Lewis Grant ChairLewis Grant is an Auckland based trust lawyer. He is a highly regarded and nationally recognised expert in this area. Lewis provides specialist advice on structuring estate and asset plans including resettlements and variations of trusts. He is particularly experienced in succession planning and acts in the administration of many trusts. Clients particularly appreciate Lewis' discretion and experience in dealing with all aspects of their family and business. When required, Lewis can also provide expert advice on dispute resolution, Family Protection Act, Testamentary Promises claims and Property (Relationships) Act.
Paul France TrusteePaul France is a retired international media executive who occupied senior positions in the news and production areas of TVNZ before heading offshore to be CEO of the Asia-Pacific regional satellite TV Asia Business news and, after a merger, President of CNBC Asia. During these assignments he has had wide experience with the integration of computers to create captions and other graphics within television transmissions. Since retiring in New Zealand, he has served two terms on the Broadcasting Standards Authority and was a member of the group which reviewed the rules governing liquor advertising.
Mattie Wall TrusteeOriginally trained as a secondary teacher, Mattie worked for 11 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This was followed by a move into public relations. On moving to Auckland 18 years ago, Mattie undertook projects in the local government, architecture and biotechnology sectors. Mattie was Director of Donor Stewardship at The University of Auckland Business School until 2008. She also developed a series of community initiatives in South Auckland for the Glenn Family Foundation in 2012. Having seen both her grandfather and father go blind in their later years, she is very aware of the challenges faced by people with impaired sight.
Jonathan Godfrey TrusteeDr Jonathan Godfrey is an elected member of the board of Blind Citizens NZ where he holds the position of Vice President. Employed as a lecturer in statistics at Massey University, Jonathan brings a range of life, employment and governance experiences to the MACT board, including serving on Palmerston North City Council committees, the Disability Support Advisory Committee of the Mid Central DHB and worked with community advocacy services. With three children under 5, Jonathan leads a busy life and also spends time keeping fit with gym and judo.
David Kent TrusteeDavid is a retired rural banking manager, having spent almost 50 years working in in the rural industry in Canterbury. Since 2005 he has chaired the Southern Hearing Charitable Trust in Christchurch, which holds the Cochlear Implant Program contract with the Ministry of Health for the lower North Island and South Island. David has been on the Council of The National Foundation for the Deaf since 2012. He is also a member of the Captioning Working Group, which actively works towards the increase of captioned content in New Zealand.
Blog: Captioning Matters
We were super excited to be featured in the Winter 2018 edition of Hearing Matters, the National Foundation for the Deaf’s magazine. Our chief executive Wendy graced the cover, and she had the opportunity to talk at length about our captioning service.
Blog: NZ On Screen
You may not know that Able provides captions for some NZ On Screen content. Some of their newly digitised work includes Winners & Losers, which we’re particularly honoured to have been involved in.
Introducing the amazing Able team!
We've got an extremely dedicated team who are working hard to produce as much accessible content as possible.