David Shearer has worked in the education, not-for-profit and recruitment sectors, and is Director of Executive Development Programmes at the University of Canterbury. His disability experiences relate to living with congenital kidney disease.
Pam MacNeill is Managing Director of Disability Responsiveness NZ which produces and facilitates training for disabled people and the wider community. Pam is an employment specialist and also works in the areas of disability monitoring, evaluation and research.
Kerry Ludlam runs Change Management Ltd which provides business advice and services to SME businesses and NGOs. Kerry is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and the Institute of Directors, and is a Council Member with Music Therapy New Zealand.
Heather Browning set up her own consultancy practice after leaving her role as General Manager of Enable New Zealand after 13 years. She was Chairperson of the National Council of the Muscular Dystrophy Association from April 2015 – April 2017.
Derek Gill has over 35 years experience in Public Policy. Public Management and Financial Management. Derek is Principle Economist & Head of Public Good at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
Mark is a qualified accountant and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He also has a Master of Public Policy degree from Victoria University. He has a background in corporate governance, audit, finance and commerce. Mark is currently a director of NZX listed Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd, an alternate Crown Trustee of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and a former director of Habitat for Humanity NZ Ltd .
Sonia Thursby MNZM
Sonia Thursby is CEO of two charitable organisations in New Zealand the first being the YES Disability Resource Centre, a multi-million dollar, multi-level community hub, housing 16 different organisations, the second being PHAB Association Inc, an International organisation providing recreational and leadership support for young people with disabilities for 40 years in New Zealand.
Sonia has also worked in the disability, health and youth sectors in New Zealand for 26 years and prior to that in the UK, and is currently serving a second term as an elected member of the Ministry of Health NGO Council and a third term as an Executive Member of the NZ Federation of Information Centres.
Vivienne is a government lawyer with a background in policy development, including on social security. Her disability experiences include supporting family members with Asperger syndrome, neurofibromatosis and auditory processing disorders.