Senior Leadership Team

Megan Thomas, Chief Executive

Megan’s career in the health, disability and social service sectors has been in developing the leadership and skills of organisations committed to social justice and to bringing commercial skills to bear effectively in social enterprises.

She has held senior management roles in the not for profit sector, including Birthright New Zealand and CCS Disability Action.

Megan was on Oranga Tamariki’s Workforce Working Group and the External Reporting Advisory Panel and been a board member on various not for profit boards. Read more:

 

Desley Clarke, Human Resources and Administration Manager

Desley is an experienced human resource leader and joined Life Unlimited in 2014 after spending 20 years in the local government sector.  She has over 20 years’ experience in the human resource field, which includes organisational development and health and safety.  As a highly skilled coach, Desley is a strong believer in empowering people to develop and build the knowledge necessary to deliver excellence in their chosen field.

Desley is responsible for ensuring that the organisation is fully supported in meeting its strategic goals through building the engagement, capability and capacity of staff.

 

Mary Anne Gill, Communications Manager

Mary Anne oversees the communications, marketing, digital and social media aspects of Life Unlimited which includes managing and providing content for three websites and editing the Altogether Autism Journal.

She joined Life Unlimited in 2016 and previously worked as communications director for Waikato District Health Board and as an award-winning journalist at the Waikato Times. Mary Anne enjoys working in a sector where by using her communications’ skills, she is able to make a difference in people’s lives.

 

April Johnson, Community Manager

April Johnson is the Community support manager for Life Unlimited. She oversees the marae-based Ngā Mara Ātea programme at Hamilton’s Kirikiriroa Marae, health programmes, transition and mobility programmes and the multi-sensory room at Life Unlimited’s head office in Hamilton. Read more…

 

Sally Taylor, Service and Development Manager, Hearing

Sally is a forward looking and progressive manager, with more than 10 years’ experience in medical and business management roles.  She has provided strong leadership to multi-disciplined teams across the not for profit and private sectors.

Sally’s ability to analyse issues and create unique solutions designed to grow brand and develop business services, combined with her drive and focus to deliver a robust and future proof service will continue to see the service keep up with the changing environment, while ensuring we reach those in our communities.

 

Todd Stephenson, Service and Development Manager, Stores

Todd joined Life Unlimited in September, 2018 and brings to the organisation an extensive background in sales, marketing, business development and team leadership across various industries. Most recently Todd was the marketing manager at New Zealand Home Loans which is a franchise based organisation in Hamilton focused on helping its clients become debt free faster and achieve the financial goals they set in life.

Todd’s interest in assisting those with disabilities in part stems from his mother’s work with physically disabled children at the Wilson Home and then Belmont Intermediate where he saw the great impact you can make on a life and the joy you can bring with helping them experience what others take for granted.

 

Catherine Trezona, National Manager, Altogether Autism

Catherine is charged with providing quality, evidence-based and timely information to autistic people and the professionals and family/whānau who support them. Catherine is responsible for both the strategic and operational management of Altogether Autism, which is delivered in partnership with Life Unlimited and Parent to Parent.

Catherine joined Altogether Autism as a researcher in 2014 after completing a Master’s degree in health psychology, and moved into a managerial role in 2015. She is one of the programme developers and lead facilitators for PRISM, our specialist autism workforce development series. She brings a passion and commitment to building community and is a strong advocate of seeking and supporting an authentic autistic voice to ensure Altogether Autism is built on the principle and practice of ‘nothing about us without us.’

 

Karen Wilton, Service and Development Manager, Needs Assessment and Service Coordination

Karen leads the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) teams in the Hutt Valley and Gisborne and our Local Area Coordination service.

Prior to that she was chief executive at a community and residential disability provider. Because of this and her personal/whanau experience of lived disability, Karen brings a stakeholder perspective to the management of our NASC and LAC services.