Life Unlimited General Managers
Mark Brown, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Brown is Chief Executive of Life Unlimited and is responsible for strategic leadership and management of the organisation.
Mark has been involved for more than 20 years in leadership roles in the health and disability sector including senior roles with the Ministry of Health as funder of services, as well as with several provider organisations in social services and supporting people with disabilities. He has been particularly involved in the development of significant new services, and his commitment and vision is for Life Unlimited to continually evolve and grow in ways that best support people to be more independent, and have greater choice and control over their lives.
Andrew Ellis, General Manager Corporate Services
Andrew is our General Manager for Corporate Services. Andrew’s responsibilities include finance, administration, HR, ICT and communications. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant (CA) member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).
Jessica Lissaman, General Manager Hearing
Jessica manages the national hearing therapy service and is based in Wellington. She was a hearing therapist herself for 11 years before taking on a management role in 2000.
Jessica has made a significant contribution towards the professionalising of hearing therapy practice in New Zealand and has represented the hearing sector in many capacities both within New Zealand and overseas.
Catherine Bennett, General Manager Access
Catherine has responsibility for leading the Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) teams in the Tairawhiti and Hutt Valley regions, the Disability Information and Advice Services, and Altogether Autism – the national Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) information service (in partnership with Parent to Parent NZ Inc).
Catherine is also involved in developing new initiatives which will help provide disabled people access to the information and support they need in order to live the life they want.
Catherine has over 20 years management experience in both the public and private sector. Most recently she was the Programme Leader for the New Model for Supporting Disabled People at the Ministry of Health, and before that the Manager – Business Improvement at Healthcare of New Zealand Ltd. Catherine is passionate that every person should have equal access and participation in their community. This passion is reflected in her choice of work.
William Hughes, General Manager Enterprise
William is responsible for Life Unlimited Stores, The Family Breakdown Assessment Service, and Community Programmes.
William has almost 20 years commercial experience in senior management roles across both for profit and not for profit sectors including 10 years with St John involved in Telecare and Telehealth, supporting independent living through assistive technology.
William also has experience in various governance roles across industry and community groups focussed on health and wellbeing. He holds a MBA from Waikato University and is a Member of the Order of St John.