Committee members

Ron Baker
Moe Milne
Hiran Thabrew 
Chair, Child and Academic Psychiatrist
Alison Masters
Deputy Chair, Adult Psychiatrist and Affiliate Member
 Susanna Every-Palmer
Ex-Chair Forensic and Academic Psychiatrist
Carolyn Swanson
Lived Experience Member and Honorary Psychiatrist
Mark Lawrence
Māori, Ex-Chair and Adult Psychiatrist
Francis Agnew
Pasifika, Adult Psychiatrist
Sue Mackersey
Adult and Rural Psychiatris
Arran Culver
Child Psychiatrist
Matthew Jenkins
Adult and Academic Psychiaris
Suman Sinha 
Adult Psychiatrist
Oliver Hansby
Forensic Psychiatrist
Claire Paterson
Māori, Adult Psychiatrist
Sam McBride
Addictions Psychiatrist
Leo Sauia
Child Psychiatrist and NZ representative on the Binational Overseas Trained Psychiatrists Committee
Sarah Romans
Private Adult Psychiatrist
Georgia Ramsden
Trainee Representative
Brittany Stanley-Wishart 
Trainee Representative
Dr Michael John O’Rawe 
Trainee Representative

There are currently ten Committees/Subcommittees operating alongside Tu Te Akaaka Roa - NZ National Committee in New Zealand:

Faculty Subcommittees (each report to the respective Bi-national Faculty committee)

  • Addiction Psychiatry (Chair is A/Prof Giles Newton-Howes)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Chair is Dr Tanya Wright) 
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Chair is Dr Adam Sims)
  • Forensic Psychiatry (Chair is Dr Shailesh Kumar)
  • Psychiatry of Old Age (Chair is Dr Bronwyn Copeland)

Section Subcommittees (each report to the respective Bi-national Section committee)

  • Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry (Chair is Dr James Gardiner)
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation (Chair is Dr Chris Gale)
  • Psychiatry of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Chair is Dr David Bathgate)


  • New Zealand Training Committee (which reports to the Committee for Training) (Chair is Dr Greg Spencer)
  • Vocational Education Advisory Body (VEAB) Committee (Chair is Dr Greg Young)

Tu Te Akaaka Roa - New Zealand National Committee Regulations

The Committee typically meets face-to-face 4 times per calendar year (each meeting is up to 6 hours in duration).  

A committee member may also be required to respond to emails between formal meetings.