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Erin Currie

MTANZ Board Chair & Country Manager Philips Healthcare NZ

Erin has extensive experience of more than 15 years in the MedTech industry in New Zealand, and over 10 years prior working clinically in healthcare. In the last 6 years she has been an active contributor on the Board of MTANZ and has held the Chair position for the last 3 years. Erin was a founding member of the WiHT, initiating a collaboration in 2018 across the HealthTech space and has been a Steering Group member since. She has a passion for enabling and mentoring women to progress in the industry and values the development of networks to share ideas and knowledge.


Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Director-General of Health

Dr Bloomfield qualified in medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990 and after several years of clinical work specialised in public health medicine. His particular area of professional interest is non-communicable disease prevention and control, and he spent 2011 at the World Health Organization in Geneva working on this topic at a global level.

Dr Bloomfield was Chief Executive at Hutt Valley District Health Board from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Health.


Ryl Jensen

General Manager of NZHIT

Ryl Jensen has taken the new position of General Manager of NZHIT. Ryl comes with a background in IT having previously worked for the likes of IBM, EDS, and Merrill Lynch HSBC in London. She worked in Customer Relationship Management and Disaster Recovery, responsible for Service Level Agreements and Service Delivery Management. She has a strong customer focus and is passionate about health policy, research, and helping people. Ryl has been active in the Health and Disability Sector for a number of years, firstly being an advocate for women’s health and then later for digital interoperability. At a Government level she has written and contributed to health policy. She has a strong passion for the health sector, in particular digital health, and how it can be a key enabler to improve health outcomes and healthcare delivery. She is currently completing her final year of her Masters of Health at Victoria University, with a focus on health policy, planning, and systems structures. Ryl was one of three main contributors to NZHIT’s Health Opportunities Report Hauora, Mauri Ora: Enabling a Healthier Aoteroa New Zealand.


Emily Mailes

Director at Ernst & Young

Emily is a senior policy advisor in the Transition Unit for Health Reform, with a focus on digital and data. Emily is also a Director at EY, in the Oceania Health Practice, and advises health organisations across Australia and New Zealand on digital and data strategy. Emily’s previous role at EY was global lead for Digital Health,  during which time she worked in over 20 countries, helping health systems adapt new technologies to deliver more effective and equitable healthcare services. Emily has an academic background in clinical informatics and completed a research fellowship at Stanford Medical School.


Rebecca McBeth

News Editor of Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ)

Rebecca McBeth is news editor of Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ): she is editor of the Digital Health CONNECT magazine, news service and eHealthTalk podcast. She also facilitates HiNZ’s popular webinar series eHealthTV.

Rebecca was previously news editor at Digital Health Intelligence in London and prior to that, was the senior health reporter at The Christchurch Press, where she won a NZ Canon Media Award and a NZ Reporting Diversity award.



Shayne Hunter

Deputy Director-General, Data and Digital, NZ Ministry of Health

Shayne has spent the last 19 years in the health and disability sector. He has a strong a passion for a sustainable and adaptable health and disability system that delivers better outcomes for a better NZ, enabled by data and technology. 

Prior to taking up his role at the Ministry he was the Chief Information Officer for Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa District Health Boards and chaired the Central Region DHBs CIO group and the Health Sector National IS Leaders Forum. 

He is currently on the board of GS1, a global not for profit, member-owned organisation that provides a suite of global standards and solutions, including unique identifiers, accurate product information, traceability tools and data sharing systems to streamline the way businesses and supply chains work. He is also on the board of Medtech CORE, a Centre of Research Excellence which seeks to use New Zealand’s world-class research capability to develop new technologies to benefits the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders, and also nurture an enhanced MedTech business sector that contributes to the growth of the New Zealand economy.


Dr Lloyd McCann

Chief Executive Officer for Mercy Radiology and Clinics

Dr Lloyd McCann is the Chief Executive Officer for Mercy Radiology and Clinics, and is the Head of Digital Health for Healthcare Holdings Limited.

He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Lloyd worked as a Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Whilst based in the UK, Lloyd worked as the Medical Director for Harris Corporation, Healthcare Solutions and was an elected member on the TechUK Health and Social care Board as well as a Technical Advisory Group Member for the Global e-Health Ambassadors Programme. He completed a mixed clinical and managerial fellowship at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in Emergency Medicine and Performance Improvement. 

Lloyd has worked across public and private health in New Zealand in clinical, consultancy and leadership roles. He was a member of the Expert Panel that conducted the review of the NZ Health and Disability System over 2018-2020. He is currently also a member of the ACC Health Services Strategy Advisory Board.

Lloyd is an equity advocate and an advocate for digitally enabled, value-based care.


Sarah Najdek

General Manager & Country Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical New Zealand

Prior to being appointed to the role of General Manager & Country Director, Medical New Zealand, Sarah relocated to Singapore in the position of APAC Senior Director for Ethicon’s largest platform, Wound Closure & Repair (WC&R). Sarah was a member of Ethicon’s Global and Regional Leadership Team. During this period, Sarah played an integral role in shaping the global WC&R strategy, accelerating market access in APAC through real world evidence, surgeon education and shaping future product and service innovation.

Sarah has held diverse senior leadership roles across Johnson & Johnson Medical and Janssen, in the disease state/specialty areas of General Surgery, Bariatrics, Orthopedics, Diabetes Management, Oncology, Immunology and Medical Affairs. Over her 14 years at J&J, Sarah and her teams have partnered closely with Health Economics and Government Affairs and Policy to accelerate market access and overcome reimbursement challenges.

Sarah is passionate about Women in Leadership in Med Tech and was a founding committee member of J&J’s ANZ Diversity and Inclusion ERG and strategy.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration (with High Distinction) from Charles Sturt University. Sarah was also a graduate from the J&J ASCEND Global Women Senior Leadership Program in 2018.


Lisa Williams (LLB, BA)

Director of Operations

Lisa joined PHARMAC in January 2008 as General Counsel following seven years in the UK working for a large multinational pharmaceutical company. From 2013 to 2018 Lisa led the Pharmaceutical Funding Team within the Operations Directorate. She was appointed to the Senior Leadership Team in February 2018.

As Director of Operations Lisa oversees the Pharmaceutical Funding, Devices Funding, Procurement & Contracts, Health Economics, Device Strategy & Development, and Schedule Strategy and Development teams.


Deb Bailey

Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Speaker

Deb Bailey is a leadership coach, facilitator and speaker specializing in the areas of personal leadership impact, high performing teams, strategy and culture. .  Deb is the Director of Deb Bailey Ltd, a Practice dedicated to enhancing the quality, effectiveness and results of leaders and their teams.   Prior to starting her own Practice, Deb spent over 20 years at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare in executive and senior leadership roles with a strong focus on people and culture.  Throughout her career to date, Deb has worked with leaders and their teams around the world to identify, develop and implement effective strategies, frameworks and tools that equip leaders and teams to initiate and continue a high-performance journey.  Deb’s experience spans many industries including medical devices, facilities management, recruitment, construction, the insurance sector and more.  Deb is certified as both an mBIT Coach and Strategic Interventionist Coach and holds an MBA and PGDip in Human Resources.



Fiona Ryan

Ministry of Health Policy Manager

Since joining the Ministry of Health in 2019 Fiona has led the Ministry’s work programme to modernise regulation of Therapeutic Products and the related medicines and medical devices policy portfolio. Fiona has extensive experience in regulatory policy, including leading legalisation and policy implementation in New Zealand and Australia. Fiona spent over 10 years with MBIE working across a range of policy areas including urban and economic development, international trade and regulatory cooperation, standards and consumer protection.



Faye Sumner (CNZM)


Faye Sumner is the Chief Executive Officer for the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ). As CEO, she has been at the forefront of negotiations with the Government in the development of proposed New Zealand medical device therapeutic regulations and the move to centralized procurement of medical devices for New Zealand.

In the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Faye was appointed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for her services to the medical technology sector.

Faye introduced a Code of Practice for the NZ medical technology industry in 2005 with the guidelines now well accepted by industry, healthcare professionals and procurement agencies

Faye was a member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Code of Business Ethics for Medical Devices Expert Working Group that developed the 2011 Kuala Lumpur Principles and continues today as a leader and mentor for this APEC initiative to establish ethical business practices within the APEC medical device communities. 

Faye is a Board member of the Global Medical Technology Alliance (GMTA), an international body of global associations that engages directly with the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

Faye is a Trustee of the University of Auckland, Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, and a member of the University’s MedTech Centre of Research Excellence Governing Board. Faye is a Board member of the Government’s NZ Standards Approval Board, deputy Chair of the NZ Heart Foundation and Chair of the Heart Health Trust.


Hon Peeni Henare

Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau

Hon Peeni Henare is the Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau, and is of Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi descent. He is the Minister of Defence and Minister for Whānau Ora, as well as Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health), Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) and Associate Minister of Tourism. Prior to politics Peeni worked as a businessman, broadcaster and teacher.



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