Are you interested in helping to shape the future of captioning and audio description in New Zealand? The Media Access Charitable Trust, as part of its board rotation policy, is seeking a new trustee with a background in technology or media. The Media Access Charitable Trust governs the not-for-profit organisation, Able, which provides captioning and audio description for New Zealand free-to-air television broadcasters.
Captions are just like foreign film subtitles and enable the Deaf and hard of hearing communities to access television. Audio description is an alternative audio track that helps blind and vision impaired people obtain more enjoyment from television.
The trust board comprises five trustees – including two sector representatives – one offering the perspective of the blind and vision-impaired sector and one offering the perspective of the Deaf and hard of hearing sector. Our trustees have a collegial approach and are very supportive of the chief executive and employees of Able.
The new trustee should be enthusiastic about accessibility and will demonstrate the following personal skills – a team player, strong communication skills, integrity, and a positive and constructive manner that is sensitive to differing approaches. Trustees should also bring experience or skills in one or more of the following areas: finance, law, technology, television broadcasting, governance, marketing, communications, community relations and disability policy.
The trustee positions are voluntary, but travel and meeting expenses are reimbursed. The Media Access Charitable Trust board meets quarterly in Auckland.
Visit www.able.co.nz for more information.