Joseph Bergin

Joe is a lawyer working in urban regeneration with experience in community and youth advocacy.  He has previously served in various community roles including as a member of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board where he held portfolio responsibilities for community facilities and community funding.  While on the Local Board, Joe played an active role in advancing […]

Jade Farrar

Jade is New Zealand-born of Cook Island/Italian heritage, based in Auckland, and is a proud Father to a young daughter.   His whānau and strong family values play a huge role in Jade’s good life. As a member of the National Enabling Good Lives Leadership Group, Jade has contributed to the expansion of the Enabling […]

Lisa Whyte

I will bring finance, governance, and many years of local government experience to the board. I’m currently an Auckland District Licensing Committee Chair and Board member of Basketball New Zealand and Tennis New Zealand. Previous governance roles include Netball North Harbour and Northern Auckland Kindergarten boards, and governance coaching and advice for community organisations. I’m […]

Amy Clements, Social Media & Communications Facilitator

Amy is 24 years old. She is studying a Bachelor of Communication, and she has been involved in the disability activism space since she was a teen.  Having grown up with an invisible physical disability, she has faced a lot of discrimination and skeptism of my disability status; both from medical professionals and members of […]

Aaron Smith, National I.Lead Coordinator

Aaron is responsible for co-ordinating all things I.Lead.  He is passionate about empowering young people to achieve their full potential and is a strong advocate for youth-led co-creation, co-development and co-delivery. Working with young people from within the disability community to help bring about a more inclusive community through the provision of youth-led projects designed […]

Kevin Park, Web Management Facilitator

He is from South Korea, but he lives in New Zealand at the moment. He has become a Christian since 2011. He has been a Christian writer since 2013, and He also has been a student at Carey Baptist College, studying biblical studies & theology since 2016. He is involved and ministering at Waiheke Island […]

Tanya Ashdown, Office & Projects Administration Coordinator

She joined YES Disability recently and is really excited to become a part of our team. Sonia told her that no day would be the same, and she was right, including Fires! She is married (for a really long time – 27 years) and has two children – Caitlin (24) and Connor (20). I previously […]

Jason Alexander, Chair

Jason is our Board Chair and has a strong background in technology working for various organisations in New Zealand and overseas. Jason currently works as the General Manager of Innovation and Strategy for a non-profit public health organisation based in West Auckland as well as running his own web design and development company. Jason was […]

Funders & Partners

A Special Thanks to the following people and organisations that help YES make a difference Corporate Sponsors Benefitz NZ Davanti Consulting Partners Benefitz NZ Grants and Donations Ara Taiohi Auckland Council (Local Boards) Auckland Foundation COGS Foundation North LeVA Lion Foundation Lindsay Foundation Lotteries Commission Matariki Trust Ministry of Education Ministry of Pacific Peoples Ministry […]


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