Our team

As a registered charity, nzparamedic.org is governed by a board of trustees. The board is comprised of individuals from a variety of legal, financial, management, marketing, paramedical, and medical backgrounds. The board is supported by an executive officer who oversees day-to-day running of the Trust.

Curt Ward - President


Curt’s passion for paramedic education led him to establish nzparamedic.org. Curt works as an Intensive Care Paramedic in Christchurch with previous experience working in Timaru and Auckland. He has been involved in the ambulance sector on many levels including education, youth development and volunteer co-ordination. Curt is currently completing his final papers towards a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine) and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management. In spare time, Curt enjoys a leisurely game of golf and a good mountain bike ride.

Ken Lord - Chairman


Ken has been a partner at Parry Field Lawyers since 1980. His community interest and expertise in charitable law makes him an asset to nzparamedic.org. Ken is a contributing author of the LexisNexis Law of Trusts, having written the chapter devoted to charity law. Ken currently serves or has served on the boards of the YMCA Christchurch, Christian Resource Centre International, Orphans Aid International, Hagar New Zealand Charitable Trust, Living Springs Trust, and many others. In his spare time, Ken is a keen musician and a competitive road cycling racer.

Caroline Fenton


Caroline has a background in both corporate HR and consulting and was as a Director at PwC in Auckland before starting her own business. Caroline also has studied medicine and worked as a medical writer, maintaining her interest in health and its management. Her experience recruiting school leavers and graduates gave her an insight into the different levels of understanding young people have about their opportunities. Caroline strongly supports the goals of nzparamedic.org in increasing the profile of a rewarding health-related career. Away from work, Caroline is a keen gardener, enjoys the outdoors, attends Laser sailing regattas with her partner and supports the SPCA by fostering cats and kittens.

    Dr Tammy Pegg MBChB (Honours) MRCP FRACP FC CANZ DPhil


    Tammy is a specialist cardiologist with an interest in Heart Failure and Non-invasive imaging including cardiac MRI. She graduated with honours from the University of Leeds in 2000. Her basic medical training was at the University of Manchester Hospitals and she gained membership to the Royal College of Physicians in 2003. After advanced training in Cardiology in the Wessex Deanery, she commenced a PhD in cardiac surgery at the University of Oxford, working with one of the UK’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons. In addition to her clinical work, Tammy has a strong interest in medical education and is an intern supervisor for junior doctors and is also a Trustee for the Nelson Marlborough Cardiology Education Trust.

      Kris Gagliardi

      BHSc, BA, DipMgt, GradCertEM

      Kris currently works as a Shift Manager and Intensive Care Paramedic for St John Ambulance in Nelson and is a member of the AUT University Advisory Committee for paramedicine and emergency management. His interests include resuscitation, primary healthcare and paramedical research, which have led him to establish nzparamedic.org with Curt. Kris has a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine), Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & History) and various management qualifications. Kris has a strong interest in health politics and in his spare time enjoys reading, travelling and playing indoor sports.

      Anne Newman

      Anne has extensive marketing experience with over 16 years in the industry. Having recently returned to New Zealand she has set up her own marketing business, VOLOM. With a strong commercial acumen and strategic outlook, Anne uses her marketing skills to help businesses grow and gain a competitive advantage. She has extensive international marketing experience having worked with companies in Europe, the Middle East, USA, Asia and South Africa. Anne has an Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury. In her spare time, Anne enjoys the outdoors and is a keen sailor and diver.

        Tony Blaber - Executive Officer

        CStJ, BSc (Hons)

        Tony is a degree qualified Chartered Engineer with experience of industrial and health sector change in the UK and NZ. He returned to New Zealand in 1999 and joined St John as Chief Executive of the Northern Region (SI). Alongside this role he led a $16m national project to consolidate the country’s nine “111” emergency ambulance communications centres into a virtual single centre. Tony was appointed Operations Director for St John in 2008 with national responsibility for the strategic direction of all ambulance and related emergency services and a workforce of 900 paid and 2,800 volunteers. Tony was St John’s Transformation and Innovation Director leading projects to deliver transformational change prior to retiring from full time work in 2011.

        Sam McMullan

        Sam is a solicitor at Meredith Connell, Auckland. He has a LL.M from NYU, and a LL.B (Hons) and BA from Victoria University of Wellington. He has worked as a volunteer paramedic for Wellington Free Ambulance and an events volunteer for St John, Wellington. He has studied and written on issues relating to health care law, in particular on how it provides for the mentally ill. He now primarily works as a Crown Prosecutor. Outside of that, Sam enjoys everything that the outdoors has to offer.