Governance and Staff

Paul Baines

Chair and Independent Trustee


Paul Baines was a partner of share brokers and investment bankers Jarden & Co and an executive of Credit Suisse First Boston NZ (now First NZ Capital) for over 20 years until the early 1990s. He held leadership positions in research and investment banking and was CEO from 1987 to 1993.

Over the past 25 years Paul has held a range of governance positions. He is currently a Director of The Todd Corporation, and is on the Board of Chamber Music New Zealand Foundation and New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. He is Chair of the Gillies McIndoe Foundation and the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute.

Previous governance roles include board membership of Barnardos (Chair), Comalco NZ, Databank, EDS NZ, Enterprise NZ Trust (Chair), Fletcher Building, Fletcher Challenge, Gough Gough and Hamer, New Zealand Post, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Telecom, Tower Funds Management (Chair), Wrightson, and Queen Margaret College.

Paul has a BCA, MPP, FCA, FInstD, CSAP, In 2013, he received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree from Victoria University of Wellington.

Shelley Payne

Independent Trustee


Shelley is a parent and has been involved with IHC for many years. She was a previous Vice-President of IHC. Shelley is currently an owner and director of Trinity Wharf Hotel in Tauranga. She was a director of IDEA Services and is the Chairperson and Trustee of a community-based vocational service in Tauranga.

Bevan Wallace

Independent Trustee

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Bevan Wallace is Executive Director of Morgan Wallace, business strategists.

His career spans investment banking, stockbroking, funds management and financial consultancy.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Professionals, New Zealand (Inc), a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand (Inc.).

Bevan is Chairman of Efficient Market Services Limited, the operator of USX, the Unlisted Securities Exchange.  He is a former Chartered Accountant and was a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Blis Technologies Limited.

Bevan holds a Master of Commerce with First Class Honours in Economics and Accountancy (University of Canterbury), 1981.

Neil Taylor

IHC-appointed Trustee


Neil is the Chair of IHC New Zealand and a director of the Accessible Properties Board. He has been involved with IHC for many years including as a Vice President and as President of the South Taranaki Association. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Neil has held a number of other governance roles and is an IHC New Zealand Life Member.

Janine Stewart

IHC-appointed Trustee


Janine Stewart is currently a General Manager for IHC, responsible for IHC’s charitable programmes including advocacy, fundraising, volunteering, membership, library and information services.  Janine has been involved with the disability sector for over 35 years and has worked with IHC for 25 years in a number of roles including being the Director of Advocacy and General Manager of Services.  Janine is a Trustee of the Personal Advocacy Trust, a Board Member for the New Zealand Disability Providers Network and Co-Chair of the New Zealand Carers Alliance.

Jan Dowland

Executive Director


Jan Dowland has worked in the health and disability sector for more than 40 years in research, policy, management and consultancy roles. She was Chief Executive of IHC NZ Inc for four years following four years as General Manager of the Central Region.

Jan has had a number of government appointments. She was appointed Chair of the Mental Health Commission in 2002 and in 2005 was appointed as a panel member to the Confidential Forum for Former Inpatients of Psychiatric Hospitals. Jan is a Trustee of the Wellington Community Trust.

She remains involved with the intellectual disability and mental health sectors through both her paid and voluntary work.

Larna Harding



Larna has been working with IHC NZ Inc in the Community Programmes team for six years and with the IHC Foundation for the past three years. 

Larna spent eight years in the banking sector before leaving full time work to spend time with her two young children.