Panel Convenor: Sandra Budd, Senior Relationship Manager, NZDEN

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

About Sandra

Sandra is the Senior Relationship Manager for NZDEN

As a mother,  grandmother and cousin of whānau with neurodiversity and intellectual learning challenges, Sandra has walked alongside them as they navigate their paths to live their life to the full without barriers.

Following a career as a senior executive in the Australasian health, disability and not-for-profit sectors and with governance experience on social purpose Boards, Sandra is passionate about working with employers to build capability and confidence within their organisations to unlock the potential for more disabled and neurodiverse people to gain employment.

During her time as Chief Executive of the Blind Foundation (now Blind Low Vision NZ) she asked the question - “Why aren’t more disabled people being employed?” which resulted in the birth of a social enterprise, that today is the New Zealand Disability Employers' Network (NZDEN).

Nowadays, she is a member of the NZDEN team, which collaborates with and empowers employers to have ownership of their own journey towards becoming more disability and neurodiverse-inclusive.