Welcome to the new CE of Blind Low Vision NZ

9 January 2024


Message from the Board Chair:

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Andrea Midgen as the next Chief Executive of Blind Low Vision NZ.

She is a proven leader with many years of extensive CEO and senior executive experience – both within and outside the not-for-profit sector. She has excelled at demonstrating a clear sense of purpose and vision throughout her career. She was Chief Executive Officer of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for 7 years. Before that she was Group Strategist/CFO for Southern Cross Group and held several senior executive roles in Vodafone, culminating as Director, Customer Operations. During her time at Vodafone, she also developed her governance background in the charitable trusts environment having been the Chair of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.

An alumna of Unitec Te Pūkenga with a Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification, Andrea Midgen brings a wealth of experience in organisational leadership, financial acumen, and stakeholder management.

Andrea will work with the other members of the Executive Leadership Team to lead Blind Low Vision NZ to achieve the organisation’s purpose and strategic objectives of empowering blind and low vision New Zealanders to live the life they choose. She has a pragmatic and genuine leadership style – a great asset for building on our recent successes and creating a positive future for our organisation.

Andrea will be starting her role at Blind Low Vision NZ on Tuesday 30th January, and I’m sure you’ll all join me in giving her a warm welcome.

Clive Lansink 
RNZFB Board Chair


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