Meet the Team
Alex is an orthopaedic surgery registrar currently undertaking a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University, Boston, USA. Alex manages the research fund and is available to support research being undertaken by STONZ members. Priority topics include RMO wellbeing, training and performance, as well as health economics, clinical leadership and health informatics.
Medical School Representative
Currently a 4th year medical student (Christchurch Campus, Otago University). Prior to medical school, I was a proud STONZ member while working as an RMO in the Maxillofacial units in Christchurch and Waikato. I was privileged to be the delegate representative in 2022 and have recently moved into the medical school rep position.
As the medical school rep, I am a link between the TI delegates reporting to the STONZ Exec as they pave the way for the next generation of junior doctors. I’m also passionate about supporting the cohort of current and future dental graduates who take up RMO positions. It’s an honour to be part of the team!
Kate is responsible for the operational management and strategic leadership of STONZ i.e. putting the Executive teams plans into motion.
Kate has a background of Business and Human Resources, with experience ranging from setting up and managing small businesses, to working for the Northern Regional Alliance team holding a number of roles there over the years including Allocations and Training, Daily Operations, and Workforce Development. Prior to joining STONZ Kate had a break from the health sector and worked at Christchurch International Airport in the People and Culture team.
Senior RMO Advisor
Janelle is our RMO and rostering specialist and joined us in 2020 after 5 years with CDHB, firstly as the Surgical Coordinator and then as the RMO Support Team Leader.
Janelle studied Human Resources and got her foot in the door at CDHB starting out in the HR Team so brings a huge knowledge of the Districts and the RMO workforce with her. When Janelle’s not working you’ll find her hanging out with her dog or helping out the Scout Group where she is a leader.
Graduating last December, Therese has a background in Health Sciences and majored in Public Health at the University of Canterbury.
During her studies, she completed two internships at Kidney Health NZ and the Cancer Society, as well as worked with the UC School of Health Sciences. In these previous roles, she worked with health promoters and health professionals on varying projects. She is now looking forward to being able to help STONZ members and RMOs working across the Districts.
Heath is the founder and ex-chairman of STONZ. Since starting STONZ he has completed Orthopaedic Surgical Training and moved back to Christchurch with his young family to start his first SMO role. Heath has previously also been the representative of New Zealand surgical trainees to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Heaths current role as an ex-officio member of the Executive is to provide guidance and support if needed as we continue to grow.
Blair finished his plastic and reconstructive surgery training following his return from Melbourne where he completed his fellowship. Blair has now started his first role as a SMO at Canterbury District. Blair moved to an ex officio role on the executive after standing down following a 3-year tenure as treasurer for STONZ in 2022.
During his training Blair has been on RACSTA, the NZ Board of plastic surgery training and the trainee representative on NZAPS.
Blair brought that experience with those governance positions to the executive team during his tenure and is now happy for the current executive to tap into this as an ex officio member.
After completing his final exams and fellowship in orthopaedics, Earle stepped down from the STONZ Executive in August 2023. Earle, alongside Heath Lash, formed STONZ in 2018 and we are enormously grateful for Earle's commitment and contribution to STONZ over the years. In a previous life Earle was a physiotherapist who ran a large Musculoskeletal and Occupational Rehabilitation company with 6 practices based in the Waikato and Christchurch before being enticed into medicine so brought a savvy business mind to the team. We are pleased to have Earle stay on as an Ex-Officio member to help provide mentoring and support when needed for our new team's coming through.
Earle has served on several District clinical boards and has also worked at a board level in Waikato representative sport.