The Interchurch Bioethics Council draws its members from within the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Aotearoa-New Zealand, with members bringing expertise in science, medicine, theology, ethics, education and cultural understanding.
Rev Dr Barbara Peddie – Methodist
Barbara retired from the position of Scientific Officer (Microbiology) in the Nephrology Dept, Christchurch Hospital in 2002 and is now an ordained presbyter of the Methodist Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, currently appointed to the Central South Island Synod. She holds a PhD in Microbiology, BTheol and a PGDipTheol. Her work in microbiology was in the fields of infectious diseases and new antimicrobial agents, and in theology, she majored in systematic theology and ethics.
Dr Helen Bichan – Presbyterian
Helen is third generation New Zealander of Scottish descent. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Otago and later acquired specialist qualifications and practised in both psychiatry and public health medicine. She served in senior positions in the Wellington Area Health Board before appointment to the Commonwealth Secretariat (health division) based in London. In the Presbyterian church she has served on a number of national and regional bodies. She is a member of Tawa Union Church and recently completed 5 years as chair of its council. As a foundation member of Toi te Taiao: The Bioethics Council of New Zealand (2002-2008) she is keen to see its work valued and further developed. Helen has a particular interest in enabling communities to contribute to decision making and the processes that contribute to this.
Dr Joy McIntosh – Presbyterian
Joy is a third generation New Zealander from Scottish and English ancestry, and is an elder at Knox Presbyterian Church, Lower Hutt. Joy is a reproductive biologist, and has taught previously at Victoria University of Wellington in ovarian biology and reproductive health and fertility issues for both women and men. Currently she is working in pastoral and community ministry through Knox Lower Hutt.
Rev Dr Noel Tiano – Presbyterian
Noel is a chaplain at Kenepuru/Porirua Hospital and a member of Tawa Union Church. He has an MDiv and ThD in New Testament. Originally from the Philippines, his family migrated to the U.S. where he served as a pastor and health care/hospice chaplain. He obtained his certificate in Bioethics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and directed the Center for Ethics at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2001 to 2009. Thereafter, Noel and his wife moved to Dunedin and he completed a Master’s in Social and Community Work at Otago University. His interests are in advance care planning, end of life care, organ donation, gerontology and mental health.
Dr Tania Stuart – Anglican
Tania Stuart is a dentist, graduating from the University of Otago in 1984. She has been a member of Anglican parishes in Dunedin, Cromwell as well as Milford,Grey Lynn and Ponsonby in Auckland.
In 2015 she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Health Care Ethics. She continues to practice dentistry and to contribute to dental healthcare ethics issues as well as parenting (along with her long-suffering husband) three young men. A South Islander of Pakeha descent,all of her grandparents and most of their parents were born in Canterbury.
Dr Deborah Stevens – Anglican
Deborah’s interdisciplinary background in science, psychology, education and public medicine reflects her interest in the impact of contemporary culture on citizens’ values development, decision making, behaviour and wellbeing. Deborah is co-director of programmes and a founding Trustee of the Centre for Science and Citizenship (CSC). The CSC is a charitable trust that works with students and communities throughout New Zealand to promote thoughtful engagement with the ideas and actualities that contemporary science and its accompanying technologies bring.
Rev. Dr. Graham O’Brien – Anglican
Graham is a first generation New Zealander with English/Irish ancestry, born in Lower Hutt and grew up in Christchurch. He has a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Canterbury University), 3 years post-doctoral experience in molecular virology (Auckland University) and a Masters degree in Theology from Laidlaw College (Thesis Title: Christian Spirituality and Bioethics: A Narrative Approach based on the Metaphor of Journey). Graham spent 4 years at St John’s Theological College (Auckland) and was ordained in 2007. After 3 years as the Vicar of the Picton Anglican Parish (Diocese of Nelson), Graham is now based at Bishopdale Theological College as both Lecturer and Ministry Education Coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Nelson.
Dr. Nicola Hoggard-Creegan – Anglican
Filo Tu – Methodist
Filo has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria University of Wellington majoring in Geography (Development Studies) and Pacific Studies; currently studying Theology through the University of Otago.
In the Methodist Church he serves on the Consultation on Tauiwi Youth Ministry as Co-Convenor, in addition to being on the Methodist Mission Aotearoa (MMA) Board. He is the current National Youth Liaison Officer (NYLO) for the Samoan Synod (Sinoti Samoa) and has represented Youth on international delegations to Australia, Tonga and Greece. Filo is a member of the Wesley Multicultural Methodist Church in Petone where he is the Choirmaster, and has served on the Parish Executive for more than three years.
Filo has a particular interest in engaging youth and young adults to contribute to the life and mission of the Church.