Susan Sherrard

Project lead

My passion is to improve the lives of disabled people. I also identify as a disabled woman, partner and mother. I have been working in the disability sector for over 25 years, in positions including working directly with disabled people and whānau, disabled person led organisations, community, government and service providers. My qualifications support the work I do. I have a Master of Arts in Nursing, and a Diploma in Psychotherapy.

My role as a project lead is to provide leadership to the disability based projects being implemented by Te Pou. I also provide advice and information from a lived experience perspective to the wider Te Pou team. My aim is to work along side disabled people and service providers to ensure they have the tools and resources to support staff development. As the disability sector transforms to ensure disabled people have choice and control over our lives, those working to support us, may need to change traditional ways of working to being more flexible, creative and responsive.  

Te Pou is able to assist with workforce development and the Let’s Get Real framework provides essential attitudes, values, skills and knowledge needed by anyone working alongside disabled people and whanau. It describes a disabled person driven approach to support which aligns with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a human rights approach and Enabling Good Lives.

Current projects