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Growing good leadership

17 July 2018

new Disabled Leadership Group brought together by Life
Unlimited will bring a valuable mix of expertise, lived
experience and fresh thinking to help inform the future
direction of the organisation and the services it

Members of the eight-person group have
experience covering a range of disabilities, geographic
locations and cultural backgrounds. Members include people
either living with a disability themselves or supporting
immediate whānau with disabilities.

The group will have a
hands-on role with wide-ranging responsibilities which
include reviewing the delivery of disability information to
ensure ongoing quality. It will also provide continued input
into the development of the Online Information Hub including
contributing new content and story ideas.

challenge for the Disabled Leadership Group will be the
exploration of new ideas for service improvement, plus they
will be responsible for testing and providing ongoing
feedback on the management of newly-implemented

The group will also focus on advocacy,
raising any issues or concerns for the disability community
on the implementation and management of services and
improvement initiatives across the sector.

Life Unlimited
chief executive Mark Brown said the new Disabled Leadership
Group is a welcome addition to the organisation and
demonstrates Life Unlimited’s commitment to listening to
disabled people’s voices.

“By establishing a Disabled
Person’s Leadership Group we intend to underpin the
support we deliver and the service improvements we make with
input and guidance from people who live with a disability or
support a person living with a disability.”

Unlimited welcomes Anne Wilkinson, Darya Small and John
McIntosh from Hamilton; Freedom Nathan from Te Kuiti; Dan
Carswell, Genevieve McLachlan and Elizabeth Taefu from the
Wellinton region and Sandra Wood from Gisborne to the
Disabled Leadership Group.

My name is Dan
Carswell. I have lived both in the community and in
residential care over the past twenty-five

I want to be involved in
the leadership group as I believe I can add a lot of
experience in terms of dealing with caregivers in your own

I also believe that more
organisations need to have people in leadership roles that
use the service that is being provided as it is only those
persons that have first-hand experience on what is being


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