Current Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the NZSA is the Governing Board of the organisation.  The Executive Committee is made up of the:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Six elected members.  Extra members can be co-opted between AGMs as per the NZSA constitution.  The trainee roles are a shared portfolio.

We welcome interest from members who would like to find out how they could join the Executive and/or contribute to specific projects. Please contact


Dr Kathryn Hagen

President, Auckland

NZSA President November 2018 – November 2020

Dr Kathryn Hagen is our current NZSA President, and is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Auckland DHB. As the President Kathryn represents NZSA’s view to government agencies, represents us at various councils and committees of our affiliated organistions, and is our spokesperson for the profession, advocating for patient safety and the welfare of New Zealand anaesthethists.


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Dr Sheila Hart

NZSA Vice President, Wellington

Dr Sheila Hart is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Capital and Coast DHB. As the President Elect, she deputises for the President when required and attends meetings and events on her behalf.

Dr Hart has been involved in various advocacy issues for the NZSA and assists in coordinating the Airway Leads Network.

Dr Hart is a co-convenor for the ASA/NZSA 2020 Combined Scientific Congress meeting in Wellington and is also the Deputy Clinical Director of the Anaesthesia and Pain Department at Wellington, CCDHB.

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Dr Malcolm Stuart

Treasurer, Wellington

Malcolm Stuart is a Consultant Anaesthetist based in Wellington and has been the NZSA Treasurer since October 2015. He is in private practice and spends a lot of time travelling around the remote areas of the South Island on a mobile surgical bus. As Treasurer, Malcolm oversees the finances of the organisation and works with the Chief Executive to ensure audited and accurate accounts are presented to the Board.  As Treasurer he also proposes and maintains fiscal responsibility on the executive team.  The Board is ultimately responsible for the financial management of the Society and the Treasurer provides oversight for this.

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Dr David Kibblewhite

Immediate Past President, Hamilton

Dr David Kibblewhite is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist from Waikato DHB. He is the NZSA representative on the NZ Medical Association Specialist Council which meets four times a year. He is also working on a project to update our golden book ‘Safety through Knowledge,’ which is an overview of the NZSA’s history.

Emma Patrick

Dr Emma Patrick

Executive Member, New Plymouth

Emma Patrick is a Consultant Anaesthetist who lives in New Plymouth and works at Taranaki Base Hospital.  She is passionate about helping to improve the welfare and wellbeing of her anaesthesia colleagues and holds the NZSA Executive welfare portfolio, which includes being the NZSA representative on the Welfare Special Interest Group (SIG). Emma is also the welfare lead at her hospital. She was previously involved in the Lifebox Committee and travelled to Vietnam to deliver pulse oximeters and provide training to rural hospitals.

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Dr Morgan Edwards

Executive Member, Auckland

Morgan Edwards is a Consultant Anaesthetist at North Shore Hospital. Morgan was a previous NZSA Trainee Rep and now holds the NZSA portfolio for Assistants to the Anaesthetist. She is also our representative on the  National Obstetric Network and has produced online content to provide guidance to women on epidurals.  Morgan also assists with our social media platforms and is a talented designer and photographer who has contributed to the design of our resources.

Catherine Caldwell

Dr Catherine Caldwell,

Private Practice, Wellington

Catherine Caldwell is an Anaesthetist at Wakefield Hospital and is also a Consultant at Capital Anaesthesia & Associates Ltd in Crofton Downs, Wellington. Dr Caldwell is the current Secretary of the NZSA Executive Committee.

Nicole Vogts

Dr Nicole Vogts

Trainee Rep, Auckland

Nicole Vogts is currently a Trainee Anaesthetist and recently began her fellowship at National Women’s Hospital, in Auckland. She is our Trainee Representative, working alongside Deputy Trainee Rep Michael Ng, on our Executive Committee. Nicole has a strong interest in connecting trainees throughout New Zealand, and improving the well-being of anaesthetists. She says that the Society has been a vocal supporter of improving anaesthetists’ well-being and trying to keep the conversation going to understand how to best support anaesthetists. Both our trainee reps contribute to our IT platforms, including social media.

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Dr Ian Williams

Private Practice Chair, Christchurch

Dr Ian Williams is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Christchurch and works in  private practice.  He is the Chair of our Private Practice Sub-Committee representing the NZSA with ACC, Southern Cross, the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association and other private funders. We are pleased to have a voice from Christchurch who represents such a large membership in the South Island.

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Dr Michael Ng

Trainee Rep, Wellington

Mike Ng is an anaesthetic registrar at Capital and Coast DHB. He is the Deputy Trainee Representative, and works with our Trainee Representative Nicole Vogts on the Executive Committee. He has an interest in the welfare of anaesthetists and trainees; and improving the transition from trainee to specialist.

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Dr Kerry Holmes

Education Officer, Auckland

Kerry Holmes is a Consultant Anaesthetist at North Shore Hospital. As the NZSA Education Officer, Kerry represents the NZSA on the Anaesthesia Education Coordinating Committee (known as ACE). He is also the Chair of the New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee which oversees the NZ Anaesthesia Lecturships and the BWT Ritchie Scholarship. He keeps the executive committee updated on upcoming events in New Zealand, and contributes to educational opportunities offered by the NZSA to New Zealand Anaesthetists. He is a previous recipient of the BWT Ritchie Scholarship.