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.

Jonathan Panckhurst

Dr Jonathan Panckhurst

Executive Member, Nelson

Jonathan Panckhurst is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Nelson Hospital. He is keen to represent the anaesthetic interests and issues of regional centres, and to project these at a national level. Jonathan will soon be responsible for the NZSA Education portfolio, taking over this role from Kerry Holmes.

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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.


Dr Michael Wadsworth

Deputy Trainee, Wellington

Michael Wadsworth is an anaesthetic registrar at Capital and Coast DHB. He is the Deputy Trainee Representative, and works with our Trainee Representative Mike Ng on the Executive Committee. Having previously been the RMO representative for the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s surgical safety advisory group, he is particularly interested in developing and advocating for positive communication and culture development within the workplace to improve both patient outcome.

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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.


Dr Renee Franklin

Executive Member, Tauranga

Renee Franklin is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Tauranga.  She works in both public and private practice.  Renee is the clinical lead for the pre-assessment clinic at Tauranga Hospital and has a strong interest in perioperative medicine.  She is a member of the NZ Perioperative Network and a member of the Perioperative Medicine SIG Executive. She joined the Executive Committee in October 2019.