Philip Patston founded Diversity New Zealand Ltd in September 2001, after he had been self-employed for three years.
Philip has over 25 years professional experience in counselling, social work, human rights promotion, creative and social entrepreneurship, as well as leadership. He also had a thirteen-year career as a professional, award-winning comedian (1997-2010).
Philip's diverse professional career combines with the somewhat paradoxical life experience as a gay, Caucasian man with unique function (disability), which is the foundation for our leading approach in the work we do.
In July 2014, he was awarded the Inaugural Arts Access Accolade, which recognises the lifetime achievements of an individual who has played a significant role in working with Arts Access Aotearoa to achieve its vision of a society where all people in New Zealand can participate in the arts.