Gary Williams MNZM
Role: SAMS' Board – Chairperson
Gary is Ngati Porou and a disabled person. He’s been directly involved in the disability sector his whole life and for at least the last 35 years, he’s been active in the governance and management of various sector-related NGOs and companies both in New Zealand and internationally.
His particular “Board” passion is good governance which supports exceptional management and staff. Other sector Boards he’s on are Access Ability, Imagine Better, Voice Advocacy Trust, Barrier Free NZ Trust and Manawanui in Charge.
Gary and his wife, Ruth Jones, are Christchurch-based consultants to the sector. Previously, he was the CEO of DPA for a decade and, before that, a scientific software developer for GNS Science.
Gary believes that SAMS is ideally positioned to facilitate the transformation of service provision to disabled people and their families. Most recently he’s been thinking about the effects of imported Eurocentric service provision ideas that see people having to create artificial boundaries between themselves and significant others in their lives to survive on a day to day basis. While everyone has individual needs, he wonders if the thinking should be about recognising that people will thrive if they are part of inter-connected networks ie. family, whanau, friends and local communities rather than just the limited catering of services to people as individuals.
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