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.
Greg Hurn, Chief Financial Officer
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, General Manager Strategic Relations
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.
Stuart Almao, General Manager People and Culture
Stuart is a very experienced people manager who brings strong commercial experience to the role, having held senior executive level positions both inside and outside the HR function in law and general management. He has worked for high performing, cause and value driven organisations in the past which strongly attracted him to the Blind Foundation.
Catherine Rae, National Manager, Independent Living
Catherine has been involved in the Health and Disability sector for the last 14 years. Her background is in continuous quality improvement and service management. Prior to joining the Blind Foundation, Catherine was Quality & Risk Manager for the Southern DHB. Catherine has a ‘consumer’ focus and believes strongly in the co-design of services, allowing clients who have the lived experience to lead in terms of defining service need. Catherine joined the Blind Foundation 7 years ago as Quality Improvement Manager. Two years ago she became National Manager of Adaptive Technology and Employment services and at the beginning of 2017 moved into the role of National Manager Independent Living. This role has oversight of multiple specialist disciplines providing rehabilitation and habitation services that enable independent living for clients. Services include; Adaptive Daily Living, Orientation and Mobility, Needs Assessment, Counselling, Children’s services, Deaf Blind, Pacific Island, Guide Dogs, Quality/Clinical Governance and Environmental Awareness.
Denise Kitto, National Manager Customer Service and Advice
Denise is responsible nationally for the contact centre, equipment solutions team, and front line staff, as well as managing all of the Blind Foundation’s properties and spaces. After 25 years in Sydney, Denise decided it was time for a change and returned home to New Zealand. She wanted to work for an organisation where she could make a difference so she came to the Blind Foundation, bringing with her significant experience in customer service, administration, operational risk management and property management.