Announcement of CE resignation

March 10, 2017

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of The National Foundation for the Deaf (the Foundation) announces Dr. Louise Carroll’s resignation as Chief Executive. Louise’s last day with us is April 28, 2017.

Sadness, that the time has come for Louise to leave and gratitude for the critical role she has played in the development and success of the organisation. Louise leaves the Foundation in a very strong position, with a forward focus and well-placed for future growth.

Over the last 7 years, there have been many significant accomplishments both professionally and personally, nationally and internationally and below are highlights: 

  • 1.

    Growing the Foundation’s membership from 6 to 10 member organisations

  • 2.

    Developing and growing the Silent Leadership Challenge to raise awareness and understanding of hearing loss in the workplace

  • 3.

    Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand and The National Foundation for the Deaf

  • 4.

    Securing funding for, commissioning and launching the Listen Hear! New Zealand report - looking at the economic impact of hearing loss in New Zealand. This is the first report of its kind in New Zealand

  • 5.

    Celebrating success with our Hearing Heroes Award by annually recognizing a New Zealander whose outstanding efforts have advanced the welfare of those with hearing loss nationally

  • 6.

    Captioning coverage of the Rio Olympics 2016 enabling hard of hearing and hearing able New Zealander’s the equal opportunity to view achievements on the world’s biggest sporting stage

  • 7.

    Completing her Doctorate on the marginalisation of prisoners with hearing loss in New Zealand

  • 8.

    Receiving a prestigious Henry Viscardi 2016 Achievement Award which acknowledges exemplary leaders in the disability community

  • 9.

    Being the lead developer of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) Tool Kit on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability

  • 10.

    Delivering IFHOH CRPD workshops to people from hearing loss organisations in 26 countries, including New Zealand

We cannot thank Louise enough for giving visibility to hearing loss in NZ with the leadership, dedication, passion, enthusiasm, perseverance and motivation she has given to The National Foundation for the Deaf. Louise will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, Council and of course in the sector. We wish Louise the very best for the future.

Jemini Patel
Board Chairperson
National Foundation for the Deaf