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
Dr Murray Barclay President Gastroenterologist Canterbury South Island
Dr Julian Fuller Vice President Anaesthetist Waitemata Auckland – North
Dr Hein Stander Immediate Past President Paediatrician Tairawhiti Gisborne – Wellington
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 Tim Frendin Geriatric Medicine Hawke's Bay Gisborne – Wellington
Dr Angela Freschini Anaesthesia Tairawhiti 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
Cushla Managh  Communications Director
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
Dianne Vogel  Industrial Officer
Phil Dyhrberg Industrial Officer
Sharlene Lawrence  Manager Support Services
Maria Cordalis  Senior Support Officer
Saasha Everiss Membership Officer
Angela Randall Support Services Administrator
Lyndon Keene Director of Policy and Research
Charlotte Chambers Principal Analyst (Policy & Research)


Below are short videos of each of the staff members explaining either the aims/objectives of ASMS or their roles within the organisation:

Ian Powell – Executive Director

Angela Belich – Deputy Executive Director

Henry Stubbs – Senior Industrial Officer

Lloyd Woods – Industrial Officer



Northland Ian Page Lisa Dawson
Waitemata Jonathan Casement Ywain Lawrey
Auckland Brigid Connor Julian Vyas
Counties Manukau Helen Frith Sylvia Boys
Waikato Annette van Zeist-Jongman Annie Abraham
Lakes Andrew Klava Andrew Robinson
Tauranga Matthias Seidel Rod Gouldson
Whakatane Richard Forster Guy Rosset
Taranaki Campbell White Allan Binnie
Tairawhiti Angela Freschini Mary Stonehouse
Hawke’s Bay Kai Haidekker Debra Chalmers
Whanganui Bernd Kraus Mark Van de Vyver
Palmerston North Andy Spiers John Bourke
Wairarapa Norman Gray Naser Abdul-Ghaffar
Hutt Valley Neil Stephen Jeff Suen
Wellington Justin Barry-Walsh Sinead Donnelly
Nelson Katie Ben Rebecca Harris
Marlborough Jeremy Stevens Graeme French
West Coast Paul Holt Stuart Mologne
Canterbury Anja Werno Geoffrey Shaw
South Canterbury Matthew Hills Peter Doran
Otago Chris Wisely John Chambers
Southland Tim Mackay Roger Wandless