Our staff:

Dr Barney Montgomery


Barney founded Optimal Clinical Trials in 2013. He graduated from Otago Medical School in 2002 and has worked in NZ, the UK and Australia. He is now a qualified GP and has always had the desire to help more and more people. Barney loves conducting research that forms the backbone of evidence based medicine and helping develop new medications that can ease suffering and improve people’s lives.

“As doctors we often take our ability to prescribe medicines for granted, but every single drug needs to have a massive amount of research go into it to ensure it is safe and that it works. I love being part of that process and know we are helping people on a large scale.”

Barney lives very happily in Auckland with his wife Penny, son Charlie, daughter Honor and their dog Macy. Barney has been involved in starting several successful businesses, played basketball for New Zealand as a junior and loves doing anything active.

Dr Penny Montgomery


    Penny is also an Otago trained doctor and has been vital in the set up of Optimal Clinical Trials. She always provides a wise opinion and balanced view. After her Medical degree Penny worked in a variety of specialities in NZ as well as the UK before completing her Fellowship in General Practice in 2010. As well as her GP work, Penny also works as a sub-investigator, is a dedicated mother and likes to keep fit.