Our key people at a national level

Our President is Gerri Pomeroy and our management team is made up of Dr Esther Woodbury (National Policy and Relationships Manager) and Lynne Edmonson (National Operations Manager).

Esther Woodbury

Co-leader - National Policy and Relationships Manager

Dr Esther Woodbury is a co-leader of DPA and works as the National Policy and Relationship Manager. Esther has previously worked as a disability advisor for government agencies, a disability researcher and is a member of the DPO Coalition and the Enabling Good Lives Disability Systems Transformation Co-design Group.

Read Esther Woodbury's bio

Lynne Edmonson

National Operations Manager

Our governance team

The National Executive Committee

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 present committee members

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


Marty Van der Kley


My name is Marty Van der Kley, and I have grown up with a physical impairment known as Spina Bifida   I have been actively involved in DPA Christchurch since 2007, and am currently Vice-President of DPA Christchurch.  I have a general interest around the area of Disability and creating awareness, around various issues which can impact on disabled people and the wider community.  

Read Marty Van der Kley's bio

Yi Small


I have been involved with DPA Western Bay of Plenty since 2013.  I have a physical disability (Post-Polio Syndrome).

I am passionate about the rights of disabled people and speak for them in my local community, ,for example  I give the local council advice on access issues;

After 13 years working as a senior accountant I am able to work systematically, thoughtfully and logically, This is a useful skill for the National Executive Committee.

Read Yi Small's bio

Helena Tuteao


Joseph Boon


Jade Farrar


The National Secretariat

DPA’s management team is the National Secretariat, based in Wellington and led by Gary Williams the National Operations Manager and Dr Esther Woodbury the National Policy and Relationships Manager

The National Secretariat team is:

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

Henrietta Bollinger

Analyst - Policy and Relationships

Emily Tilley

Communications Coordinator