President - Zane Lee
I started out working for an Auckland company repairing autoclaves and dental equipment part-time while I was at Polytechnic. This became a full-time job for a couple of years till I left to do my O.E. While I was in London I worked for two different company’s repairing and installing equipment for 3 years. When I came back I moved back to my home town of Whangarei and took a job at the NZ refining company repairing Lab equipment but the word got out I knew how to repair Dental/medical equipment and there was no one covering this area on a regular basis so I ended up starting my own business in 2005. We now cover Auckland to Kaitaia over two branches. We have 16 employees who repair Dental medical, Whiteware, brown goods and electrical. While this does keep me very busy I still find time to take my two boys out to go to BMX, Motocross and fishing.
Past President - Tony Blackler
My initial work experience commenced with an avionics apprenticeship and time as a licensed aircraft engineer with the National Airways Corporation. After 8 years with the airline industry, I made the transition to clinical engineering within the Canterbury District Health Board. In 2014 I completed 40 years in health with my current role being as Manager of Clinical Technologies. This role is responsible for the Clinical Engineering, Sterile Services, Medical Illustration and Mobility Services.
Participation with the Institute has seen many and varied roles over thirty-five plus years. Participation in Standards activity and the IFHE has given the opportunity to participate both at a National and International level in the wider aspects of Clinical Engineering. I am currently chairperson of The National Clinical Engineering Advisory Group.
Outside of the work environment, I have been involved with many voluntary organisations since my early days at high school. More recently I have been involved in Rotary both at a local and district level with a number of youth-based programmes.
Treasurer and Membership - Bob Duncan
For those who don’t know me I am Bob Duncan, presently the Treasurer (co-opted) of NZIHE.
My Hospital career started in 1970 at West London Hospital and moved to the New Charing Cross Hospital in 1972, before emigrating to New Zealand in 1973. After a 3 year stint at the Ministry of Works and Development, I joined the Auckland Hospital as Assistant Engineer in 1977 and also joined the Institute that year. I moved to Waikato Hospital in 1981 where I stayed until I retired in 2007.
During my membership of the Institute, I have had the roles of Secretary/Treasurer and President
Secretary - Warren Crawley
I commenced my working life with the Signals Division of New Zealand Railways being involved with all major signalling and electrical project in the Central North Island including earthing and bonding site engineer for the Marton to Te Rapa section of the NIMT Electrification Project. I left the Railway during the down-sizing of the 1980s and joined the Health Service as Engineer art Wanganui Hospital under Barry Hobson. After the establishment of Crown Health Enterprises, I transferred to Palmerston North as Electrical Engineer working for Peter Stevenson.
The political changes of the mid-1990s saw our Facilities and Clinical Engineering functions contracted to Spotless Services. This resulted in a range of opportunities including work in the USA, Australia and Antarctica. My more recently my involvement has been solely with MidCentral and Whanganui DHB’s as Regional Electrical Engineer, Regional Energy Manager and involvement with Capital and Asset Planning. I am a member of the Energy Management Association and am currently a member of the NZS6115 Standards Committee. Outside of Health Engineering, I have completed 24 years with St John finishing this year as a Upskilled Paramedic having been involved in every aspect of ambulance work including several years as Rescue Helicopter Crew. I have a keen interest in Tramping, Diving and Amateur Radio and am in the last 2 months of completing a Master’s Degree in Technology.
Executive Member - Doug Moller
Born & bred in Dunedin. Married to Tric with 2 adult children at university. Doug from dentistry in 1980 and took over his father’s practice in 1981. Trained and set-up a technical hobby business supporting dental equipment. Strongly supported by dental companies & the area health board at the time this business grew to a point where Doug took on staff and sold his practices in dentistry to go full time into biomedical servicing of both dental & medical equipment in 1997. Since that time the business has grown to 15 staff and works an area from Timaru to the Bluff. With specialist repairing of equipment nationwide.
Doug has also travelled widely to training provided by a number of suppliers at their factories overseas. Doug holds licences for the repair and compliance testing of radiation equipment, Doug’s business Dental & Medical Equipment Ltd now provides biomedical services to 3 DHB ’s, 90% of medical, dental & veterinary practices, private hospitals and the University of Otago in Otago, Southland & South Canterbury area
Doug is involved as a consultant to the DHB’s for the Oral Health development program for fixed & mobile clinics and the University of Otago dental school upgrades. Doug is also managing director of a transport company involved in the transport of biohazard substances
Doug joined the institute following the Auckland 2000 conference and has been on the executive team since 2008. He has been President for the last 4 years.
Executive Member - Max Christensen
Following an apprenticeship at the Post Office workshops in Taita, and a few different jobs in between, Max started work at the Hutt Hospital Works Dept in November 1981 as a maintenance electrician.
Those were the days of the Wellington Hospital Board.
Like so many people who became involved in the business of hospital maintenance, it was intended as a short term fill-in job, something to do until a better offer came along. That was over 33 years ago – still waiting for that offer.
Over the ensuing years, the Hospital Board, the Wellington Area Health Board, Hutt Valley Health (CHE) and Hutt Valley DHB have all been employers.
Max is currently Maintenance Supervisor at Hutt Hospital, responsible for all the day to day maintenance at the 250-bed facility, a job he still greatly enjoys after all these years.
Hutt Valley DHB is now part of the 3 DHB Facilities team, which also includes Capital and Coast DHB and Wairarapa DHB, a setup not dissimilar to the Area Health Board. In some ways, this continues the ‘revolving wheel syndrome’ that will be familiar to anyone who has been in the public health system for any length of time. The new model is designed to create a better outcome for the delivery of health services in the Wellington/ Wairarapa area.
Executive Member - Nigel Cross
I arrived in New Zealand in 1975 from the UK. After serving a full apprenticeship in the aircraft industry, in the UK, I had attained a full technological certificate in mechanical production engineering.
On arriving in New Zealand I worked for several Christchurch based engineering companies. In 1991 I joined the CDHB working as a precision engineer in Technical Services, now Clinical Engineering. Realising that nearly all the equipment we were involved with had an electrical component I gained my EST to assist this work. In 2003 I became Charge Technician.
Over the past 25 years, I have really enjoyed working with Anaesthetic and Optical equipment in particular. Also developing relationships and ongoing development of the Clinical Engineering service.
Some of the highlights have been
- The rebuild of ChCh Women's Hospital
- Development of Burwood Theatres
- Older Persons Health New Build at the Burwood site
The future holds some exciting challenges with the new Acute Services Building and Outpatients Dept on the Christchurch Hospital campus.
Executive Member - Gavin Carey-Smith
Gavin started out in the industrial electrical trade and remains a registered electrician. During his early years of work he also completed New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) through night courses at the local polytechnic. Gavin first gained electrical engineering experience by working in the Oil and Dairy Industries in Taranaki. In 1997 he decided to complete a degree in Engineering and Automation at Massey University.
At the end of 1999, Gavin obtained a job as Process Improvement Engineer with Carter Halt Harvey Plastics in Hastings. During this time he was responsible for many capital improvements and had a lead role in improving factory production.
In 2003 Gavin took a job at Hawkes Bay Hospital as Projects and Energy Engineer. At the DHB Gavin progressed to a managerial role as Capital Projects Manager and now holds the position of Facilities Manager.
Gavin is a Registered Professional Project Manager with Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Professional Engineer with Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
Gavin and his wife have three children and live in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay. Gavin has a passion for supporting others on a volunteer basis both locally and abroad.
Executive Member - Michael Brown
Born in Christchurch, but raised in Blenheim, I call Christchurch home. It's here that I live with my wife Glenys and our children.
I originally started my career as an electronics technician for a Wellington company, manufacturing foreign object detection equipment for the food and textiles industry. Having attained the position of Senior Service Engineer, I left that company to spend three years driving tour coaches all over Europe and the UK.
When I had enough of living out of a backpack, I returned to Christchurch. After a few years specialising in industrial XRay, metal detection and weighing systems, I started working for the CDHB. As a Biomedical Services Technician, my specific areas of responsibility include the Emergency Department, Resuscitation Equipment, Rural Hospitals and numerous clients outside the hospital. I am passionate about my job and relish the fact that I am able to use my skills and enthusiasm working alongside other medical professionals to improve patient care. It excites me that, having worked for more than 10 years in this field, I am still constantly learning new things, and working on new equipment.
Outside of work, I enjoy breeding quail and spending time exploring the outdoors with my family.
I am excited about what the future holds; Christchurch following the earthquakes is turning into an amazing city and with a rapidly developing health service, the DHB is a stimulating and interesting place to work.
Executive Member - Bob Duncan
Executive Member - Kevin Miller
Executive Member - Kevin Flower