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.
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.
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.
Blog: Accessibility is a Many-splendoured Thing
The quantity of online video content is increasing rapidly, and with growing diversity, there are new roles for subtitles. Along with the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, hearing people use captions as an aid to clarity.
News: Captions for the Kids (and Kids at Heart)
We’re so happy to be making more kids’ content accessible, with captions now available on HEIHEI. Ka mau te pai!
Blog: Helping Hands… or ‘Eyes’, to be Exact
In a world where technology can serve as an alternative to physical interaction between people – if not an outright replacement – lots has been said about how our smartphones are making us antisocial and unhealthy. But the Be My Eyes app both harnesses and advances what is, really, the heart of ICT – human connection.
Introducing the amazing Able team!
We've got an extremely dedicated team who are working hard to produce as much accessible content as possible.