Chairperson - Gail Munro
Gail has two sons and lives in Palmerston North with her partner. She has disabilities resulting from over 30 years of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Gail has extensive experience spanning 28 years involvement within the Tangata Whenua, Community, and Voluntary Sector, working locally, regionally and nationally in a variety of roles.
Since 2007 Gail has run her own company, Governance Strategies Ltd, through which the boards of NGOs are assisted. The work undertaken ranges from the development of governance policies, reviewing and advising on governance structures, the development and delivery of professional development courses for boards, and delivering training both in-house and publically.
Her work has ranged from involvement with small community development organisations to working with national NGOs, national organisations with branches nationwide, and boards within the Education, Social Services, Health, and Not for Profit Sectors. In the Disability Sector Gail was a board member of the Audrey Green Disability Information Centre for six years and she has been a member of the Enable New Zealand Board.
Board Member - David Shearer
David's career traverses education, not-for-profit and recruitment sectors. Currently he is contracted by the Canterbury Development Corporation to develop and implement the region's labour market strategy.
He started his career as a teacher, before diversifying into recruitment and international marketing with Protocol Group where he helped establish regional branches in New Zealand and Australia's first onshore teacher placement business. More recently he was Chief Executive of the Search and Rescue Institute New Zealand and business consultant for recruitment and education clients.
David is a business lecturer at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and serves on several community, industry and education boards. His disability experiences relate to living with depression and the impact of congenital kidney disease. David is based in Christchurch and married with three children.
Board Member - Pam MacNeill
Pam MacNeill lives in Upper Hutt with her husband Don and her retired guide dog Chica.
Pam was born in Christchurch, where she began her State Sector career as a Care and Protection Social Worker, Community Worker and Probation Officer, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her most recent and longest State Sector role was 16 years with the State Services Commission in Wellington, as national Manager of the Mainstream Employment Programme.
During the past four years, Pam has worked in part-time roles for the Health and Disability Commissioner and the Capital and Coast District Health Board. She began Pam MacNeill Consulting in 2010 and has undertaken several consulting roles for many State Sector and community organisations, developing and facilitating disability-responsiveness workshops, managing a number of employment related projects and producing reports ultimately destined for the United Nations, for the Convention Coalition Monitoring Group. Pam is currently employed by the Ministry of Health as Quality Improvement Lead within Disability Support Services.
Pam is an amateur Egyptologist. She also enjoys reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, music, fitness and aromatherapy.
Board Member - Tuhi Leef
Tuhi was born and raised in Auckland; and is married with two children.
He has Maori and English ancestry with whakapapa to Ngāti Whātua and Ngāpuhi.
Tuhi has twenty five years financial services experience, which includes thirteen years people management and eight years living in England. He also has a couple of years experience in the Education, Forestry, Tourism and Property sectors.
Key strengths include finance and risk, change management, strategy development and implementation, governance and relationship management.
Through personal experiences, Tuhi has a small understanding of the disabled community and is keen to make a notable contribution to Workbridge and the people it serves.
Board Member - Kerry Ludlam
Kerry grew up in Taranaki and spent time in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Wellington before moving to Auckland in 1998 with his wife (her name is Kerry also). They live on a small lifestyle block in Whitford where they raised their 3 now adult sons who no longer live with them.
Kerry has worked in a number of senior functional roles (finance, operations, sales & marketing and general management) across different industry sectors (manufacturing, import & distribution, retail) over the past 30+ years that has given him a huge range of skills & experience. Kerry has successfully built his business Change Management Limited as a provider of Business Advisory, Management Consultancy, Project Management and Leased Executive services working predominantly with SME businesses and more recently NFP/NGO organisations.
The almost 2 years (March 2013 - December 2014) Kerry spent working for Workbridge amongst the Senior Management Team and with the Board were very important to him in terms of his own personal development and gaining valuable insight into the many & varied challenges people with all types of disability, injury or illness have to face in gaining meaningful employment opportunities.
Kerry is currently involved in governance roles with Music Therapy New Zealand, Fire Protection Association of New Zealand and Workbridge.
Board Member - Heather Browning
Heather has a long association with disability support services after originally training as a Physiotherapist. She has subsequently worked in a variety of roles with a range of disability support services in the NGO and government sectors across New Zealand and Australia, through the last four decades.
After leaving the role of General Manager of Enable New Zealand in 2013, Heather set up her own consultancy practice, to work as a project manager and advisor to a range of agencies in New Zealand and Australia. In these roles, she advises in strategic policy and service design, and leads projects that develop and deliver operational service frameworks.
Heather is experienced in governance and senior management and understands the need for strong strategic governance to support effective and agile management. She is currently Chairperson of the National Council of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ Inc.
Heather is passionate about doing what she can to support the development of policy and services that drive social equity for disabled people and increase their access to economic and social participation.
Board Member - Paul Sullivan
Paul has a background working in utilities regulation and the public sector and is currently Manager, Strategy at the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards. Paul has a sound understanding of disability issues and is currently sitting his second three year term on the Board of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.