The VHIN Executive group currently comprises:

  • Professor Jeroen Douwes, Massey University
  • Dr Barry Milne, University of Auckland
  • Professor Tony Blakely, University of Otago
  • Ms Tracey Vandenberg, Ministry of Health
  • Mr Andrew Sporle, University of Auckland (Māori)
  • Mr Philip Walker, Statistics New Zealand


  • Ms Kendra Telfer, Ministry of Health (key contact person in the Ministry)
  • Dr Andrea Teng, University of Otago (lead researcher on VHIN funded by Healthier Lives NSC)
  • Dr Sheree Gibb, Otago and Ministry (previously appointed to lead VHIN Catalyst projects)
  • Ms Kate Sloane, University of Otago (administrative support)