Fern Ryan is the Chief Executive of ConneXu in Te Awamutu and was co-opted onto the Inclusive NZ Board in November 2016. Fern has been with ConneXu since 2012, but prior to that spent more than 20 years working in mostly leadership roles in the community and disability support sector. Throughout her time working in these two sectors, Fern has always been committed to community development practices that foster self-determination. Due to this, the Inclusive NZ Board are especially looking forward to her sharing her skills and knowledge in these areas. Away from work, Fern enjoys spending time in the beautiful Te Awamutu with her family, her dog, three cats and a couple of cows. Reading, walking and traveling are other pastimes she likes to engage in during her downtime.