About us

We’re an independent charitable trust that provides support for children, young people and adults with disabilities, and their families.

We believe in providing person-centred support and options that focus on individual needs.

We support people to identify their personal goals and aspirations. These are developed into a personalised and achievable ‘Outcomes’ plan, which supports people to achieve their immediate and lifelong objectives.

Our philosophy

We see the sunflower as representing the people we support and show this relationship by incorporating the sunflower into our logo.

Turning its head to track the sun across the sky, the sunflower stands tall and proud.

Sunflowers can reach great heights, but may require support to achieve their full potential. Similarly, we endeavour to provide person-centred, person-directed support to assist people to ‘live a great life’.

A fully ‘person-centred’ approach (embodied by our ‘Outcomes’ philosophy) involves a shared vision of fostering the person’s unique strengths and potential.

The full bloom is achieved when staff, family and the broader community work together to support the individual outcomes sought by the person.

The developmental stages of a sunflower represent the person’s life progression, and also reflects the evolution of disability support over the past three decades – from institutional care to group residential support and, most recently, to supported independent living.

Our publications

Our Strategic Plan Our Annual Report Our eBook 'The first 20 years'


Meet our Chief Executive

Sean Stowers MBA

Beginning his tenure with Spectrum in July 2016, Sean has been an active contributor to the disability support sector for more than 25 years, in a variety roles primarily focused on the strategic and operational management of support delivery.

Following 13 years as General Manager of IDEA Services, Sean sought a new leadership opportunity in which he could further his drive for social justice, and outcomes that support choice and control for people with disabilities.

Finding just such an opportunity at Spectrum, Sean’s aims include building on the strong, person-centred foundation upon which our organisation is based, and ensuring people with disabilities and their families have a lead role in the design and delivery of sustainable support services.


Meet our Board of Trustees

Garry Smith BMS, CA (Non-executive Chair)

Garry joined Spectrum Care Trust Board in June 2013 and was elected Chair in November 2015.

Garry is CEO of The Selwyn Foundation and has more than 20 years’ experience at a senior level with healthcare organisations throughout New Zealand. Prior to his appointment to The Selwyn Foundation in 2012, Garry spent nine years as CEO of Auckland District Health Board.

A qualified accountant, Garry has expertise in management, planning, accounting and finance, as well as experience of the banking industry. Garry is passionate about ethical and values-based leadership ensuring integrity, warmth and respect. Garry is also Diocesan Council Member, Vice President of the Retirement Village Association of NZ, and a Director of Homes of Choice.

Bridget Snedden (Deputy Chair)

Bridget joined Spectrum Care Trust Board in May 2009 and was elected Deputy Chair in November 2015. She also currently serves on the Trust’s Service and Quality Committee.

Bridget is the parent of a young man with an intellectual disability and brings more than 20 years’ experience of working in the disability and not-for-profit sectors, where she has held a variety of roles.

Bridget serves on the Board of Homes of Choice and is Vice President of Down Syndrome International.

Aroha Hudson ACA, MBA

Aroha joined Spectrum Care Trust Board in June 2013 and currently chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. Her current role is the Chief Executive Officer of HealthWEST, a Non-Government Organisation, and is also a chartered accountant with a Masters of Business Administration.

Aroha holds other governance positions on the boards of the Heart Foundation, Unitec Council, Auckland PHO and Te Hononga o Tamaki me Hoturoa.


Colin Theyers CA, GDip (Finance), FInstD

Colin joined Spectrum Care Trust Board in June 2013 and is currently serves on the Finance and Audit committee.

Colin is professional director and business strategist, and sits on eight other boards in professional services, property, finance, investment and logistic companies. Colin also serves as a Director of Homes of Choice.



Jane Bawden LLM

Jane joined Spectrum Care Trust Board in November 2015 and currently chairs the Service and Quality committee.

Jane is a practicing commercial barrister and consultant, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Jane has long-term experience in medico-legal, compliance and risk management, and is an experienced health and disability sector adviser. Jane also serves as a Director of Homes of Choice.


Vicki Lee

Vicki joined Spectrum Care Trust Board in November 2015 and currently serves on the Service and Quality committee.

Vicki Chairs the Gividend Advisory Board of the Aera Foundation and is a Trustee of Cure Kids Fiji, a New Zealand-based not for profit which funds medical research to improve the health of children. Vicki also serves on the boards of Phoenix E-file, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Performance Philanthropy.


Our guiding principles

Our activities are guided by the principles of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and we place great emphasis on the worth of the individual, personal growth and the provision of holistic support for people with disabilities.

Open two-way communication and the development of community partnerships are integral to our philosophy.

Our Bullying, Abuse and Neglect Policy Our Bullying, Abuse and Neglect Procedure