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 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 - Treasurer
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 - 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 (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 PhD
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
John Peek, PhD, has been involved in providing fertility treatment from 1984, first as an embryologist and Scientific Director, and most recently as General Manager - Quality, Information and Science at Fertility Associates.
He has been involved in Fertility NZ 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.