About the IHC Board
At IHC we are privileged to have a Board combining those with a professional background with those with a lived experience of intellectual disability as family members. All our board members are champions of the IHC Mission.
We have eight Board Members including our Chief Executive who is a voting member.
Chair Donald Thompson
Donald is a parent and has been involved with IHC for many years in various governance roles. He is an IHC Board member, a director of IHC’s subsidiary companies IDEA Services and Accessible Properties and an IHC appointed Trustee to the IHC Foundation. Donald is a retired Oamaru farmer who resides and has business interests in Wanaka. He is a former Trustee of the Donald Beasley Institute.
Chief Executive Ralph Jones
Ralph has been in the role of IHC Chief Executive since 2002, is an IHC Board member and a director of IHC’s subsidiary companies IDEA Services and Accessible Properties and an IHC appointed Trustee to the IHC Foundation. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ralph has held many directorships including for Workability International, as a Trustee of the Donald Beasley Institute and as the Treasurer and Secretary General of Inclusion International. He has been honoured with Life Membership of Inclusion International. Ralph’s career has included finance and accounting roles in commercial sector and with Ernst and Young.
Barbara is a parent and has been involved with IHC for many years. She has formerly held the roles of Vice President, President and is the current Chair of our Member Council. Barbara is previously a high school teacher and former owner of a vineyard and restaurant business in Blenheim. Barbara is an IHC New Zealand Life Member.
Anne is a parent and has been involved with IHC for many years. Anne is the current Chair of the IHC Wellington Association and is the Public Sector Project Manager at Transparency International New Zealand. She is also a founding Trustee of the Fuse Charitable Trust.
Shelley is a parent and has been involved with IHC for many years. She is a previous Vice-President of IHC. Shelley is currently an owner and director of Trinity Wharf Hotel in Tauranga. She is a Director of IDEA Services and is the Chairperson and Trustee of a community based vocational service in Tauranga.
Rob is the Chief Executive of BakerAg, a Trustee of the Wairarapa Creative Arts Festival Trust and has formerly held the roles of Secretary General International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Chief Executive of Standards New Zealand and Chief Executive of Electra Limited.
Neil serves on both the IHC and Accessible Properties Board and is the Chair of each of the Audit and Risk committees. He has been involved with IHC for many years including as a Vice President and as President of the South Taranaki Association. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Neil has held a number of other governance roles and is an IHC New Zealand Life Member.
Michael is a Partner who heads the Employment Team at Quigg Partners in Wellington specialising in all areas of employment law, workplace health and safety. Michael has a special expertise in dealing with Board/CEO matters. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and a presenter from the Institute.