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 the President. 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 and a President-Elect or an Immediate Past-President.

Our national office is located in Wellington.

The National Executive Committee

Nathan Bond

Lower Hutt

Nathan worked as a monitor, data analyst and assistant project coordinator between 2010-2013 for the DPO Coalition and represented NZ at the 2011 Asia-Pacific DRPI training in Thailand helping to train the next wave of monitors.

Nathan has been on the Disability Support Advisory Committee for both the Capital and Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB for about 5 years.

Recently Nathan has been involved with My Life My Way a collaborative of disabled people focused on increasing the accessibility of public transport and making events in the Hutt Valley accessible.

Read Nathan Bond's bio

Gerri Pomeroy QSM

Immediate Past President

Gerri has been an active member of DPA since 2000, a disability advocate for over 15 years and was awarded the Queens Service Medal for services to people with disabilities in 2018.

As an Access Coordinator for CCS Disability, Gerri worked to improve public transport services for disabled people and she remains passionate about transport and accessible journeys.

Gerri has been involved with the Waikato Enabling Good Lives  (EGL) demonstration as a member of the Leadership Group since 2013 and is also a member of the National EGL group.

Read Gerri Pomeroy QSM's bio


Helena Tuteao


Helena has had a variety of roles in the pan disability sector for just over 20 years including: employment, voluntary, governance and leadership.


She is currently on the Waikato Leadership Group of Enabling Good Lives, Interface with Whanau Ora roopu and on the Disability Workforce Development Advisory Group for Te Pou and on the national Board of Goalball NZ.

Helena has a NZ Diploma in Business specialising in marketing and a Bachelor in Social Work.

Read Helena Tuteao's bio

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.

Read Joanne Dacombe's bio

Erin Gough


Erin has extensive disability advocacy experience; experience working in Government - in both policy and advocacy spaces; and legal expertise. 

A well-known and regarded member of the disability community locally and nationally, Erin has extensive local, national and international networks in disability spaces and human rights and policy spaces more broadly.

She brings an intersectional lens as someone who is young and queer
Read Erin Gough's bio

Henrietta Bollinger


Henrietta comes from a new generation of disabled community advocates.

She is committed to ensuring DPA’s long history is honoured while bringing a new generation into the kaupapa and listening to their vision for an inclusive future.

She brings particular experience in improving the accessibility of education, arts and our democratic process.  
Read Henrietta Bollinger's bio

The National Secretariat

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

The National Secretariat team is:

Prudence Walker

Chief Executive

Mojo Mathers

Policy Advisor

Paul Brown

Policy Advisor

Sharyn McCann

Finance Officer

Emily Tilley

Communications Coordinator

Chris Ford

Senior Kaituitui