Senior Leadership Team

Megan Thomas, Chief Executive

Megan Thomas’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:

 

Tony Paine, Deputy Chief Executive

Tony Paine became deputy chief executive of Life Unlimited in June 2021 and was previously CEO of the AccessAbility Group since September 2018. He has over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit leadership and management working in the health, social service and cultural sectors. Tony’s career includes work with the NZ AIDS Foundation, the Christchurch Methodist Mission, and CEO of Comcare Trust, the Christchurch Arts Centre, Victim Support, New Zealand Red Cross, and Philanthropy New Zealand.

Tony served on the Board of Housing New Zealand for five years, has a Masters in Management and lives in Wellington with his partner Bernadette Macartney and their two daughters Maggie and Sally. Tony’s passion for inclusion, human rights advocacy and disability justice has been enriched by life with Maggie who has intellectual and physical ‘disabilities’.

 

David Darling

David Darling

David Darling, Hearing service manager

David Darling joined Life Unlimited in January 2021 as Hearing Therapy service manager. More recently he was with Capital & Coast District Health Board and prior to that was a contract relationship manager at the Ministry of Health.

 

 

April Johnson

April Johnson

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.

 

 

Todd Stephenson, Service and Development Manager, Mobility Centre

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.

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.

 

Angela Te Whaiti

Angela Te Whaiti

Angela Te Whaiti, National Manager, NASC and LAC

Angela is the national operations manager for the Life Unlimited, Access Ability and Journey Together Needs Assessment and Service Coordination and Local Area Coordination services. She joined Access Ability in 2004 and provides operational leadership and direction for the contracts we manage across the country. Ensuring we have a nationally consistent practise framework and effective use of staff resources from a national perspective.

 

Catherine Trezona

Catherine Trezona

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 for our Professional Development (formerly PRISM) series, 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.’