I am a women’s health researcher, author and educator with a particular interest in over-diagnosis, over-prescribing, and the medicalisation of ageing. I am privileged to have had a long association with Women’s Health Action as menopause educator, policy analyst and writer, and more recently as a board member. I have been Chair of the Trust Board since 2012.
I joined WHA as a trustee in 2013 and have since enjoyed being involved in women’s health in Aotearoa alongside an inspiring team and board. I value being a part of an inclusive organisation where different voices have the opportunity to learn from each other.
My particular interests are queer rights, indigenous rights, bodily autonomy and identity politics. I am especially passionate about the rights and welfare of children and young people, and celebrating diversity in all forms, including gender, sex and sexuality.
I double-majored in Women’s Studies and Film, TV & Media Studies and completed half my honours degree at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where I was able to challenge and expand my understanding of feminism and gender studies. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies.
My background is in community-based health research and youth development. Originally from the West Coast of Canada, I have lived and travelled throughout the world and bring a passion for innovation and creativity to all my work. I am strongly committed to women’s health and gender equity; and have worked at community Women’s Centres and managed research projects on the social determinants of women’s health. Currently, my work involves facilitating spaces for positive growth and development for young women. I hold a Master of Arts in Development Studies and a Master of Public Health in Social Inequities and Health. I am very excited to be able to support the health and wellbeing of women in Aotearoa New Zealand and to be involved with the amazing team at Women’s Health Action.
Maggie qualified as a nurse in the UK in 1977 and as a midwife in 1979; practicing midwifery in both clinical and managerial positions since qualifying. Her last position in the UK was as Director of Midwifery for Imperial College NHS Trust, which involved having responsibility for Queen Charlotte’s and St Mary’s Paddington. Maggie was elected as President of the Royal College of Midwives from 2004 until 2008. She was awarded an (Hon)FRCM of the Royal College in 2009.
On emigrating to New Zealand in 2011 Maggie was appointed to the role of Director of Midwifery for Auckland District Health Board and is currently studying for a Doctorate of Health Science.Maggie has a husband who is a New Zealander and a family in the UK and is currently greatly enjoying living at Muriwai.
My passion for women’s health began in the 1970s when I became aware that women were not being served well by the health system and were often not given good information about their bodies. As a result I formed a women’s health group in the provincial city that I lived in. That led to a career change from teaching to health promotion. I worked for Family Planning for nearly 15 years before joining the Cervical Screening Programme and BreastScreen Aotearoa. At the Ministry of Health I held a range of roles covering sexual health and healthy eating. Since 2011 I have been at the Heart Foundation and have recently been appointed the Public Health Strategic Advisor. I bring my experience in all these positions to my role of Deputy Chair of the WHA Trust Board in the hope that it benefits the Board.
I initially qualified in the arts, gaining a Masters degree in Art History before working for around six years in galleries in Auckland and London. I later re-qualified as a lawyer and currently work in the litigation department of a large firm in Auckland. Consumer law is a particular interest.
My involvement in women’s health stems from my personal experience of assisting and nursing my mother during a number of long term health issues, including her final battle with terminal breast cancer. I am myself the mother of two young children.
I am passionate about Health, Education and Finance and have been fortunate to join WHA earlier in 2017.
My day role is a management role at the University of Auckland and I work to sucessfully recruit and retain Māori and Pacific students into the health workforce, to also improve Māori Health in the professional medical programs in addition to supporting research activites affecting Māori and Pacifi whanau health outcomes.
I am a Chartered Accountant, with an MBA and retrained from an IT background.
I have long been an advocate for women and children. My interest in WHA comes from a place of being able to contribute at a different level and have a greater reach and influence. A registered nurse I have worked for an NGO for the last 10 years as the General Manager of the social service arm that has a particular focus on outcomes for families , specifically women and children. My studies have included papers in womens health.
I have 2 adult sons, a husband and spend any spare time I have training for long distance triathlons.