PPTC Consultancy Scientific Staff
Chief Executive Officer and Consultant Haematology Specialist
Philip Wakem, NZCS, Dip MLSc, MMLSc (Otago, NZ), MNZIMLS, RNZMLS
Philip began five years of training at Wellington Hospital (NZ) as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and graduated with the NZ Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science in 1983. In 1985, Philip was awarded an advanced qualification in Haematology by the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Sciences Board and following this, took charge as a Professional and Technical Advisor of the general Haematology Laboratory, Wellington Hospital, for over 20 years.
In 1996 and in 1997 Philip was nominated as chief examiner in Haematology by the NZ Medical Laboratory Sciences Board and in more recent years, an Honorary Associate nominated by Massey University to oversee the practical training, and assessment of Medical Laboratory Interns placed by the University throughout the academic year.
In 2001, Philip completed a Master of Medical Laboratory Science Degree from the University of Otago (NZ), and in 2008 began a new career path as an Educational Programme Coordinator with the Pacific Pathology Training Centre. He was appointed Manager in 2012, with a change in designation in 2014 to Chief Executive Officer. Phil continues to travel extensively in the Pacific lecturing and training students in Haematology as well as conducting technical assessments and evaluations of hospital-based laboratories.
Consultant Laboratory Quality Management/ Microbiology Specialist and Diploma Programme Manager
Russell Cole, NZCS, Dip MLSc, MNZIMLS, RNZMLS
Up until August 2011, Russell filled the position of Charge Microbiology and Laboratory Coordinator at Whakatane Hospital and during that time had oversight of QC and IANZ documentation for the laboratory. As a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist and Microbiologist, Russell has had over 25yrs experience in the medical laboratory diagnostic sciences and has excelled in the particular areas of laboratory management, human resources, and laboratory accreditation.
The PPTC’s work on Laboratory Quality Management is increasingly guided by the WHO Asia-Pacific Strategy for Strengthening Health Laboratory Services 2010-2015, and many countries in the Pacific are preparing for or have begun significant health sector reform. The PPTC currently plays a progressive role in the development and implementation of LQMS in selected Pacific Island Countries and Russell appointed by the PPTC as its Laboratory Quality Manager is responsible for the supervision of this programme.
Consultant Biochemistry Specialist and EQA Programme Manager
Filipo Faiga, BSc, Dip MLSc, MNZIMLS, RNZMLS
Filipo began his professional career in 1987 as a senior laboratory technician in Biochemistry at the Samoan National Hospital in Apia. Between 1989 and 1991 Filipo was employed by Wellington Hospital as a medical laboratory intern and in 1992 registered as a NZ medical laboratory scientist. He has accumulated more than 20 years experience in Biochemistry and has a comprehensive understanding of all processes involved, including Laboratory Quality Management Systems, IANZ standards ISO15189, Quality assessment and evaluation.
He has also held supervisory and management positions in Biochemistry for many years, and has been extensively involved in teaching, coaching co-ordinating and managing staff and students. Over the years Filipo has been involved with the PPTC through the teaching of Clinical Biochemistry to Pacific students attending courses at its Centre in Wellington, through the Biochemistry PPTC REQA programme, through in-country training during consultancy visits and more recently through the PPTC’s Distant Learning Diploma programme.
Filipo has a passion for contributing towards the development and improvement of laboratory quality standards within the Pacific region and the PPTC is most fortunate to have him as its Biochemistry Technical Specialist.
Consultant Microbiology and Molecular Infectious Disease and Projects Manager
Angela Lewis, BSc, GradDip Sc MNZIMLS, RNZMLS
Ms. Angela Lewis joined the PPTC Consultancy team in 2022. Angela is appointed as the Consultant for Infectious disease contracts and is also the Lead projects Manager for Container Labs and has proven excellent outcomes with remarkable success in the area. Since 2018, Angela has been employed as a Qualified and registered Medical Laboratory Scientist in Microbiology and Molecular testing at Canterbury Health Laboratories. Prior to this, she was employed as a Medical Laboratory Technician in Serology/Virology. With the various roles she has had in laboratory diagnostics, Angela has gained extensive experience in a number of areas, including general Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Virology/Serology and through secondment into the Covid-19 response team. This has allowed her to build proficiency and competency in a range of diagnostic techniques, including molecular analytical platforms such as 7500 RT-PCR, BD Max, Genexpert, Abbott M2000 and thermocyclers. She is also proficient in culture plate reading, antimicrobial susceptibility and automated and manual serological testing. With the wealth of experience and Senior roles Angela holds, the PPTC is delighted to have Angela join the Consultancy team.
Consultant Laboratory Information Technology Systems and Education Manager
Emmanuel Marshall, BMLS, FIMLS, MNZIMLS, RNZMLS
Mr. Emmanuel Marshall joined the PPTC Consultancy team in early 2023. Emmanuel is a New Zealand registered Medical Scientist and is appointed as the Laboratory Technology and Information Systems Consultant and is also the Educational Manager for the Centre Based Courses and Co-Manager to Infectious disease contracts and container Lab Projects. He began his professional career in Fiji as a Core Lab Scientist and obtained his competency and experience in all the Core Laboratory disciplines. He then moved to Rarotonga, Cook Islands where he further strengthened and expanded his knowledge and practice as a Scientist and consequently held the Senior Supervisory role of Head of Department for the Molecular Lab. Emmanuel also through his knowledge and experience coordinated the Laboratory Information System Implementation whilst at the Cooks. Emmanuel’s experience and contribution towards the Pacific Laboratories is valuable to the PPTC organization and we are delighted to have him on board.
Consultant Laboratory Quality Management System and Blood Transfusion Specialist
Telesia Apikotoa, BAppSc, MLabQAMgt TMLA, RNZMLS, MZIMLS
Mrs. Telesia Apikotoa joined the PPTC team in early 2023 and brings with her a wealth of over 20 years of experience. Telesia began her professional career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in 2001 at the Vaiola Hospital in Tonga. Telesia has extensive technical and management experience and has held various Senior positions in the Laboratory such as Head of Department for Blood Transfusion, Biochemistry, Haematology and Microbiology.
Progressively, she then became a Senior Medical Scientist and the National Quality Manager in 2013 for Tonga. In 2018, Telesia graduated with a Master of Laboratory Quality Analysis and Management (MLabQAMgt) from Macquarie University- Australia. Upon her completion , Telesia then became the Principal Medical Scientist in 2019 at the Tonga National Laboratory and extensively contributed to improving LQMS standards. More so, in 2021 – 2022, she worked as a Laboratory Scientist RT-PCR consultant at the Vila Central Hospital, Vanuatu and worked to establish a Molecular Lab for Vanuatu.
Telesia will support PPTC’s Laboratory Quality Management activities in the Pacific as well as conduct training of the Blood Bank Centre-based courses and assist in the REQA programme and country visitations. The PPTC is very delighted and pleased to have Telesia on board.
PPTC Operational Staff
Karl is a qualified Chartered Accountant who gained his Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University, Wellington in 2010. His professional roles have included senior business advisor, commercial account manager, and chief financial officer for several organizations in Wellington. Apart from having an absolute love for numbers, spreadsheets and financial data, he is an avid and keen sportsman who continues to play and coach a variety of sports including football, tennis, and cricket
PPTC Board of Trustees
The PPTC Board of Trustees currently comprises of six members, including a Chairperson, Treasurer, and four other members.
The Current Trustees are:
John Elliot, Chairman
Dr Ron Mackenzie, Cofounding Chairman and Trustee
Rob Siebers, Treasurer and Trustee
Marion Clark, Trustee
Fuianina Cecilia, Trustee
Ms Nicola Beamish, Trustee