Who are the Osteopathic Council?

Council Members


Emma Fairs - Chair

Emma Fairs is a registered Osteopath who trained in the UK where she worked for two years before moving to New Zealand.  Emma has been working in Christchurch for the last 15 years, in her private practice; her main clinical focus has been the Osteopathic management of Obstetric and Paediatric patients.

Emma has been involved in the development of Osteopathy in NZ, both the regulation of the profession and the development of a training programme.  She was part of the NZQA panel that accredited the Masters Degree in Osteopathy at Unitec, Auckland; and for four years acted as one of the two Monitors for the supply of the Degree.  Between 1997 and 2008 she was an elected member of the Osteopathic Society of New Zealand (OSNZ) and the New Zealand Register of Osteopaths (NZRO) Committee, initially organising the supply of post-graduate education in NZ, and for the last four years in the position of OSNZ President.  Since resigning from the position of President, Emma has consulted for the OSNZ and the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ).

Committees: Education Committee, Registration Assessment & Examination Committee, Scope of Practice Working Group

Martin Lambert - Deputy Chair

Martin Lambert is a graduate of the Unitec double degree programme.  He was awarded the Master of Osteoapthy degree in 2007 and is currently in private practise in Whangarei and Auckland.  Prior to undertaking his osteopathic training, Martin worked for the NZ Department of Labour in London for 5 years before returning home to commence is studies.  While completing his studies, Martin served as student representative on the Unitec Osteopathic Programme Committee for 3 years.  Martin is one of the youngest members of Council and is looking forward to contributing towards the long-term sustainability of the osteopathic profession in New Zealand.

Committees: Education Committee, Competency Commitee

Sharon Lambert - Lay Appointee

Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa te Iwi, Ngai Tamaterangi te hapu.

Sharon has worked in the health sector for 37 years, both mainstream and in Maori for Maori organisations. Maori health has always been an area of passion for Sharon but for some years now her focus has shifted to growing the Maori Health Workforce on a national scale through the partnerships of Nga Ngaru Hauora O Aotearoa, Te Kaunihera O Nga Neehi Maori and Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi in the delivery of Te Ohanga Mataora Paetahi (Bachelor of Health Sciences Maori Nursing Degree) the first Maori Nursing School in Aotearoa.

Sharon is also the managing director of her own company SL Group Ltd which has run
successfully for the past 13 years. She has a Masters Degree in Indigenous Studies (2008) and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching (2000). She is pleased to be joining the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and looks forward to developing firm relationships within this sector over her term.

Committees: Education Committee, Scope of Practice Working Group 


Warwick Bullen - Lay Appointee

Warwick is an honour’s (MA) graduate in geography from the University of Canterbury, a former secondary school teacher and owner of a Fine Arts gallery.  He is currently a medical agent, but is also involved in a wide variety of community organizations.

Currently, he is President Elect of the Rotary Club of Wanganui, Liaison Officer to the Rotary District Governor, Chairman, Wanganui Regional Opera Foundation, Secretary, Whanganui Community Groups’ Forum, and Secretary and Deputy Chair Whanganui Electorate, NZ National Party.

He is looking forward as a layman to promoting the profession, and contributing effectively to the Council, assisted by his broad background of community, professional and business service.  

Max Belcher

Max originally came to Osteopathy via an eclectic range of occupations that included being a forest Ranger, school teacher and an officer in the Auckland Metropolitan Fire Brigade before qualifying as an Osteopath at the Pacific College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983. Along the way Max has acquired diplomas in Nutrition, Herbal medicine and Homoeopathy.

Initially practicing  in a small multi disciplined practice in Whangarei, the business has grown so that he now is one of the Directors of a major multi disciplined integrated health practice in Whangarei.

Max has been involved with the professional Osteopathic body for most of his career and now hopes to continue his contribution to the Profession through the Council.

Max's primary interest with Osteopathy is in the integrated practice sphere of activity and the means of utilising Osteopathy as part of a bigger picture in health promotion.

Tim Friedlander

Tim Friedlander holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Osteopathy degree from Unitec. He works in private practice in Auckland at clinics in Waitakere and the North Shore.  Tim has strong ties to education, lecturing part-time in the undergraduate osteopathy programme at Unitec and with experience in e-learning and information technology.  His interest in pain science and management has led him to further post-graduate study at Otago University where he is pursuing a post-graduate Diploma in Health Science.

Lawrence Cartmell

 Lawrence graduated from Leeds University with a B.Sc (Hons) in 1978. He entered the osteopathic profession in 1984 after graduating from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (now British College of Osteopathic Medicine) in London. He practised in London until 1987 when he emigrated to Wellington, where he has been in private practice ever since.

Over the years Lawrence has been involved with the profession in a number of ways, initially as secretary to the New Zealand Register of Osteopaths, then as a Disciplinary Board member of the NZRO. In 2004 he was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (as a practitioner member) under the HPCA Act 2003. He resigned from the Tribunal in 2014 after appointment to the OCNZ.

Lawrence has a special interest in rehabilitation in his private practice working to alleviate pain, improve function and empower patients to help themselves.
















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