Stephen Laughton

Stephen Laughton


Dr Stephen Laughton works at Starship Blood and Cancer Centre (Auckland) and has been involved in the clinical care of children with cancer since 2000. His specific area of interest and expertise is the management of children with brain tumours.


Stephen completed his initial medical and paediatric training in Auckland and as the inaugural recipient of the Joshua Holland Leukaemia Fund Fellowship in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Clinical Research, spent three years at the Centre for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders, Sydney Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. He then went on to train in paediatric neuro-oncology at one of the world’s leading children’s cancer institutions – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, returning to New Zealand in 2007.


Dr Laughton is the Starship Children’s Hospital Principal Investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). In addition to being an appointed member of the Starship Clinical Excellence Governance Committee, Stephen is also the Health Professional Representative on the Board of the Child Cancer Foundation.

Amy Carter


Amy is an experienced leader in the health sector with significant experience in service development, programme and portfolio management. She has substantial experience in DHB environments managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and working across agencies and sectors; leading the establishment of new services; as well as commissioning, procurement and contract management.


From 2012 to 2022 Amy worked at Counties Manukau DHB in various roles across the Child, Youth & Maternity Team as well as the Strategic Planning Team. Prior to this Amy worked at BreastScreen Waitemata-Northland. She has also spent time in Central/Eastern Africa volunteering on public health projects.


Amy is passionate about child health with a strong commitment to achieving equitable outcomes for Māori and ensuring services are patient and whānau-centred.


Amanda Lyver


Amanda trained in New Zealand and Canada and completed her FRACP in Paediatric Oncology in 2008. She completed a post-graduate Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care in 2010 and has been a member of the South Island Palliative Care Alliance and the National Paediatric Palliative Care Reference Group.

Amanda has been involved as a Health Professional Representative with the Child Cancer Foundation for a number of years. In 2013 Amanda became Clinical Director of the Child Cancer Services based out of CHOC in Christchurch.