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National Executive Committee

Marg Dobson

Marg Dobson

University Representative

Marg has worked in disability support within the tertiary sector for the last 19 years initially at a polytechnic, then as Disability Coordinator at the University of Waikato. Marg is passionate about the role ACHIEVE plays in making the educational experience of people with disability as positive, successful and enriching as it can be.


Brett Challacombe-King

General Representative

Brett is the Adaptive Technology and IT Adviser for Disability Services at Victoria University in Wellington.  Brett has lead initiatives and made significant contributions into key strategies and directions within Disability Services at Victoria University.  He is eager to put his skills, experience and keen analytical eye to use for ACHIEVE.


Melissa Lethaby

University Representative

Melissa is the Manager at Disability Information and Support at the University of Otago.  Melissa has been a member of the National Executive Committee for many years.  Raising the profile of ACHIEVE is extremely important to Melissa.


Steve Russell

Polytechnic Representative

Steve is the Team Leader of the Disability Resource Service at Ara Institute of Canterbury.  Before coming to New Zealand Steve worked in the disability field in several tertiary institutions in the UK.  Steve is interested in technology, in particular the use of assistive and emerging technologies in the delivery of teaching and learning.

Lara Sanderson

Lara Sanderson

Student Representative

Lara is a Doctoral Candidate at the College of Education, University of Otago.  Lara seeks to explore the experiences of disabled secondary school students.  Lara believes disability and impairment are not just merely research topics, having an impairment has influenced Lara's decisions greatly.  Being a member of the National Executive Committee and a student representative to the Kia Ōrite Working Party at Otago has given Lara the opportunity to advocate for issues that affect everyone.

Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan


Christine is the Disability Services Coordinator at Ara Institute of Canterbuy, and has been involved in the disability sector for over 30 years.  Christine appreciates the opportunity that this role gives her to promote access and inclusion across the wider institution.  Christine has been a valued member on the National Executive Committee for many years.

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Anna Nelson

University Representative

Anna has over 5 years experience working for AUT University and 3 years experience previously working at WinTec.  Anna believes having a lived experience of disability affords her the personal advantage of being "qualified by experience".  Her continued interest and experience in the disability and tertiary sectors affords her a unique perspective, of which she can utilise within the ACHIEVE National Executive Committee.