Board of trustees
Our Board is made up of an appointed group who are passionate about our philosophy and are well qualified to support Interactionz senior leadership.
Elaine is proud to be part of Interactionz team of professionals and in the honourable position to contribute her personal experience, and professional knowledge of disability, to a community of practice for which she has enormous respect. She was first introduced to Interactionz when she facilitated a number of digital storytelling workshops for Interactionz. This experience revealed a shared set of personal and organisational values. She passionately supports Interactionz’ facilitation of opportunities for people with disabilities, or for those who just need help integrating into the community. She believes in giving people infinite possibilities to lead lives that have meaning.
She is a cultural/social geographer and academic staff member in Geography at the University of Waikato and she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Social Science. Elaine earned a PhD in Geography in 2015 – the title of her thesis is ‘Performative Methodologies: Geographies of Emotion and Affect in Digital Storytelling Workshops’. Read more…
Tegan became involved with Interactionz as a board member in August 2008, following public speaking experiences about living with a physical disability. Tegan says she feels a sense of fulfilment from her contributions to the organisation through her position on the board. She also is proud to say that she believes in Interactionz’s principles, ethics and approach to the services the organisation provides, and that she admires and connects with the staff and other board members. She says she continues to be intrigued and engaged by Interactionz’s innovative positive focus, the opportunity to learn and to contribute to the ground breaking work.
Tegan holds a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Human Development. She has worked with several organisations and institutes including; WINTEC, Manawanui, Community Trust, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and many others in various capacities. Her main contribution in these roles has been informing best practice and contributing to policy and processes within these organizations work with the disability community. Read more…
Tom is proud that Interactionz has an innovative and progressive approach to working with people who may face barriers to being included in their community. He has been associated with Interactionz for the past 15 years, and says that he has always been impressed with the strong commitment that the organisation has to its values. He says that as a result, when the opportunity arose to join the Board, he accepted without hesitation.
He has been working in the disability sector for 20 years, prior to which he undertook various roles in the public service. Tom has also held the role of CEO of the Disability Resource Centre (HB) Trust since 1997, and has been an Executive member of the National umbrella group (Inclusive NZ) since 2001.
Tom has been married for 42 years, and now has 2 children, and 2 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys motorsport (as a spectator), travel (not the flying bit), his gardens, and generally just interacting with people.
Stuart has both a strong sense of social justice, and a desire to help out in the local community – so it is no surprise that he feels a real affiliation with Interactionz’s vision of making the community a better place to live for all.
Stuart comes to the Board with a wealth of business management experience, gained within the New Zealand Post Group during the two and a half decades he has worked for them. Some of the roles he has held at NZ Post Group have included; General Manager of Delivery Networks, General Manager of Postal Delivery, Head of Provincial Contract Management, and General Manager of Business Performance and Optimisation. Stuart also holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography (with Distinction), a Post Graduate Diploma of Arts in Geography and Economics (with Credit), and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Economics. Read more…
Tess has worked with Interactionz through her role as Chief Executive with Inclusive NZ and has always been inspired by the thoughtful and values-led way Interactionz approaches their work. Tess believes Interactionz are open to learning and innovation, and don’t shy away from asking the hard questions and felt very honoured to be asked to be part of the Board.
Tess is currently the CEO of Neighbourhood Community Support NZ, and the Deputy Chair of Community Networks Aotearoa. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) and an almost-completed Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management, and she has worked with a number of community organisations and schools as a Capability Mentor and facilitator. Tess is particularly interested in helping organisations design and implement processes for stakeholder engagement and working collaboratively.
Tess lives in Wellington with her husband and has three grown-up sons. In her spare time she is a writer and reader, and enjoys drawing but would describe herself more as a doodler than an artist. Tess likes to keep fit and relax with a lot of walking and Pilates. In the past few years she has had the privilege to travel overseas on a few occasions and she is now always thinking about the next place to visit…