Sheelagh James joins the Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs as the Expedition Doctor. She also held this position on the inaugural Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs in 2012 and the Young Blake Expeditions to the Southern Ocean and Sub-Antarctic in 2014 and 2016. Sheelagh graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1983. She was a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) and is now a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (New Zealand). She holds a postgraduate diploma in Obstetrics from the University of Auckland. Sheelagh migrated to New Zealand in 1989 since then she has been in general practice in Remuera at Auckland Family Medical Centre.