Fertility New Zealand walks alongside all people facing fertility challenges.

Board

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_Copeland.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 8-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.

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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 all those who are impacted by infertility.

 

 

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For nearly 25 years, Tash has had a career in senior finance, project management, investor relations and strategy roles within PwC and NZX-listed entity, Kiwi Property.

Tash has a strong desire to contribute her skills to not-for-profit organisations - to give back to organisations that do incredibly valuable work within New Zealand society.  Having shared with friends and family on their family creation journeys, aligning with Fertility New Zealand was a natural fit.  Tash looks forward to bringing her skill set to and supporting the ongoing incredible work of, Fertility New Zealand.

Suzanne Sherwin - Board Director & SecretarySuzanne_Sherwin.jpg

Suz brings to the board a wealth of experience working with multinational companies as a risk professional specialising in wellbeing, privacy, information security and crisis and business continuity management. 

With personal experience of how fertility outcomes can be improved by the support received from Fertility networking groups, she understands the challenge faced by our members and the essential service these groups provide and is keen to help grow and develop our range of services for our members.

 

 

General / Consumer Members

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Madeleine 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.

Having experienced infertility herself Madeleine says it is a privilege to assist Fertility New Zealand 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.

 

 

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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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As a CA-qualified accountant, Nick brings over two decades of experience and management skills and is now CEO of Momentum Consulting. Prior to moving to New Zealand Nick worked for Samsung Electronics, ABN Amro, UBS, and the New York Stock Exchange in London.    In leading a successful NZ business Nick has always put people at the core and finds that supporting others to succeed is hugely rewarding. 

Success in business is not as important to him as being a husband and father.  The journey to have children was a difficult one, which thankfully ended in happiness but not before using fertility treatments.  To be able to help Fertility NZ in supporting, advocating, and educating those that face the same challenge led to him applying to be on the board. 

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Kia ora tātou, I am thrilled to be joining the Board of FNZ and look forward to assisting with the important mahi of this organisation. My day job is at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where I am currently working to deliver vaccines to developing countries. I primarily have a policy background, and have worked in operational and strategic roles across the public and non-profit sector. Having had my own, often lonely, fertility journey, I am passionate about increasing services and support for others experiencing infertility. For the last two years I have been a volunteer and treasurer of the Wellington branch and facilitated support sessions both in-person and via Zoom. If you would like to check out more about my fertility story, see the March 2021 edition of the Dandelion.

 

 

Board Advisors

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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.  

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Allecia is a senior embryologist at Repromed Auckland with over 12 years’ experience in the IVF industry.  After completing a master’s degree at Auckland University Allecia started her career at Repromed Auckland before moving to Australia where she took up the challenge of establishing and managing an IVF Laboratory.  Allecia moved back to New Zealand in 2019 to be closer to family.  She has a keen interest in donor conception and surrogacy and is part of the donor coordination team at Repromed.  Allecia’s main motivation for being involved in Fertility New Zealand comes from seeing the toll Fertility Treatment has on patients and wanting to encourage patient support, advocacy and information wherever possible.  

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With more than 20 years experience working for IVF centres in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, Christine returned to Aotearoa in 2020 where she took on the role as the Charge Nurse Manager at Fertility Plus.  

Christine has both a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science (Nursing) and also has completed the American Society of Reproductive Medicines Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility.

Christine has a special interest in promoting accessibility of Fertility Treatment for all, particularly for those who have been historically underserved. Working alongside the tireless advocates at Fertility NZ is such a wonderful opportunity to truly make a differences in the lives of people from all walks of life to achieve their dreams.  

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Greg is an Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in reproductive medicine and surgery (CREI). He has been actively involved with public funded and private fertility care in New Zealand and Australia since 1989.

Interests include male and female reproductive health and research.

His understanding of access and eligibility requirements for those seeking fertility assessment and care remains a special interest.

He has previously been an advisor to the Fertility NZ Board and a member of the Canterbury Ethics committee.

 

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Melanie is an embryologist by trade but is currently on a career break to complete her Doctoral study in embryology.  Melanie is a Fertility NZ volunteer and provides support to the Wellington region.

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja Goedeke (BSocSci Hons, MA, PhD)

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Sonja is a senior lecturer in psychology at Auckland University of Technology and a registered clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on the psychosocial and ethical implications of infertility and its treatment for men, women, their families, and individuals conceived through treatment, in particular, through donor conception.

Sonja is a strong advocate for the need for support for those affected by infertility and assisted reproductive technologies.

 

 

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Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer has been a nurse at Fertility Associates Auckland for the last 5 years. She is also part of FA’s special projects team and their Fertility Nurses of Australasia representative. Prior to Fertility Associates Katie spent 15 years in Starship and the last 10 years of that in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has a passion for Woman’s health and paediatrics. As an advisor of Fertility New Zealand Katie wants to help make a difference and improve fertility resources for those going through fertility treatment.  She lives in Auckland with my husband and two primary aged children.  

 

 

 

Employees

Lydia Hemingway - Chief Executive Officer

Lydia manages the day-to-day operations of Fertility New Zealand. Lydia has worked and volunteered in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years and has an extensive background in fundraising. Lydia can be contacted at lydia@fertilitynz.org.nz.

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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