Committee Members 2022

Dr Stephen Wood, President
Janet Anderson, President Elect
Judge Robyn von Keisenberg, Immediate Past President
Catherine Miller, Secretary
Leo Farmer, Treasurer
Dr Francois Stapelberg, Editor of Transactions
Dr Charles Hollings
Julie-Anne Kincade QC
Dr Brigid Connor
Vivienne Crawshaw QC
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Stephen Wood


Stephen is a consultant radiologist working in public and private practice in Auckland. He has appointments Auckland District Health Board (body radiologist), Breastscreen Counties-Manukau and Auckland Radiology Group.

Janet Anderson


Janet was appointed as a relief Coroner in May 2020. Prior to this she specialised in human rights and medico-legal law. At the time of her appointment she was the Chief Legal Adviser at the Human Rights Commission. She has also worked extensively in the public health sector, providing advice on medical and privacy related matters.

Robyn von Keisenberg

Immediate Past-President

Robyn von Keisenberg was appointed as a District Court Judge with a Family Court warrant in 2020. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Robyn practised for many years specialising in all aspects of family law including relationship property, estates and children with a special interest in mental health and capacity issues. Robyn served for many years on the Mental Health Review Authority as Deputy Convenor.

Catherine Miller


Catherine Miller is a senior solicitor at Buddle Findlay. Her practice involves a broad range of health and commercial work. Catherine provides advice to both public and private sector clients, including advice on commercial agreements, procurement processes, legal compliance, medico-legal issues, inquiries and investigations, policy development, and privacy. Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Catherine worked in- house at Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Leo Farmer


Leo joined the independent Bar in 2020, where he is a member of Shortland Chambers. Prior to joining the independent Bar, Leo was a Partner at Meredith Connell. Leo undertakes a range of litigation, for both private and public sector clients.  His work includes deceased estate litigation for both executors and beneficiaries, as well as more general commercial and civil matters, including litigation under consumer protection and competition legislation.

Francois Stapelberg

Editor of Transactions

Francois is a specialist anaesthetist in both private and public practice, holding appointments at Middlemore Hospital and as a senior clinical lecturer at Auckland University. He has a special interest in burn education and serves on the Board of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association as the Chair of Education.

Julie-Anne Kincade

Julie-Anne Kincade QC was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991.  She was a criminal barrister in London until December 2005 when she moved to New Zealand.  Initially she was employed by Meredith Connell as a Senior Solicitor. She joined the independent bar in 2013 and practices solely in criminal law.  Since February 2016 she has been a member of Blackstone Chambers in Auckland.  She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel at the end of 2019.

Julie-Anne is a Council member of the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) as well as being a member of the Criminal Law Committee of ADLS.  She is a Faculty member of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills course.

As well as the Auckland Medico-Legal Society, she is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society, the New Zealand Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association and the Auckland Women Lawyers Association.

Charles Hollings

Brigid Connor

Vivienne Crawshaw