Meet our Leadership Team

John Mulka profile photoJohn Mulka, Chief Executive

Before joining the Blind & Low Vision NZ in New Zealand in 2019, John spent his 28-year professional working career in the not-for-profit and charitable sector with national organisations in his native country of Canada. He has held senior roles providing leadership to organisations in the areas of amateur sport, at risk youth, disease prevention and a sensory disability. Over his 11 year career with the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) his responsibilities grew progressively, culminating with him being appointed as the Vice President, Western Canada in 2015 which he held until accepting the Chief Executive role with the Blind & Low Vision NZ.

During his time with CNIB John was regarded as a senior member of the Executive Leadership Team and amongst his accomplishments provided oversight to the research and feasibility study of the organisation potentially operating a Guide Dog Program as part of its charitable program offerings. The program was subsequently approved and within an 18 month time period established all aspects of operations and graduated its first working guide dogs for Canadians with sight loss.

John was born and raised in Edmonton and is a proud alumni of the University of Alberta. John relocated to the west coast in 1998 due to a professional opportunity and resided in Vancouver since that time, until recently relocating to New Zealand to join the Blind & Low Vision NZ.

John’s passions include participating in almost any sport, and also being an avid spectator of major sporting events throughout the year. He also has a keen interest in current events and its impact on the world.

Greg Hurn, Chief Financial Officer

Greg has a wealth of experience in finance, customer services, production, service delivery and administration. He’s worked in the manufacturing, banking and telecommunications industries. Before joining us Greg spent 15 years with Yellow Pages holding various executive positions in finance and operations. Greg’s aim is to ensure we are financially sound and sustainable over the long term horizon. He looks after our finances, contracts, strategy and planning, performance, governance and business development initiatives.

Cherie McClintock, General Manager Fundraising

Cherie brings extensive not-for-profit marketing and fundraising experience to the Blind & Low Vision NZ with over 15 years’ experience in the charity sector, both in New Zealand and the UK. She is passionate about making a difference for people in her community and giving people the opportunity to support the causes they care about. Cherie is a chartered marketer and a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Louise von Sierakowski – General Manager, Marketing

Dianne Rogers's profile photoDianne Rogers, General Manager Policy and Advocacy

Since 2014, Dianne has led Blind & Low Vision NZ’s policy service on issues such as solutions to making New Zealand 100% Accessible, through to better access to eye health services. Key to this is bringing evidence and data together with people power to create change. Her policy practice motto is, “nothing about us, without us”.

As the former Executive Director of the Western Australian Government’s Office of Seniors’ Interests Dianne led policy development on ageing, including the state/territory National Healthy Ageing Strategy initiative and positive ageing policy innovation for the state. Since moving to New Zealand in 2004, Dianne has held a number of senior government leadership roles in the health sector, and at central and local government levels.  She was the General Manager, Older People’s and International Policy at the Ministry of Social Development, responsible for New Zealand’s population ageing policy, international agreements and relations.  Dianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work and Master’s Prelim in Social Policy from the University of Western Australia.

Denise Kitto, National Manager Customer Service and Advice

Denise is responsible nationally for the contact centre, equipment solutions team, and front line staff, as well as managing all of the Blind & Low Vision NZ’s properties and spaces. After 25 years in Sydney, Denise decided it was time for a change and returned home to New Zealand. She wanted to work for an organisation where she could make a difference so she came to the Blind & Low Vision NZ, bringing with her significant experience in customer service, administration, operational risk management and property management.

Liz Ansell profile photoLiz Ansell, Regional Manager – North

Liz is a seasoned leader with experience across both public and private sectors including FMCG, banking, media and security. Following extensive experience in HR and managing change, she is thrilled to bring her skills into managing and growing a team of people passionate about providing first-class service in the not-for-profit sector.

 

 

 

 

Bryce Tietjens profile photoBryce Tietjens, Regional Manager – Central and Southern

Bryce is a highly experienced, strategically focused and commercially astute executive with an extensive background in security and facilities services, experience in business divisions and a proven track record of achieving results.  Bryce has a reputation for integrity, clear strategic vision and outstanding negotiation skills with positive business and client outcomes. Bryce is renowned in the industry for his successful initiatives, to improve operations, implement positive changes and drive outstanding results.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Oakley's profile photoLisa Oakley, General Manager – People & Culture

Bcom, PGdipBusAdmin, MMgmt, CFHRINZ, CAHRI

Lisa is a Board Member and National Vice President of HRNZ, Council Member for Workbridge and Director of Love Your Work NZ.  Lisa has 15+ years’ experience in Human Resources in large scale service environments in a range of industry sectors in New Zealand and Australia. Lisa is passionate about providing leadership and support for people and culture best practice. This includes promoting diversity and inclusion of all types and in all levels of an organisation to maximise engagement and achieve high performance outcomes.

 

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