Our board

NFDHH is governed, and guided by, two professional bodies, our Board and our Member Organisations. Our Board members are all leaders in their respective fields, who are dedicated to achieving NFDHH's mission. They dedicate their time and expertise voluntarily, and NFDHH owes its continuing existence to the commitment of these hard-working individuals.



Board Chair

Steve is a professional company director for private and public companies and joined the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing board in March 2014.

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Board Member

Sarah is an audiologist and Sales Director at Bay Audiology. She has experience in the public and private audiology sectors, has served as president of the New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS), and represented the NZAS as a Foundation council member from 2017-2019.



Board Member

Lynette is purpose-driven, results-oriented Professional Director with 15 years’ governance experience, as a Director, Executive Manager and Consultant working with Boards, providing stewardship to diverse public, private and NGOs. She has been a Director of the National Foundation for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing since 2016 and former interim CEO. Read More



Board Member

Anne has been the Chief Executive for TupuToa since 2017. Her career has spanned leadership roles in key sectors including health, education, local government, and not-for-profits committed to equity and growing people. Read More

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