The NZMA Board provides governance and policy for the NZMA. It comprises the Chair and Deputy Chair, up to five elected members, as well as the chairs of the General Practitioner Council, Specialist Council and Doctors-in-Training Council. Elections for the NZMA Board are held every two years.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the NZMA Board and want to know what's involved, click here.  


Dr Kate Baddock NZMA

Kate Baddock, Chair

Dr Kate Baddock is a General Practitioner in Warkworth and also Deputy Chair of the new Waitemata PHO. She was previously chair of the GPC and Deputy Chair of the NZMA. Dr Baddock gained her medical degree at the University of Otago and currently works as a partner at Kawau Bay Health with five other general practitioners in Warkworth. She teaches undergraduate medical students, postgraduate doctors and registrars in General Practice training programmes. Dr Baddock considers general practice her ideal job and says the best moments in medicine are when you know you've made a difference. 


Harvey White, Deputy Chair

Prof Harvey White is a cardiologist who gained his medical degree at the University of Otago and currently works as the Director of Coronary Care at Greenlane Cardiovascular Research Unit at Auckland City Hospital, and as Honorary Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He started his career as a House Surgeon at Kew Hospital in New Zealand in 1974 and moved to work at Greenlane Hospital in 1978 as a Cardiology Registrar.  


Buzz Burrell

Buzz Burrell is currently a member of the NZMA Board and GPC. He trained in the UK 1986, and joined the physician training program, MRCPI in 1991. He has worked in a number of remote/rural practices including Western Australia, Reefton, and the Chatham Islands. Currently he is working at his General Practice in Renwick 10 km outside Blenheim, is a regional Coordinator for the Rural Medical Immersion Programme; and the GPSI for the Chronic Pain service in Nelson. He also is a GP College registrar trainer, and senior lecturer with the University of Otago.


David Galler

David Galler is currently an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital, as well as Clinical Lead for Ko Awatea at Counties Manukau Health. He has held several director/leadership positions within Counties Manukau DHB, ASMS, Ministry of Health, and HQSC (to name a few). David's focus will be to advocate for meaningful change in how we look at, devise and implement our health and social policies to ensure that they are aligned to promote wellness; to allow individuals, families and communities reach their potential.

 Jibi Kunnethedam

Jibi Kunnethedam, Student Representative

Jibi Kunnethedam was the previous President of the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA). He is a 6th year medical student at the University of Auckland. Outside of medicine, Jibi is a keen sportsman with a particular passion for football and cricket. He enjoys spending his spare time with friends and competes weekly for his local quiz team! As the future of the profession, Jibi believes junior doctors can be the drivers behind improving the medical system and have a significant role to play.

 Joshua Freeman

Joshua Freeman, Chair, Specialist Council 

Joshua Freeman is a Clinical Microbiologist at Auckland City Hospital and in 2011 was appointed the Clinical Lead of Hand Hygiene New Zealand; a national quality improvement programme that aims to improve hand hygiene practice in New Zealand hospitals. Prior to his current roles, Dr Freeman worked as a Research Fellow at Duke University Medical Centre and since returning to NZ in 2009 has continued with research into antibiotic resistance and healthcare-associated infections. More recently his interests have expanded to include advocacy and research into areas of public health policy.


Magnus Cheesman, Chair, Doctors-in-Training Council

Magnus Cheesman is a Surgical Registrar for Waikato DHB in Waikato hospital and the current Chair of the DiTC. He was elected as the PGY1 representative on the DiTC in 2015, during his term helped develop the proposal towards a new national teaching award. He was the NZMA representative on the ACE selection scheme review group, and was the NZMA representative assisting with the MCNZ's review of prevocational training changes and the implementation of e-port.  

 Michael Chen-Xu

Michael Chen-Xu 

Michael Chen-Xu is a recent Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Social and Behavioural Sciences and is currently a Medical Registrar (Internal Medicine Resident) in the Wellington region. Michael is interested in how we can utilise behavioural insights to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, improving the social determinants of health, and the epidemiology of gout and other rheumatological conditions. Clinical interests include rheumatology, neuroimmunology, and the care of the elderly. Michael is a past member of NZMA Doctors-in-Training Council (DiTC) and the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA).


Ruth Spearing

Ruth Spearing is a hematologist and previous Clinical Director in Christchurch. She was the Chair of the Canterbury Hospitals Medical Staff Association for 14 years, a position which is elected on a yearly basis. This group, which has a wide-based constitution, has worked very successfully with management to help bring about major changes and improvement in health care and patient safety – things which helped to put the health system in a strong position at the time of the earthquakes. She was an elected member and Deputy Chair of the CDHB Clinical Board.


Jan White, Chair, General Practitioner Council

Jan White graduated from the University of Otago Medical School, worked in Invercargill for three years then moved north to Auckland. She worked in Family Planning and Student Health, before joining Mt Eden Medical Centre where she owns her own practice. She unashamedly enjoys General Practice (as much as she did when she first started), and treasures and respects the Dr/Patient relationships.