ECART members are appointed by the Minister of Health for a three-year term up to a maximum of six years.

The members represent a broad range of disciplines, professions and interests including expertise in ethics, health and disability, Māori health, and consumer advocacy.

Current ECART members are listed below:

Jeanne Snelling (Chair)

Jeanne is an experienced academic with a wealth of knowledge in the health sector and bioethics.

Jeanne is currently working as a Lecturer for the Faculty of Law and the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago, where she has previously held a number of roles including the supervision of postgraduate students. She has also previously been a Research Fellow for the Bioethics Centre at the Dunedin School of Medicine.

Jeanne has been involved in a range of research projects covering topics such as medical law, law and genomics, and law and neuroscience.

Jude Venning Charlton. Jude Venning Charlton

Jude was born with a physical disability, and has always been a fighter for disability rights, particularly in relation to access, education, and employment.

Jude gained a degree in Sociology and Education, as an adult student at Canterbury University. Since then, she has worked in disability support on campus at CPIT and Lincoln University. During her time on campus, Jude traveled overseas, on a Churchill Fellowship, meeting disabled students, and disability support staff.

Her background also includes working as an educator for the Human Rights Commission, and an advocate in the disability sector.

Jude has also enjoyed working as a volunteer teaching English to Refugees and Migrants, and was a founding member of the Disabled Persons Assembly.

She is currently enjoying semi-retirement and spending time with her grandchildren, while working part time for CCS Disability Action, giving disability awareness presentations to schools and the wider community.

Mike Legge. Michael (Mike) Legge

Mike retired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry University of Otago where he now holds an Honorary Research Associate Professorship. Initially qualifying and working in Chemical Pathology in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, he completed his PhD in embryology in the United Kingdom on a Scholarship and has worked in IVF clinics in the United Kingdom, before returning to New Zealand to take up his position with the University of Otago.

As a previous past President of the New Zealand Infertility Society (now Fertility NZ) he has a strong interest in all aspects of assisted reproductive technologies. He has been involved with and Chaired a number of national and international scientific and ethics committees relating to health sciences and policy, including Deputy Chair of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology.

He is a Fellow of and Examiner for the Faculty of Science, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and continues his research, collaborations and publications with colleagues investigating aspects of metabolism, reproduction, bioethics and concepts of families using reproductive technologies.

Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia.

Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia

Mōkau ki runga, Tāmaki ki raro,
Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato, Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere,
Mangatoatoa ki waenganui
Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi
Ngāti Paretekawa, Ngāti Unu ngā hapū
Ko Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia e mihi kau atu ana

Mania is a proud māmā of two, committed to working with whānau to develop and broaden opportunities that will benefit future generations, particularly of her hapū and whānau.

Mania graduated from Victoria and Massey Universities, and later worked between New Zealand and Canada developing and supporting capability of Māori, Pasifika, and First Nations iwi to enhance their health services and social outcomes. Her experience and background extends to the tertiary education sector, improving equity outcomes, undertaking quality assurance of tertiary education providers, evaluation and research.

He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro
Contentment above, firmly rooted below

Dr Emily Liu

Emily is a New Zealand trained Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist based in Auckland. She is a graduate from University of Otago, completed a Master in Reproductive Medicine with University of New South Wales, and is a certified subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Emily works as a specialist in Fertility Plus, Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland, and Repromed.

Emily has been involved in a number of clinical trials in fertility with University of Auckland, and has a strong interest in evidence based medicine.

Professor Angela Ballantyne 

Angela is an Associate Professor in Bioethics at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Angela is currently serving as the ethics member on the National COVID-19 Immunisation Implementation Advisory Group and previously served on the Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee for eight years.

Angela is a previous member of ECART, but resigned as she accepted the opportunity to be Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore on an 18-month secondment. 

Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia  

Analosa is a health professional with a wealth of governance, community and professional experience.  

Analosa is currently undertaking a Health Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship which will enable her to create, pilot and evaluate a supplementary Pacific sexuality resource toolkit designed for New Zealand teachers of Pacific students. She is the Director and Founder of Manino Limited, and has previously been a Lecturer in the School of Counselling, Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland.

Analosa also recently finished her term as a member of ACART.

Richard Ngatai

Richard's whakapapa stretches from Ngāti Makino (Te Arawa) on his father's side to Ngāti Kahungunu (Tākitimu) and Ngāti Wehi Wehi (Tainui) on his mother's side. 

Richard holds bachelor degrees in laws and arts, trained as a secondary teacher and completed his master of laws with a focus on international law and indigenous rights. 

He is,an experienced strategy and policy practitioner with extensive experience in a wide range of social, health and operational policy sectors.

Richard has held roles with the Office of the Ombudsman (both in NZ and the UK), New Zealand Defence Force, Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB), as well as spending several years working for the Care Quality Commission (the national health and social care regulator) in London. Prior to working in the UK, Richard worked for the Human Rights Commission and Te Puni Kōkiri.

He currently works at NZ Police, while acting as a lay member for SWRB’s Professional Conduct Committees, a member of the Pharmacy Council of NZ's Te Tiriti Advisory Group, and is a whānau representative on Wellington High School’s school board. The rest of his time is taken by chasing his 6 year old around the house and garden, and chasing his teenage son off the X-Box…

Dr Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll

Annabel (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu) is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canterbury.

Since graduating with her Master of Public Health in 2000, Annabel has worked as a researcher in a broad range of areas relating to Māori development and advancement. More recently as part of her PhD research and a Marsden-funded research project, Annabel has investigated Māori experiences of closed adoption and whāngai, and the implications for whakapapa, whānau and identity. She is also involved in research relating to reproductive and maternal health, including donor conception openness and māmā and pēpi emotional engagement. 

Annabel was appointed in November 2022 as a non-lay member with expertise in health research.

Dr Simon McDowell

Simon (Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngati Oneone, Whangara) is a subspecialist in the field of infertility and reproductive endocrinology.  He is the Medical Director at Fertility Associates in Wellington, and helps people in the fertility area.  Simon is dually qualified, with subspecialty qualification in fertility and advanced laparoscopic surgery. More importantly Simon has 3 children, aged 4 to 14, he loves the outdoors, running on trails and spending time with his whanau.

He is also a laparoscopic surgeon. This involves laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic treatment of fibroids, hysteroscopic surgery and surgical treatment of ovarian cysts and fallopian tubes. An open procedure is avoided but is occasionally necessary.

Simon is a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (CREI), the highest qualification in Australia and New Zealand in this field. He aims to preserve and protect fertility in patients requiring treatment and surgery.

Peter Le Cren

Pete is an Auckland barrister specialising in health and family law. 

He has worked in medico legal roles in New Zealand and overseas, including as medico legal counsel with Auckland District Health Board, in a specialist health law firm and more recently as an independent barrister.

He advises on a wide range of policy, practice and legal compliance issues in the health sector.

He has appeared in Courts and Tribunals at all levels and has a masters degree in dispute prevention and resolution. Pete has a particular interest in supporting health sector charities.

He has three teenagers and a house full of music.

Lana Stockman. Lana Stockman

Lana is a professional director based in Masterton.

She has worked in a range of roles in both New Zealand and Australia and is currently a Board Member for the Electricity Authority with a focus on improving consumer outcomes.

She also has Board roles on Financial Advice New Zealand, Trinity Schools Trust Board, Hospice Wairarapa, and the Wairarapa Youth Orchestra. Lana has degrees in Engineering, Finance and Psychology.

Lana has lived experience with assisted reproductive technology as a consumer and combines this personal experience with professional consumer engagement in regulatory forums to bring value and insight to ECART decisions.

She has one son, one dog and one cat and loves living in small town New Zealand.

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