Nicola van der Meijden Chief ExecutiveNicola joins Able as Chief Executive for 12 months while Wendy Youens is on parental leave. Nicola has worked in the media industry for more than 20 years, most recently as the Head of Creative and Commercial for Sky Television’s Entertainment department. In this role, Nicola was responsible for commissioning and production, the creative unit, publicity, transactional content and the department’s business operations. Nicola has previously worked as a commissioner, an executive producer and producer of local content. In 2015, Nicola completed an Executive MBA (Distinction) at Massey University, culminating in a minor thesis exploring the role of stories in the communication of popular business knowledge. Nicola remains fascinated by the timelessness and power of storytelling and is delighted to be working with the team at Able, who are dedicated to making the stories on our screens accessible. Email me
Stephanie Turner Operations ManagerStephanie directs the day-to-day operations at Able, ensuring the smooth production and delivery of captioning and audio description to our clients. Stephanie started off captioning - her dream job, as it combined her love of words and TV - and then was a team leader for several years. She took on the operations manager role in 2014. Stephanie enjoys being part of a team that provides a valuable service to the community. Stephanie loves film, reading and, of course, TV. She has too many favourite programmes to name, but current faves include Stranger Things, Killing Eve, Veep and Derry Girls - and, believe it or not, 1980s glam soap Dynasty... Those shoulder pads! Email me
Ingrid Lauder Team Leader - Caption ProducersIngrid first joined the service in 2007 after she completed her master’s degree in English literature at the University of Canterbury. She became a Captioning Editor, and then left to do her big OE, living in London for three years. On her return to NZ at the end of 2013, she was delighted that an opportunity arose for her to work for the service again. Ingrid is now team leader of the producers. Her main responsibilities include recruitment, training of new producers and managing the producer team. She also continues to caption. Ingrid loves to travel, practise yoga, read, and, of course, watch film and television, so captioning is her dream job! Some of her favourite programmes include Queen Sugar, This Is Us, Jane the Virgin, and she's always got time for any soapy teen dramas. Email me
Shrutika Gunanayagam Team Leader - Caption EditorsOriginally from India, Shrutika and her family immigrated to New Zealand when she was 8. Despite studying radio at AUT, her interest in TV saw her join Able in 2015. In her case, though, she wants to watch everything and so ends up watching nothing. Perhaps it’s because she prioritises old Friends reruns over the shows du jour... Shrutika looks after the superlative editor team while also overseeing some of Able’s commercial work and continuing to caption. She serves as a lieutenant in her local Girls’ Brigade company, and she loves books, movies and music. She’s all about good (or so-bad-they're-good) romcoms – especially the Christmas ones – and her favourite band of all time is the Backstreet Boys (seriously). Email me
Virginia Philp Team Leader - Audio DescribersVirginia is a founding member of the audio description team at Able and worked on the first audio described programmes which were broadcast on TV ONE in March 2011. She joined the service as a caption producer in 2009 after completing degrees in Ancient History and Classics and Broadcast Journalism. As the AD service has steadily grown, she now splits her time between both captioning and audio description. Her responsibilities are to train, guide and direct the small team of audio describers and to help them produce an increasing amount of audio described programming across a range of genres. Virginia loves watching television and being involved in making it accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Her favourite TV programme of all time is the British comedy Gavin & Stacey, and it was a highlight to audio describe this series and to share the dry humour and ‘comedy gold’ with viewers who rely on AD. Email me
June Yeow Administration CoordinatorJune first joined the service fresh out of university in 2008 as a caption producer and has recently taken on the administration coordinator role after 10 years captioning – a long time! Her busy days are filled with scheduling, invoicing and ensuring the Able office runs smoothly. June has a degree in English literature, and her hobbies include travelling, reading (YA novels are a favourite genre), watching TV – if you don’t watch Lifetime or Hallmark movies, you’re missing out – and chasing her two miniature schnauzers around Auckland’s parks and beaches. Email me
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.