John Wade

John has worked in the mental health, addiction, and disability sector for over 30 years, in a diverse range of hospital, DHB and community organisations, as well as running his own private consultancy for 3 years. John began as a psychiatric nurse and has enjoyed a varied and exciting career to date as a practitioner, senior manager and CEO.

Qualifications include: Reg Psych Nurse (1981) Cert Addiction Studies (1985); Dip Health Mgt (1995); Master Business Studies (MBS) (2002).

John is currently on the Board of the Auckland Community Housing Trust, the Committee of the Auckland Disability Providers Network (ADPN), and the National Executive of the NZ Home Health Association.

John’s own personal family experience has given him an added insight of the resilience, strength and potential of people that live with a disability or illness, and also of how necessary it is to involve and extend support to the wider family.

Driven and excited by the great things that people are able to achieve in their lives, in spite of having serious and disabling challenges to overcome, John is committed to using his knowledge, skills and experience to make a difference to people and communities throughout New Zealand.

John has been the CEO at IRIS (charitable social enterprise owned by the Cerebral Palsy Society) for nearly 4 years and believes Iris is a successful example of the social enterprise business model, where profits are returned to the owner for the benefit of the New Zealand community.