Vacancy – Eye Health Aotearoa Independent Chair

Eye Health Aotearoa is a unique charitable trust advocating for improvements in our national eye health system that will prevent avoidable blindness and deliver more equitable access to eye health services in New Zealand.

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Representatives from the major New Zealand vision charities, eye health professions and academic disciplines work together on our board. We are in the early stages of the Trust’s development. Current Trustees have operated as working board to ensure the Trust’s success to date. We are looking for a chair to help guide our collaborative effort towards achieving the best and equitable eye health possible for all people in New Zealand.

Expressions of interest in the Independent Chairperson role are now being sought.  We’re searching for someone who is interested in an encore career or an emerging leader who has strong networks within the health sector and across Parliament.

The Chairperson will work in a collaborative way with the Deputy-Chairperson and the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Good political connections and experience of working with the machinery of government and across the Parliament e.g. as a former Member of Parliament or lobbyist.
  • Understanding of giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the health context
  • Experience in advocating for change in government policy
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including experience in media relations.
  • Respect for the ethnic and cultural diversity and practices of the indigenous people of Aotearoa, and for all New Zealanders.
  • Alignment with the values of Eye Health Aotearoa and its member organisations.
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills
  • A strong interest in eye health issues

Expressions of interest for the role of independent Chairperson should include a full CV and be sent to Dianne Rogers, Eye Health Aotearoa secretary on [email protected] and the current Chairperson Prof Steven Dakin on [email protected] by 5pm 11 June 2021.

Please see the role description here: