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Alison Eddy web

Chief Executive

Alison Eddy


Alison is a registered midwife and was appointed to the role of CE in January 2019. Alison is committed to evolving the College to continue to meet the needs of its members, ensuring it provides services that support members to provide high quality care maternity care to women and their babies.

Alison has worked as a Midwifery Advisor at the College for a number of years and previously as Project and Contract Manager for the Ministry of Health. Her experience as a self-employed and employed midwife provides a broad base of knowledge to lead the College forward.

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Elaine Gray web

Midwifery Advisor - Continuing Education

Elaine Gray

RM, RN, Diploma in Adult Teaching and Learning, M.Mid

Elaine is a practising midwife and has a wealth of experience as an educator within the maternity services. From her extensive clinical experience she has been able to develop post registration midwifery education in a range of settings and currently delivers education programmes nationally. Elaine has been instrumental in developing many of the workshops provided by the College.

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Lesley Dixon web

Midwifery Advisor - Practice Advice and Research

Lesley Dixon


Lesley is a practising midwife and worked in England, Germany and New Zealand. Lesley has a good understanding of clinical practice issues, having worked both as self employed LMC midwife and in various employed positions. Lesley leads the College’s research programme.

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Midwifery Advisor – Quality Assurance

Brigid Beehan


Brigid is a practising midwife based in Auckland. Her wide variety of midwifery clinical and professional experiences support her role in managing the Midwifery Standards Review (quality assurance process for the midwives) and Resolution Committees.

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Claire MacDonald web

Midwifery Advisor - Liaison

Claire MacDonald


Claire is a practising midwife with extensive midwifery practice experience across the spectrum including community, hospital, urban and rural settings. Claire has developed wide networks as a regional and national College representative, as a liaison midwife and in leading the development of clinical guidelines.

Claire is dedicated to improving and being accountable for health equity in maternity with a focus on equitable health outcomes, not simply outputs. As an advisor Claire’s portfolios include professional support for employed midwives and physiological birth.


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Carol Bartle web

Policy Analyst

Carol Bartle

RN, RM, IBCLC, PGDip Child Advocacy, MHealSc (Otago).

Carol has experience in a range of disciplines linked to maternal and mental health and well-being. Carol brings these skills to her role as policy analyst and provides support to the midwifery advisors.

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Hayley McMurtrie web

Website and Publications Manager

Hayley McMurtrie

Hayley has considerable marketing experience in the UK and New Zealand with many years within the health sector. Hayley manages the College and Find Your Midwife websites and is responsible for Social Media and a range of College publications.

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Amellia Reception for web

Midwifery News Editor and Communications Advisor

Amellia Kapa

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Midwifery First Year of Practice (MFYP) National Coordinator

Geri Cignarella-Nolan

Geri is your first point of contact for the Midwifery First Year of Practice (MFYP) programme. Geri has an extensive background in administration, executive support and customer service in a number of industries as well as running a successful accommodation business. Please get in touch with Geri should you have any questions regarding the programme – she’s here to help!

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Lynda Overton web

Office Manager & Personal Assistant to the CE

Lynda Overton

Lynda manages and provides leadership to all the NZCOM office staff. Lynda’s administration experience is extensive and includes the Ministry of Health, School of Medicine, Canterbury District Health Board and a private education provider.

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Alice Buzan web


Alice Buzan

Alice has a strong background in administration and provides front of house reception and telephone services for the College. As well as coordinating consumer feedback from 22-25,000 women each year, Alice processes all the College’s book and resource orders.


Lisa Donkin web

Membership Administrator

Lisa Donkin

Lisa’s primary role is the day to day administration of the membership database. Lisa also supports the Find Your Midwife team with administration. Lisa also provides support to the MERAS representatives.

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Saili Tuitaupe web

MSR and Education National Administrator

Saili Tuitaupe

Saili manages the administration for bookings for the Midwifery Standards Reviews and the College’s education workshops. Saili also supports the Continuing Education Midwifery Advisor with administration assistance.

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Wayne Robertson web


Wayne Robertson

Wayne is an experienced chartered accountant, a company director nationally and internationally, and provides accountancy oversight of the College’s finances on a part-time basis.

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Fiona McBeath web

Finance Assistant

Fiona McBeath

Fiona supports the College accountant in managing the accounts and day to day operations of the College. Fiona worked in administration and small business accounting prior to joining the administration team.

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Annie Oliver web

Journal Secretariat Administrator

Annie Oliver

Annie provides administration support for the Journal editors and for midwifery advisors.


Administration Assistant

Fiona Ruddenklau

Having worked in various administration roles in NZ and the UK, Fiona provides general administration to the team, with her primary role membership support to the Membership Administrator and Continuing Education Midwifery Advisor.

Carla Humphrey web

Legal Advisor

Carla Humphrey

Carla is a barrister with over 30 years experience. Carla manages the indemnity policy providing individual midwives with a legal service under the terms of the policy.

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Susan Rogerson web

Legal Secretary

Susan Rogerson

Susan provides telephone and secretarial support to members requiring the College’s legal service and secretarial support to Carla for Indemnity cases.

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