IDEA Services Board
Suzanne brings to the IDEA Services Board a wealth of experience at all levels of the sector. She began her working life as a nurse, moving quickly to managing services for people with intellectual and physical disabilities in the Nelson/Marlborough region. Other roles have included Director of Dental Services in Canberra, responsibility for purchasing disability services across the Southern Region, and Deputy Director General Ministry of Health. Suzanne has also previously been involved with IHC having worked as a strategic policy adviser, being closely involved in setting standards for improved service delivery, and providing a range of consultancy services to the health and disability sectors. Suzanne is also a member of the IHC Board.
IHC Board Chair
Tony has had a long history with IHC, originally at local level and then at national level. He was reappointed to the IHC Board in September 2019 and elected Chair in February 2020, having previously been on the Board from 1998 to November 2005, and IHC New Zealand President from 2002 to 2005. He is an IHC New Zealand Life Member.
Tony was a partner in the Timaru law firm Timpany Walton for almost 40 years and is a director of several private companies. He has a broad experience in community and volunteer organisations, often in the role of chairperson.
IHC Group Chief Executive
Ralph has been in the role of IHC Chief Executive since 2002 and is an IDEA Services and IHC Board member (non-voting). He has been a director of IHC’s subsidiary companies including IDEA Services and Accessible Properties and was an IHC appointed Trustee to the IHC Foundation. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ralph has held many directorships including for Workability International, as a Trustee of the Donald Beasley Institute and as the Treasurer and Secretary General of Inclusion International. He has been honoured with Life Membership of Inclusion International. Ralph’s career has included finance and accounting roles in the commercial sector and with Ernst and Young.
Cherie lives and works in Dunedin. She trained and commenced her career as a Registered Nurse, but has spent much of it in leadership roles in the health before moving to the tertiary education sector.
Cherie is committed to advocating and supporting the rights of people living with disabilities. Her doctorate explored sustainable business models in order to create accessible adventure for all people, no matter their level of ability. She has also contributed to disability at a local governance level on the Family Network and for Conductive Education. Cherie has two children, one of which has high and complex needs.
Jean spent her career in the health sector before retiring four years ago. Starting out as a nurse, she worked in hospitals and community settings before moving into management. She has worked in senior management roles in NZ, Australia and the UK including 16 years in Chief Executive roles. Jean was appointed as a deputy commissioner to the Southern District Health Board and then a board member in 2019. She also participates in a range of interests and activities locally and particularly enjoys being a St John volunteer at her local hospital.
Vicki is a parent and has been a member of the IHC Wellington Association for a number of years; she is the current Chair. She also serves on the Member Council.
Vicki practises as a barrister and solicitor specialising in public law, and works for a number of government departments and statutory bodies.
Barbara is a parent and has been involved with IHC for many years. She has formerly held the roles of Vice President, President and is the current Chair of the Member Council. Barbara is also a member of the IHC Board. She was previously a high school teacher and is a former owner of a vineyard and restaurant business in Blenheim. Barbara is an IHC New Zealand Life Member.
IHC Executive Group
- Ralph Jones, IHC Group Chief Executive
- Joan Cowan, Chief Operating Officer, IDEA Services and Choices NZ
- Donna Mitchell, General Manager Service Development and Strategy, General Manager Human Resources
- Greg Orchard, Accessible Properties Chief Executive
- Andrew Procter, General Manager Corporate Services
- Deb Hammond, General Manager Group Health and Safety
- Gina Rogers, General Manager Communications
- Janine Stewart, General Manager IHC Programmes