Fertility NZ is a registered charity dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy to people experiencing fertility issues.


Our Board directs the organisation and its key objective is to ensure that the needs of our members are effectively met.  The Board conduct regular meetings either in person or via teleconferencing. We welcome your feedback and ideas.

Juanita Copeland - President JUANITA_small.jpg

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 7-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 reporter 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 (until end 2019) as well as involvement on the Board, Juanita hopes to be able to be a part of helping others deal with this most trying of times.

Brad Edley - TreasurerBrad_Edley_High_Res_-_cropped.jpg

Brad has witnessed friends and family face the challenges, heart break and success of fertility treatments.  As such, he welcomes the opportunity to be part of an organisation whose aim is to educate, advocate and support New Zealanders with fertility issues. 

Brad has extensive experience, predominantly as a senior finance executive, both in New Zealand and internationally having worked in the United Kingdom, Asia and New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Auckland. In addition, Brad is a Chartered Accountant with New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  


Jo_Catty.jpgJo Catty - Secretary

Jo is a former consumer of fertility services and came to FNZ at the end of her four year journey.  After five full rounds of IVF, Jo was lucky enough to fall pregnant while waiting to begin her sixth round and welcomed her little boy into the world in late 2017.

She has a 16 year background in IT and is keen to assist and support those going through their own journeys however she can.


General / Consumer Members

Jo_Barnett.jpgJo Barnett 

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.  

Stuti Misra PhDStuti_Misra.png

As Senior Lecturer (Ophthalmology) at the University of Auckland, Stuti’s career has been dedicated to eye research, and teaching ophthalmology and optometry. Stuti’s own experience of infertility has fuelled her strong desire to raise awareness and to volunteer for Fertility New Zealand.

Stuti understands the demands of long and gruelling treatment while trying to simultaneously grow as a professional.  



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Madeleine joined Fertility NZ’s Board to assist the organisation reach its full potential through strategic communications and marketing.  She is a professional communications and marketing practitioner with 20 years’ experience in the public and private sector and is particularly focused on the link between effective organisational strategy and brand.

Madeleine is currently employed as the Director of Communications, Marketing and Engagement at Victoria University of Wellington where she leads a team of communications, marketing, engagement and digital staff.

Having experienced infertility herself Madeleine says it is a privilege to assist Fertility NZ with its governance as the organisation continues to support the many New Zealanders and their extended families facing the challenge of infertility. Madeleine lives in Wellington with her partner and two children, Thomas and Alice.


Catherine Somerville-FrostCatherine_Somerville-Frost.jpg

Catherine is blessed with two "ICSI pixies" and has a deep appreciation for the issues faced by individuals and whānau experiencing infertility.  She is determined to reduce the stigma around infertility and associated issues such as pregnancy loss and donor conception.  In her work life Catherine is a Partner at Chapman Tripp (a role she has held for a decade), and has practised as a lawyer for the last 20 years in two top tier firms. 




Kim WisemanKim_Wiseman.jpg

Kim has extensive strategic leadership experience within public and private sector healthcare organisations, gained both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She has experienced her own fertility challenges and whilst her journey has come to an end without having children, she is passionate about supporting, educating and advocating for those who are impacted by infertility.




Board Advisors

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Lana is Laboratory Manager with Repromed clinic in Auckland.  She has over ten years' experience in embryology, six of these gained at a large clinic in Sydney.  Her area of speciality is in Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT).

Michelle MacKinvenMichelle_MacKinven.jpg

Michelle is an accomplished Human Resource Management professional who came to Fertility New Zealand to offer support, acknowledging the pressures of her own fertility journey. After years of unsuccessful treatments, she was lucky enough to welcome twin girls in 2018. She currently facilitates support through the Fertility Support Series in Auckland, and the Donor Conception & Surrogacy Network.  Michelle is also Fertility NZ’s representative on the Northern Region Fertility Service.

Fiona McDonaldFiona_McDonald_Counsellor_cropped.jpg

Fiona is a member of ANZICA (Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association).  She is a registered Social Worker and qualified counsellor, with 20 years experience in supporting people on their journey to create whānau.  She offers counselling services at Fertility Plus in Auckland.  Fiona has a particular interest in helping to support people using donor conception and surrogacy to grow their families.





Melanie OldsMel_Olds.jpg

Melanie is an embryologist by trade, but is currently on a career break to complete her Doctoral study in embryology.  Melanie leads the Fertility New Zealand Wellington committee and provides support to Wellington and surrounding areas.






Michelle Parris-Larkin

Michelle is Nursing Director at Fertility Associates in Auckland.  She has extensive experience in fertility nursing, and worked in nursing management in the UK for eight years.  






Nicola Bitossi - CEONicola_cropped.jpg

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's background is in marketing management, market development and research, gained across a variety of sectors in New Zealand, Europe and the Middle East.  She is of Kāi Tahu / Ngāi Tahu descent.  Nicola can be contacted on nicola@fertilitynz.org.nz 


Kate Barby - Support CoordinatorKate_Barby_2.jpg

Kate provides administrative support, supports our volunteers and is the first point of contact for enquiries. 

Kate has an extensive background in Administration and has carried out a variety of challenging roles throughout her career.  Kate can be contacted on support@fertilitynz.org.nz or 0800 333 306.

Details on our network of volunteers in 12 centres around the country can be found on our Support page