Currently Chris is the Director of Midwifery for the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa District Health Boards as well as the Service manager for women's and children's health in the Hutt Valley. Chris has extensive experience and knowledge as an LMC, core midwife and  midwifery manager. She has contributed to the midwifery profession as a regional Chair and as a midwifery standard reviewer of the NZ College of Midwives, and nationally as a member of the National DHB midwifery leaders group as well as the Central region DHB midwifery leaders group.

Kerry is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Midwifery at Otago Polytechnic where she teaches across the three years of the undergraduate programme.  Kerry has a small LMC practice to retain her midwifery competency.  Kerry is an MFYP mentor and is the midwife member of the National Screening Unit’s Newborn Metabolic Screening Advisory Group.  She is currently enrolled as a Post Graduate student at Otago Polytechnic.

Lay member Theo has a legal background and has great familiarity with health regulatory authorities, having spent 13 years in the roles of Director of Proceedings and Deputy Commissioner in the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, and has headed Regulatory Services at the Real Estate Authority. She is current Chair of the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and a member of the Physiotherapy Board’s Professional Conduct Committee. Theo in lives in Wellington.

She has been a midwife for over 20 years and is experienced across the whole scope of midwifery practice - at home, in birthing centres and in hospitals in New Zealand and the UK. She emigrated with her family from the UK in 1998 and since her arrival, has lived and worked in the Waikato. She first worked at Waikato Hospital as the Clinical Midwifery Leader and then for a time as an educator. Since 2000, she has worked as a community-based midwife and also supervises and supports 2nd and 3rd year midwifery students in their clinical placements.

Debbie is the Associate Director of Midwifery - Operations Manager at the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board where her role is an integral part of maternity services across the region. She also works clinically on a casual basis. Debbie is a member of the National DHB Midwifery Leaders Group and NZCOM and enjoys working with midwifery colleagues across NZ on midwifery leadership issues and direction at a national level. She is also a Lactation Consultant and a member of NZ Lactation Consultants Association.

New lay member Melanie Tarrant lives in Hokitika where she and her husband operate the New World supermarket. Melanie has had extensive experience of the maternity service, having 4 daughters aged between 10 and 3. Two other babies dies in utero at 20 and 27 weeks and it was these experiences that led Melanie to become involved in SANDS. She set up a SANDS group for the Hokitika/Greymouth area and is a member of the National Board. Melanie has worked in education as an economics teacher and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of her local school.

Mahia, the new health practitioner member has iwi affiliations to Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Raukawa and Ngai Tahu. Since qualifying as a midwife at AIT in the mid 90’s, Mahia has practised across the midwifery practice environment, including home birth and DHB core midwifery.

In June 2015, she became the Team Leader of the Māori midwifery team which focuses on ensuring that Māori women receive clinically and culturally appropriate midwifery care. Mahia’s current role is working at AUT as Māori Midwifery Liaison Midwife.

She is Cook Island Maori and has lived and worked in South Auckland for most of her life.  She has been a midwife for 16 years and has worked in a variety of roles as core staff, community midwife, team midwife, Child Birth Educator and the past 9 years as an LMC.  She has a small caseload that complements her role at AUT as Pasifika Student Support and Clinical Educator based at South Campus. She has been actively involved with Pasifika midwifery students since 2012 and currently chairs Pasifika Midwives Tamaki Makaurau and is co-chair of Pasifika Midwives Aotearoa (PMWA).