Our Executive Committee directs the organisation and its key objective is to ensure that the needs of our members are effectively met. The Committee conduct meetings on a monthly basis either in person (four times per year) or via teleconferencing. We welcome your feedback and ideas.
Nigel McKerras - President
Nigel’s background that brought him to Fertility NZ was that of a consumer after a 10 year fertility journey with his wife Catherine which has resulted in a daughter Abigail. They have been through the fertility system after been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, and have experienced everything from drug trials to IVF twice.
In his professional life Nigel has operated his own architectural/landscape design company for the past 12 years. This business experience is used with the operational and financial side of Fertility NZ. His perspective as president is to ensure that Fertility NZ does everything it can to do to support its members. Contact Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Killeen - Vice President
Anita Killeen is a Barrister at Quay Chambers specialising in financial crime and fraud, civil and criminal litigation, and governance and decision-making. She is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Serious Fraud Office NZ and holds a variety of governance roles in the legal, financial, local government, education, health and not for profit sectors including serving as a Visiting Justice, a Tribunal member of the New Zealand Legal Aid Tribunal, as a Director of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, a Director of the SPCA Auckland and as an Advisory Board Member of New Zealand Career College. She established and is the Chair of the Pro-Bono Panel of Prosecutors for the SPCA Auckland. As an Executive Committee Member of Fertility New Zealand, Ms Killeen is committed to assisting New Zealanders to obtain support and access to appropriate Assisted Reproductive Treatments.
K-J Dillon - Secretary
K-J Dillon is an experienced non-profit board member serving her first term on Fertility NZ’s Executive Committee. She joined the FNZ Executive Committee in 2016 to contribute her skills in governance, strategy development, and leadership. K-J and her husband Matt chose to trade in their fertility treatment frequent flyer status some time ago and confirm that life does exist on the other side of fertility treatment. K-J remains committed to the advancement of refreshed assisted reproduction laws and technology options for consumers.
K-J has postgraduate qualifications in governance from Waikato University and has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2011.
Corporate / Medical Members
John Peek, PhD, has been involved in providing fertility treatment from 1984, first as an embryologist and Scientific Director, and in the last 12 years as Group Operations Manager for Fertility Associates.
He has been involved in fertilityNZ on and off (more often on than off) since its inception. He has particular interests in quality, and the long and difficult road to improving public funding and access to treatment.
Jo Barnett (Dip Med Herb, BPharm, NZAMH) is a registered medical herbalist. She has specialised in fertility, preconception health care and women's health for the past 20 years. She completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1992 and went on to train as a medical herbalist. She now runs her own private clinic, Natural Fertility & Womens Health, in Christchurch and has a passion for supporting couples or individuals through their fertility journey, whatever path that may take, as well as emphasising the importance of preconception healthcare. She is currently completing a smart DNA training, which will offer another useful clinical tool in assessing and addressing a lot of hormonal and fertility issues.
General / Consumer Members
Cate Curtis (PhD, psyc) has both personal and professional interest in fertility issues. On a personal level, Cate has experience of fertility issues, including both natural and medical treatments. As an academic in the field of social psychology she conducts research in the related areas of women’s wellbeing and resilience. Cate is also Consumer representative on the Northern Regional Fertility Service (NRFS) committee, and a Director of Nurture Foundation.
Juanita Copeland - Christchurch
Juanita came to the FNZ Executive Committee as a former consumer of fertility services. After years of unsuccessful treatments, she is now the mother of 4-year-old Hazel. Facing infertility was the biggest challenge of her life to date and she is certain that support from a group like FNZ would have helped, but she didn’t know it was there.
Her career expertise is in the media industry. For 8 years, Juanita was a report for 3News, based in the Christchurch newsroom. She has also worked in talkback radio, Event Management and Communications as a Media Advisor at CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority).
Through her role as co-facilitator of the FNZ Christchurch Support group as well as involvement on the Executive
Committee, Juanita hopes to be able to be a part of helping others deal with this most trying of times.
Karina Wong - Auckland
Karina is the interface between the Auckland branch and the national organisation.
Nicola Bitossi - Business Manager
Nicola is responsible for the day-to-day running of Fertility New Zealand. Nicola implements FNZ's strategic direction and drives the organisation forward, including managing funding, stakeholder relationships, major projects and overseeing consumer and volunteer support. Nicola can be contacted on email@example.com
Fleur Wallace - Support Coordinator
Fleur provides assistance to our network of regional support volunteers. She also looks after the 0800 hotline and support enquiries as well as the FNZ website and Facebook page. Fleur can be contacted on 0800 333 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org