Meet the Board

Board of Directors

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 eight of them, associate members elect one, 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, 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, Constitutional Review Committee, Trustee of Bledisloe Estate Trust and Bledisloe Royston Trust and Director, Foundation Properties Limited.

Keith Appleton

Keith was first elected in November 2010. He is an East Auckland based Chartered Accountant in public practice and has a keen interest in education. Keith has held executive positions on two schools’ Board of Trustees. He holds several company directorships. Keith also serves on the Advisory Board of the Counties Manukau Plunket branch and is Trustee/Treasurer of ME/CFS Support (Auckland). 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

Julie Bartlett MNZM

Julie was appointed to the Blind Foundation Board in 2014. She has worked for over 20 charitable organisations including Alzheimers Foundation, Autism NZ, Hospice and Multiple Sclerosis Society in a variety of roles ranging from volunteer to Fundraising Manager. Julie has founded two organisations; StarJam a charity dedicated to empowering young people with disabilities through performance and SOUL, Sources Of Unconditional Love; empowering girls especially those who suffer because of prejudice and discrimination.

Julie was named NEXT Woman of the Year 2012 and appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013.

Julie is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Email: jbartlett@blindfoundation.org.nz

Board Committees:

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

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:

Audit & Risk Committee, Constitutional Review Committee, Chair Policy Committee and Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund 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 has demonstrated her commitment to engaging in a principled way with disabled people during the past six years, through working at Auckland Disability Law, the Human Rights Commission and as an audio describer.

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.

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:

Policy Committee, Governance Committee and Chief Executive Performance Review Committee.

Judy Small

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 and Chief Executive Performance Review Committee.

Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan was re-elected as a Director Blind Foundation Associate Members in 2016, after initially joining the Board in 2010. He is a Management Consultant with advisory firm Cornwall Strategic, and has a varied background in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Paul is a member of the Institute of Directors, with over 10 years of experience on Boards, and is currently a Director of several organisations.

Email: psullivan@blindfoundation.org.nz 

Board Committees:

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

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, Governance Committee and Chief Executive Performance Review Committee.