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.
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.
Thomas Bryan TrusteeThomas Bryan is passionate about new and emerging technologies, especially when people from the blind community benefit. A long-time member of Blind Citizens NZ, he was involved in advocacy for the introduction of audio description in NZ. In his spare time, Thomas is an advocate for equity and accessibility, and hosts a disability show on Access Radio. A member of community networks and council working groups, he is well regarded for his leadership. The proud recipient of the Beamish Memorial Medal, Blind Citizens NZ’s most prestigious award, this recognises his significant contributions to the blind community. He is employed by Blind Low Vision NZ (previously Blind Foundation), as National Technology Advisor.
Karen Thompson TrusteeKaren Thompson in an experienced professional in the not-for-profit education and sporting sectors in both operational and governance roles. Karen is the Associate Director, Communications and Alumni Relations at the University of Auckland and is responsible for engaging with the University’s over 200,000 alumni and donors. Prior to joining the University, Karen worked in the events and publishing industries. She was Chair of Netball North for three years and is currently a member of the University of Auckland Society executive committee and a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Mary Fisher: The Importance of Representation
After racing in 2012 and 2016, Mary Fisher’s been watching the Paralympics from afar and cheering the New Zealand team on. She’s now a Board Member of Paralympics New Zealand, and works for Blind Low Vision NZ. The Able team have been captioning and audio describing the highlights, and we spoke to her about her experiences as a Paralympic athlete, and the importance of the Paralympic Games.
Tokyo Olympics: Meet the Kiwis who make television accessible
Able NZ's Alex Walker thrives on live captioning challenges as the Olympics draw to a close. Written by Andre Chumko for Stuff (www.stuff.co.nz), Aug 05 2021
An interview with Martine Abel-Williamson, President of the World Blind Union
Martine Abel-Williamson is President of the World Blind Union and was an early adopter of audio description. To mark the tenth anniversary of AD in New Zealand, we sat down to hear Martine’s thoughts about the emergence and importance of audio description in Aotearoa.
Introducing the amazing Able team!
We've got an extremely dedicated team who are working hard to produce as much accessible content as possible.