Independent Advisory Group

PDH’s Independent Advisory Group provides a variety of perspectives on our research activities and projects, including views of consumer, industry, Māori, Pacific, clinical, and academic experts. The IAG recommends the research portfolio and projects to the board.

Professor Gregor Coster


Professor Gregor Coster is the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Health at Victoria University of Wellington. Prof Coster is the Chairman of Worksafe NZ and a Board Member of ACC.

Dr Judy Blakey

Consumer Health Advisor

Dr Judy Blakey, MNZM, is the Chairperson of the Mairangi Arts Centre’s Board of Trustees. Judy is an advocate for consumer perspectives within the NZ health system.

Lope Ginnen

Barrister and DIrector

Director, Vaka Tautua Barrister – family law specialist; Deputy Chair of Auckland District Health Board; Director of Vaka Tautua Limited; Trustee of Emerge Aotearoa; Trustee of Brainwave Trust Aotearoa; Member of Community Advisory Group of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court.

Professor Geoffrey Holmes

Dean of Comp & Math Sciences, University of Waikato

Professor Geoff Holmes was head of the highly successful machine learning group at Waikato for over a decade, and has been involved in several open source projects over the last 20 years.

Dr Helen Wihongi

Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi, Te Whanau a Apanui

Psychologist & Māori Research Advisor, Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB Team Member

Scott Arrol

CEO, New Zealand Health IT

Scott has broad commercial, business development and governance experience in the New Zealand health sector

Dr Helen Lunt

Clinical Director, Health Innovation Hub, Canterbury DHB

Helen is also an active researcher, undertaking clinical trials in diabetes/metabolism