Our Responsibilities

Our Role

The Chiropractic Board is a statutory body operating under the provisions of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act).  Part 6 of the Act sets out the functions of the Board as follows:

  • to prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession and for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes;
  • to authorise the registration of health practitioners under this Act and to maintain registers;
  • to consider applications for annual practising certificates;
  • to review and promote the competence of health practitioners;
  • to recognise, accredit and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health practitioners;
  • to receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers and the Health and Disability Commissioner about the competence of health practitioners;
  • to notify employers, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of Health and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practice of a health practitioner may pose a risk of harm to the public;
  • to consider the cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the profession;
  • to set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence and ethical conduct to be observed by the health practitioners of the profession;
  • to liaise with other authorities appointed under the Act about matters of common interest;
  • to promote education and training in the profession;
  • to promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority;
  • to exercise and perform any other functions, powers and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.

As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, the Board must deliver to the Minister of Health a report on the operation of the Board during that financial year. 

About Us

The Minister of Health is responsible for the appointment of Board members which includes calling for nominations from a variety of sources within and outside of the chiropractic profession. Once these nominations are received, the Minister appoints persons for a term of generally three (3) years. Appointees are able to be re-appointed, the legislation limits members time on the Board to nine (9) years. The current Board members are:

Registered Chiropractors

  • Dr Tim Cooper – Chairperson
  • Dr James Burt
  • Dr Sarkaw Randhawa
  • Dr Stacey Medway
  • Dr Edward Benson-Cooper

Lay Members

  • Ms Liz Hird – Deputy Chairperson
  • Ms Tia Warbrick

The Board operates on a collective responsibility principle.

Board members are paid for their time while carrying out Board business.  It is not unusual for Board members to spend up to 15 days per year on Board business.

Board Members

Dr Tim Cooper – Chair

Dr Tim Cooper is a registered Chiropractor currently practising in Royal Oak Auckland. He is the owner and founder of Optimum Health Chiropractic.  Prior to completing his Bachelor of Chiropractic Dr Cooper graduated with a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology from Auckland University. Dr Cooper was a member of the inaugural class at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and is the second Chiropractor ever to qualify from a New Zealand Institution. He has been in private practice for over 20 years.  Dr Cooper mentored for many years in the student clinic at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic prior to the birth of his two children.  Believing in a holistic approach to practice Dr Cooper has focused on building an eclectic and broad range of skills bringing them together in the care of his clients. These include; applied human biomechanics, mechanical engineering, fabrication, music performance and teaching as well as contemporary comparative religious and spiritual studies.   Dr Cooper was appointed to the Chiropractic Board in April 2019.

Ms Liz Hird – Deputy Chair

Ms Hird LLB (Hons) is a lay member who has been a barrister since 1987 and has a wide ranging commercial and administrative law practice. She has had a long involvement in community health, beginning with the founding of the Otaki Women’s Health Group in 1987. She was also an initial member of the Otaki Community Health Committee of the Area Health Board and founding trustee and current chairperson of the Otaki Community HealthTrust, which provides community grants for health projects.  In 2014, Ms Hird was reappointed a District Inspector of Mental Health Services for Manawatu, Wairarapa, Tarawhiti and Wellington, and a District Inspector for Intellectually Disability Services for the lower half of the North Island.   Ms Hird has been a lay  member of the Chiropractic Board of New Zealand since 2013. 

Dr James Burt – Chiropractor

Dr Burt is a registered chiropractor, graduating from Palmer College (USA) in 1975 . He has been in private practice in Rotorua and Tokoroa since 1976.  He is also registered to practice in the United Kingdom.  He has been a long serving member of the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association Council for 23 years. Dr Burt was elected President in 1984 and again in 2007 until 2011.  He was awarded Chiropractor of the Year in 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1999 and admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the High Court of NZ, Rotorua Registry.  He was appointed to the Chiropractic Board in May 2013. 

Dr Sarkaw Randhawa – Chiropractor

Dr Randhawa is currently practicing as a chiropractor and is the owner of Hillcrest Spinal Centre in Hamilton.   Her educational background includes Bachelor in Para Medicine and Emergency Management, Bachelor in Chiropractic, Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (Refugee and Migrant Health), Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation and Masters in Rehabilitation.  Dr Randhawa is the founder of the I AM HE(R) Charitable Trust which produces short films on issues with the ethnic communities – in particular, issues that carry stigma.  She also co-founded the Ethnic Business Network which is a hub of information and networking for business owners within the Waikato region.  She is a board member of Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre which works on providing various social services to the community in Hamilton.  Dr Randhawa is the advisory board member of the Immigration Trust.  She is also a committee member of the Public Health Committee of the World Federation of Chiropractic with a particular focus on Women’s Health.  Dr Randhawa was awarded with the 30 under 30 honour by Hamilton City Council for her contribution to the community at a young age. She has also won several awards including the ANZ Young Achiever Award and the News Link Community Service Award. Dr Randhawa was appointed to the Chiropractic Board in September 2017. 

Dr Stacey Medway – Chiropractor

Dr Stacey Medway is owner and Principal Chiropractor at Knox Rehab Clinic, Dunedin. Stacey graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (part of the University of Glamorgan) in 2012 and immediately relocated to Dunedin. Coastal Otago has become home and offers an incredible opportunity to be a very hands-on parent whilst balancing the needs of a growing business. Having been a member of local business organizations, Stacey has been able to develop an ability to communicate the benefits that chiropractic can offer whilst cultivating skills in people management and business mentorship. Coming from a background in customer service and personal training, Stacey aims to provide a comprehensive care package to patients that’s both evidence based and practical to gain the best possible long term health benefits.  Stacey was appointed to the Chiropractic Board in June 2020 and looks forward to becoming an active board member by committing time and effort to help further grow relations both within the chiropractic profession and other allied health professions. 

Dr Edward Benson-Cooper – Chiropractor

Dr Edward Benson-Cooper is a registered Chiropractor, graduating from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 2012. After qualifying Edward relocated to Queensland, Australia where he worked for two years, gaining new skills and knowledge from mentors both local and international. Upon returning to New Zealand, Edward founded Harbourside Chiropractic and Health House, a multidisciplinary health clinic located in Milford, Auckland which he continues to own and operate.  

Edward has significant governance experience, serving two consecutive terms on the Waitematā District Health Board (WDHB) and holds a number of trusted positions on various Committees, two of which he Chair’s and Deputy Chairs. Additionally, Edward is a Trustee for the Wilson Home Trust and the Three Harbours Health Foundation and previously served as a Board member for Health Link North. 

Edward continues to gain a wealth of clinical expertise and knowledge, and has a strong interest in strength, conditioning and functional movement. Dr Benson-Cooper was appointed to the Chiropractic Board in June 2021.

Tia Warbrick, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa – Lay Member

Tia Warbrick is a lay member who has over 25 years experience in the public sector.  Tia leads a consulting company providing management and policy services spanning a range of portfolios, and has worked within a range of organisations including Te Arawhiti, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Waitangi Tribunal and State Services Commission.  She has a specific interest in the Crown’s efforts to build true and practical partnerships with Māori for the benefit of all New Zealanders.  In 2017, Tia was appointed as a board member of the post-settlement entity responsible for leading the social, cultural, environmental and economic growth of Ngāti Rangitihi, and she is also chair of the associated Charitable Trust.  Tia believes that increasing visibility of, and access to, a range of health services is key to improving holistic wellbeing.  Tia was appointed to the Chiropractic Board in June 2020.

Board Staff

Glenys Sharman – Registrar – General Manager

Glenys joined the Board as Registrar-General Manager in December 2018.

Leanne Davis – Deputy Registrar

Leanne Davis joined the Board in August 2014.