Jonathan Godfrey

Jonathon Godfrey is National President. He is employed as a lecturer in statistics at Massey University.

Martine Abel-Williamson

Martine has been on the Board for over 12 years. She holds a Member-at-Large position. Martine emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa 15 years ago, is married and has a guide dog called Westin.

Wendy Chiang

Wendy Chiang holds one of six Member-at-Large positions on the Board. Elected in 2019, her term of office goes through to October 2021, concluding after the 2021 AGM.

Andrea Courtney

Andrea Courtney has been on the board for over 12 years and is a life member. Re-elected in 2019, her term of office concludes after the 2022 AGM.

One of Andrea’s most memorable roles on the Board has been as a monitor for various country monitoring projects which relate to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Having been inspired by a speech by Ruth Dyson many years ago, about the importance of studying, Andrea has gained a National Certificate in Social Services, followed by a Diploma in Arts with an endorsement in Social Policy.

Chrissy Fern

Chrissy Fern holds one of six Member-at-Large positions on the Board. Elected in 2019, her term of office goes through to October 2022, concluding after the 2022 AGM. Chrissy also holds the appointed position of Vice President through to October 2021.

Shaun Johnson

Shaun Johnson has been involved in voluntary and non-profit organisations for well over 50 years. He believes in Service above Self and puts his money where his mouth is by investing his own time and money towards his voluntary roles. Re-elected to the Board in 2019, his term concludes following the organisation’s 2021 AGM.

Shaun counts his board member position with Blind Citizens NZ as the most satisfying. “It feels good to be part of a team of like-minded people who have worked very hard and are still doing so.” Shaun comments that there are many things previous Boards have achieved which are now taken for granted. He’s been on the Board of Blind Citizens NZ since 2008.

Shaun’s recreational interests are music – classical and jazz (of high quality), reading – history science quality fiction and arm-chair sport at top level and NOT LEAGUE!

Paula Waby

Paula was elected to the Board in November 2013, holding a Member-at-Large position. Currently she holds the appointed position of World Blind Union Representative (through to 31 March 2021).