Doug Lloyd - Chairman

Doug is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Advertising in the Faculty of Business and Law at AUT University. Prior to his academic career, he had extensive experience at senior executive level in both international marketing companies and advertising agencies.

He is recognised both internationally and in New Zealand, for his impressive background in advertising management and as a practitioner particularly in the areas of brand development, social issues, corporate image and political marketing.

In private practice he is the Founder and Managing Director of The Third Age Consultancy Limited, specialising in the business of aging and marketing and strategic advertising communications.

Doug has a grandson with autism and a daughter who works for Autism New Zealand.


Wendy Duff

Wendy was re-elected onto the Autism New Zealand Board in 2014. She was previously a Board Member from 2000 to 2012 which included two terms as President.

In 2013, Wendy was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to autism in the New Years’ Honours list.

Wendy is currently on the Ministry of Health DSS Consumer Consortium and Auckland ASD/ID working group of professionals and parents who seek to establish a pathway for dealing with severe crisis management for teenagers with autism and/or intellectual disabilities.

Wendy has a 21 year old son with autism and is passionate about being a part of Autism New Zealand and the way it can support those with ASD and their families/whānau.

James Le Marquand

James is the Principal of Arohanui Special School in West Auckland and President of the Auckland Special School Principals’ Association. These schools provide teaching and learning for many students on the Autism Spectrum including provision of outreach services into mainstream schools.

James believes strongly in the need for a continuum of provision to meet the unique needs of the community. He has been a long term advocate for students and families within the education and health and disability sectors.

Hamish Fletcher

Hamish is the Partner of Hamish Fletcher Lawyers in Nelson. He has an extensive track record in all areas of law including, commercial and company law, conveyancing, fisheries and maritime.  Hamish is well respected in the Nelson region when it comes to property matters, horticulture, viticulture and commercial real estate.

He has served on the Nelson College Old Boys Association, the Kahurangi Employment Trust Board, Nelson Softball Association Board and the National League Soccer Board with Nelson United.

Hamish is married and has two sons, one of which is on the Autism Spectrum.

Joanne Dacombe

Joanne is married and has two children, both of whom are now adults. Her son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at eight years old and Joanne too was diagnosed as Autistic later in life. This gives her a huge sense of familiarity with many issues around autism.

Joanne has spent 21 years working for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in the area of monetary policy. In more recent years she has worked part-time in office admin for a primary school. In addition, she is a trustee for the school and active in the wider community serving in her local church and working as a volunteer for the Order of St. John.

Joanne is passionate about autism - about making a difference in the lives of autistics and their families and about advocacy in the wider community.

Shakil Naidu

Shakil, a Chartered Accountant, has over ten years extensive experience providing taxation and business advisory services to a broad range of clients from large corporates to closely held small and mid-size businesses

Having worked at a senior level in several middle tier accounting firms in Auckland, Shakil's main strengths are finance and accounting, organisational direction and people management. He holds a Commerce and Arts degree from Auckland University.

Shakil is very excited to join the Autism New Zealand Board for the first time and as a member, hopes to apply his relevant skills and experience to contribute to the best outcomes for Autism New Zealand, it’s members, staff and community.

Shakil is married to Senani and they both enjoy travelling and discovering new destinations every year.

Tova Haydock

Tova is an independent management consultant specialising in strategy, innovation and change leadership.
Her international experience covers government as well as large corporate financial services and telco clients. She has a particular interest in business transformations that are informed by customers’ needs and emerging technologies. 

Tova’s daughter was diagnosed with ASD at the age of two and is now receiving early intervention therapy. Her experience as a mother of an autistic child has made Tova passionate about advocating for the rights of all parents and caregivers to get funded access to early diagnosis and quality intensive intervention.