The six officers elected to the Board are:

Vice President and Professional Standards
Professional Development
Māori and Cultural Development
Member Networks

Annette Rotherham


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 Annette email

Anna Miles

Vice President and 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

Claire Winward

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 Claire 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

Emma Quigan


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 Emma email

Katrina McGarr

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 Katrina email