Meet the Executive

Meet our Executive team

Sandra Budd, Chief Executive

Sandra has proven herself a leader in New Zealand and Australian health sectors with over 38 years of experience.  She began her health career as a registered nurse and midwife and remained at the frontlines of service for over 20 years before moving into general management. Sandra drives us in our new strategic direction around service delivery redesign, partnerships and financial sustainability.

Alison Wheatley, Executive Director Supporter Marketing and Fundraising

Alison has twenty years of experience and a wide exposure to all facets of brand building, marketing management and team leadership. She’s worked in international consumer goods, services and retail companies, including Lion Nathan and Nestle. With her team, Alison focuses on building a lifetime relationship with the Blind Foundation’s supporters and donors.

Deb Ward, Acting Executive Director, Culture Engagement and Improvement

Deb joined the Blind Foundation in 2009 with a range of commercial and not-for-profit experience.  Following a corporate career which spanned public relations, communications and events, her not-for-profit work began with the UK’s largest breast cancer research organisation.  There she managed the UK branch of the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer retail campaign before moving into fundraising events.  At the Blind Foundation, Deb has held roles in the Supporter Marketing and Fundraising (SMAF) and Communications teams. Her current role focuses on leading a team that:

  • communicates and engages well with all of our audiences
  • builds a positive culture with a strong and energised workforce and volunteer base
  • develops life enriching opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision.

Greg Hurn, Executive Director Accessible Information Services

Greg has a wealth of experience in finance, customer services, production, service delivery and administration. He’s worked in the manufacturing, banking and telecommunications industries. Before joining us Greg spent 15 years with Yellow Pages holding various executive positions in finance and operations. Greg’s aim is to ensure we are financially sound and sustainable over the long term horizon. He looks after our finances, contracts, strategy and planning, performance, governance and business development initiatives.

Neil Jarvis, Executive Director Strategic Relations, Accessibility

Neil Jarvis is a prolific user of many kinds of adaptive technology. He is a strong believer in the power of technology to improve the lives of blind people everywhere.

He chairs the World Blind Union’s Asia-Pacific Region’s ICT and Adaptive Technology committee, and is the Asia-Pacific Regional co-ordinator for the WBU’s Marrakesh Treaty Ratification campaign. Neil is President of the Round Table on Information access for people with disabilities, a Trans-Tasman organisation which promotes best practice in the field. He is a member of the Web Standards Working Group here in New Zealand. He also represents the Blind Foundation of New Zealand on the Board of the international DAISY Consortium.

Neil has been totally blind all his life, and thus experiences on a far-too regular basis the frustration of not being able to access websites, apps or other software which his sighted colleagues and friends take for granted. One of his missions in life is to work with technology vendors, governments and other interested parties to close the accessibility gap and to make their systems useable by people like him.

Teresa Bradfield, Executive Director Client Services

Teresa Bradfield joined us following an extensive career in acute and primary health care at executive level. She has worked in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. With expertise in general management and professional practice at a senior level, Teresa complements the strategic direction that we are taking. Teresa has focussed intensely on the preparation and introduction of the new service model, leading the team responsible for providing direct client service provision for blindness rehabilitation.