ODI welcomes new Senior Advisor Vaughan Dodd

Read ODI Director Brian Coffey's announcement welcoming Vaughan Dodd to the team as a Senior Advisor. Vaughan is well known through his work at MSD and Blind Citizens.

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vaughan Dodd to a Senior Advisor role in the ODI.

As we welcome Vaughan we also welcome Archer, Vaughan’s guide dog -  both will be popular in the ODI team. Vaughan brings to the role:

- 11 years’ experience as an Auckland Regional Disability Advisor in Service Delivery for the Ministry of Social Development

- many years working in the disability sector, including 12 year’s work with the Royal New Zealand Blind Foundation.

Not only is Vaughan leaving his Disability Advisor role, he is also leaving Auckland to live in Wellington (the best little capital city in the world!).

Vaughan has both a post-graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from Massey University.

In the voluntary sector Vaughan has served passionately in leadership roles with Blind Citizens as a long term Board Member including some years as National President.  He has been a strong advocate and advisor for disability rights in those roles.  While Blind Citizens is pleased with Vaughan’s appointment that delight is somewhat diminished by the knowledge that Vaughan’s ODI role will mean that he will need to move on from his leadership role with Blind Citizens.  

Vaughan will be in the office for his first day on the March 25. Welcome, nau mai, haere mai Vaughan (and Archer).


Brian Coffey

Director - Office for Disability Issues

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