Keynote Speakers


Professor Ian Maconachie

Prof Maconochie is a world renowned expert in paediatric resuscitation, and a key leader in ILCOR's work in this area.

He is a Professor of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial Academic Health Sciences Centre in London.

Prof Maconochie co-Chairs the Paediatric Section of ILCOR, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, a Registrar for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the current President of the Paediatric Section of the European Society of Emergency Medicine

Professor Laurie Morrison

Prof Morrison is one of Canada's leading resuscitation experts, respected globally for her research achievements.

She is the Robert & Dorothy Pitts Research Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine, Professor and Clinician Scientist in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael's Hospital.

Prof Morrison is Director of Rescu, a resuscitation research program focusing on the evaluation and implementation of prehospital and transport medicine time sensitive interventions in acute emergencies. She has established a collaborative network to conduct randomized controlled trials and outcome validation studies in prehospital resuscitation research.

She contributed to the International Liaison Council on Resuscitation Advance Life Support Taskforce Consensus on Science Statements and the AHA Guidelines for 2005, 2010 and 2015.


Professor Robert Neumar

An engaging speaker and a global leader in our field, we are delighted that Prof Neumar's expertise and eloquence will be on offer at NZ Resus 2020.

He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan, and co-chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.

Prof Neumar's formal research training includes a Sarnoff Fellowship at Ohio State University, a Critical Care Research Fellowship under the direction Peter Safar at the University of Pittsburgh Resuscitation Research Center, and an Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship at Wayne State University under the direction of Dr. Blaine White.

He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Dr Tony Smith

Tony Smith is the Medical Director for St John in New Zealand and is also an Intensive Care Medicine Specialist at Auckland City Hospital.

Tony chairs the working group that develops the Clinical Procedures and Guidelines for the ambulance sector in New Zealand and he oversees all of the clinical aspects of St John activities in New Zealand, noting that the ambulance service is just one aspect of this.

He is a member of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, and the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation. He has an active involvement in out-of-hospital research, with a focus on a collaborative approach to multicenter trials. He is a member of the HEMS team in Auckland and has an active role in out-of-hospital care.



Assoc Professor Tony Walker

Associate Professor Tony Walker ASM is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria. He is a Registered Paramedic with over three decades experience working in a range of senior clinical, operational and leadership roles within the ambulance sector.

Over past four years Tony has led significant transformation at Ambulance Victoria to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the response they provide to the community. Tony is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia and a Board Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

He has been awarded the National Heart Foundation President's Award and the Australian Resuscitation Council Medal for his significant contributions to improving cardiovascular health and resuscitation practice and outcomes.




Professor Charles Deakin

A consultant in cardiac anaesthesia and cardiac intensive care at University Hospital Southampton, Divisional Medical Director for South Central Ambulance Service and Medical Director for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  He is also Honorary Professor of Resuscitation and Prehospital Emergency Medicine at Southampton University where his main academic interests are cardiac arrest, major trauma and resuscitation.

Charles is a lead author for UK paramedic, national and European resuscitation guidelines and is a fellow of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and European Resuscitation Council. He co-chaired the ILCOR ALS guidelines in 2005 and 2010 and remains a member of the ALS working Group where he is also the ILCOR domain lead for defibrillation. He was a member of the Trial Management Group for the recently published PARAMEDIC2 study and Trial Steering Committee for the AIRWAYS2 study.

Professor Gavin Perkins

Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Warwick and National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator. He is Director of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and an active researcher in emergency and critical care trials. Clinically he holds appointments as a Consultant Physician in Critical Care Medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham and MERIT Team Consultant with West Midlands Ambulance Service. 

He chairs the Resuscitation Council UK Community and Ambulance Resuscitation Committee, serves as Director of Guidelines for the European Resuscitation Council and is co-chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 

Prof Perkins' portfolio of work includes the National Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes (, the PARAMEDIC trials (PARAMEDIC-1, mechanical CPR, PARAMEDIC-2, adrenaline for cardiac arrest). He co-ordinated the Utstein Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Working Group and Core Outcome Set for Cardiac Arrest (COSCA) initiative.


Professor Harvey White

Harvey is a Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Unit, Auckland City Hospital. He is an Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland and Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Harvey trained at Green Lane Hospital, Auckland and at Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.  

In recognition of his work on fibrinolysis, and end-systolic volumes as the most important modifiable prognostic factor following a heart attack, he was awarded a DSc by Otago University. He was awarded the Prince Mahidol Award for Medicine by the King of Thailand for introducing fibrinolytic therapy in many developing countries, including China. He is a Matai (La'u) in Samoa for service to Samoa, and has a "pou" in the Te Awamutu Walk of Fame recognising his contribution to decreasing heart disease. He has been NZ Chairman and President of the combined Australian and NZ Cardiac Society and is currently Deputy Chair of NZ Medical Association.

He is passionate about having automatic emergency defibrillators widely accessible. As part of his AED initiative, Harvey set up a Trust called "Start a Heart" to facilitate the process of involving communities and organisations with the aim of having AEDs available in every major building across New Zealand.