NZACRes Committee Members

Professor Richard Stubbs
President of NZACRes 2016/2017


I am a New Zealand trained surgeon who spent seven and half years training in the UK and US, including 18 months fulltime basic research at UCLA to complete my MD (Otago).  I was introduced to clinical research while a surgical trainee based at Hammersmith Hospital in London.  I have continued with this and basic science research since returning to NZ in 1986 as a consultant surgeon at Wellington Hospital. In 1991 I established the Wakefield Clinic (now Wakefield Gastroenterology Centre) in Wellington and in 1996 the Wakefield Gastroenterology Research Institute. Most of my research through the next 20 years has been investigator led clinical and basic science research but in 2011 I became the Managing Director of P3 Research Ltd which now has three sites in Wellington, Tauranga and Hawkes Bay undertaking sponsored clinical research.
NZACRes is a very important Association of those involved in clinical research in NZ and has achieved a great deal since its inception in 2004. It would be my goal to see it grow through greater involvement of both senior and junior medical staff interested and engaged in clinical research. This would strengthen the Association and broaden its scope to include more investigator led research, while at the same time growing the opportunities for sponsored clinical research in NZ.

Zoe Breeze


I have spent the last 20 years in a variety of clinical research roles within the Pharmaceutical and CRO industry, form monitoring local trials to global study lead roles.  Over this time I have developed a passion for the quality aspects of clinical research and started my move into this area 10 years ago.  In my current role as Quality Manager (GCP/GVP) for Roche New Zealand, I am able to further expand this interest and passion whilst still remaining close to our clinical trails.
I have previously volunteered and have served as an executive committee member from 2016 to 2017.  I believe that through volunteering and committing to NZACRes, we can changed and improve the research environment for all.
I am originally from the UK and love to travel.  I have been lucky enough to live and work in four differenet countries including of course, New Zealand.  Since moving here in 2010, my husband and I have adopted two ex-racing greyhounds which keep us busy and ensure we continue to enjoy the greet outdoors that New Zealand has to offer. 

Eileen Bisley

I am at present an NZACRes executive committee member and I have held this position since 2016 to 2017.  During this time I have also been the convener for the2016 conference and I am convener for our 2017 conference.  I enjoy both roles and believe with NZACRes representing clinical trials and researchers across New Zealand, it enhances the clinical trials and research environment.  I am also involved in strategies going forward and believe that we can grow the clinical trials industry in New Zealand by networking and encouraging those in the clinical trials industry.
I have over 20 years of experience over the phases of drug development from a clinical trials perspective, clinical trials co-ordination plus Ethics review experience.  I work in both the public and the private health sectors and my expertise also includes managing industry sponsored trials.  My background includes owning Clinical Trials NZ Ltd (formerly Waikato Clinical Research), employing staff who conduct clinical trials and overseas travel to various conferences where data from our site has been presented at international meetings.  I believe in NZACRes and I like to encourage excellence in research, reaching out to our members, the wider public, being involved in organising the NZACRes Conference and going forward encouraging NZACRes regional meetings for 2018. 


Julie Jones


In 2016 I was elected to the Executive Committee, whereby I took on the role of Secretary for NZACRes.  During my time on the NZACRes committee I have been involved in the organisation of the Wellington Regional Meeting and the 2016 conference, coordinated the review of the clinical trial agreements and the development of the Medical Technology agreement.  I sit on the working group for the development of our new website, perform numerous administrative duties and support our advocacy and promotion projects.
I have been working within the medical research industry for the past 14 years, both within New Zealand and abroad.  I began my career at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, where I established the GMP facility and ran the clinical trials.
I spent a further seven years in the UK, working with numerous pharmaceutical companies in clinical trial management roles.  I have enjoyed my time with NZACRes.  It has enable me to utilise my skills and remain active in the industry while still caring for my young children and undertaking some freelance consulting. 

Jo Sanders

I have been working in clinical research since the 1990s coming from a nursing background and later gaining a Masters in health science.  I have extensive experience in haematology/bone marrow transplantation having managed the Haematology Clinical Trials unit at Christchurch Hospital for over 20 years.  I joined the team at Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust in early 2016 as Operations Manager.  I work closely with the Directors, Principal Investigators and Study Coordinators to ensure timely delivery of projects with subject safety and quality of data the highest priority.
I have a passion for clinical research and the opportunities it creates to improve health outcomes.

Associate Professor Michael Schulz, MD, PhD, FRACP

Michael studied in Erlangen-Nuremberg and trained in Manchester, London and Regensburg, Germany.  He went to Chapel Hill, NC at the University of North Carolina for his postdoctoral fellowship.
Michael joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago in 2005 taking up a joint clinical position as Senior Lecturer and Gastroenterologist with the Southern District Health Board.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.
Michael published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, review articles and other contributions.
Michael was appointed Head of the Department of Medicine in 2016.
His research experise is focused on clinical and basic scientific aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases with an emphasis on host-microbe interactions.  he has several years of experience working with animal models of experimental colitis and the administration of clinical trials patients with IBD.  He is Direcotr the Gut Health Network which was established in 2011.
Michael was elected as the President of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology in November 2016.

Michelle Sullivan

My name is Marie-Michelle Sullivan.  I have more than 25 years of experience in research administration, having worked overseas and in New Zealand.
I am a member of NZACRes and the Society of Research Administrators International.  I am presently employed by the University of Otago, Dunedin School of Medicine, where I hold two half-time positions.  I am the research administrator for the Gastroenterology Research Unit and administrative assistant for Health Research South.   My work experience allows me to have a broad knowledge of all the processes in implementing research trials.  I am a strong believer in the importance of training and supporting all staff involved in clinical trials to strengthen the research environment.  Thank you for allowing me to share my vast experience in supporting our association and its membership.

Hani Yee

I started my career in Clinical Research back in 2000 when I completed my MSc in Medical Science, Anesthesiology.  For the 10 years that followed my area of research was focused in pharmaceuticals at various CRO's and Sponsor based Clinical Trial Management roles in the United States (where I used to call home).  I moved to NZ in 2010 and after a year in pharma research I decided to change direction and joined FPH as the Clinical Operations Manager and have since been living in the world of Medical Device research.  With the landscape of Medical Device research changing ever so quickly, it has been interesting times for us especially since US and EU make up about 95% of our market and the regulations are becoming more and more "pharma-like".  I am excited to join NZACRes in the capacity of an exec member and expand my knowledge and network within NZ and be able to contribute and represent the device side of clinical research.



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