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Richard Buchanan


Richard lives in Christchurch and manages a small consultancy business called ‘Buck The Trend Ltd’ providing independent service consultancy and support to individuals and organisations primarily within the disability and health sectors in New Zealand.  Richard has worked in the disability sector for the past 18 years including tertiary teaching, service leadership and management, service development and service evaluation.  He has also fulfilled coaching and management roles within the individualised funding field in New Zealand.  

From 2013 – 2016, Richard was employed as the Manager of Provider Relationships and Personalised Funding for the Enabling Good Lives demonstration in Christchurch.  Prior to this, Richard has worked for Manawanui (an individualised funding host provider) as their National Projects and Contracts Manager.  He began completing service evaluations with SAMS in August 2016.   

Richard has a Master’s Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and draws upon his experience of disability in his work.  Richard is passionate about disabled people being supported to lead fully inclusive lives in the community and have access to the opportunities that are available to all New Zealanders.