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Leadership

The Elevator Group is an incorporated society and registered charity.  The board of the Elevator Group are responsible for the governance and performance of Altus Enterprises.
 

Mary Schnackenberg – ChairMary

Mary Schnackenberg trained as a librarian and spent most of her career at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. She ran the braille and talking book production and library service providing thousands of blind and low vision New Zealanders with books and magazines. In 2008 she left the Foundation to set up her own disability consulting company. Mary has travelled overseas for her work at the Foundation and since then for the International Council on English Braille of which she is the president. She serves on the Project Management Committee of the Convention coalition which is monitoring New Zealand's implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

She is also on the Board of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Mary enjoys reading, music, live theatre and films (especially when they are audio described) and talking with people who have challenging ideas.
 

Geoff Walker

GeoffGeoff has been a chartered accountant in public practice for over 25 years. He deals with financing, structuring, business development, financial reporting, management accounting, ownership transition, and private wealth affairs. Geoff’s past work also includes a significant amount of audit and insolvency work.

Geoff feels that his board position is an opportunity to contribute to the direction of a service which is vital to the lives of many disabled Aucklanders. He was always impressed by the dedicated professionalism of the staff and the care taken of our employees and clients, and the great response they have to that service. These are great people to work with.

Geoff enjoys time with family, friends, reading, running and wine.

Mark Callander

Mark Callander 1 (3)-308-518Mark Callander has over 15 years' experience in the telecommunications industry, beginning with Telecom New Zealand (now Spark).  Mark, as CEO of CallPlus has been a key driver behind the growth and success of the company.  Under Mark's leadership, CallPlus developed a strong position in the industry and has been widely recognised as the 'consumer champion' driving change in the New Zealand regulatory and competitive landscape.  Mark also has experience within the FMCG market having previously held senior management roles in this area.

CallPlus was sold to the M2 Group in 2015 and along with continuing to lead the New Zealand business, Mark has joined the Executive team in Australia.  Mark holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato and completed Leadership for Senior Executives with Harvard Business School. 

Mark is a Trustee of Not For Me Charitable Trust, a Board member of the Telecommunications Carriers Forum and a committee member of Eden Rugby where he also coaches his son's team in his spare time.


Heta Hudson

HetaHeta works for WHK Group Limited ('WHK'). He is a Principal of the Business Performance team, and works with a breadth of businesses ranging from iwi organisations to SME's (small-to-medium-sized enterprises).

At WHK part of his role is to provide sound business advice to ensure clients make informed business decisions and remove the 'guess work'. With an emphasis on helping businesses and organisations make the right decisions at the right time, his approach is focused on ensuring he delivers value for business owners and decision makers.

Heta brings expertise in the areas of Maori business development, business planning, feasibility planning and strategic plans.

As a member of the Board, I hope to be able to contribute in a practical way to increasing the awareness of the workplace challenges faced by people with disabilities and also identify opportunities that can make a positive difference.
 

Martin Wylie - CEO Elevator Group 

Martin Wylie head shot(copy)Martin Wylie has had over thirty years of senior management experience in numerous companies.  He is a lawyer but most of his roles have been that of CEO.  He headed up Simpson Grierson, and also had a significant amount of time in tech related companies, at Slingshot and ihug, as Chief Executive. He was the Group Company Secretary of Telecom from 1987 - 1996. He also was at Steel and Tube Holdings Limited, EMCO Group Limited, AETNA Health Insurance, and did a stint consulting for the World Bank in Lesotho.

Martin is responsible for the overall performance of the Elevator Group and is a Board Member of the Joint Venture Geneva Elevator.  His remit involves developing growth strategies to ensure the long term sustainability of the organisation.

Martin has very personal reasons for joining the Elevator Group and is looking forward to putting plans in place for the future growth of the organisation.

His wife is Dr Rosamund Hill and he is a father of four children, including a son Claude who has Autism. Martin has also been on the board of Autism New Zealand for the last five years.

 

ABOUT US

Elevator Group is a not for profit organisation and our mission is 'Supporting People with Diverse Needs.'

Elevator Group operates Altus Enterprises, Able Products and we are Joint Venture partners in the Geneva Elevator company.  We've been in business for over 50 years.
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