I have been Chief Executive of IHC New Zealand for four years and have over 15 years experience in the intellectual disability sector. This has given me a sound working knowledge of community based services to people with an intellectual disability and an awareness of the competing demands placed on resources.
As a Chartered Accountant with a background in both the commercial and NGO sectors I expect to bring executive experience to the role of Secretary-General and the management of Inclusion International’s secretariat.
IHC itself has a long history of involvement with Inclusion International and as an organisation we have a commitment to continuing that contribution. Past appointments include Don Wills (President 1998-2002), JB Munro (Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator) and Robert Martin (Self Advocacy Delegate to Council).
Today IHC is one of the largest NGO providers of services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Asia Pacific region with 4000 service users, 4500 members, 6000 staff and over 1000 community homes and activity centres.
The IHC mission statement reads: “IHC will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to lead satisfying lives in the community.”
New Zealand is privileged to be at the forefront in many aspects in understanding the issues for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. We have closed all institutions, all people with an intellectual disability live in (and are a part of) the community, inclusive education is the norm and we have developed a strong self advocacy movement that is recognised worldwide. To this end therefore, I plan to actively participate in the role of Inclusion International in realizing these fundamental human rights of people with disabilities and their families.