Dianne Rogers is the General Manager Policy and Advocacy at the Blind Foundation. Over the past five and half years, Dianne has led the Blind Foundation’s Access for All policy and advocacy agenda to make New Zealand 100% Accessible for everyone. Key to her approach is bringing people power together with quality data and evidence to create positive change for everyone. As the Access Alliance’s coordinator, she supports the 12-member organisations to campaign for mandatory and enforceable accessibility legislation and standards for Aotearoa New Zealand. As a member of the Eye Health Coalition, Dianne works with representatives of the eye health professions, consumer groups and rehabilitation service providers, to increase access to New Zealanders to eye health services.
Dianne is the former Executive Director of the Western Australian Government’s Office of Seniors’ Interests. She spearheaded a range of healthy and positive ageing policy developments in the state. Since moving from Australia to New Zealand in 2004, Dianne has held several senior management roles, including as General Manager, Older People’s and International Policy at the Ministry of Social Development. Dianne was responsible advising Ministers on New Zealand’s population ageing policy and international social security agreements and treaties. Dianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work and Master’s Prelim in Social Policy from the University of Western Australia.