Gayle Austin is Vice President of the Executive Board of Deaf Aotearoa, and holds its health and employment portfolios. She is a registered nurse and midwife.
Gayle identifies as Deaf. She is believed to have been the first registered Deaf midwife in New Zealand, and now works as a midwife at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
Paula Waby has been involved with the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand and is currently on their governing Board. She is a member of Dunedin City Council’s Disability Issues Advisory Group, and is Local Coordinator for the Otago Blindness Network. Paula is President of the Dunedin branch of the Disabled Person’s Assembly and on the Southern DHB's Community Health Council.
Wendy Neilson has lived experience of disability. She has retired to Tauranga where she is actively involved in disability advocacy at Board and Corporate levels and also volunteers as a JP. As a teacher she has taught primary to tertiary levels. Wendy also advises about building accessibility.
Stevie Stevens is an executive member of Ngāti Kāpo O Aotearoa. Of Nga Puhi descent, Stevie lives in Hamilton.
Tina Mataiti is a Disability Information, Advice and Support Service Coordinator at Vaka Tautua and is a founding member of Vaka Tautua’s Cook Island older people’s groups. She was a Pacific consumer representative for the Ministry of Health.
Adrian Coysh assists businesses and organisations develop their Diversity and Inclusiveness strategies, utilising his extensive Executive Recruitment experience and large business networks to promote and connect diverse Talent Pools (particularly disabled job seekers) through a marketing channel, JobCafé. Adrian represents the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand. He has four children, three of whom have vision impairments.
Barbara Burton works in the areas of employment law, contracts, human rights and diversity. A published author on employment-related matters and employer representative on the former Labour Court. She contributes to international bodies representing employers, including the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) of the OECD of whose Employment Labour and Social Affairs committee she is a member. She is a former member of the National Advisory Committee on the Employment of Women and has a long-standing interest in disability issues.
Melissa Woolley is the Public Service Association (PSA) Union National Organiser responsible for overseeing the Union's work in the disability sector. She worked as been a support worker and service manager at Idea Services for six years and is an advocate for an Autistic friend.
Donald Neal is a member of the Blenheim and Top of the South People First groups. He has been a member of the National committee and is now Chairperson of the Blenheim group and has received the Leona Gitman’s award for his work in self advocacy for people with learning disabilities