Team and partners
We've got a top notch team!
Sam has been Diversity New Zealand’s Executive Assistant since 2014.
He previously worked with Diversityworks Trust as the illustrator for the kids book, “My Friend is a Superhero!”, as well as designing the exhibition poster for our 100 Days Project in 2013. He is also one of Philip’s Morning Crew, assisting with personal, domestic and travelling needs.
Sam is a queer trans man who wants to live in a world where all our differences, nuances and complexities are celebrated. As a comic artist he’s been showcased in featured in national and international publications - you can read his comics at Rooster Tails.
Online Project Manager
Barbara is the Online Project Manager for DPSN. She also worked as Diversity New Zealand’s Executive Assistant from 2010 to 2014.
Barbara has a Masters in Health Science and is a registered Counselling Psychologist. When not online for Diversity NZ, she specialises in supporting clients with substance use concerns. As a regular blogger for DPSN, Barbara enjoys debating issues of diversity across all areas of society, but particularly in relation to mental health and addictions.
Barbara has contributed to both published academic research and a fictional book through her work with Diversity NZ. In 2012 Barbara and Philip together wrote and published a children's book "My Friend is a Superhero!", which aims to reframe disability through the lens of functional diversity, influencing children (and their parents) away from negative stereotypes.
Philip and Barbara have also completed an action-research study on portrayals of disability in the media, which was published in a special issue of The Journal of Popular Television ("Is New Zealand ready for more diversity on-screen? (2015), 3:2, pp. 277-285").
Social Media Moderator
Anna has a physical disability, but doesn’t let it dictate her life. Anna enjoys social change in action and she views DPSN as a vehicle for promoting and supporting communities, cultures and diverse perspectives within the arena of social change.
Anna also works at AUT University as the Student Advisor - Disability specialist, an Executive Advisor to the Rainbow Youthboard and co-chair on the Auckland regional Local Advisory Committee to CCS Disability Action. Furthermore, Anna successfully completed the Be. Leadership programme in its inaugural year, 2011.
Jeannie is Head of Counselling at EGGS and was formerly a counsellor at MRGS. She is a keen cyclist and blogger, with an interest in creative thinking. Like Philip, she’s a big fan of The Matrix and the idea that all may not be what we think it is.
DIV:INQ encourages creative thinking and acceptance via a student-led exploration of values, beliefs and assumptions about diversity. Jeannie regularly invites Philip to work with EGGS’ peer mediators, and student and staff leadership teams.
Leadership Development Consultant
Lesley has a long history in leadership development with individuals, organisations and communities. She started her adult life by training to be a teacher. She has worked as a community worker – initiating and setting up community programmes and has held senior human resource and organisational development roles.
Lesley was the inaugural Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand between 2005 and 2008. She now works as a consultant on leadership, people and organisational development.
Ideas that Change
BORDERLESS believes that through unlocking and inspiring positive action, we make our communities and world a better place.
Their boutique social change company is committed to driving thinking and actions through ideas, films, programmes and campaigns. They work with and for a range of businesses, organisations and individuals throughout the world.
BORDERLESS’ Foundation ensures and promotes an ongoing legacy for all Borderless film and campaign projects.
In every way we need, for everything we dream, we can Be.
Be. Accessible is a New Zealand social change initiative and a holistic framework for accessibility with a mission to create a truly accessible country for us all.
Be. Accessible is managed by the Be. Institute, a social enterprise that aims to work across all sectors and communities throughout New Zealand. The belief is that every person has their part to play in the creation of accessibility regardless of how big or small the change.
We give value to the diversity of human talent to create more innovative business.
The innovation they make is based on accompanying services to companies and government agencies. Their strategy leads to those organizations' vision in terms of values as diversity and talent, which is the element of originality.
Today's talent is manifested through increasing the value of all human characteristics that corporate structures and the markets consist of.
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