About NZACRes

About Us

The New Zealand Association of Clinical Research (NZACRes) was formed from the clinical research focus group to foster and promote clinical research, and is the professional association for clinical researchers in New Zealand. NZACRes holds regular meetings to bring together members of the clinical research community, to discuss issues and create collaborative solutions for our industry.

NZACRes organises events encouraging networking opportunities amongst our peers within our industry. Currently regional meetings are held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. NZACRes holds the annual NZACRes Clinical Research Conference where invited speakers from New Zealand and overseas present on topics of interest to researchers.

NZACRes is a non-profit scientific educational organisation. It is run by an elected team of volunteer officers from amongst its members.

Our Goal

Our overarching goal is to promote and support clinical research in New Zealand by:

  • acting as a conduit for networking within the industry;
  • providing information and resources for the industry in New Zealand;
  • educating stakeholders on issues pertinent to clinical research in New Zealand
  • supporting and encouraging training opportunities for our members;
  • promoting New Zealand as a preferred location for clinical research.
Our Members

NZACRes membership is open to all those who have an interest in clinical research. Membership fee for 2016 is set at $75.00 (including GST) or $50.00 for student membership. To become a member please apply to register here.

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Members Include
  • Investigators, Study Coordinators, Physicians, Clinical Research Nurses,¬†University and Hospital based research personnel
  • Clinical Research Managers, Clinical Research Associates, Regulatory Specialists and personnel from research institutes
  • Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device research personnel
  • Pharmacists and Laboratory personnel
  • Health Economists, Biostatisticians and Data Managers
  • Medical Writers and Industry Consultants

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.

Richard Stubbs

Julie Jones


Julie has acted as the NZACRes Secretary since 2016. During her time on the NZACRes committee she has been involved in the organisation of the Regional Meetings; the 2016 conference; coordinated the review of the clinical trial agreements and the development of the Medical Technology agreement; helped develop the new website; perform numerous administrative duties; and worked on NZACRes consultation, advocacy and promotion projects.
Julie has 16 years of experience across a variety of roles within the clinical research industry. Julie is currently working with MRINZ in quality compliance and is the secretary for NZACRes. She previously established the GMP facility at the Malaghan Institute and spent 7 years within the European pharmaceutical industry; in clinical trial management, strategic development and relationship management positions.
Julie Jones

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.
Jo Sanders

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.
Michelle Sullivan

Meghan McIlwain

I am a CRA at ICON Clinical Research. Originally a pharmacist, I completed my PhD in Pharmacy in 2014; my doctoral studies focused on neuroimaging biomarkers of treatment resistant schizophrenia. I published research articles on topics ranging from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to the endocannabinoid system in addiction and ``party pill`` drug-drug interactions. After a post-doc in California I returned to New Zealand where I now enjoy working in the pharma industry as a CRA and occasional guest lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland.
Meghan McIlwain

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.
Eileen Bisley

Jane Wylie

Jane Wylie was originally a Medical Laboratory Scientist, and after raising a family and completing a DipSocSci she returned to work in 2001 as New Zealand Coordinator for an Australasian research consortium into familial breast cancer. In 2006 she moved to clinical trials work for the Haematology Research Unit at Auckland Hospital, acting as Team Leader for several years, and then in 2014 to new trials development and quality management in Cancer Trials New Zealand at the University of Auckland. During this time she obtained a MHSc(Hons) with studies in health law and ethics, research design and cancer therapies. Most recently Jane has been a Research Project Manager at the University of Auckland of studies investigating molecular profiling in blood cancers. Past roles also include a part-time research consultancy facilitating projects across a range of health disciplines (2005-2012) and secondment to the NZ Health Innovation Hub (2012). She currently serves on a Health and Disability Ethics Committee and the Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) established under the Auckland Academic Health Alliance.
Jane Wylie

Zoe Breeze

I have spent the last 20 years in a variety of clinical research roles within the Pharmaceutical and CRO industry, from monitoring local clinical 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 trials.
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 change 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 4 different countries including, of course New Zealand. Since moving here in 2010, my husband and I have adopted ex-racing greyhounds which keep us busy and ensure we continue to enjoy the great outdoors that New Zealand has to offer.
Zoe Breeze