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Gaye Austin (Deaf Aotearoa NZ)


Gaye 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.


Gaye 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.

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Barbara Burton (Business NZ)

Council Member

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.

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Debbie Ward (DPA)


Debbie is on the National Executive Committee for Disabled Person’s Assembly (DPA).  Born and educated in Hastings, NZ and currently lives in Auckland. She has lived experience of disability and is committed to seeing disabled people becoming leaders of their own lives, in their community and work place.

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Michael Aldridge (People First NZ Inc)

Council Member

Michael Aldridge has been a member of People First NZ for over 20 years.  Formerly Michael was Chairperson for the National Committee and is currently the President for the Nelson Group.  Michael has been on the Workbridge Council for one year and lives in Nelson.

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Lance Girling-Butcher (Kapo Maori Aotearoa NZ)

Council Member

Lance Girling-Butcher is the Kapo Maori Aotearoa representative. Lance lost his sight in 2006 when he was forced to resign as editor of the Taranaki Daily News. After learning to read and write he served two years on the New Plymouth District Council. He now serves on a number of organisations working for or with the aged and  disabled. 

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Jacinta Tevaga (Vaka Tautua)

Council Member

Jacinta Tevaga provides Disability Information Advisory Support Administration at Vaka Tautua Limited in Manukau, Auckland, and is the DIASS representative for Ministry of Health Disability Consumer Consortium.  Jacinta is also Chair for  Tofamamao-the Auckland Collective Disabled, carers and their families Pacific group, and is a Trustee Board Member for Taikura Trust. Jacinta has a passion to promote conventions on the rights of person’s with disability and influence change in government and health sectors through out New Zealand in the way we support, acknowledge and  celebrate diversity.

Kim Simmonds (NZCTU)

Council Member

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Lisa Archibald (PeerZone Ltd)

Council Member

Lisa Archibald from PeerZone Ltd is a proud Scot who has been involved in lived experience leadership initiatives, mental health service management and delivering peer support and suicide prevention training in various countries since graduating from university in 1999. 
Lisa was a UK Winston Churchill fellow in 2013, researching mental health discrimination in communities. This led her to travel to and subsequently relocate to New Zealand with her two daughters. In 2019, Lisa became a Yale University Let(s) LEAD fellow as part of the New Zealand cohort.

Lisa brings her own personal experiences of mental distress and her diverse work experience to this mahi.

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Lisa Oakley (HRNZ)

Council Member

Lisa Oakley Bcom, PGdipBusAdmin, MMgmt, CFHRINZ, CAHRI is a Board Member and National Vice President of HRNZ, General Manager People and Culture for Blind+Low Vision NZ, and Director of Love Your Work NZ.  Lisa has 15+ years' experience in Human Resources in large scale service environments in a range of industry sectors and is currently studying towards her GradDip in Occupational Health and Safety and Professional Coaching Qualification through Coach Masters Academy. Lisa is passionate about providing leadership and support for people and culture best practice. This includes promoting diversity and inclusion of all types and in all levels of an organisation to maximize engagement and achieve high performance results. 

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