Independent Advisory group

Independent Advisory group

Advisory Group Members

The Independent Advisory Group recommends research portfolio and projects to the board.

Team Member
Gregor Coster
Chairperson

Professor Gregor Coster is the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Health at Victoria University of Wellington. Prof Coster is the Chairman of Worksafe NZ and a Board Member of ACC.

Team Member
Judy Blakey
Consumer Health Advisor

Dr Judy Blakey, MNZM, is the Chairperson of the Mairangi Arts Centre’s Board of Trustees. Judy is an advocate for consumer perspectives within the NZ health system.

Team Member
Lope Ginnen
Barrister and Director

Director, Vaka Tautua Barrister – family law specialist; Chairperson of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia Ltd; Director of Vaka Tautua Limited; Trustee of Emerge Aotearoa; Trustee of Brainwave Trust Aotearoa; Member of Community Advisory Group of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court.

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Geoffrey Holmes
Dean of Comp & Math Sciences, University of Waikato

Professor Geoff Holmes was head of the highly successful machine learning group at Waikato for over a decade, and has been involved in several open source projects over the last 20 years.

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Stella Ward
Executive Director Allied Health, Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB

Stella trained as a speech language therapist and has worked in the public health system, private practice, education and welfare. Since moving to Allied Health leadership roles, Stella has been involved in fostering excellence in clinical standards, research and innovation, quality and patient safety.

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Helen Wihongi
Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi, Te Whanau a Apanui

Psychologist & Māori Research Advisor, Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB

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Scott Arrol
CEO, New Zealand Health IT

Team Member
Helen Lunt
Clinical Director, Health Innovation Hub, Canterbury District Health Board