Speakers and Panellists

Master of Ceremonies

A woman with short blonde hair (Julie), wears a magenta pink scarf, and a black tshirt with a logo in magenta across the front that reads 'that blind woman' with a bright pink flower to the left. Julie smiles warmly at the camera.

'That Blind Woman' Julie Woods

Introducing 'That Blind Woman' Julie Woods as our Conference MC.

International Speakers

A woman (Susan Scott-Parker) with short strawberry-blonde wavy hair and wearing a magenta blouse, sits on a bench in front of a large tree. She smiles warmly at the camera.

Susan Scott-Parker, OBE HonD

Founder, business disability international

A woman (Jenny Lay-Flurrie) with short, straight shoulder length blonde hair and glasses, wearing a red leather jacket smiles warmly at the camera.

Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Vice President - Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

Keynote Speakers

Portrait photo of Paula, a woman with short dark hair a brown eyes, wearing formal attire. She is smiling at the camera.

Paula Tesoriero MNZM

Chief Executive, Whaikaha, Ministry of Disabled People

A woman, Prudence Walker, who has magenta-coloured shoulder length hair, smiles at the camera as she sits on an electric mobility scooter outside in the sunshine.

Prudence Walker

Kaihautū Tika Hauātanga Disability Rights Commissioner


Ruth Muller

Chief Research and Development Officer, Frucor Suntory

A caucasian man, Tim, with short fair hair and a goatee, smiles at the camera.

Tim Mehrtens

Director of Workplace Wellbeing

A pakeha man with short brown hair, green eyes and wearing glasses smiling.

Phil Turner

Chief Executive, NZ Disability Employers' Network

Panel Convenors

Head shot of a woman, Sandra Budd. She has short hair, glasses, and is smiling warmly at the camera

Sandra Budd

Senior Relationship Manager - NZDEN


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A young man (Sean) with short dark hair and moustache smiles at the camera.

Sean Prenter

National Disabled Students Association

A woman (Nicola) with long curly blonde hair, smiles at the camera.

Nicola Frater

A woman (Nicky) with short black hair, dark lipstick, and large hoop earings smiling.

Nikki (Nikita) Van Dijk

National Disabled Students Association

A youjng woman with light blond long hair smiling and holding a sunflower

Nevé Fern Billing

National Disabled Students Association

Chandra, a woman with short brown wavy hair, looking relaxed and smiling at the camera.

Dr Chandra Harrison

Access Advisors


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