbourne.  Post-fellowship training in Melbourne focused on surgery of the thoracic aorta, valve repair surgery, the use of arterial conduits in coronary surgery and both general and minimally invasive thoracic surgical techniques.
Sean has a strong interest in clinical leadership, education and research. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, Hon Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia  at the University of Otago, Honorary Research Associate at the Gillies McIndoe  Research Institute  and is a member of a number of professional groups including the RACS NZ regional Board,  RACS Board of Cardiothoracic,  RACS Younger Fellows Committee, the New Zealand Cardiac Surgical Network and is on the expert advisory group for the HQSC surgical site infection programme for Cardiothoracic Surgery.
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Kevin Nation

Chief Executive

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Kevin has been involved with the Council for more than 15 years and his contribution has included setting strategic direction, general management of operations, and developing education and training programmes. He has experience as a nurse in clinical cardiology and resuscitation education at the Waikato Clinical Campus.

He is a current member of the International Liaison Committee (ILCOR) Education, Implementation and Teams task force and has previously held roles on ILCOR’s Basic Life Support task force and as a Domain Lead for airway and ventilation. Kevin has a strong interest in developing the capability of New Zealand's resuscitation instructors. 

Rachel Allan

Administration and Services Manager

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Rachel joined the team in January 2018. She has an eclectic career background covering both not-for-profit organisations in the health and social services sector and also working in central government. Rachel has accounting qualifications and is registered with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys genealogy, hiking, working with natural fibres and spending time with her husband, two adult children and her two fur babies.

 

Karen Nixon

Administration Assistant

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Karen joined the team in April 2021. 

Her background includes working in various administrative and coordination positions, most recently working for Presbyterian Support Central as the Village Coordinator within their aged care sector. 

Prior to this she worked for the film production company, Wingnut Films Productions Ltd.  

When not at work, Karen enjoys the madness of her family, exploring new places, landscaping her garden and wine enjoyed with good friends.

Teghan Mear

Communications and Engagement Manager

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Teghan joined the team in October 2019. Teghan joins the New Zealand Resuscitation Council from the Baking Industry Association of New Zealand where she worked as their Business Development Manager. 

She is originally from Rotorua, but moved to Wellington to study at Victoria University where she did a conjoint BA/BCom in Marketing, English Literature and History. 

When not at work, Teghan enjoys cooking, eating, reading, sewing and (when she can) travelling. 

Tony represents both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Originally a pharmacist, Tony is now the Clinical Director of Cardiology at Waitemata District Health Board and a member of the Northern Region Clinical Cardiology Network.

His interest in resuscitation science has grown ever since the early 2000’s when he was part of the CORE Level 6/7 resuscitation trainer pilot.

 

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Tonia is an Emergency Physician and has represented the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine since 2005. She is both an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor and Advanced Paediatric Life Support instructor.

Resuscitation is an integral part of Tonia's daily clinical job. She has a special interest in teaching and is one of the Co-Directors of Emergency Medicine Training in her department,

For the past decade, Tonia has represented ANZCOR as a member of the ALS taskforce of ILCOR. 

 

 

 

Lindsay is a Consultant Neonatologist at Counties Manukau District Health Board, with research interests in Neonatal Echocardiography. He was an ILCOR Neonatal Resuscitation worksheet author for the 2010 review, and a Topic Co-Chair from 2015-2020.

In 2022 he was created an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to Neonatal Intensive Care and resuscitation training.

Lindsay has represented the New Zealand Paediatric Society since 1999.

 

Renee joined the council as representative of the CORE Instructors of New Zealand (CINZ) in 2017. She has been secretary of the CINZ Executive for more than 10 years, and a NZRC CORE Advanced Instructor for 16 years. Renee is a registered nurse with more than 25 years experience in clinical cardiology. She is currently employed as the Resuscitation coordinator for Waikato DHB. With an emphasis on education, Renee has a strong focus on quality. 

Jonathon is an Advanced Qualified Lifeguard (ret.), and Life Member of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club and Surf Life Saving Northern Region. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anaesthesiology at The University of Auckland, CORE Advanced Instructor, and Founding Member of the International Drowning Researchers’ Alliance. Until October 2017, he represented Surf Life Saving New Zealand on the NZ Resuscitation Council.

At Surf Life Saving Northern Region, his roles have included Director of Regional Services, Director of Lifesaving, and Operations Committee Chair. Jonathon has a strong research focus, having authored and co-authored several journal articles, and textbook chapters on drowning prevention and resuscitation.

Anna works part time in critical care and part time as the resuscitation coordinator for Whanganui Hospital. She became involved in the professional arm of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation from 2010-2014 on the Critical Care Nurses section national committee. During this time the committee laid the groundwork for the New Zealand College of Critical Care Nurses, and also started providing workshops for critical care nurses. 

Anna has become increasingly involved with the New Zealand Resuscitation Council over the last 10 years, and has a passion for its CORE and Newborn Life Support programmes.

 

Aaron is the Specialist Response Manager for Fire and Emergency New Zealand and holds the portfolio for the Medical First Response and Medical Co-Response functions that Fire and Emergency provide, in support of our ambulance services. Aaron’s background includes 6 years with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 25 years with the New Zealand Fire Service and Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and three years working in private Crisis and Emergency Management roles in the Middle East. Aaron has a master’s degree in emergency management from Massey University.

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Tony is an Intensive Care Medicine Specialist in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Auckland City Hospital. Tony is also the National Medical Director for St John, and in this role is responsible for overall clinical direction of the St John emergency ambulance service.

 

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Nick was appointed the Quality Assurance Manager for training at NZ Red Cross in 2021. Since assuming the role he has formed and implemented a course design and development team which is focused on the continuous improvement of First Aid training, and the development of leadership and ongoing relationships across the wider organisation. Prior to this appointment, Nick lead the First Aid Training Team for Wellington.

Nick served as a Senior Officer with the Royal Air Force Regiment for 34 years. Completing deployed operations in Afghanistan, Africa, Belize, and the Falkland Islands before emigrating to New Zealand with his wife in 2019.During his time in the RAF, Nick was responsible for designing and implementing training for the Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERT) as well as combative skills and battlefield first aid.

 

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Christine is an Emergency Physician who has dual fellowship in Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine. She is an Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor and has been involved in teaching throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands since 2011.  She has a special interest in medical education specifically  teamwork, human factors and simulation based training.

She has been a member of Paediatric Research in ED International Collaborative (PREDICT) since 2017 and been a site investigator for a variety of Paediatric Emergency medicine studies.

 

 

Elaine has been the New Zealand College of Midwives’ representative since 2013. She works for the college as a Midwifery Advisor with a portfolio of Continuing Education.

A practicing registered midwife since 1985, Elaine is an experienced educator in maternity services who has developed and delivered midwifery education programmes. She has a particular interest in resuscitation on women during pregnancy and newborn babies.

Elaine is both a CORE instructor and Newborn Life Support instructor.

 

Emily began her ambulance career in 2000 in the United Kingdom with East Midlands Ambulance Service. In 2011, she moved to New Zealand to join the Wellington Free Ambulance Urgent Community Care team as an Extended Care and Intensive Care Paramedic.

Following 5 years with this team, she took on the position of Clinical Quality Improvement Manager. Her current role is a Paramedic Tutor on the BHSc Paramedicine at Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua. 

 

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Gabrielle is a Paediatric Intensivist who works as a specialist at Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland. Having trained as a paediatrician in Australia and New Zealand, Gabrielle then completed fellowships in paediatric intensive care in Vancouver and Toronto. Gabrielle has been on the New Zealand Resuscitation Council since 2003.

Gabrielle’s areas of interest are resuscitation, simulation, teaching, early warning scores, and medical emergency teams. She is a founding member of the Starship Simulation Program, an Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor, a member of the Paediatric Task Force Committee of ILCOR, and chair of the Starship Resuscitation Committee.

Gerry is the current Medical Director of the Heart Foundation and is clinical leader of the New Zealand Cardiac Network. He is an Honorary Associate Professor with the University of Auckland. Having worked as a Cardiologist and Interventionalist for 22 years at Waikato DHB Gerry moved at the end of 2018 to take up a new challenge as a Cardiologist in Gisborne.

Gerry is an experienced general cardiologist, with a special interest in the prevention and management of coronary artery disease, hypertension and heart failure. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin Ireland and moved to New Zealand in 1988. He successfully completed his FRACP in 1995 and is also a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

He became a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2012 and completed an MD thesis with the University of Auckland in 2013. Gerry is a busy clinical researcher with over 100 publications. Research interests include acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and systems of care.

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Gary is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Whangarei Hospital, and works for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust as a Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine specialist. He serves as the National Medical Director for Surf Life Saving New Zealand, and serves as Chair of the Medical Committee of the International Life Saving Federation.

His interests are in trauma, ultrasound, and medical education. His vision is for every one of the 5,000 surf lifeguards in New Zealand to be competent community first aiders—a small army of people spread throughout NZ who are willing and capable of helping others. He hopes to help the Council craft simple, memorable, and effective national first aid guidelines for first aiders and first responders.

 

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Jean represents the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care. She has previously trained as a General Practitioner subsequently also training as an Urgent Care Physician. She is presently working as an Urgent Care Physician at Kenepuru Accident and Medical Centre in Porirua, Wellington and has been there since 2005. In this role she has developed as strong interest in community based resuscitation which she brings to the Council.

 

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Originating from Te Aroha, Kelsi is an alumnus of Auckland Medical School 2012.  Having joined the NZ Army on a loan scheme during medical school, she has been working as a Medical Officer in the military since 2015.  A combination of general practice, occupational medicine (including aviation medicine), and battlefield medicine, working for the NZ Defence Force keeps Kelsi on her toes and generates some reasonably good work stories, including some disaster relief work around the Pacific, and a tour of duty in Iraq in 2019.

Kelsi was asked to take over as the NZDF representative on the Council in 2021, where she adds to the culture by always bringing her knitting to meetings.

 

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Sean is consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon working at Wakefield and Wellington Hospitals. After graduating from The University of Otago in 2002 he completed basic surgical training at Dunedin Hospital. Advanced surgical training in Cardiothoracic Surgery was then completed through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with positions in Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington and Melbourne.  Post-fellowship training in Melbourne focused on surgery of the thoracic aorta, valve repair surgery, the use of arterial conduits in coronary surgery and both general and minimally invasive thoracic surgical techniques.
Sean has a strong interest in clinical leadership, education and research. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, Hon Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia  at the University of Otago, Honorary Research Associate at the Gillies McIndoe  Research Institute  and is a member of a number of professional groups including the RACS NZ regional Board,  RACS Board of Cardiothoracic,  RACS Younger Fellows Committee, the New Zealand Cardiac Surgical Network and is on the expert advisory group for the HQSC surgical site infection programme for Cardiothoracic Surgery.
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Kevin has been involved with the Council for more than 15 years and his contribution has included setting strategic direction, general management of operations, and developing education and training programmes. He has experience as a nurse in clinical cardiology and resuscitation education at the Waikato Clinical Campus.

He is a current member of the International Liaison Committee (ILCOR) Education, Implementation and Teams task force and has previously held roles on ILCOR’s Basic Life Support task force and as a Domain Lead for airway and ventilation. Kevin has a strong interest in developing the capability of New Zealand's resuscitation instructors. 

Rachel joined the team in January 2018. She has an eclectic career background covering both not-for-profit organisations in the health and social services sector and also working in central government. Rachel has accounting qualifications and is registered with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys genealogy, hiking, working with natural fibres and spending time with her husband, two adult children and her two fur babies.

 

Karen joined the team in April 2021. 

Her background includes working in various administrative and coordination positions, most recently working for Presbyterian Support Central as the Village Coordinator within their aged care sector. 

Prior to this she worked for the film production company, Wingnut Films Productions Ltd.  

When not at work, Karen enjoys the madness of her family, exploring new places, landscaping her garden and wine enjoyed with good friends.

Teghan joined the team in October 2019. Teghan joins the New Zealand Resuscitation Council from the Baking Industry Association of New Zealand where she worked as their Business Development Manager. 

She is originally from Rotorua, but moved to Wellington to study at Victoria University where she did a conjoint BA/BCom in Marketing, English Literature and History. 

When not at work, Teghan enjoys cooking, eating, reading, sewing and (when she can) travelling.