The Blind Foundation congratulates its new Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) Board Directors, after the election announcement at its Annual General Meeting on 12 November.

Candidates Judy Small and Clive Lansink were elected to the Board from the six people who sought election for the two General seats.

·                Judy Small was re-elected with 400 votes.

·                Clive Lansink was elected with 362 votes.

Candidate Paul Sullivan was re-elected with 75 votes from the four candidates who sought election for the Associates’ seat.

Biographies:

Judy Small

Judy has been a member of the RNZFB since she was four.  She attended the Foundation’s school for primary schooling and completed my education in the mainstream.  Judy’s Master’s degree Social Science thesis was a sociological study of blind people and how they identify themselves.  Four generations of her family have been involved in blindness advocacy.

Judy worked for 12 years as a Policy Analyst in the Office for Disability Issues and currently works for Hamilton City Council managing small projects with the local disability sector and is chair of the Access Advisory Committee.  Judy also served on the National Executive of NZ View and the Association of Blind Citizens.

In her personal time, Judy enjoys walking with her guide dog, reading books with Booklink and trying out new knitting patterns for her grandchildren.  Judy was first elected to the Board in 2013.

Clive Lansink

Clive has totally blind since birth. He has worked with and learned from many blind and low vision people of all ages for many years and has spent much of his personal life working on behalf of blind and low vision people. He has been President of Blind Citizens NZ for the last nine years. Clive has an engineering degree and more recently a law degree and much of his career has been in the computer industry. He is now semi-retired and runs his own business from home, doing consulting and projects in technology focusing on accessibility to blind people, and also human rights and disability law.

Paul Sullivan

Paul’s employment experience has been varied; in addition to strategy, business management and change, he has led initiatives in company and society mergers, shared service partnerships, policy development, financial management, development of information technology systems, the avoidance of unnecessary risk, and in recent times the establishment of health and safety systems that align with government requirements.

Paul was first elected as Associate Director in 2010 so is an experienced board director, not only with the RNZFB, but with Workbridge and AuSM at the Auckland University of Technology.  He is also a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.  In over ten years of governance, he has chaired a number of Board Committees, advised organisations on their strategic direction, business planning processes, attraction of funding from government, and compliance with audit requirements.

As a result of the 2016 elections, the RNZFB Board of Directors are:

·                Rick Hoskin, Chair.

·                Keith Appleton.

·                Julie Bartlett.

·                Peter Hoskin.

·                Clive Lansink.

·                Nicola Owen.

·                Judith Small.

·                Paul Sullivan.

·                Carolyn Weston.