OUR TEAM

Boaz Habib

General Manager

Originally trained as an engineer, Boaz has worked across several industries in New Zealand developing a deep appreciation for the need of standards and having standardised processes to achieve efficiencies across businesses. He has been in similar roles in the past focusing on industry development and training in areas such as innovation and new technologies. Boaz is a strong advocate for self-development holding a PhD in Engineering, an executive MBA from the University of Auckland and a chartered engineer status with IChemE UK. He likes to spend time with his family, enjoys taking part in local community activities and is an active drummer. 

Claire Moon

Administration Officer

 

Claire’s role is administration, facilitating both the public and In-house courses. She has had several roles within NZQC but has been the Administration Officer for the past 15 years. There have been many changes within her role over these years but the outcome remains the same, making sure it is a smooth process for participants attending any courses. She is the interface of NZQC, answering any queries, processing registrations, facilitating both the public and In-house courses from inception through to participant’s attendance and any follow-ups.

 

Kay Brown

part time administration

Kay has worked for NZ Quality College for 15 years in the role of part-time administration alongside Claire.  Her work involves preparation of our course notes for all courses and she helps with catering for our on-site courses and other administration duties. 

Anne Hofstra

Laboratory Quality Management Trainer

Anne Hofstra is a Senior Operations Manager at IANZ and senior trainer for the Laboratory Quality Management and NZS ISO/IEC 17025:2018 Laboratory Manager and Technical Assessor courses at NZQC. She brings more than 22 years of experience in the assessment of chemical and biological laboratories. Anne was involved in the revision of NZS ISO/IEC 17025:2018 participating in the working group at ISO, on behalf of Standards New Zealand. 

Through her international involvement with Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) as a New Zealand delegate, Anne also has extensive exposure to international standards in laboratory management practices. Training in these courses is provided in this international context to ensure best practice and the most up to date information is made available to participants. 

When not working for the New Zealand Quality College or her 'day' job as a Senior Operations Manager at IANZ, Anne's time is taken up with gardening, furniture restoration and her Maine Coon cats. 

Geoff Hallam

Inspection Body Accreditation Trainer (ISO 17020)

Geoff Hallam, Technical Development & Regulatory Affairs Manager from IANZ, presents this course.

Geoff has extensive experience in inspection and accreditation in NZ and internationally.  His approach is down-to-earth and practical, combining flexibility of application with internationally accepted interpretation of the Standards.

The number of participants for each course is restricted to ensure a trainer/student ratio that will facilitate effective training outcomes.

Rachel Barnett

Radiology Quality Management & Internal Audits for Medical Trainer

Rachel Barnett is a Lead Assessor within the Healthcare Programmes at IANZ, as well as the Training Manager for new staff within the organisation.

Prior to starting her role with IANZ, Rachel was a Registered Anaesthetic Technician for 8 years in a Private and Public hospital, holding a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and a Diploma of Applied Science in Anaesthetic Technology. 

Completing her Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching, Rachel has a passion for delivering courses to adult learners in novel and interesting ways. 

Scott Cornwell

Occupational Health & Safety Lead Auditing & to 45001 Trainer

Scott is a very experienced, highly regarded trainer.  He is known for facilitating interactive, dynamic and insightful training, using his extensive safety experience to make the training relevant and specific to the participants’ needs.  Scott has conducted hundreds of courses including WHS Legislation, Due Diligence, Risk Management, National Self-Insurer Audit Tool, Manual Handling, Ergonomics, Fatigue Management, Purchasing and WHS Induction.

Since 2002, Scott has been a trainer of Safety Auditors.  He is an Exemplar Global Contracted Lead OHS Auditor Trainer and has facilitated more than 100 Certified Safety Auditor Courses for over 1,000 participants across the world.  Scott's Safety Auditor training has been scrutinised by Exemplar Global during annual re-accreditation of Minerva’s Certified Lead Safety Auditor Course (continuously accredited since 1998).

Andrew Schofield

Implementing & Auditing QMS & Implementing & Auditing EMS Trainer

Andrew Schofield  B.A. (Hons) Geography, Lead Auditor

 Andrew has been consulting, training and auditing internationally for over fifteen years. He specialises in the development and auditing of management systems to Standards including ISO9001 for Quality and ISO 14001 for Environment.

As a RABQSA registered Lead Auditor of both Environmental and Quality Management Systems, Andrew has performed audits for clients in industry sectors including mining, telecommunications, printing and packaging and public utilities.

Based inSydney,Australia, Andrew is the Director of his own Registered Training Organisation, ANDSAM TRAINING, specialising in management systems auditor training. He has extensive experience of the design and delivery of training programmes and is a recognised lead presenter of RABQSA recognised Environmental and Quality Management Systems Auditor training courses. He holds the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAA40104.

 

 

Ellen Podivinsky

Polymerase Chain Reaction Trainer

I obtained my PhD in Cellular & Molecular Biology in 1991 from the University of Auckland, NZ.  Towards the end of my degree PCR technology was just becoming routinely available in laboratories in NZ.  Over the next ten years I worked for several NZ CRIs as a research scientist, using a range of PCR based methodologies. 

In 2002 I joined ESR Ltd where I was responsible for the GM Food Testing Programme funded by the, then, NZFSA.  This programme included IANZ accredited PCR testing.  At ESR I learnt about Quality Systems for testing laboratories and in 2006 I was appointed as an IANZ TE for PCR and ELISA tests.  In 2008 I was appointed to NATA, the Australian equivalent of IANZ, as a TE for the same tests. 

From 2010 I was employed by Waikato Institute of Technology as Academic Leader for their Bachelor of Technology (Sci) degree.  As well as managing the degree programme I taught Molecular Biology and Quality Assurance, and I continued my own research which included use of PCR.  Since leaving Wintec in late 2016 I have continued as a TE with IANZ and as a member of the IANZ Professional Testing Advisory Committee for Chemical, Biological and Dairy Testing.  I am also a Senior Adjunct Fellow of the Department of Chemical & Physical Science at the University of Canterbury, where I co-supervise post-graduate students.   

Shane Hopgood

Microbiological Laboratory Quality Assurance Trainer

Shane has been an IANZ Technical Expert in the field of microbiological testing for more than 25 years. After graduating with a BSc (First Class Honours in Microbiology from Otago University) he  trained as a food microbiologist at MAF Quality Management (now AsureQuality), before branching into food safety consulting, auditing and training, working closely with the food industry in problem solving and coaching.  He then moved to a major New Zealand retail supermarket chain as National Health and Food Safety Manager.

Shane established his own companies in 2002, and works alongside an experienced team providing a range of food industry services in the quality and food safety space.  He continues to be actively involved in training and coaching, and offers a range of in-house training courses to businesses, as well as regulatory and customer audits, and quality system consulting (including developing more than 50 HACCP based food safety management programmes). 

Shane's work overseas includes contracting to the Food and Agriculture Organization (the UN Food Agency) from 2008 - 2012, as an International Consultant on Food Hygiene, HACCP and Good Manufacturing Practices.  More recently he has been developing and presenting Food Labelling and Shelf Life, Good Hygienic Practices (Foodservice sector) and Good Manufacturing Practices training workshops with the Mekong Institute, under the New Zealand Aid funded ProSafe Progamme (https://www.mekonginstitute.org/what-we-do/ongoing-projects/food-safety-capability-project/

As an International Consultant, Shane has provided training and consultancy services in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Tanzania.

See www.assuredfoodsafety.co.nz for further information.

Kenneth Hannon

Internal Audits & ISO 9000 Management Systems Trainer

Kenneth is a Business management systems specialist, with a strong background, and a twenty-six year, proven track record in the development, implementation, support and auditing of Quality, Safety, Health & Environmental (QSHE) Management Systems to national and international standards.  Kenneth has worked in compliance management roles within the manufacturing, engineering, technology and warehousing industries together with consulting, training and auditing with a large variety of other industries. Kenneth is lead auditor trained and conducts contract auditing for a number of his clients.   

 

Gerhard Wevers

Measurement Uncertainty & Analytical Method Validation Trainer

Gerhard Wevers is a Senior Forensic Scientist employed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Limited in Auckland.  He has been employed by ESR and its predecessor, DSIR since 1984 and has worked in various chemistry-related positions in this organisation, including food science, applied science and forensic science.  In his current role he attends firearm-related crime scenes and carries out various laboratory-based examinations involving firearms, toolmarks, ignitable liquids and trace evidence, such as glass, paint and fibres.

Gerhard has presented internationally at conferences and has been a presenter/trainer at workshops on firearm scene reconstruction, toolmarks, statistics and evidence interpretation in Australia, Singapore and Palestine.  He is currently a member of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) International Liaison and Resource Committee and an affiliate member of the Firearm and Tool Mark subcommittee of the Organisation of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), both of which are based in North America.

Outside of work Gerhard enjoys spending his spare time brewing beer, restoring motorbikes as well as restoring his first car.