Current Board Members

Pauline Barnett (Chairperson)

Pauline is retired from the University of Canterbury but remains an adjunct Associate Professor there. She still pursues research interests in public health, health equity and health policy.

I jumped at the opportunity to be part of BAT – it’s the one organisation that successfully puts people with lived experience of disability at front and centre of both research and action. As a public health/policy academic unsuccessfully attempting retirement, anything I do has to really matter to me. Maintaining links into the academic world is useful for my contribution to BAT, so will probably linger on…

Andrew Hall (Deputy Chair)
CDHB, New Zealand Spinal Trust, Champion Centre, Pacific Disability Support Trust, Sporting Futures Charitable Trust, NZ Rugby Foundation.

Arron Perriam
Executive Director of Community Foundations NZ. Formerly Cholomondeley Children’s Centre (CEO), Southern Centre Charitable Trust, Salvation Army New Zealand Trust.

Arron describes himself as a ‘dreamer and schemer who believes in the genius of others, in a world of amazing possibility‘ and is happy to follow, stand alongside or lead change that benefits others in our community. He leads with an open heart and a creative bent which has led to successes and failures. He is a husband, Dad, Pop and mate who ‘hopes to witness miracles in the lives of others and work to make a world of difference in the life of at least one child, person and family here in Canterbury’.

Dr Rick Acland
Medical Consultant, Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit and Burwood Neuromodulation Service in Christchurch.

Dr Rick Fright
Chairperson and co-founder of ARANZ Healthcare Limited

Robyn Bissett
Nurses Memorial Chapel Trust

Len Brigden
Accountant, Staples Rodway Christchurch Ltd, Rotary Christchurch.

Dr Debbie Snell
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch

Neuropsychologist, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha, Health NZ Canterbury

Kelly Gough
Director, Evolve People Ltd.

Recently Retired from the Board