Making the move from Canada, John brings 28 years of senior leadership experience from his native country. For the past 11 years he has held senior roles at CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), most recently as the Vice President Western Canada, leading operations that span four provinces and two territories, serving 60,000 clients.
His accomplishments at CNIB include successfully securing government funding via the healthcare continuum for clients in Western Canada, ensuring financial stability and broadening client support to reach remote communities and overseeing the establishment of a Guide Dog Programme within an 18-month time period.
RNZFB Board Chair Rick Hoskin said: “We believe John’s in-depth understanding, financial acumen, knowledge and experience of the blind and low vision sector, along with his passionate and empathetic leadership make him a perfect match for the RNZFB’s future needs.”
The Blind Foundation, soon to be known as Blind & Low Vision NZ, is supporting more people than ever before and accelerating its role advocating for a New Zealand that is more inclusive for people with sight loss. Rick explained it was in this context the RNZFB Board carried out a comprehensive recruitment process, with assistance from Sheffield. It was critical the new Chief Executive had the healthcare experience and leadership qualities to drive forward the organisation’s visionary goals, which they have found in John.
John said, “I am excited by the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Blind Foundation clients, volunteers, staff, its many community partners and supporters to grow and evolve to meet the needs of New Zealanders and further establish the RNZFB as a global leader in the field of blindness.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be taking over the helm and look forward to leading this iconic New Zealand organisation into the next phase of its history.”
The RNZFB looks forward to welcoming John when he begins later this month.