Heather Laxon:
BHSc (Nursing)
PG Dip HSc (Youth Health)

I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Youth Health at Counties Manukau Health, my role involves supporting nurses working in School Based Health Clinics in South Auckland and having input into youth service development.  Prior to my current role I spent 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at Mangere College.  I come from a  background in emergency and public health nursing.

I am passionate about supporting school nurses and recognize that many of us work in isolated and difficult situations.  I have a Post Grad Certificate in Professional Supervision and am able to offer supervision to school nurses as part of my role.  I am also a member of the SHARP (School Health Awareness Raising Project) which aims to support and raise the profile of school nurses through producing documents such as the "Guide to Employing a Registered Nurse within a Secondary School Setting 2016"

I look forward to further supporting school nurses through my role as president of the ASNG.


Tracey Stanners:
Correspondence Secretary 
Representing Southern Cluster

I have been working as a Youth Health nurse at Manurewa High School in South Auckland for 13 years and thoroughly enjoy the experience of working with youth.  I provide leadership and support to three other nurses while gaining knowledge and support from experienced nurses whom I work alongside.

Before working in Youth Health my background history was Orthopedics and Rehabilitation which has helped in my current clinic setting.

I enjoy supporting youth in building confidence, self-esteem, and self-management to achieve better health outcomes.


Anita Wicks


BHSc (Midwifery)

PG Cert HSc (Youth Health)


Representing Northern Cluster


I’ve been a registered nurse for over 35 years including an exciting period as an independent midwife. After having a family I moved to school nursing at Kingsway School, I have been in this role for ten years and am currently the lead nurse of a team of three. I have developed a real passion and love for young people and gain great satisfaction in supporting them on a daily basis with their health challenges.

I function as Northern Cluster Representative for the ASNG and believe the support and assistance the organisation brings to Auckland school nurses is a valuable resource.


Ann Riley


Representing Central Cluster

I am a Registered Comprehensive Nurse with 20 yrs experience. I have over 10 years of experience working in schools. I am currently employed at St Marys College and exec.rep. for central cluster. I feel the role of the school nurse youth health worker involves supporting and  developing students ownership of heath needs and enabling  students to understand processes of care ,how ,when and where to get help. This then empowers the student creating confidence which will help them when leaving school 

Karyn Wilson

RN, PG Cert Youth Health

Executive Committee Secretary and Eastern Cluster Representative


I have been with Botany Downs Secondary College for over four years, and previous to that was with Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate for 2 ½ years, initially as a new graduate RN.   


I love the challenge of working with young people, supporting them to realise the importance of good health and health management and how this can positively influence all aspects of their lives.   I enjoy advocating and supporting young people in a school environment, as this can be very challenging for them.


It is great being part of the ASNG Exec Committee as all schools and clinic environments are different.  The ASNG is a valuable resource and support network for school nurses, providing updates, networking and relevant PD which is invaluable to our roles.  


Bel Lee

R Comp.N


I am the Lead Nurse at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School.

I have been working in funded and non-funded school based health services for the past seven years. 

I have a background in both accident and emergency and theatre services and I have also worked in the private health sector in various roles including sales, marketing and management.

I enjoy working with young people and have a genuine interest in adolescent health and wellbeing. 

I believe school based health services are pivotal in helping our young people access good healthcare and education to equip them to make informed decisions about their health and safety that will impact their learning and achievement at school

Sue Iles


PG Dip Youth Health Science

Representing Franklin Cluster

This is my first time on the committee for ASNG and I have also spent time on the SHARP committee in its early stages.

I am a RN working at Papakura High School for 21 years, prior to that at Middlemore Hospital.

I am in a funded Decile 1 school.

I enjoy meeting and working with young people every day and the challenges which go alongside this. "Achieving a positive health outcome is exciting for both the young person and myself"

Alana Trotter
RN, PG Cert Youth Health

Representing Northern Counties Cluster

I am in my 5th year of school nursing at Aorere College. My previous nursing practice before this has been in emergency care for WDHB and CMDHB. I thoroughly enjoy working in partnership with youth to help improve their health outcomes and increase their knowledge around health and wellbeing. I enjoy working with youth to help them support their own peers and wider community through health promotion and guidance. I enjoy watching their journey through High School and the growth they make as an individual.   

Jo Cox
RCN, PG Certificate in Youth Health Science
This is my 3 rd time on the committee for the ASNG. I am sharing the role with another nurse in our
cluster group this time.

I have previously been a school nurse in 3 different schools over 11 years.

Currently I am working as an alternative education nurse out west for Te Puna Manawa Healthwest.

I continue to enjoy supporting youth and making sure their health needs are met. The ASNG has
always been a supportive and professional network to access for all school nurses.

Laura Williams:
PG Cert Child Health
I am the Lead Nurse at Mangere College and have held this role for just under 2 years.
Prior to this I worked on the ward at Kidz First Surgical at Middlemore Hospital. I am
thoroughly enjoying working in a school environment and especially love working
alongside these young people and advocating for them. I have an awesome support
network at the school and love my nursing team.
I am currently working on my Post Graduate Diploma in Youth Health
I have held the Treasurer role for the ASNG for the last year and enjoy working
alongside the ASNG exec committee to bring together the best study days and
resources for you all to enjoy.