Trustee - cbm - New Zealand

  • 16 May 2024

About cbm New Zealand

cbm New Zealand (Christian Blind Mission International New Zealand) is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional experience, cbm addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability.

cbm New Zealand is a member of CBM Global.

 We have a deeply compelling mission and we are proud of how our supporters, alongside our small NZ Board and Staff team, contributes to its fulfilment. We seek to achieve our mission by undertaking quality international programmes and raising funds and awareness. We work in partnership with local organisations to implement programmes in various development and humanitarian areas such as eye health, rehabilitation, inclusive education, livelihoods, and disaster preparedness and response. cbm New Zealand also engages with mainstream development agencies to amplify their disability inclusion and impact.

 Vision: An inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

 Mission: Fighting to end the cycle of poverty and disability.


•         We Champion Inclusion

•         We Strive for Justice

•         We Pursue Excellence

•         We Embrace Partnership

•         We Live with Integrity

cbm practices inclusivity and equal opportunity. We welcome applications from those with lived experience of disability.

cbm operates from a Christian kaupapa.

cbm is committed to safeguarding children and adults-at-risk. As part of our recruitment process, police and reference checks will be required.

 The Role

Our Board of Trustees seeks to appoint a new Trustee. In addition to the Key Responsibilities of Board Members set out below, we seek a Trustee with experience in fundraising and/or marketing, especially in the charity sector. The appointee will chair the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.

Key responsibilities of Board Members are to:

Provide leadership by articulating and guarding cbm’s Vision, Mission, and Values.
Contribute strategic leadership by working alongside other Trustees and senior management to develop, engage with and review cbm’s strategic plan, in order to optimise cbm’s performance.
Ensure compliance with legal requirements as a charitable entity.
Participate in discussion and shared responsibility for decision-making, including reviewing materials submitted by management to the Board and ensuring that the financial structure of cbm New Zealand will adequately support its current needs and long-term strategies.
Act as an ambassador for cbm and safeguard the good name of cbm.
Serve on at least one Board Committee. (cbm’s committees are: Audit and Finance; International Programmes; Fundraising and Marketing; Personnel and Compensation).

cbm NZ desires to maintain a balanced skills based Board covering the following domains of governance / kaitiakitanga:  leadership; disability inclusion; accounting; legal; organisational development; fundraising; international development; theology of justice and inclusion and not-for-profit management. 

cbm’s annual operating budget is in the order of $5,000,000.

cbm’s offices are based in Auckland, but Board members are sourced from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Time Commitment

A Trustee’s term is for three years, renewable.
The Board meets for one full day three times per year. Meetings are usually face-to-face in Auckland, with an option of virtual meetings / attendance where convenient. (Trustees can be based anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand).
Board Committees meet two or three times per year for up to 3 hours, with the option of virtual or face-to-face attendance.


Under the terms of our Board Charter, Board members do not receive remuneration. All reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

As an inclusive organisation, we welcome applications from people with lived experience of disability. Provision will be made for reasonable access support to make attendance and participation accessible to Board members with disabilities. cbm will work with candidates to explore how best to meet those needs.

 To Apply

If you are suitably qualified and have a passion and desire to serve those living with disability in poorer communities overseas, please submit your CV with a cover letter outlining your experience and why you would like to join the Board of cbm New Zealand (or just be in contact if you have any further questions).

Please address correspondence to:

Hanre Becker, Chair of the Board of Trustees, (

 If you cannot access email, you are welcome to call CEO, Murray Sheard on 022 6750942.

Alternatively, please feel free to attach a short video instead of the cover letter (including in NZSL). Further alternative formats for making an application, can be requested.

The closing date for applications: 14th June 2024

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