Our key people at a national level

Our governance team, called the National Executive Committee (NEC) is elected by DPA members. 

Members of the Committee live in all parts of New Zealand. They have a wealth of experience dealing with disability issues and they play a very active part in our organisation. 

The NEC is led by President Gerri Pomeroy. To ensure the team has a depth of experience, the presidential term is four years, although the actual term as president is for two years: This means that at any one time, there is an elected President, a President-Elect or an Immediate Past-President. Pati Umaga is DPA's Immediate Past-President.

Our national office is located in Wellington and our National Operations Manager is Lynne Edmonson.

The National Executive Committee

Gerri Pomeroy


Gerri has been an active member of DPA since 2000.

She has been using a wheelchair for seven years because of radiotherapy treatment for cancer.

Gerri is very interested in accessibility of the transport system and works for CCS Disability Action as an Access Co-ordinator.

Read Gerri Pomeroy's bio

Pati Umaga

Immediate Past-President

 Pati took up the DPA Presidency in November 2015.

Pati has wide Pasefika networks and chairs a number of strategic and governance groups including: the Wellington Pasefika Disability Network Trust, Faiva Ora (MOH Pasifika Disability Action Plan) Leadership Group and the ACC Serious Injury Group.


Read Pati Umaga's bio


Helena Tuteao


Jade Farrar


Joanne Dacombe


Joanne is married with two adult children, one of whom is autistic. Joanne is also autistic and hearing impaired. She spent 21 years working at the Reserve Bank and around 9 years working in a local school in admin.

Joanne serves on a number of boards as well as having served on the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services Consumer Consortium. She was active in System Transformation working groups around autism, safeguarding and networking. Joanne is presently involved with the Service Culture reference group for MSD as well as having been involved in the reference group looking at changes to the physical layout of WINZ.

Read Joanne Dacombe's bio

Jonny Wilkinson


Married with two adult daughters and a granddaughter, Jonny Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of the disability advocacy organisation known as Tiaho Trust, established in 2005 in New Zealand’s Northland region. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jonny has a unique combination of disability sector knowledge, business skills and first-hand experience on disability issues. Jonny’s work in the disability sector earned Jonny the prestigious title of Member of the New Zealand Order in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Read Jonny Wilkinson's bio

The National Secretariat

DPA’s management team is the National Secretariat, based in Wellington.

The National Secretariat team is:

Lynne Edmonson

Operations Manager

Henrietta Bollinger

Analyst - Policy and Relationships

Sharyn McCann

Finance Officer

Having joined the DPA national office team in August 2014, Sharyn manages everything finance, administration and more for DPA and you will often speak to her when ringing our Wellington office.
Read Sharyn McCann's bio

Emily Tilley

Communications Coordinator

Joseph Boon

Youth Project Coordinator

Chris Ford

Senior Kaituitui