2018 Conference Speakers

lawrence yule.jpgLawrence Yule - MP for Tukituki, Former Mayor of the Hastings District and former President of Local Government New Zealand

Lawrence has lived in Hawke's Bay all his life, apart from time away for education, and has been Mayor of the Hastings District for 15 years, and President of Local Government New Zealand for nine years.  He recently retired as Chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum after six years.  He has led and developed a number of large regional projects including the building of the Pettigrew Green Arena and the Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park. He is currently leading the strengthening of the Hawkes Bay Opera House.

Lawrence has special interests in climate change, environment issues, infrastructure and local government. His community interests include being a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary and a Trustee of the U-Turn Trust which assists the people of Flaxmere. Outside of work, Lawrence enjoys relaxing with his family – wife Karen and their four adult children - and fishing (if he had more time).

Lawrence brings a wealth of experience directly relating to regional critical events where hard decisions with big impacts have had to be made. 


Cheryl Hughes.jpgCheryl Hughes - Clinical Educator for da Vinci Robotic Surgery in New Zealand

Cheryl trained as a registered nurse and specialised in perioperative nursing.  She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science, a Post-Grad Certificate in Heath Informatics and Certificate in Adult Teaching.

In 2004, she started working for Device Technologies as their clinical educator. In 2007, Device Technologies became the distributor of the da Vinci Surgical robot and Cheryl became involved in the education and training of this technology.

Cheryl has experienced many advances in this technology in the past 10 years, which she is going to share with delegates at this conference.



Noel Evans.pngNoel Evans - Technical Principal, WSP-Opus

Noel is a structural engineer who has worked on Hawke’s Bay projects with WSP-Opus and its predecessors. He also managed the Hawke’s Bay Engineering Lifelines Project which seeks to reduce the risks to critical infrastructure from natural hazards.

He has assessed buildings following a number of earthquakes. In 2010/2014, he coordinated the rapid assessments of buildings in the Christchurch CBD following the major Canterbury earthquakes. He participated in learning form earthquake tours to Thailand (2004) and Chile (2010).

Noel has a long association with Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and currently advises it on seismic risk issues.


Boot, Caroline, Clever Buying.jpgCaroline Boot, MBA(Hons) BSc. MNZIM - Clever Buying and Plan A

Over the past 20 years, Caroline Boot has been heavily engaged in improving tendering practices, for both clients and suppliers across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

She is well known as the developer of the Clever Buying course for procurement professionals and as assessor for the NZQA Procurement qualification.

She has become a keen advocate for standardisation and extension of procurement capability development and qualification throughout NZ public sector organisations, including, specifically, DHBs and health sector organisations.

Through Clever Buying, she has also increasingly provided practical procurement support including procurement planning, RFx documentation development, probity auditing, tender evaluation and scoring scale development.

Caroline is a recognised leader in best practice procurement, who loves with organisations to sharpen the tools and processes that they use to make public expenditure decisions.


mhairi mchugh.jpgMhairi McHugh

Mhairi has worked for the Ministry of Health for the past 20 years.  As Manager of DHB Funding and Capital, Mhairi’s responsibilities include funding DHBs for both operations and capital projects.  Mhairi has a physics degree from Edinburgh University, and was a lecturer in actuarial science and statistics at Massey University before joining the Health Funding Authority.  This passion led her to develop and implement the Population Based Funding Formula (PBFF) for the Ministry in 2000.

The DHB Capital team provides secretariat support to the Health Asset Management Improvement (HAMI) group.  More recently, as an extension of the team’s current work, the Minister announced the investigation of the development of a National Asset Management Plan for the DHB sector.


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Chris Watson

Chris is currently the Capital and Operations Planning Manager for Waitemata DHB, the Chair of the Health Sector Asset Management Improvement Group and is also a Board member of St John.

Chris has held senior asset management both in strategic and operational roles across multiple sectors, predominantly Utility, local government and health sectors. He has been part of national and international asset management committees setting strategic direction accross Australian and New Zealand. .

As well as strategic asset management, Chris is also leading a transformational program for project, programme and portfolio management across Waitemata DHB and leads the Portfolio Support Office.


phil woolhouse.jpgPhil Woolhouse, Director: Phil Woolhouse Hydraulics Pty Ltd.

Water piping failures within modern day plumbing systems are an ever-increasing problem occurring in a large number of buildings Australia wide. Part of Phil’s philosophy is to not only provide a design solution, but more importantly understand the root cause of the issue to prevent recurrence.

Phil Woolhouse first started investigating piping failures in 2012, the focus initially a German engineered polypropylene random copolymer (‘PP-R’) piping system that had been used successfully in Europe for over twenty years however on Australian soil, failures were becoming evident. Phil’s research has now expanded into all types of piping materials given the phenomenon of Australian failures is no longer limited to PP-R, but across all materials with the time period from installation to failure reducing at a fairly rapid rate.

From data recordings of fluid dynamics collected from approximately eighty buildings over a six year period, Phil has been able to identify many behaviours within and from the plumbing system itself that have contributed to piping failures of all materials. Phil has been engaged by many major plumbing manufacturers to investigate building system operational performance in relation to material or equipment failures and is often sought to act as an expert witness in material failure lawsuits, supported by a team of polymer scientists and leading corrosion experts. The research work and findings that Phil has made is now becoming recognised worldwide and he continues to encourage industry leaders to help educate and correct the current issues facing the plumbing industry.

The problems that lead to pipe failure are complex only because of the multiple factors that frequently occur in the system simultaneously. Sometimes there has been as many as ten separate issues working simultaneously together which has led to failure.

Phil Woolhouse is licenced plumber and an associate of Australian Hydraulic Service Consultant Association (AHSCA), the Institute of Plumbing Australia and a former TAFE Qld lecturer and course developer for the Diploma of Hydraulic Services (2014). Phil has served on a number of committees including Standards Australia WS14 working group – Hot Water Circulation (Sydney NSW), Murdoch University Small Water & Waste Water Systems 2018, Plumbing Technical Advisory Group, Master Plumbers Associated Merchant & Manufacturer Sub-Committee, the Institute of Plumbing Australia Plumbing Research Group and is a regular presenter at AHSCA meetings Australia wide.


HJB photo.jpgHenry Biggelaar, 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 18 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.


Willem Heesterman.jpgWill Heesterman, The Surveying Company


Will has been in the UAV and scanning industry for over 5 years. He originally trained in the coal mines of Australia where UAVs and laser scanners were part of the day to day toolkit used by surveyors. Will has experience using a UAV to map everything from small highly detailed churches to 25+ square kilometers of forestry. Will has also been involved with laser scanning, using the latest techniques and equipment to measure and model anything from coal mine highwall faces to intricate infrastructure and pipework in industrial environments.



David Galler.jpgDavid Galler

David is the son of Polish Jewish refugees who arrived in NZ in the early 1950s.  After attaining his first degree at Victoria University, he worked as a bus driver in Wellington. During his time driving the big reds, he helped women with prams board his bus and made endless polite conversation with the good citizens of Wellington. He also became well known for not charging customers who boarded the bus with freshly ground coffee. He was finally let go for refusing to wear socks so decided to become a doctor.

David Galler was the clinical lead at Ko Awatea and programme Chair of the annual APAC Forum, now sadly no more; he remains in practice as an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital where he has worked for 28 years.

He has been a visiting specialist to the National Health Service of Samoa and is engaged by the Pacific Health Unit of Counties Manukau to advise on the development of people and health services in the Pacific.

David is a cofounder of the small group responsible for a 21% reduction in Green House Gas Emissions from his own organisation and together with others leading national work to reduce healthcare’s carbon footprint and realise the health benefits and cost savings that these will bring.

During his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles within the DHB and in broader society. He once was the Vice President, then President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and for 7 years the Principal Medical Advisor to the Director General and Ministers of Health. He is now basking in the afternoon of his career and is contemplating what he should now do with what remains of his one and only precious life.

His first book, Things That Matter – Stories of Life and Death published by Allen and Unwin has been a NZ best seller. David speaks frequently at medical conferences and to non medical audiences; he also is a random contributor to The SpinOFF and other publications.


Kevin+Biggar+standing.jpgKevin Biggar

Kevin was a strategy consultant before he left the corporate world to take part in the trans-Atlantic Rowing race. An unusual choice for anyone but particularly someone who hadn’t rowed before and was prone to sea-sickness. Then he trekked unsupported to the South Pole and co-presented the award winning TVNZ documentary series ‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ’.

Now he delivers kick arse keynotes and workshops on facing challenges, energising teams, taking performance to the next level and boosting mental toughness.

If you ever thought that you couldn’t do it Kevin is living proof of whatever the mind can believe, it can achieve. From the comfort of his couch, Kevin dared to dream and set himself some goals that for most of us would be outrageous.

Described as adventurous determined and goal driven, his journey proves that he is all that and – and more! You’ll be amazed at by his rollicking story and come away believing that anything is possible.



jim keller.jpgJames P. Keller, Jr., MS, FACCE, Vice President of International Market Development, ECRI Institute

James Keller leads efforts to support the mission, business operations, business development, planning, and overall growth of ECRI Institute's international programs and services. He serves as a member of ECRI Institute’s executive committee.

Prior to taking on his international role, James spent nearly 20 years directing ECRI Institute’s Health Devices evaluation program, which provides independent judgment and guidance to help hospitals and health systems select and manage medical devices. On April 23, 2002, the New York Times called the program the “country’s most respected laboratory for testing of medical products."

James was also responsible for the Health Devices Alerts notification service for medical product hazards and recalls; Alerts Tracker®, a Web-based tool for managing hazards and recalls of medical products; Biomedical Benchmark™, a resource to help hospitals manage their medical equipment service activities; an annual series of interactive webinars on health technology issues; and the International Medical Device Problem Reporting System. He co-developed Alerts Tracker, which is now used in over 1,000 hospitals worldwide.

James is a recognized expert and frequently invited speaker on a wide range of health technology-related topics, including patient safety, equipment management, strategic planning and forecasting, device utilization, asset management, and the convergence of medical devices and information systems. He has delivered keynote addresses at national conferences in Australia, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, and the United States.

James is a past president of the board of the American College of Clinical Engineering, a past member of the board of the Healthcare Technology Foundation, and a past member of the board for the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission. In 2016, James was named a fellow in the American College of Clinical Engineering.

James earned an MS in biological engineering at the University of Connecticut and a BS in zoology at the University of Massachusetts.


neil campbell.pngNeil Campbell, Head of Department Medical Microbiology, Hastings Hospital, Hawkes Bay DHB.

Neil has been in post 10 years at the DHB and was previously a manager/IT manager in a laboratory on the south coast of England in the NHS.  This involved working with the Department of Health and the Health Protection Agency on the introduction of a national Chlamydia screening program and the introduction of an automatic, computer based, Public Health notification system.  He has a background and working interest in Infectious disease serology as well as Biochemistry and Cellular Pathology.  Previous to this, he worked as a manager for Microbiology and I.T. in a private hospital in the South of England.  This was post 9 years in the UK Armed forces where he taught pathology while stationed in London and worked in pathology around the world.