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Summary of Important Changes within Cleft New Zealand – June 2015

Kia ora,

Thank you for being a member of Cleft New Zealand Incorporated. In addition to being a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005, we also are an incorporated society under the Societies Act 1908. This means that all those who have dealings with us are members of our society (as opposed to ‘customers’), which provides entitlement to vote and provide input on matters affecting the organisation. Under New Zealand law, I am also obligated to inform all members of significant changes affecting the organisation.

Following the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 May 2015, there have been some important governance changes within the organisation. First, after three years as the organisation’s Chairperson, it is with regret that the quorum has accepted the resignation of Louise Ayrey from this role after a period of exceptional service. Second, the organisation has accepted with regret the resignations of Rachael Byles (Deputy Chairperson) and John Hellesoe (Executive Officer) after two years of loyal service. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Louise, Rachael and John for their contribution to the organisation in these roles and wish them well with their future endeavours. Louise will continue to be involved with the cleft community through her role in the Cleft Research Project with the University of Auckland.

Under the constitution of our organisation, the board must have a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Treasurer at all times.

Therefore, we are now seeking expressions of interest for the roles of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, as well as a third role of Board Secretary. To satisfy our consitutional requirements, the quorum on Tues 26 May elected Louise Ayrey as Acting Chairperson and myself as Acting Deputy Chairperson during this transition. Ian Jensen will retain the Treasurer position for the 2015/16 year.

I have endeavoured to see this board restructuring process completed within 3 months of the AGM.

This is your opportunity to be involved with Cleft NZ and make your mark on an organisation dedicated to serving all those in our country affected by cleft lip and/or palate. These positions are available to members of the organisation and members of the public aged 18 and over. These positions are open to people residing anywhere in New Zealand. Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed (more info in position descriptions). New Zealand Permanent Residency/New Zealand Citizenship is required to be offered a position on our board.

Please see below for further information and to apply.

Information Pack – Chairperson Role

Information Pack – Deputy Chairperson Role

Information Pack – Board Secretary Role

To be considered for any of the roles, please send expressions of interest to the Chief Executive Officer, by emailing . For Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson positions, please include a short cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good fit for the role.

If you have any questions surrounding the Chairperson roles, please feel free to contact the Acting Chairperson, Louise Ayrey, by emailing .

Applications for all positions close Friday 17 July at 5pm. Please send applications via email to . Queries surrounding the application process should be directed to myself.


Kenny Ardouin
Chief Executive Officer (General Manager)
Cleft New Zealand
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