Jim Craig: President
When he retired, Jim, his wife and disabled son, relocated to Nelson from Whangarei.
Jim has a long history working in the education sector as a teacher and principal at both regular and special schools. Most recently he was principal of the Northern Health School.
Among other positions, Jim has been area manager for the Special Education Service in Northland, acting manager for the Northland Ministry of Education, a Special Education Facilitator and a contract reviewer for the Education Review Office.
Jim has a long association with Parent to Parent, as well as being involved with a number of other voluntary agencies.
Andrea Lee: Vice President
Originally from the Waikato, Andrea, her husband and two children settled in Nelson in 2004 after living and working abroad for many years.
With a BA in Sociology and post graduate qualifications in ESOL, Andrea has over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector including both the Youth, Education and Disability sectors in voluntary, paid and governance roles.
She has attended and presented at numerous disability sector conferences both internationally and in New Zealand.
Parent to Parent became part of Andrea’s life in 2007 when her son was diagnosed with the genetic condition Fragile X syndrome. She is a past regional committee president, a current Support Parent and contracted facilitator for Parent to Parent.
Andrea works as the national coordinator for Fragile X New Zealand.
From Christchurch, Peter has extensive business management experience; leading a major disability service organisation for 13 years, and holding senior management roles at Child Youth & Family and Waikato District Health Board.
He is currently a business consultant for Healthshare, serves on two boards, and is a member of ACC’s Serious Injury Advisory Group.
Peter is married to Ann who is an Early Intervention Teacher and they have six adult children, one of whom has a disability.
Peter tries to get out regularly on his mountain bike, and also enjoys coaching people to reach their potential using a mindfulness approach.
From Palmerston North, Helen has advocated and accessed Parent to Parent services since 2000 as a parent, grandparent and active Support Parent. She is its immediate past national president.
Helen is on the Enabling Good Lives regional leadership core group representing families in the Mid Central region and part of disability sector transformation first-hand. She believes Parent to Parent has an important role to play in this process.
Extensive volunteer work with Special Olympics, Parafed Manawatu and other groups encouraging people to live a balanced life has given her opportunities to coach, such as for Special Olympics Summer World Games, develop new sports opportunities, and win volunteer awards.
Helen has a BA in Education with a background as a tutor and business owner. She works as a supported employment facilitator for supported living/employment and ACC serious injury clients.
Helen is married to Malcolm and they have three adult children, one of whom has a disability.
From Hamilton, Martin has extensive experience in governance, business and education.
He is a former company director, secondary school teacher, and served as a member of parliament for 12 years where he advocated for people with disabilities and their families.
Martin currently serves as a member of the Waikato District Health Board, Deputy Mayor for Hamilton City, a member of the board for community radio station Free FM, and as a Justice of the Peace.
Martin is married to Gillian and has four children.
From Auckland, Susan and her husband Kevin are founding members of the Parent to Parent Auckland committee.
Susan was president of the South Auckland Special Needs Support Group for the 12 years it operated, as well as two years on the Board of Trustees of the Carlson School for Cerebral Palsy. She was a parent representative on the Board of Trustees of Otahuhu College for over 14 years.
Susan and husband Kevin are active Support Parents, and daughter Erena has worked in Parent to Parent’s SibSupport programme as a facilitator running camps.
Susan has a BSc from Victoria University, a Teaching Diploma, a Diploma in Landscape Design, and for the past 25 years has been a self-employed landscape designer in the Auckland region.