The Blind Foundation Board of Directors focuses on governance and strategic issues such as our purpose and direction.

The Board may have up to eleven directors. Our voting members elect nine of them and the remaining two directors may be co-opted to the Board for their specific skills or experience. Directors serve for a term of three years.

Richard Hoskin, Board Chair

Rick was re-elected to the Blind Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2012 after initially stepping onto the Board in 2009. He was re-elected in 2015. In November 2011 he was elected as Chair. Rick is the former owner and director of PhysioACTION, a physiotherapy practice that employs 26 staff in clinics throughout Auckland.

Rick has also previously worked at the Blind Foundation’s Adult Rehabilitation Unit and previously on the switchboard. Rick has been a client since he was 17-years-old. He is a director of Foundation Properties Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the RNZFB, a Trustee on the Bledisloe Estate and Bledisloe Royston trusts and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Email: rhoskin@blindfoundation.org.nz

Board Committees:

Chair, Chief Executive Performance Review Committee, Audit & Risk Committee, Policy Committee, Governance Committee, Trustee of Bledisloe Royston Trust and Director, Foundation Properties Limited.

Fraser Alexander

Fraser joined the Board in November 2017 and has been registered as a member of the Foundation for the past 22 years.  He has an under-graduate degree in bio-sciences and a post-graduate honours degree in business.  Fraser has spent 20 years in not-for-profit marketing including nine years with the Blind Foundation.  He also was President of Retina New Zealand for nine years and holds management committee membership with its parent body, Retina International.

Email: falexander@blindfoundation.org.nz

Board Committees:

Audit and Risk Committee, Governance Committee and Chief Executive Performance Review Committee.

Keith Appleton

Keith is now entering his third term on the Board having been first elected in November 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant, now living in Tauranga with his family.  Keith has a keen interest in education, having held executive positions on two schools’ Board of Trustees. Keith’s adult daughter has had low vision since birth. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Email: kappleton@blindfoundation.org.nz

Board Committees:

Chair, Audit & Risk Committee

Deborah Boyd

Deborah joined the Board for the first time in November 2017 as the fourth-placed candidate in the 2017 Board elections filling the casual vacancy created by the dis-establishment of the Associate Director seat following the adoption of the 2017 Constitution.  Deborah is the Chief Executive of Auckland Eye, understanding the importance of working in partnership with the Foundation to ensure patients get the very best of care and support when its doctors are unable to offer any solutions to restore or improve sight.  Deborah is a Board Member for Health Informatics New Zealand and is passionate about e-health with a keen interest in governance and organisational leadership.

Email: dboyd@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Board Committees:

Audit and Risk Committee, Governance Committee, Chief Executive Performance Review Committee and Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund.

Peter Hoskin

Peter Hoskin joined the Board for the first time in November 2012 and was re-elected in 2015. Peter has been a Blind Foundation client since he was nine-years-old.  He studied law at Auckland University, worked at Russell McVeagh, an Auckland firm of solicitors, and also set up his own practice. After 27 years in one career, it was time for a change so Peter sold his practice and today manages an investment portfolio. He also plays and writes music and helps raise two teenage sons. Peter is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Email: phoskin@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Board Committees:

Chair, Policy Committee and Audit & Risk Committee.

Clive Lansink

Clive was elected to the Board in November 2016 although this is not his first time on the Board, having served on it from 1991 to 1995. Blind since birth, Clive has spent much of his personal life working on behalf of blind and low vision people and was President of Blind Citizens New Zealand for a total of thirteen years.

He has an engineering degree as well as a law degree.  Much of his career has been spent in the computer industry, and in the blind community he is particularly known for his development of the Foundation’s Telephone Information Service.  He is now semi-retired running his own business from home, doing consulting and projects in areas of technology and human rights law.

Email: clansink@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Board Committees:

Audit and Risk Committee, Policy Committee and Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund Committee.

Nicola Owen

Nicola was re-elected to the Board in November 2017 and has demonstrated her commitment to engaging in a principled way with disabled people during the past six years, through working at Auckland Disability Law and the Human Rights Commission.  During this time, she led workshops on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and wrote policy submissions to central and local government and the Auckland Shadow report on UNCRPD.

Nicola has been working as an audio describer for the past six years, training people across the country to improve access to the arts and receiving feedback from blind people to improve her service.

She has close links with the blind community, professionally and personally.  She is also an associate member of Blind Citizens New Zealand.

Email: nowen@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Board Committees:

Chair, Governance Committee, Policy Committee, Chief Executive Performance Review Committee and Board Representative on Blind Foundation Health & Safety Committee.

Judy Small, Deputy Chair

Judy joined the Board in November 2013. She has been a client of the Blind Foundation since she was four years old.  Judy graduated in 1999 with a Masters of Social Science (Hons).  Her thesis was a sociological study of blind people and how they identify themselves.  She worked as a Policy Analyst for 11½ years in social policy in the Office for Disability Issues and has also served on the Blind Citizens New Zealand National Executive. Judy is currently employed as a Disability Advisor to the Hamilton City Council.

Email: jsmall@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Board Committees:

Policy Committee, Governance Committee, Chief Executive Performance Review Committee and World Blind Union Forum.

Carolyn Weston

Carolyn Weston was welcomed back to the Board in November 2012, having previously served from 1992 to 1998. She was re-elected in 2015. Carolyn is a client of the Blind Foundation who studied and worked in early childhood education. She has 20 years’ experience working in governance, serving on various boards of trustees and committees. Carolyn is passionate about Blind Foundation clients’ needs and access to services. She is also a member of Blind Citizens New Zealand.

Email: cweston@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Board Committees:

Policy Committee and Governance Committee.