Dr Stewart Jessamine
Director of Protection, Regulation and Assurance; Acting Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Wellington, NZ


Born and raised in Scotland, Stewart joined the public service in 1993. 

Stewart’s career has taken him from rural General Practitioner to Director of Protection Regulation and Assurance. In his 24-year career at the Ministry of Health he has undertaken a number of roles including Group Manager of Medsafe, and Director of Public Health.  Stewart completed his Masters in Public Health in 2002 and was admitted as a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administration in 2007.

Stewart’s experience within the Ministry of Health demonstrates he is an articulate advocate of pragmatic risk management. Stewart has a unique perspective on the cultural, ethical, linguistic and political challenges that face regulators and public health officials when communicating about risk and risk management.

Stewart has been directly involved in dealing with complex public health issues such as the New Zealand response to Ebola, and other major public health and regulatory issues relating to medicines and medical device safety, tobacco control, water fluoridation and rheumatic fever. Internationally Stewart is one of the Western Pacific’s representatives on the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation and is Chair of the General Assembly of SNOMED CT International the International Standards Organisation that developed the standardised medicines and medical devices terminology used in New Zealand and over 30 other countries.