Our key people at a national level

Our President is Pati Umaga and our management team is made up of Waddy Wadsworth (National Operations Manager) and Esther Woodbury (National Policy and Relationships Manager).

Pati Umaga

President,
National Executive Committee

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

Waddy Wadsworth

National Operations Manager

For the last 10 years I have had my own company providing advice and assistance to a wide variety of organisations, mostly in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on Maori organisations.  This has really helped me to understand the pressures that working in this sector brings and the importance that culture plays in “the way we do business” in these organisations.

Read Waddy Wadsworth's bio

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 Pati Umaga. 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. Gerri Pomeroy is DPA's President Elect.

Our present committee members

Pati Umaga

(President)
Wellington

 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

Committee

Yi Small

Tauranga

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

Gerri Pomeroy

Hamilton

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

Nick Ruane

Wellington

The National Secretariat

DPA’s management team is the National Secretariat, based in Wellington and led by Acting CEO Waddy Wadsworth.

The National Secretariat team is:

Esther Woodbury

National Policy and Relationships Manager

Esther Woodbury is new to the DPA national office, as of April 2016. Esther has previously worked as a disability advisor for government agencies, and spent a long time studying at various universities and working as a tutor and researcher.

Read Esther Woodbury's bio

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.
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Paula Booth

Analyst - Policy and Relationship

I became involved with DPA in 2012. I am passionate about access to places and information for people with disabilities. I am a member of the Wellington City Council Accessibility Advisory Group and a board member for Emerge Supported Employment.

I believe that the future of disability rights relies heavily on the youth of today. We have had some great leaders start us off on the journey but we need to ensure the younger generation has the skills and knowledge to pick up where they left off.
Read Paula Booth's bio