Board / Executive Director


The six officers elected to the Board are:

Māori and Cultural Development
Professional Standards
Professional Development
Member Networks

Katrina McGarr & Emma Quigan


Roles and Responsibilities

  • To provide strategic leadership of NZSTA.
  • To assist and direct Board members in decision making.
  • To attend to the regular administration and business details of NZSTA.
  • To oversee NZSTA finances and ensure cost effective utilisation of financial resources.
  • To ensure budgets allow for funding of key strategic tasks and organisation.
  • To ensure the NZSTA is meeting all obligations.

To contact Katrina email

To contact Emma email 

Hana Tuwhare

Māori and Cultural Development

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Māori and Cultural Development Portfolio
  • Facilitate bicultural partnership within the NZSTA and the SLT profession, as per the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Promote cultural safety within the NZSTA and the SLT profession
  • Promote cultural diversity within the NZSTA and the SLT profession
  • Promote and support the growth of a culturally and ethnically diverse SLT workforce

To contact Hana email

Selena Donaldson

Professional Standards

Roles and Responsibilities

  • To coordinate the development and maintenance of Professional Standards of Practice.
  • To inform the Board regarding changes and developments that may impact on professional practice.
  • To establish and maintain networks with Allied Associations involved with Speech-Language Therapy.
  • To implement and liaise with the Ethics Committee.
  • To implement and liaise with the Programme Accreditation Council (PAC).

To contact Anna email

Mel Street

Professional Development

Roles and Responsibilities

  • To facilitate the development of continuing education programs and events.
  • To implement the transfer/exchange of learning materials and joint programs between areas including keeping members informed of programs and visiting speakers.
  • To identify, and liaise with, National Advisors involved with Speech-Language Therapy.
  • To liaise with Speech Pathology Australia regarding the planning of professional development events and organising of Australasian tours for speakers.
  • To encourage development of Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • To promote and support growth of research within New Zealand via NZSTA funding and awards.
  • To oversee implementation of Continuing Professional Development Records, and to evaluate data from these records to assist in planning for professional development events.

To contact Mel email

Akshat Shah

Member Networks

Roles and Responsibilities

  • To act in the best interests of the members of the NZSTA
  • To liaise with and support area representatives, student representatives and private practice representative
  • To ensure that all members have access to timely, informative and relevant information concerning the profession and the NZSTA
  • To promote and increase membership
  • To encourage members to positively promote the profession
  • To contribute to the ongoing development of the NZSTA website
  • To provide support to all members of the Board

To contact Akshat email

Renee Taylor


Roles and Responsibilities

  • To promote public awareness of Speech-Language Therapy and communication/swallowing disorders.
  • To promote NZSTA as the ‘voice’ of the Speech-Language Therapy profession in New Zealand, and to raise Speech-Language Therapists’ awareness of the benefits of NZSTA membership.
  • Communication with NZSTA Representatives on National Bodies.
  • Liaison with external agencies (e.g. Members of Parliament) jointly with the President.
  • Collate and update information for the media database.
  • Creation and distribution of media releases, in conjunction with the President.

To contact Renee email

Siobhan Molloy

Executive Director

The executive director is responsible and accountable to the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) Board for the implementation of the strategy and management of the organisation, the implementation of organisational policies and priorities and fulfilment of contracted outcomes, in order to realise the Association’s vision, mission and strategic goals.

The executive director will be responsible for the effectiveness, sustainability and accountability of the organisation and will:

  • support the NZSTA Board to provide good governance and strategic planning, based on timely, accurate and reliable information.
  • ensure corporate and regulatory compliance.
  • work collaboratively with the Board, committees, and administration staff to develop and implement the strategic plan.
  • provide leadership to operational staff and volunteers.
  • develop new and maintain existing key stakeholder relationships within the broader speech-language therapy sector.
  • ensure the financial viability, relevance and sustainability of the NZSTA.
  • maintain the NZSTA as the pre-eminent peak body for speech-language therapists.

To contact Siobhan email