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.

Gail Stevens

Gail Stevens joined the Deaf Aotearoa Holdings Ltd board in 2017. Gail is a Client Manager with Perpetual Guardian, one of the statutory Trustee Companies in New Zealand with an unrivalled presence in the charitable sector. Gail has several years’ experience in the trustee industry, both as a professional trustee and also from serving on two school boards. She is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and holds a Diploma in Trusts and Estates in New Zealand.

Kevin O’Neill

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.

Lachlan Keating

Lachlan has worked in the disability sector for more than 19 years, firstly in Australia for Wesley Mission Brisbane, and since early 2006 at Deaf Aotearoa. Initially working in Christchurch as an employment consultant, Lachlan progressed to the roles of South Island Regional Manager and then General Manager – Community Development, before being appointed as Chief Executive in 2012.

Lachlan attended the prestigious Harvard Business School in 2015 and has been a strong advocate for Deaf Aotearoa staff gaining additional qualifications. Leadership development has been a key focus during Lachlan’s tenure, with nine Deaf people appointed to leadership roles in the past eight years. Lachlan has led a programme of organisational transformation and restructured the organisation in 2015 to ensure an increased level of quality, professionalism, accountability and performance at all levels.

Joanne Klaver – President

Craigo Findsen – Executive Board Member