Managing Director, Clever Buying
MBA(Hons). BSc. Dip.Tch. MNZIM
Over the past 20 years, Caroline Boot has been heavily engaged in improving tendering practices, for both clients and suppliers throughout New Zealand, across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Through Clever Buying, Caroline and her colleagues provide practical procurement support for public sector organisations, including Probity Auditing, qualified Chairs for tender evaluations, Procurement Planning, RFT Documentation Development and Tender Evaluation Scoring Scale Development. Caroline also trains procurement through the well-known two-day Clever Buying course leads a team of assessors for the NZQA Level 6 Procurement Qualification. She is dedicated to working with government organisations to sharpen the tools and processes that they use to make public expenditure decisions.
Digital Lead, NZ Built Environment, Aurecon
BIMinNZ Wellington Chapter co founder & current chair
With over a decade of experience delivering projects with BIM, and a similar time working in 2D, Kevin works with Aurecon’s clients and internal teams to ensure the maximum benefit is gained from current and emerging technologies. This includes strategic planning and implementation, as well as identifying which technologies bring the most benefit & should be adopted, and developing systems and processes to ensure that value is realised.
Buildings of the Future Lead – Built Environment, Aurecon NZ
Jaco is the Building of the Future lead for Aurecon in New Zealand. This includes developing what the ‘digital future’ looks like for clients and designers. His goal is to understand and deliver digital solutions to clients in a practical way. Jaco is a Chartered Professional Engineer with a background in mechanical engineering and experience leading multidiscipline design teams to deliver complex building projects.
Director, The Medical Room
Dani Forster has 18 years experience as a Biomedical Engineer and 6 years’ experience as a Biomedical Engineering Manager. She specialised in Biomedical Engineering after graduating from The Unversity of Melbourne with Bachelor degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Whilst training in Melbourne she received both the National Siemens Prize for Innovation for an alarm for the Bubble CPAP neonatal respiration system and the Victoria Fellowship for research involving the algorithms used in hearing aids.
Danielle has recently returned to Australia from 10 years in the UK where she gained experience as a Biomedical Engineer and managed the Medical Equipment maintenance and repair services at Kings College Hospital in London.
Danielle is completing her PhD, the Optimising Cooling for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (OCHIE) study. The OCHIE study aims to model the cerebral haemodynamics of normal and HIE neonates using Doppler Ultrasound and Near Infrared Spectroscopy and in doing so identify the physiological parameters which may be utilised to individualise hypothermia treatment.
Dani is also dedicated to establishing a dedicated training programme for Biomedical Engineers and Associates in Australia as the Director of The Medical Room. The Medical Room, a company dedicated to providing quality, competency-based vocational training for biomedical technicians and engineers, and the effective recruitment of technical staff for the healthcare sector.
Mechanical Engineer, Globex Engineering Ltd
Craig is an experienced Product Design Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry for both high and low volume projects locally and abroad. His training is in engineering with a BE hons in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland. Craig has been with his current company of Globex engineering for 7 years doing product engineering for a variety of products like large recycling bin moldings, high end audio, medical devices and security devices.
Dental and Medical Equipment Limited
Glen started his working career as a watchmaker. Following the closure of this business he joined Doug and Tric Moller at Dental and Medical Equipment Limited. After a couple of years of learning the ropes of dental and medical equipment servicing and repair Glen was able to put his fine dexterity skills to work specialising in dental hand piece repairs. Around the same time Glen successfully completed a Certificate in Sterilising Technology which led to his senior role attending to autoclave repairs and servicing within the University of Otago Dental School and the private Mercy Hospital. In 2013 he took over the supervision and coordination of the University of Otago Dental School Clinical Workshop for Dental & Medical Equipment. The knowledge/skills gained here placed him in an ideal situation to take a lead role in the University of Otago Dental School Clinical Services Multistage Redevelopment programme. This commenced in 2015/2016 with relocation of the Simulation Clinic from the Dental School into the previous Children’s Ward at Dunedin Public Hospital.
With Dental and Medical Equipment Ltd being the nominated service provider for the installation of the Dentsply Sirona Equipment for the Dental School rebuild Glen was appointed Project Manager for the company. In this role Glen worked closely with Dentsply Sirona Germany, the University of Otago Project Team and the main building contractor Leighs Cockram throughout the planning stages and the installation of 214 new dental chairs plus associated support equipment and 35 new x-rays. Scheduled to be a 42 day activity, with building delays and complications the installation of the equipment carried on for eight months, much of the time while the construction of the building continued around it. The completed Clinical Services building was handed over to the University of Otago late May 2019 completing Stage 1 of the redevelopment.
Robert van Woerden
Robert is qualified mechanical engineer with an electrical service technician registration and is a certified Authorised Person, medical gas pipeline systems to HTM. Robert worked for Keyport for the past 21 years in sales, supply, installation, validation and servicing of medical equipment.
ABC Pipefitters, Auckland
Andy has a degree in engineering as well as being certified to HTM MGPS as an Authorised Person. He has extensive experience in the project management and validation of medical gas pipe system both in New Zealand and previously in the UK. Andy has been involved in many of the largest medical gas project in NZ from design and specification to installation and validation.
Medical Gases Installations Ltd, Tauranga
Keith is a Certifying Plumber and has been involved in commercial plumbing for the last 38 years. For the last 12 years he has been involved with installation of medical gases in the Bay of Plenty region and is certified to HTM MGPS, both as a Competent Person and an Authorised Person.
For the last two years Keith has been carrying out the verification of new MGPS installations throughout the country.
Airepure Director & Engineering Manager
Kristian has amassed over 15 years’ experience within engineering, estimating and project management, working closely with several major end users, builders, mechanical and consulting engineers, providing technical support and engineering knowledge. He has specialised experience in air filtration solutions within containment, pharmaceutical and health science industries, including the direct impact on mechanical service trades.
Kristian is a Director and National Engineering Manager for Airepure Australia – a national air filtration company providing unique, powerful and integrated air filtration solutions, ranging from basic HVAC filtration through to high end HEPA/ULPA filtration and custom airborne containment technologies.
National Engineering Manager, Spirax Sarco Australia
Henry has over 30 years of experience working in the Mechanical and Process Control fields of Engineering, with the last 19 years being at Spirax Sarco, who are the leading supplier of Products, Expertise and Solutions for the control and efficient use of steam. Although now based in Australia, Henry originates from New Zealand and retains a good knowledge and understanding of steam using plants and facilities throughout New Zealand, and continues to provide technical support to New Zealand. His sound practical experience, coupled with Mechanical and Process Control qualifications, and many years of steam specialisation with Spirax Sarco, allows Henry to offer a holistic approach when it comes to the analysis, design and control of systems and processes that use steam. As a result he has an ongoing involvement and input into most institutions and industries that use steam, including the Healthcare sector where he has been heavily involved in ensuring Spirax Sarco are able to offer solutions and services that allow Health Care Organisations to comply with the Australian and NZ standards.
Henry is also involved in providing training within the Spirax Sarco organisation in the Asia Pacific region, where he is able to draw on his knowledge and experience to help maintain the high level of expertise within the company.
Tutor Sterilising Technology, Treasurer New Zealand Sterile Science Association
Alison has 20 years involvement with the sterilising industry from initial introduction to the industry as a Technician at Wairau Hospital, Blenheim through to Service Leader at Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) Wellington. These roles provided Alison with exposure to different size hospital environments and other areas such as dental and gastroenterology. Since being involved with education Alison has provided support to smaller environments including private practices.
Alison is an active member of the New Zealand Sterile Sciences Association as their Treasurer and representative on the joint New Zealand Australian committee which has oversight of the joint Australian/ New Zealand standard 4187 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organizations. Alison also participates in working groups for development of infection prevention and control guidelines and education programmes.
Manager, Central Sterilizing Unit, Northland DHB
Kevin has 28 years in sterilization related disciplines, starting as a validation technician based at Auckland Hospital, working for Medisys Ltd. Kevin has additionally filled many other roles within Medisys and Wilson Medical over 14 years. From 2004, Kevin was self-employed providing service and validation to healthcare providers, along with cosmetic laser equipment service and calibration. In 2012 Kevin joined the Northland DHB, in his current role.
Kevin has been involved with NZSSA since 2016 and is conference organiser for their 2019 Wellington conference.
Trainer, The Medical Room
Steven has over 30 years of experience in hospital based Biomedical Engineering, with 10 years in a specialist role within Anaesthetics and Intensive Care, which included servicing and maintaining current generation electronically controlled equipment.
Steven’s knowledge, spanning the change from pneumatic to electronic control of anaesthetic machines was used to provide input to the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) professional standards PS31 and PS54. When looked at together, these two standards provide guidance on the selection, maintenance and testing of anaesthetic equipment used in Australia and New Zealand.
Steven has worked on overseas aid projects in Papua New Guinea, countries in the South West Pacific and Vietnam. Based on this experience, for over 10 years he has provided input to the annual Australian Society of Anaesthetists Real World Anaesthetics Conference, (RWAC), a one week training course for qualified anaesthetists from Australia and New Zealand who have an interest in participating in medical outreach or disaster relief in resource poor environments.
In collaboration with a senior paediatric anaesthetist, Steven introduced draw over anaesthesia as a teaching tool at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle NSW. This involved upgrades to basic equipment, as would be encountered in a resource poor environment, to make it safe for use in any hospital operating theatre in Australia or New Zealand. This work preceded and in part contributed to sanctioning of the technique by special mention in ANZCA PS54.
Steven is currently employed by The Medical Room as a trainer specialising in anaesthetic equipment.
Principal Advisor, National Asset Management Plan, Ministry of Health
Leigh has a long career in property information and databases. He started his career as a registered valuer and more recently in a range of property roles.
Leigh is currently assisting the Ministry of Health in the development of the National Asset Management Plan. He is drawing on his Local Government experience, where he was a part of the introduction in asset management in councils. Having held leadership roles in Rangitikei and Kapiti Coast District Councils he is aware of the hard decisions that need to be made with limited resources.
As part of the National Asset Management Plan project, Leigh has a particular focus on the current state of DHB buildings and infrastructure, seismic resilience and the Health Asset Register Tool (HART) which will hold, analyse and display the national picture of DHB assets.
R&D Manager, Howard Wright Ltd
Anthony is the Research & Development Manager at Howard Wright Limited, a leading medical bed and stretcher designer, manufacturer and marketer based in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Anthony has a degree in mechanical engineering and has a total of 19 years product development and manufacturing experience of which 18 years have been spent developing medical devices.
Senior Mechanical Designer, Howard Wright Ltd
Angus has worked with Howard Wright Limited for the last 8 years as a Design Engineer. Prior to Howard Wright he worked with other medical device companies, also having a short time as a design engineer within the animal pharmaceutical industry, totaling 13 years of medical device design experience.
Account Manager, Promed Technologies
Jo has been involved in the medical industry for over 35 years both in a clinical capacity as a registered nurse and for the last 15 years as an Account Manager for Promed Technologies . Her understanding of the technology involved in the monitoring of life saving parameters draws on this experience and allows her to present from both perspectives. Her knowledge and understanding of all levels of the healthcare industry enables her to address not only clinical outcomes but also the science and research that is such an integral part of modern devices.
Graham has 29 years in the generator/distribution and UPS critical power systems electrical market in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Graham originally trained with New Zealand Electricity Department ( NZED) - now Transpower - where a solid understanding of the Power Station 110V-120VDC Battery, 48 Volt comms / 24 Volt comms/ SCADA, control and protection systems along UPS systems and battery strings design was needed, installing and maintaining these at various Power, HVDC Converter Stations and Substations across New Zealand. This solid electrical grounding has given Graham a proactive approach to a critical electrical system design and implementation, and this is regularly passed on internally to the UPS engineering team, and externally to professional engineers across New Zealand.
Stefan Van Rooij
Maintenance and Facilities Engineer, Waikato District Health Board
Stefan have been working for the Waikato DHB for the past six years as Maintenance and Facilities Engineer. His responsibilities include Energy Management including water and trade waste, Boiler House operations, BMS Systems, Legionella Management and Water Quality Management, and he works on a range of various engineering projects to solve highly technical challenges and legacy issues.
Stefan was born in the Netherlands and lived there until the age of 25. He gained a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and went on to get a degree in Teaching Mechanical Engineering.
Prior to joining the Waikato DHB, Stefan was involved in plastic product and mould design, paper converting and diaper manufacturing machine improvements and new installations