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.
IAG members are appointed by PDH.

Professor Gregor Coster, CNZM


Professor Coster recently retired as the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Health at Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Allan Moffitt

Clinical Director, ProCare Health

Dr Moffitt is a GP working at The Fono, Manurewa and also Clinical Director at ProCare, NZ’s largest PHO. He has an extensive history in primary care at all levels including nationally. He is a member of the NZ institute of Directors.

Andrew Sporle

University of Auckland

Mr Sporle has expertise in official data innovations and teaches in Statistics at the University of Auckland. He is also a founding member of Te Mana Rauranga, the Māori Data Sovereignty network.

Dr Diana Siew

University of Auckland

Dr Siew is the Co-Chair of the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies.

Dr Helen Lunt

Clinical Director, Health Innovation Hub, Canterbury DHB

Dr Lunt is also an active researcher, undertaking clinical trials in diabetes/metabolism.

Dr Jacqueline Schmidt-Busby

Tumu Whakarae / CEO, Comprehensive Care PHO

Dr Schmidt-Busby is an experienced Pacific health researcher and brings extensive expertise in equity in healthcare.

Jon Herries

Ministry of Health

Mr Herries is the Group Manager, Emerging Health Technologies at the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

Dr Judy Blakey, MNZM

Consumer Health Advisor

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