Our Board

Tō mātou poari

STIEF is governed by a Board of Directors. We currently have seven Directors who constitute the board.

Our Board Members / Ō mātou mema poari

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Dr Anne Robertson // Director

Dr Anne Robertson is a consultant Sexual Health Physician at MidCentral Health. In 2022, Anne's work in the sector was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours - Anne was named an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to sexual health.

Dr Cathy Stephenson // Director

Dr Cathy Stephenson trained in Edinburgh, and then ventured over to New Zealand as a junior doctor in the 1990s. She has worked in Wellington ever since, in a variety of roles both in primary care and forensic sexual assault work. For a number of years she was part of the team at Mauri Ora, Victoria University's student health and counselling service, where her role included setting up a primary-care based gender affirmative clinic for students. Cathy is presently the Southern Region Clinical Lead of the General Practice Education Programme at the Royal College of General Practitioners. Cathy is passionate about improving access to health services and health knowledge, particularly for more disadvantaged communities, and has regular roles writing health columns and teaching on health and well-being issues. 

Dr Heather Young // Director

Dr Heather Young is a Sexual Health Physician working at the Christchurch Sexual Health Centre. She has a Diploma of Public Health and is a member of the New Zealand Sexual Health Society. She is a casual Senior Clinical Lecturer for the University of Otago. Her interests lies in STI management guidelines, medical and consumer education.

Dr Hayley Denison // Director

Dr Hayley Denison is a Research Fellow at Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research. Hayley is an epidemiologist who specialises in sexual health research. She is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research and teaches research methods at a postgraduate level. Hayley completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, which explored health-seeking behaviour for sexually transmitted infections. Hayley is passionately committed to providing people with access to accurate and evidenced-based information, so they can make informed decisions about their sexual health.

Claire Hurst // Director

Claire Hurst is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with 29 years experience in Sexual Health. Claire was the Project Manager of the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) from 2001 to 2015. Claire established the New Zealand Herpes Foundation (NZHF) and NZ HPV Project in 1994 and, in 2015, launched 'Just The Facts - About sexual health and STIs'; a consumer-focused website targeted at youth. Claire is currently the Nurse Counsellor providing cover for the Herpes, HPV and STIEF toll free Helpline. In 2006, Claire was awarded a QSM for her services to sexual health.

Consumer Representatives // Director

STIEF has two consumer representatives on the Board.