Last updated 05/06/2014

Board Members

The board of the Commission has at least seven members appointed under section 28 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 external link.


The board's Chair is Professor Alan Merry, Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He is a practising cardiac anaesthetist and chronic pain specialist, and works with both public and private patients, in serious medical emergencies and in managing chronic illness.

He led the Safe Anaesthesia Group of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative and currently chairs the Quality and Safety Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. He is involved with a follow-on project with these (and other) organisations to improve the safety of anaesthesia world-wide through better standards, technology and education.

Professor Merry has a long-standing interest in safety and quality in health care. He co-chaired the New Zealand Medical Law Reform Group in the 1990s, and has conducted research into various aspects of safety in anaesthesia and surgery. He co-authored the book Safety and Ethics in Healthcare, A Guide to Getting it Right.

Find out about all board members.

Clinical Leads

The Commission has a number of clinical leads who guide the Commission's work programmes.

Find out about all clinical leads.


Chief Executive

The Commission's Chief Executive is Dr Janice Wilson who was formerly Deputy Director-General of the Population Health Directorate at the Ministry of Health. 

She joined the Ministry in March 1993 as Director of Mental Health, and was also appointed to the position of Chief Psychiatric Advisor in July 1993, later called Chief Advisor, Mental Health. She was Deputy Director-General, Mental Health for seven years before taking up an expanded role that included a range of other Population Health services.

Prior to joining the Ministry, Dr Wilson was Manager of Mental Health Services for the Wellington Area Health Board and, prior to that, Acting Medical Superintendent of Porirua Hospital. A psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, she held the honorary position of President from May 1997 until June 1999.

Dr Wilson also holds a Diploma in Health Administration and a Certificate of Health Economics from Victoria University. She has worked clinically as a psychiatrist and as a manager in Mental Health Services.

Lisa Clyde is Executive Assistant to Dr Wilson. Contact Lisa Clyde.

General Manager

Karen Orsborn is the Commission's General Manager. Contact Karen Orsborn.

Executive Assistant

Lisa Clyde is Executive Assistant to Janice Wilson. Contact Lisa Clyde.

Media Advisors

Liz Price is the Commission's media advisor. Contact Liz Price (027 695 7744).

Staff Directory

Find out more about all staff in our staff directory.



Information on expenses incurred by staff while working for the Commission can be found below.

Expenditure for Dr Janice Wilson, Chief Executive 1 February to 30 June 2011
  1 July to 31 December 2011

1 January to 30 June 2012
  1 July to 31 December 2012
  1 January to 30 June 2013
  1 July to 31 December 2013

Delegation Policy

Click here to read the Commission's delegation policy.