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 seven Board Members including our Chief Executive who is a voting member.
Chair Tony Shaw
Tony has had a long history with IHC, originally at local level and then at national level. He was reappointed to the IHC Board in September 2019 and elected Chair in February 2020, having previously been on the Board from 1998 to November 2005, and IHC New Zealand President from 2002 to 2005. He is an IHC New Zealand Life Member.
Tony has been a partner in the Timaru law firm Timpany Walton for almost 40 years and is a director of several private companies. He has a broad experience in community and volunteer organisations, often in the role of chairperson.
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 was 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 the commercial sector and with Ernst and Young.
Dr Lynne Lane
Dr Lane is a Public Health Physician committed to improving peoples’ health and wellbeing. She is an experienced Director in the healthcare sector with more than 25 years’ experience in private and public health service strategic planning, funding and service management.
Pauline is an experienced Director of Public Sector, Local Body, Private and NGO sectors. She held the role of Chief Executive for the Ministry for Pacific Peoples between 2012 and 2017. Pauline has expertise in both general and specific legislative frameworks with a talent for navigating complexities, including in a political context.
Neil is a director of the Accessible Properties Board and former Chair of IHC New Zealand. 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.
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 was previously a high school teacher and is a former owner of a vineyard and restaurant business in Blenheim. Barbara is an IHC New Zealand Life Member.
Suzanne brings to the IHC Board a wealth of experience at all levels of the sector. She began her working life as a nurse, moving quickly to managing services for people with intellectual and physical disabilities in the Nelson/Marlborough region. Other roles have included Director of Dental Services in Canberra, responsibility for purchasing disability services across the Southern Region, and Deputy Director General Ministry of Health. Suzanne is returning to IHC having worked as a strategic policy adviser, being closely involved in setting standards for improved service delivery, and providing a range of consultancy services to the health and disability sectors.