Working for better health care in New Zealand

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

  • About ASMS

National Executive & Staff

National Executive

National Office Staff

Interviews with Past-Presidents

ASMS branch representatives


The ASMS has a democratic structure with branches whose boundaries usually coincide with those of each DHB. The top decision and policy making body is the Annual Conference.

Most branches are managed by an elected local committee who also select delegates to attend Annual Conference. Between conferences, management of the Association lies with an elected National Executive of ten members. They are elected every three years.

The President and Vice President are elected by national postal ballot. The other eight members of the National Executive are regional representatives elected by members within their region. The National Executive elects one of its members to be National Secretary.

National Executive Specialty District Health Board Region
Prof Murray Barclay President Gastroenterologist Canterbury South Island
Dr Julian Fuller Vice President Anaesthetist Waitemata Auckland – North
Dr Julian Vyas Paediatrics Auckland Auckland – North
Dr Andrew Ewens Emergency Medicine Waitemata Auckland – North
Dr Paul Wilson National Secretary Anaesthetist Bay of Plenty Hamilton – Whakatane
Dr Annette van Zeist-Jongman Psychiatry Waikato Hamilton – Whakatane
Dr Angela Freschini Anaesthesia Tairawhiti Gisborne – Wellington
Dr Nathalie de Vries Paediatrics MidCentral Gisborne – Wellington
Dr Seton Henderson Intensive Care Canterbury South Island
Dr Catherine (Katie) Ben Anaesthesia Nelson Marlborough South Island



At our National Office we employ 17 staff members:

National Office Staff
Ian Powell Executive Director
Angela Belich Deputy Executive Director
Eileen Goodwin Acting Communications Director
Liz Brown Senior Communications Advisor
Lydia Schumacher Communications Advisor
Henry Stubbs Senior Industrial Officer
Lloyd Woods Senior Industrial Officer
Steve Hurring Industrial Officer
Sarah Dalton Industrial Officer
Ian Weir-Smith Industrial Officer
Phil Dyhrberg Industrial Officer
Miriam Long Industrial Officer
George Collins Industrial Officer
Sharlene Lawrence Manager Support Services
Vanessa Wratt Senior Support Officer
Saasha Everiss Membership Officer
Angela Randall Support Services Administrator
Charlotte Chambers Director of Policy and Research
Lyndon Keene Senior Policy and Research Advisor

ASMS organisational chart 



Northland Jenny Henry Ian Page
Waitemata Jonathan Casement Keat Lee
Auckland Helen Pilmore Susan Farrelly
Counties Manukau Sylvia Boys Russell Smart
Waikato Dara de las Heras Alison Stearn
Rotorua Andrew Robinson Philip Gartland
Tauranga Rod Gouldson William MCauley
Whakatane Richard Forster Kathy Sutton
Taranaki Allister Williams Vacant
Tairawhiti Mary Stonehouse William Weiderman
Hawke’s Bay Kai Haidekker Gavin King
Whanganui Bernd Kraus Mark Van de Vyver
Palmerston North Andy Spiers John Bourke
Wairarapa Norman Gray Nicholas Pascoe
Hutt Valley Neil Stephen Tanya Wilton
Wellington Justin Barry-Walsh Alain Marcuse
Nelson Katie Ben Gareth Harris
Marlborough Jeremy Stevens David Richards
West Coast Stuart Mologne Graham Roper
Canterbury Geoff Shaw Siobahn Cross
South Canterbury Matthew Hills Peter Doran
Otago Chris Wisely John Chambers
Southland Roger Wandless Leonard Chia