Workbridge, where abilities equal employment.

Senior Management Team

Chief Executive - Grant Cleland

Grant Cleland's portraitGrant Cleland is the Chief Executive of Workbridge. He has over 25 years experience working in the disability field. Born with a physical impairment, Spina Bifida, Grant uses a wheelchair for mobility. He therefore brings to Workbridge both lived and professional experience, particularly in employment, transition and tertiary education.

Grant is also the Chairperson of the Disability Employment Forum (DEF). This consists of disabled people, Disabled Person Organisations (DPOs) and various agencies working and advocating in the Disability Employment Space.

Grant is married to Nicky and they have lively 12-year-old twin boys, Tim and Jack. In his spare time Grant enjoys mono-skiing, hand cycling and playing the guitar.

Strategic Business Development Manager - Glen Alderton

Glen Alderton's portraitGlen was raised and schooled in the Hawkes Bay before attending Victoria University of Wellington where he completed a degree majoring in Criminology and Political Science and an Honours degree in Social Policy.

Glen worked for the New Zealand Employment Service and Work and Income before starting with Workbridge in 2001 as the Manager of the Whangarei centre.

In 2002 the Whangarei Manager's role expanded to include the Henderson and Takapuna centres in Auckland. The two Auckland centres were later combined into the Albany office.

From June 2005 until early 2010, Glen was the Northern Operations Manager, covering our service centres from Hawkes Bay to Northland.

Glen is interested in most sports such as rugby, rugby league and cricket. Whenever possible Glen likes to go fishing.

Corporate Services Manager - Mark Fairey

Mark Fairey's portraitMark Fairey has a diverse background, working in senior management and finance roles with companies in the energy, technology, primary and investment areas.

He assists organisations build capability, with a focus on governance, financial reporting and administration. Mark has worked in New Zealand, Australia, England and Chile.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington, is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and completed the Advance Management Programme at Melbourne Business School.

Training, Development and Quality Manager - Keay Bishop

Keay Bishop's portraitKeay was raised and schooled in Whanganui and after university, spent 17 years working in Supported Employment in Auckland before moving to Marton and joining Workbridge in 2008.

Keay started her career working in acute mental health. She realised how widespread experience of mental illness was within her own community and people often expressed the view that they may not be unwell if they had employment.

Keay has a fundamental belief in the value of 'difference' that informs her practise, provides job satisfaction and a love of this sector. She is passionate about employment and developing our workforce to best meet the needs of people with a disability. Keay has been the chairperson of ASENZ (Association of Supported Employment NZ); involved with writing and now assessing the Diploma and Certificate of Employment Support; co-authored research published in the NZ Journal of Disability Issues on 'Cost : Benefit of Supported Employment in NZ' and 'Transition from School to Work'; and has basic communication skills in NZ Sign Language.