Andrea Lee - National 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, Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector including both the Education and Disability sectors in paid, voluntary and governance roles in NZ and internationally. Before having children, she worked in Bosnia, after the Bosnian war, as a teacher educator and was the Director of Studies at an international school in the UK.
Parent to Parent became part of Andrea’s life in 2007 when her son was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition. She has attended and presented at numerous disability sector conferences both internationally and in New Zealand. Andrea is a current Parent to Parent Support Parent.
Andrea works as the Executive Director for Fragile X New Zealand.
Julie-Ann Johnson - Vice President
My husband, three children and I reside on the rural Canterbury Plains. After gaining my Bachelor of Commerce and Management in 1991, I was an accountant for several Christchurch companies including Tegel Foods, Tait Electronics and Kiwi Packaging. Once the children all started school I have since been a self-employed contractor providing accounting, review, project management and administrative services.
The arrival of Patrick, now aged 12, started a challenging and often rewarding journey for our family as his intellectual disability impacts on family life, education and community. He is a young man full of surprises, a great sense of humour and a mighty love for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
I have been the treasurer for the Selwyn Launch Group since mid 2016. Their aim is to promote the inclusion of young adults with disabilities through work experience, employment and social activities. I have had three years’ governance experience as a trustee on a primary school board, which began in June 2013.
I have been an active member and committee chairperson of Greater Canterbury Parent to Parent since June 2010. Volunteering as a support parent is extremely rewarding.
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.
Nick has had a long-standing relationship with Parent to Parent for more than 20 years as a volunteer, employee and contractor. Having previously worked at national office for two years, Nick was also involved in the development, training and delivery of the SibSupport programme since its inception in 1995, and continues this involvement today. Nick has also been involved in the development and delivery of the Second Generation workshops, targeted at parents and adult siblings.
Nick also works as a freelance producer, director, tutor and actor in the performing arts sector and is currently a trustee and creative director for the Hamilton Performing Arts Trust. Nick was recently a part of the working group that negotiated the terms of the successful gifting of Clarence Street Theatre from Hamilton City Council to a newly established Trust, which he also helped to put in place.
Nick hopes to continue his long relationship with Parent to Parent and the quality services it provides that make it such an essential and respected contributor to the disability sector in New Zealand.
Settling in Cambridge, and after a life-changing diagnosis for her daughter, meant a change of perspective and a desire to move into a new career path, away from the corporate sector and into the social sector.
With many years in sales, marketing and media, Sarah has used her skills and knowledge of both sectors to facilitate strong networks and relationships.
Sarah works with an organisation that provides a CMS solution which supports community organisations to manage client information and report on data.
Accessing a multitude of services for her daughter on a daily basis has enabled Sarah to see where positive change can be made. She is passionate about offering practical insights as to how to access resources from a more effective wraparound model of care service.
With lived experience of day-to-day care, and how the access of services looks for the end user, means Sarah is a keen advocate for disability and mental health challenges in the Waikato, both government and NGO.
Her high-energy personality means she is not afraid to get stuck in to advocate for better outcomes.
Having won the 2018 Emerging Director in the Disability sector for the Waikato Institute of Directors was an honour for Sarah. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and sits on the Life Unlimited board.
A love for cooking and being creative with a sewing machine allows her to keep a sense of herself whilst caring for her family.