Our People

Rachel Lehen

Managing Director

Rachel has a background in natural health and for the last 9 years has been specialising in the area of occupational fatigue management.  Rachel has regularly lead Fatigue Management Masterclasses and presented at a number of industry conferences speaking on the subject of fatigue management.  Rachel facilitated NZ’s first research study on the prevalence of OSA in a Commercial Driver population, which was co-funded by ACC and the Log Transport Safety Council (LTSC). Rachel remains very involved with the LTSC’s efforts to identify & support high risk OSA drivers. Rachel currently sits on the Sleep Apnea Association of NZ (SAANZ) committee.

Rachel is an experienced and polished speaker skilled in helping businesses identify, understand and manage risk from fatigue. Email speakers@fitforduty.co.nz to discuss your requirements today.

rachel@fitforduty.co.nz

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Lance Bickford

Director

Lance heads up sales and marketing for the Company. He is the immediate past chairman of the Sleep Health Foundation New Zealand, member of the NZ Institute of Directors and an active business mentor with BMNZ. His career stretches back 35 years, many in chief executive roles, in the hospitality, tourism and sport sectors.

lance@fitforduty.co.nz

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Merrhis Majurey

EN RPSGT M.ScM (Sleep Medicine, Sydney University)

Senior Sleep Physiologist

Merrhis brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. She has been an Enrolled Nurse since 1971, including 8 years in Paediatrics (including the Leukemia Unit), 9 years in A&E and the Intensive Care Unit and 12 years in the Coronary Unit at the Waikato DHB. In 2004 she became a Clinical Physiologist and Clinical Coordinator of the Waikato DHB Sleep Laboratory. In 2012 she took over as Charge Clinical Physiologist and Clinical Co-ordinator in the Sleep Laboratory. Merrhis is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT), holds a Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine)(Sydney 2005) and in 2011 completed a Master’s Degree in the Science of Medicine (Sleep Medicine) at Sydney University.

Merrhis is a clinical expert and a rousing and humorous public speaker, who will ensure delegates are wide awake after the conference lunch break. Email speakers@fitforduty.co.nz to discuss your requirements today.

merrhis@fitforduty.co.nz

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Dr Stuart Jones

MBChB (Otago 1995), PhD (Otago 2003), FRACP (2007)

Senior Sleep Physician

Dr. Stuart Jones graduated from Otago University in 1995. He spent his initial post-graduate years working at Dunedin Hospital before taking up a post as respiratory research fellow at the Dunedin School of Medicine. In 2003 he graduated with a PhD from Otago University.

He commenced his respiratory specialist training in Dunedin before heading to the UK for a further 3 years of training based in Cambridge where he worked at the local university hospital (Addenbrookes) and at Papworth Hospital, a specialist cardio-respiratory unit. While at Papworth he trained in pulmonary hypertension and sleep medicine. He then went to Edinburgh where he worked as a sleep fellow at the Royal Infirmary.

He is currently a respiratory and general physician at Middlemore Hospital, specialising in general respiratory medicine, with a particular interest in sleep medicine, asthma and airway inflammation, and pulmonary hypertension.

Dr Jones is engaged as Fit For Duty’s Senior Sleep Physician and provides clinical oversight of our Program.

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