Staff profile: Andrew Crooke

(Inside Aotea, December 2011)

Laboratory Information Systems Manager

Andrew Crooke


Managing and administering the laboratory information system. This includes managing new tests that need to be set up, setting up interfaces to analysers, troubleshooting issues with the system, running ad-hoc reports, and the most important part: working with laboratory staff to make sure the system provides them with the tools they need to do their job effectively.

Most rewarding part of your job:

I love working with people to come up with solutions and processes to make their busy jobs easier to manage. There is nothing more rewarding than putting in place a system that achieves that.

How do you most enjoy spending time outside work?

I am an avid sci-fi and computer gaming geek so spend a lot of time watching strange TV programmes and getting a computer screen tan! When I’m not doing that, I like to go sailing around Mana or sometimes even over the Cook Strait.

Health tip:

Make sure you get enough sleep each night. Once you have mastered that it is much easier to manage other parts of being healthy, such as eating a balanced diet and getting into a good exercise routine.

Something your colleagues may not know about you:

I love music and listen to a very eclectic range -- from classical to punk cabaret. Some of my favourite composers and groups are Mozart, Dvorak, U2, Queen, Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls. I also play the violin and guitar.