Wendy Youens

Wendy Youens is Chief Executive of Able (www.able.co.nz), a not-for-profit organisation providing captioning and audio description services to New Zealand broadcasters. Wendy has been working in the industry for the past nine years and is passionate about providing access to media for New Zealand’s hearing and vision impaired communities. Wendy led the establishment of New Zealand’s television audio description service in 2011. Formerly part of Television New Zealand, Able launched as an independent organisation in late 2013, and since then Wendy has led the team to increase captioning and audio description on New Zealand screens, and works closely with government, broadcasters and sector organisations to grow media accessibility.