The NZIDT Executive consists of a President and a National Executive Committee of between six and eight members. Our Executive represents long-term expertise and experience in the full range of dental technologies, both in New Zealand and internationally.  Best contact through the Secretariat using this email address

President: Brent Norton

My interest is in helping take the Dental Technology industry forward and making our chosen career the best it can be.  My experience in most facets of dental technology and clinical dental technology has given me a well-rounded understanding of the industry.  I consider myself to be someone who can objectively look at all areas of dental technology, and represent them all fairly.

Contact Ph 04 566 0627

Vice President: Ryan Carlton

I’m really enjoying my time on the executive, being involved in the day to day decisions that go on behind the scenes does make it worthwhile.  I feel I still have a lot to contribute to our organisation.

There are some potential turbulent times ahead, especially with the recertification process rapidly approaching. I want to be directly involved with this process as it will have a huge affect to us all.

Contact: Ph 03 385 5517

Treasurer:  Johanna Hearn

Johanna is a Qualified Dental Technician and has worked as a crown and bridge technician more than 16 years. She set up her own crown and bridge lab in the wonderful Bay of Plenty, and has operated since 2012.

Contact: Ph 07 573 4466 / 0226 302 747


Executive member: Derryn Brunton

I have been in the dental industry for over 30 years. I did a dental technician apprenticeship in the Armed Forces in the early 80s and a PGDipCDT in 2003 at Otago University. I have worked in a number of laboratories here and overseas in those years and for the last 10 years I have had a successful clinical practice in Hamilton. I am passionate about our industry and during my time on the executive committee will endeavour to represent our industry and our members to the best of my ability. I am very strong on communication so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or issues.

Contact: Ph 07 853 7412

Executive member: James Chang

I am a clinical dental technician and have just started working in my own denture practice. The direction our industry is heading towards is something that is important for me moving forward on the executive. I have joined the Working Group, with peers and colleagues from the university, industry and the executive itself, to participate and learn from everyone.

Executive member: Ludwig Jansen Van Vuuren

A good relationship between the industry and the training institution is very important, this ensures that the needs of industry are heard and incorporated into the training of new graduates.  I am currently the Head of Dental Technology at the University of Otago, which provides a valuable link between the industry and the training of new graduates for the profession.

Executive member: Joanne Choi

I am a lecturer in Dental Technology at the Faculty of Dentistry,
University of Otago and a currently practicing clinical dental technician in Dunedin. I’m have been training the new dental technology graduates, while
actively involved in research and the professional community. Since 2016, I have been involved in various areas in NZIDT; secretary and co-chair of the NZIDT Otago branch and the NZIDT future working group.

I am passionate about our profession and industry. I want to use my technical, educational and research background in dental technology to contribute to the NZIDT executive, members and the workforce. I want to be an effective bridge between the university and NZIDT to support the professional development of clinical and non-clinical dental technicians and our students.

Contact Ph 03 479 5284

Executive member: Khaled Bibi

Khaled Bibi is a clinical dental technician, running his private denture clinic and laboratory in his hometown Palmerston North, currently in transition of taking over a local dental surgery.

Khaled is very passionate towards all aspects of dental technology. He prides himself on work quality, personalized patient care and customized dentures, along with working very closely with prosthodontists and other dental specialists in full arch rehabilitations using implants.

As a member of the NZIDT executive my aim is to help the progress of our scopes and quality of removable prosthodontics in NZ.

My current main concern would be keeping laboratory work local in NZ.

Contact Ph 021 0318476


Executive member: Akruti Tataria

My passion and vision for our industry motivates me to take on the role of an NZIDT Member.  I am aware of the continuous developments taking place in dental technology and the way this affects our practise and our patients.  By being on the executive I hope to bring a fresh, contemporary perspective on the issues that surround our field and to work to make the industry the best it can be.  I am a very approachable. outspoken individual who sees this as an opportunity to take the industry forward and make valuable contributions to dental technology in New Zealand.

Contact Ph 021 072 0730

Executive member: Waverley Nation

I graduated as a technician in 2001 (C.I.T) and as a CDT in 2006 (Otago).  I created Auckland Denture Clinic 8 years ago, and compete at the top level of the New Zealand Rally Championship.

Being a mother, a business owner and running a motorsport team means I appreciate time management, the value of the dollar and how to support key people in their roles for the betterment of all.  I feel these would be complimentary skills to bring to the executive committee to support and assist the existing members of the NZIDT.   I bring no soapbox election promises, no targets or agendas, but will bring a willingness to learn, to question and to work.

Contact Ph 09 625 6202

Executive member:  Steve Sharp

Otago grad from 2009, and did full-time clinical in 2011. I’ve worked in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, and have recently moved down to the Wairarapa, where my wife’s family are from. I was rather social at Otago and was on the Dental Student Executive for 2 years.

I am very keen to be on the NZIDT Executive and be a part of moulding where our profession is going to be heading in the next 5 to 10 years. I would like to see us build a much more collegial relationship with our fellow allied dental heath professionals and work together to get the best possible outcomes for our patients, rather than feeling like we are working against one another.

Digital is what everyone is talking about these days, and with the current uncertain climate, I see there being a great opportunity for us to leverage the new digital technologies coupled with our immense wealth of technical and clinical skills to come out of this situation stronger and tougher than we were before.

I look forward to being a part of our bright and exciting future.

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