Dr David McKee – Chair
David is Research Director of the Deaf Studies Research Unit and Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches the Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching New Zealand Sign Language and introductory NZSL courses. He is also Managing Editor of the Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language, which was launched in 2011. As well as his role as DAHL Chair, David has been a Trustee on the Combined Board of Trustees for Kelston Deaf Education Centre and van Asch Deaf Education Centre for the past two terms.
Oliver joined the Deaf Aotearoa Executive Board in 2011 and became President in May 2016. Oliver grew up in a Deaf family in Christchurch and went to Deaf school. With his parents, he was involved in Deaf Club and Deaf sports. Having three children, two of whom are Deaf, led Oliver to take on leadership roles as he lobbied and advocated for better Deaf education, joining the New Zealand Federation of Deaf Children and the Deaf Education Centre Board of Trustees.
He was also the Chair of the New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival committee in 2009. As President of the Deaf Aotearoa Executive Board, Oliver networks with other Disabled People’s Organisations and is involved with the Ministry of Education Special Advisory Group for Deaf Education in New Zealand. He is also a representative for Deaf Aotearoa in the Oceania region of the World Federation of the Deaf. Oliver continues to focus on improved education for Deaf children and improved access and services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for the Deaf community.
Outside of his roles in the Deaf community, for the last 10 years Oliver’s career as a freelance specialist in Visual Effects in the film industry has seen him involved in notable work on films including Avatar and The Hobbit trilogy.
Kevin grew up in Wellington with three deaf sisters. His father was heavily involved in promoting deaf education and Kevin is proud to continue his family’s involvement in the Deaf community. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector in his role as a Chartered Accountant, with a focus on health. Kevin is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Scots College and has also worked for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the Ministry of Health and as Chief Financial Officer for Access Home Health.
Kevin brings his business acumen and knowledge of government systems to DAHL. He hopes these skills will support the growth of the services Deaf Aotearoa provides, while maintaining the organisation’s values and reputation for outstanding, innovative services.