Our people

Kim Willetts - National President

Kim Willetts

"I believe that CCS Disability Action's mission, vision and values truly 'include all people.' Together we can make a difference in the communities we choose to be part of."

Kim has had a long involvement with CCS Disability Action. Her first contact was as a parent in 1995 and then as a family that received services. From there Kim became involved at a local governance level as a member of a Local Advisory Committee (LAC) and then as Chairperson of the LAC. The Local Disability Voice is still very important to Kim as she believes that it is the work we do at a local level that promotes change. The people we know are the people we change.

Kim lives in Oamaru with her husband and their two grown young men, and works as the coordinator of the Waitaki Community House where she has a wide range of networks within the health, disability, education and community sector. Over the years Kim has supported not only CCS Disability Action, but also spent time as a Board of Trustee member and chair, and has held seats on a number of community committees.

Kim is proud to lead a National Board and a National Organisation who are here to provide support to and strengthen communities, so that people with disabilities are included in the life of their family/whanau and community.

David Matthews - Chief ExecutiveDavid Matthews

David Matthews was appointed to the role of Chief Executive in September 2011. 

David has worked for CCS Disability Action for 11 years - his previous roles were Regional Manager for the Upper South Region as well as Deputy Chief Executive. Before joining CCS Disability Action, he was a manager at a local and national level for Special Education Services, now part of the Ministry of Education.

David describes himself as a New Zealander born in England, is married to Helen and has three grown up children. He is a citizen of the sad city of Christchurch and like other Christchurch residents is keen to play his part in the re-build of what was and will be a wonderful city and place to live.

Vicki DavisVicki Davis

Vicki has a lived experience of disability and the everyday issues facing living inclusively in our communities, she has been actively involved with CCS Disability Action since 1991.

A strong believer in human rights, Vicki holds local volunteer governance and trustee roles in LAC, LEC, and many other community organisations, becoming the regionally elected national board member for the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regions in 2005.

Vicki works as marketing associate with ReserveGroup Consulting and specialises in online marketing and web systems. Together with husband Colin, Vicki is a director of their architectural practice, Davista Architecture. On the home front, living in Tauranga, Vicki and Colin have 3 young adult sons, and the friends that come with that are always welcomed. Vicki and Colin both enjoy travelling, trout fishing, skiing, gardening, art, literature, good food, good wine and good company.

Dairne KirtonDairne Kirton

Tena Tatou Katoa

Ko Ngatokimatawhaoroa te waka
Ko Kamareiera te Tupuna
Ko Te Ramaroa te Maunga
Ko Whirinaki te Awa
Ko Moria te Marae
Ko Te Hikutu te Hapu
Ko Shaun Kirton me Jessie Morunga oku Matua
Ko Dairne Kirton Ahau

Dairne hails from a beautiful slice of heaven - Whirinaki in the Hokianga, Northland.

"My canoe is Ngatokimatawhaoroa, my chief Kamariera and his wife Peti, my mountain Te Ramaroa, my river Whirinaki, my Marae Moria, my tribe Ngaphui sub tribe Te Hikutu, my parents Shaun Kirton and Jessie Morunga.

I am a Maori woman with a physical disability; I was born with one arm and my palm consisting of three digits. I have 3 children and run my own business Life’s Abilities Coaching where I work as a Life Coach, Facilitator / Trainer and Motivational Speaker. Subsequently I have coached / mentored people from different cultures and communities so that people are empowered to live a life they love.

Although I am proud to be Maori, I believe in a rich and diverse community encapsulated in the CCS Disability Action vision 'Including All People'."

Since 2008, Dairne has been involved with CCS Disability Action. She has been a member of the CCS Disability Action Auckland Local Advisory Committee since July 2010 and the Northern Regional Representative since the 2011 National AGM and National Vice President since June 2014.   

Richard BuchananRichard Buchanan

Richard lives in Christchurch and manages a small business called ‘Buck The Trend Ltd’ which provides project support to organisations within the disability sector.  Between 2013 and 2016, Richard was part of the Enabling Good Lives Christchurch demonstration team and before that, had worked for Manawanui (an individualised funding host provider) as their National Projects and Contracts Manager. He has worked in the disability sector for the last 18 years in roles that have included teaching, management and leadership. Richard’s previous roles with CCS Disability Action have included LAC member, Branch Manager, Service Leader and Adult Services Manager.

Richard was born and bred in Westland where he and his family first became involved with CCS Disability Action (known then as the Crippled Children’s Society). His cerebral palsy does not stop him giving everything a go and he looks upon potential barriers as challenges rather than obstacles.

Richard was elected as the Upper South Regional Representative in November 2012 and is committed to playing a part in ensuring disabled people have access to a fully inclusive society. He has an extremely supportive family and a wonderful team of support people who he employs using individualised funding. Richard enjoys the outdoors, sport and fine wine.

Hari-Priya DayHari-Priya Day

Originally from Rotorua, after an adventure living in Australia working in the hotel industry, including time in Ayers Rock, my husband and I returned home and are now proud to call Invercargill our new rock. 

We have two energetic, smart, beautiful children who bring us joy and laughter. They happen to also live with disabilities; or Abilities as our daughter would point out – she has just won a Netball prize for her school at the time of writing this.

CCS Disability Action has always been a big part of our lives.  We have been active members since 2004 and I have been a member of the local Advisory Committee and then elected co-chair in 2013. I am proud to live and support the CCS Disability Action Vision.

I believe it is important to encourage others to see that we are all one community here to look out for each other, as different as we all are; we are all the same with our own hopes and dreams.   

Te Amorangi ki mua, te hapai o ki muri

The leader at the front and the workers behind the scenes. Meaning both leaders and workers are important

Phillip BlundellPhillip Blundell

I joined the CCS Disability Action Board in April 2015. Having recently retired, I am looking to make use of my spare time to make a contribution to my community and in particular the Disability Sector.  My vision is to see disability organisations working as unified organisations delivering consistent services to disabled people, which allows disabled people to have good lives.

I was a member of the then Crippled Children’s Society CCS Wellington Branch and a National Board member from 1988 until 1996, and Vice president from 1994 to 1996. During this period I led the re-write of the constitution; the organisation’s name change; the restructure and regionalisation of NZCCS; the development of the Treaty Principles; the establishment of Maori focus teams; and the develop and training of disabled members to actively participate in the planning, services needs of members and direct involvement in Governance roles of NZCCS. I came back to the Wellington Branch, Local Executive Committee about 8 to 10 years ago.

My working life has been mainly  in the New Zealand Defence; serving for 13 years as an Army Officer specialising in procurement and logistics, retiring in the rank of Major. My career since 1985 has seen me leading procurement organisations in senior roles in the New Zealand Defence Force and six years as National Manager Procurement with ANZ Bank and NZ Manager Procurement in PwC. In these positions I managed up to 70 staff in one logistics delivery organisation and 90 staff with six direct reports located across New Zealand.  I have always worked with continual, aggressive and agile change.

Pru McLarenPru McLaren

Pru lives in rural Wairarapa with her husband Neil. Both Neil and Pru became governance members on the Local committees of CCS Disability Action Wairarapa after their second daughter was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Pru has been a member the Wairarapa LAC for a number of years and is now a regionally elected member on the CCS Disability Action Board representing members of the organisation who live in the Hononga Rawhiti Region (East Coast of the North Island). This is her second appointment to the Board.

Pru has served on a number of local committees in the Wairarapa which provide support for disabled people including Riding for the Disabled and the STARS Trust. She also organises the local Boccia group.

A'asa Sanerivi

A'asa Sanerivi

Malo le soifua maua ma le lagi e mamä ma Malo e tauto e lava!
E muamua lava ona ou fa’atulou atu i le paia ma le mamaluo le tatou atunu’u. Tulou! Tulou! Tulouna Lava!

A son of the Pacific with strong foundations in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.  A’asa is an Accountant by trade with a specialisation in Forensic Auditing and has worked within three sectors; Public (Ministry of Social Development), Private (Price Waterhouse Coopers) & NGO (Pacific Health & Wellbeing Collective). Completing his MBA, he runs his own consulting firm – Sanerivi Consultingwhose tagline is ‘Providing professional solutions, with Pacific Heart.’

A’asa has been appointed to the Board to assist with reviewing and reinforcing the current processes and procedures as well as ensuring that CCS Disability Action has all-encompassing financial controls both internally and externally. He will also be an advocate and leader in the important Pacific Engagement work to be undertaken by CCS Disability Action. A’asa may be relatively new to the Disability Sector, however, he does have some experience, having cared for his father who is partially paralysed and has difficulty communicating following a stroke in 2007. There are synergies in A’asa’s professional, cultural and community lives that he will highlight as a National Board member. This is captured in a Samoan proverb:  “O le ala i le pule, o le tautua” – In order to lead, you must first serve.

A’asa is happily married to Tilomai, who is the current Manager for the Wellington Branch. They have two children and their weekends are filled with rugby.