The NZIDT Executive consists of a President and a National Executive Committee of between eight and ten 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

Leah Taylor

Immediate Past President: Leah Taylor

Leah has been working in the profession for over 30 years, beginning her career with a Laurie Brownell scholarship and had tenure with many of the world’s top maxillofacial units. Leah also lectures nationally and internationally.  Leah currently owns and is the Clinical Director of the Howick Village Denture Studio.

Contact Ph 09 576 6987

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.

Contact Ph 021 269 1293

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: Nina Ufferhardt

Nina  lives in Lower Hutt, where she works as a Registered Dental Technician in her company Ufferhardt prosthetic services.

Nina’s dental technology background, is quite wide and varied.  After completing her Dental Technician apprenticeship Diploma in Germany in 2002 she worked as a crown and bridge technician before starting her Engineering Degree in Dental Technology (Germany). Nina completed her research thesis with Vita Zahnfabrik in 2006 and was then a Product Manager for removable Prosthetics at Ivoclar Vivadent in Liechtenstein until she took on a role as Lecturer at the Dental School in Dunedin end of 2008. In 2011 Nina started an extended parental break until 2015 when she went back to the “bench” in removable prosthetics.

‘I believe that my skills that I acquired in all those various fields in the dental world will be an asset to the nzidt executive and its members and I hope to contribute to our industry.’

Contact Ph 021 0594203 or 04 5668497

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

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