Our team works with people with disability, families, communities and organisations throughout New Zealand. Our head office is in Tauranga.
Tony Blackett | Chief Executive
Tony is an experienced leader who has worked in the non-government and community development sectors in New Zealand and internationally. He is regarded as an innovative project manager, with a proven track-record for creating positive organisational change.
His vision is an inclusive society - one that celebrates the talents and diversity of its people and communities; where human rights are respected; and people from all walks of life are valued and have the opportunity to succeed.
As Chief Executive, Tony is guiding ImagineBetter towards a world where disabled people live the lives they want, in communities where they are valued.
Tony’s professional background includes development work for the Ministry of Health’s Disability Support Services. He was the General Manager for Deaf Aotearoa for almost six years and has held management positions at charitable organisations such as the Heart Foundation and Red Cross. Tony has also worked as a fundraising consultant for charities including Save the Children and Greenpeace International in the Netherlands.
Outside of work, Tony is an avid sailor and enjoys running, cooking and spending time with his family. He lives in a co-housing development called ‘Earthsong’, where he plays an active community role.
Phone 0800 787 587
Mobile 021 679 727
Sue Robertson | Family Strategy Manager
Sue has worked in the disability sector for more than two decades. Her role at ImagineBetter centres on supporting families to plan for the future and lead changes in their lives.
Sue is a skilled project and quality manager. Her previous experience has included working with families in the not-for-profit sector; care coordination for people with an intellectual disability; and managing a team that delivered supports for people living with serious injuries. She has also been actively involved as a member of Citizen Advocacy and several other disability and advocacy groups throughout her career.
Sue began her professional life as a teacher, where she established a strong foundation in presenting and facilitating learning – skills that are key to her role today.
She is also the parent to a disabled family member, which gives Sue a personal insight into the world of disability that she is able to share with other families.
Outside of work, Sue likes to spend time reading, gardening and with her family and friends.
Phone 0800 787 587
Mobile 027 275 2260
Tony McLean | Community Development Manager
Tony has worked with disabled people, families and communities for more than 20 years.
He is an experienced project manager, facilitator and a thought-provoking presenter. His key interest is in social justice and the role communities play in including all people in the good things of life.
Tony began working for ImagineBetter in 2010 and now leads Local Area Coordination in the Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Central Otago and Southland. His role is focused on supporting disabled people to become valued members of their local communities.
Significant experiences in Tony’s working life include volunteering in the Samoa rebuild, following the 2009 Tsunami, and in Christchurch, following the 2011 earthquakes. These events led Tony to deepen his interest in the issues disabled people face when hard times unfold.
Tony currently sits on the board of cbmNZ, an international aid organisation that assists the world's poorest people living with disabilities.
Outside of work, Tony enjoys swimming, surfing and fishing. He lives with his wife and three young children in Papamoa.
Phone 0800 787 587
Mobile 027 493 4601
Carey-Ann Morrison | Research Advisor
Carey holds a PhD in human geography from the University of Waikato, and has a particular affiliation for matters of social justice and equality.
Her research and teaching interests are based on questioning why some social groups are excluded from, or marginalised within, the everyday spaces of life, and the steps these groups take to challenge or undermine the discrimination they may experience. Carey believes that research should empower those people participating and looks for inclusive and ethical ways of working with rather than on research participants.
For Carey, her professional and personal worlds are deeply connected. She has a four year old son who has Down syndrome, and strongly believes that this combination of personal and professional experience gives her a unique set of skills and understanding to help make a real difference in the lives of people with disability and their families in New Zealand.
Carey is an Honorary Associate in the Geography Programme at the University of Waikato where she contributes to the programme’s teaching and research curriculum. She also volunteers as the Membership Liaison Officer for UpsideDowns, which helps fund speech language therapy for children with Down syndrome, and is enrolled in a beginner’s course for New Zealand Sign Language at Victoria University. She is on the Advisory Board of Care Matters, a national wellbeing and resource service for families who have a family member with a disability.
Outside of work, Carey enjoys walking, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and is working on renovating her house. She is based in Wellington.
Phone 0800 787 587
Mobile 027 541 3310