Executive Committee

Dr Max Berry


Dr Max Berry is a Neonatologist at Capital & Coast DHB and a Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Director of the Centre for Translational Physiology at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her research interests range from pre-clinical studies exploring the mechanistic basis of preterm-associated health problems through to clinical trials and population-based research.

Ms. Karen Bennington

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Originally from Canada, Karen has been employed in the Wellington NICU for the past 16 years, working in her current role for the last 7 years and registered as an NNP since May, 2016. Karen’s main interest is on minimizing pain and blood loss in the neonate and is involved in research on improving how we provide our care and treatments in the NICU.

Dr Becs Dyson


Dr Becs Dyson is a Research Fellow with the Perinatal and Developmental Physiology Group, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Otago Wellington. After completing her PhD at Hunter Medical Research Institute, and a Postdoctoral position at the University of Wollongong, Australia, she moved to New Zealand to work with Dr Berry on translational models of perinatal compromise.

Dr. Maria Saito-Benz

Executive Committee Member

Dr. Saito-Benz completed her early medical training in the UK where she obtained Master of Art in Medical Sciences at University of Cambridge and BMBCh at University of Oxford. She is currently undertaking her PhD study under Dr. Max Berry’s supervision at University of Otago. Her current research topics include cerebral perfusion and oxygenation in extremely preterm infants, and effects of transfusion on regional tissue oxygenation.

Dr Jay Marlow

Executive Committee Member

Dr Jay Marlow is the Clinical Leader of Maternal and Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound at Wellington Regional Hospital. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Ministry of Health MFM Governance Board. Her interests include accurate antenatal diagnosis for fetal and placental anomalies. She has passion for providing high quality care from the spectrum of primary to tertiary healthcare throughout the entire pregnancy and postnatally

Professor Mark Stringer

Executive Committee Member

Professor Mark Stringer trained at Great Ormond Street and King’s College Hospitals in London and was a research fellow at the Fetal Treatment Centre in San Francisco. After working as a paediatric surgeon in Leeds in the UK he moved to New Zealand in 2006. His clinical and research interests are gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery and long-term outcomes in paediatric surgery.

Angela Williams

Executive Committee Member

Angela has first-hand neonatal experience following the unexpected arrival of her son Jaxon, who born at 24 weeks in 2016. It was not only his experience, but also those of other families around them, which developed a passion for helping to develop and contribute towards the future experience for others. Outside of being mum to a busy and active 2 year old, Angela has a commercial sales background and works in a Government procurement role in Wellington.