2017 Conference Speakers

Rodgers_cropped.pngGeoff Rodgers, University of Canterbury

Geoff Rodgers is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He undertook his PhD on structural design and earthquake engineering, a postdoctoral fellowship in medical device development and currently undertakes research in both of these seemingly diverse fields.



cameron lindsay.jpgCameron Lindsay, Engineer, Pederson Read

After studying at Otago University and Otago Polytechnic Cameron started at Pedersen Read Electrical Engineers, and has been in the electrical industry for the last 10 years.  With a strong focus on electrical work for medical situations Cameron has extensive experience in the design and construction of a variety of medical areas including surgical, general practice and dental.




Craig McAuliffe.jpgCraig McAuliffe, McAuliffe Stevens Registered Architects

Craig McAuliffe has over 25 years’ professional experience in Architecture, with a passion for the built environment, high quality Architecture and the enjoyment of the relationships that coexist within the Client - Architecture team.  Craig has received multiple Architecture awards for his projects across a range of typologies and has gained region-wide recognition for his medical and radiology expertise. Craig is a NZ Registered Architect, an Architect member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, a panel member and PSG coordinator for the NZIA Southern Branch.



sushil varma.pngDr. Varma Sushil Pramod PhD, MBA, NZCE, NZOQ, Dip.Tel – Fisher & Paykel.

Dr. Varma has a PhD Degree and Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from the Southern Cross University, Australia. He is also an engineering graduate and has worked as Biomedical Engineering industry for over 27 years. Dr. Varma has published and presented papers at several universities and conference in various countries.  Recently he published a book titled Total quality management in biomedical technology. He is also an active member of World Association of Sustainable Development (WASD) and New Zealand Organisation of Quality (NZOQ)


greg ellis_0.JPGGreg Ellis, Northeast Health Wangaretta

After completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from Melbourne University, Greg Ellis worked at Bendigo Health, taking a particular interest in water and energy efficiency projects. From 2008 to 2016 Greg worked for his own business in the areas of energy efficiency consulting and project management before taking returning to hospital engineering in July last year as the Chief Engineer at Northeast Health Wangaratta in Australia. Greg took over from another institute member, Kim Bruton upon his retirement.



CGA131008_CREW_JOHN_CLYNES_DB0003_MID.jpgJohn Clynes, Supply Services Ltd

John Clynes has an engineering supply background.  He spent 20 years with SKF Bearings, including six years as Branch Manager in Christchurch and five years as National Sales Manager, and then five years as World Vision’s Customer Services Manager in Auckland.  John also spent 10 years with Bay Engineering Supplies in Mount Maunganui.  John’s involvement with Mercy Ships includes two and a half years on board Africa Mercy as 4th Engineer and Engineering Stores Manager, 10 month’s field service in the Congo, and two field services in Madagascar.  John is currently with Supply Services Ltd in Tauranga.


Karl Metzler-6561.jpgKarl Metzler, CEO Gore Health

Karl Metzler is CEO of Gore Health Ltd, the company responsible for managing the delivery of health services at a rural hospital and integrated health facility in Eastern Southland. The company currently employs approximately 120 people who are committed to serving the local community’s health needs. Gore Health was very proud to receive the 2013 Westpac Not for Profit Southland Business Award, and Karl won the Business Personality of the Year award. 

Karl is passionate about health and patient-centered care.  He received a M.A. /MSc. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1994.   He immigrated to New Zealand in November 1998, joined the Southern DHB as a Clinical Psychologist and then joined the dark side to become Manager of Community Mental Health services. He completed a Diploma in Business Management at Waikato University in 2004. He is also currently seconded to the Southern DHB’s Executive Leadership Team two days per week.Karl is very familiar with the challenges of delivering healthcare in a rural community and his innovative approach to healthcare delivery has seen several new technological and workforce initiatives aimed at alleviating some of the many issues facing rural healthcare being piloted at Gore Health.  


D Sinclair NZIHE.jpgDoug Sinclair, Medical Gas Pipeline Systems

Doug has been employed in the Health Sector since 1974, initially in Biomedical Electronics, Medical Equipment Sales / Support, then as an Orthopaedics Implant Specialist, and more recently in Medical Gas Pipeline Systems - Inspection /Training.   Doug’s focus is now completely on Medical Gas Pipeline System Training.  www.mgps.co.nz




Simon Donohoe.jpegSimon Donohoe, Getinge

Simon commenced his career as a nurse in Melbourne working through multiple specialties before concentrating on the Critical Care area. After many years of experience in the clinical arena, Simon transferred into the corporate environment where he became involved in the development and implementation of cutting edge technology. Being an integral part of global product development teams, Simon has implemented new innovations into the ANZ region whilst successfully completing multiple Operating Theatre Digital Integration projects. Now, as Director of the Integrated Workflow Solutions business unit at Getinge, Simon continues to work at the forefront of ground breaking development to support the ongoing quest in the development of clinical best practice principles.


Warren Crawley.JPGWarren Crawley

Warren has worked in the Health Sector for 25 years initially as electrical engineer and currently as Technical Services Engineer.  This involves a wide range of Engineering, Energy Management and Asset Management for MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Boards. 

Warren currently manages a range of projects including electrical infrastructure, energy, fire systems and seismic infrastructure projects.  He is a  also a member of three standards committees.


jon gowdy.JPGJon Gowdy

Jon has worked within the Health Facility Management Sector for 25 years starting in electrical maintenance at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, he has  had a broad range of technical and management experience within this area including the implementation of computerised maintenance management systems, management of capital projects, strategic planning and executive level management of healthcare assets and facilities. Jon is currently completing an MBA in health management, holds graduate certificates in Facility Management and WHS and has trade qualifications in   electrical technology and air conditioning. He is a member of NSW / ACT IHEA and is the current branch president.


malcolm foort.jpgMalcolm Foort, Zuuse

Malcolm is Innovation Director at Zuuse and has over twenty-nine years’ experience in the software industry, having worked for leading organisations across Europe and Australia, ranging from small, private entities through to ASX-listed National companies. Malcolm started his career in software development, in developer and team leader roles, before moving into roles overseeing product development, marketing and sales to blue chip companies and government agencies worldwide.


brett petherbridge.jpgBrett Petherbridge, IHEA

Brett is the current IHEA National President (until October 2017) when he transitions to Immediate Past President.  Brett has been a Director on the  IHEA National Board since 2009 and was President from 2015 – 2017.  He also convened the 2013 IHEA National Conference in Sydney. Brett has 17 Years in Healthcare Facility Management. Brett commenced with Mayne Health in 2000 and covered facilities management. He joined ACT Health in 2003 within Facilities Management and progressed to the ACT Health Redevelopment Unit in 2009. Brett’s role within Health Infrastructure Services – Capital Project Delivery, ACT Health over the past 8 years has involved a suite of projects in the redevelopment and maintaining of ACT Health Directorate Infrastructure and Services.


Richard whitney.jpgRichard Whitney, Mercy Hospital Dunedin

Richard has made a life-time career within Health Services, first profession as a Paramedic- serving in both New Zealand and Canada. Richard re-entered New Zealand Health services holding a variety of technical and management roles across the primary and secondary, public and private sectors. Richard currently holds the position of CEO at Mercy Hospital Dunedin- a private elective surgical hospital and the post of Vice President of the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association.



Peter Easson.PNGPeter Easson

Peter has been a Director on the IHEA Board since 2012, and is currently the IHEA National Vice President, stepping up to National President in October 2017.  He has been a member of the West Australian branch of the IHEA since 2005 and has served on their Committee of Management since 2007. Peter has been employed in the Western Australia Health Service since 2003 and is currently the Area Director of Facilities Management for the North Metropolitan Health Service. He commenced his career in health with the Scottish National Health Service in 1986 and remained until migrating with his family to Australia in 2003. Peter has over 30 years’ experience in Healthcare Engineering and Facilities Management and is qualified in Mechanical Engineering and Information Communication Technology following studies at Napier University, Edinburgh and the UK Open University.


stuart allan.jpgStuart Allan

Stuart has been the Principal Lecturer, Otago Polytechnic College of Engineering, Construction and Life Sciences for the past five years.  Previously he has held a range of positions, from apprentice electrician to managing director, in a variety of electrically-based businesses, including a period servicing, installing and maintaining scientific and medical equipment.

Stuart is also a member of the NZ Diploma Board of Management which oversees the diploma courses within which the current Clinical Equipment electives sit.


Dr Jeremy J Nicoll 

Jeremy is a Medical Physicist specialising in Imaging and Nuclear Medicine.  He trained in Edinburgh in the last millennium, coming to Otago University in 1990.  He meets the IAEA requirements for a Medical Physics Expert; nn NZ he is recognised as a Qualified Health Physicist and in the UK he is registered as a Clinical Scientist.  Jeremy is self-employed with clients in private and public health sectors, is the University of Otago Radiation Safety Advisor and the National Screening Unit, Ministry of Health, National Coordinator of Mammography Physics.


neville auton.pngNeville Auton, Otago Polytechnic

Neville has been consulting in energy management for over 20 years. A technical and analytical background in telecom radio systems and power industry has provided a comprehensive understanding of all things energy. Neville’s past roll as Dunedin City Council energy manager resulted in ongoing annual energy savings of over $1.5M. His current role at Otago Polytechnic as internal energy consultant has seen the development of electricity sub meters and heat meters with data capture via WIFI. Sub meter data analysis has enabled EECA funding support for an energy reduction programme with a 30% campus wide reduction target. 


Neville’s continuing interest in electronics has morphed into research and the development of microprocessor sensor devices communicating via WIFI, Bluetooth and UHF radio. Neville is working with students to provide Internet of Things (IOT) sensors to provide internal environmental data, CO2, humidity, temperature, air quality and solar gain.   Research projects underway for 2017 include low wattage under desk heating with occupancy and Bluetooth enabled smartphone control, and the development of WIFI enabled radiator valve control and self-powered current sensors for future electricity sub-metering.