Dr Tanith Alexander


Dr Tanith Alexander is a paediatric dietitian in the neonatal unit at Middlemore Hospital, specialising in neonatal nutrition for the past 15 years and a Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute. Tanith is actively involved in clinical research, has co-authored several academic articles and is the principal investigator of the DIAMOND trial (Different Approaches to Moderate & late preterm Nutrition: Determinants of feed tolerance, body composition and development). Tanith is an executive committee member of the Australasian Neonatal Dietitians' Network (ANDiN) and the ON TRACK network (New Zealand maternal and perinatal clinical trials network).

Dr Ngaire Anderson


Dr Ngaire Anderson is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Waitemata DHB and Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland. She is currently a Board Member of PSANZ and is chairing the development of a National Clinical Practice Guideline for small for gestational age and fetal growth restriction. Her research interests include fetal growth and fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, the impacts of obesity on pregnancy and social determinants of health in pregnancy.

Jennifer Barrowclough


Jennifer Barrowclough is a midwife with 30 years of practice in the UK and NZ and is a PhD candidate at Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. Her thesis titled 'Maternal posture for fetal malposition to improve labour and birth outcomes for mothers and their infants' is currently under review. Jennifer has two recent publications and two manuscripts under peer review. Memberships include the NZ College of Midwives, PSNZ, PSANZ, Liggins Postgraduate Committee, and Liggins Clinical Trials Group. Other activities have included mentoring midwives in NZ and voluntary work with NGOs in Cambodia.

Dr Barbara Cormack

Executive Committee Member

Dr Barbara Cormack is a specialist neonatal dietitian and Clinical Lead for the Starship Child Health Paediatric Dietitians. Her advocacy for improved nutrition research to increase the knowledge base on which paediatric and neonatal clinical nutrition is based led her to a PhD at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, where she works as a Senior Research Fellow. Her research centres on how nutrition affects preterm babies' growth, development, and long-term health.

April Reece

Executive Committee Member

April Reece (consumer representative) has first-hand neonatal experience after the surprise arrival of her son at 24 weeks. Building from this experience, she has helped run New Zealand's neonatal online support group and several other support groups (respiratory & tube feeding). This experience has transferred to life outside of being a micro-prem mum. April is currently undertaking her psychology thesis at Massey university based on others NICU experiences.  

Dr Nikki Patterson

Executive Committee Member

Dr Nikki Patterson is a neonatal paediatrician at Middlemore Hospital and an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Auckland. Nikki has a background in general paediatrics and neonatology and has worked at several centres throughout New Zealand. Nikki has special interests in neonatal follow-up, education, simulation, and quality improvement and is currently leading a major project at Middlemore to reduce the rates of severe intraventricular haemorrhage.