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We celebrate our winners and share the diversity and inclusion stories of all our entrants
Anna Campbell HR

Anna Campbell, Executive General Manager

People Support, The Warehouse Group

Anna leads a team of 60+ HR and Communications specialists, supporting the 10,000+ people working for Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming Group, Torpedo 7, Financial Services, Sourcing Office, CES and Insights Brands in New Zealand and China.

She is a professional member of HRINZ and has gained numerous awards under her leadership, including JRA best workplace and most improved workplace in the large company category, a Distinction award in the HRINZ initiatives category for the recruitment and induction programme as well as being selected as HR Young person of the year with distinction (Auckland region).   Anna has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & English) from Auckland University.

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Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie, Chief Executive

Diversity Works New Zealand

Bev has worked across economic & social development for several years. She has held senior marketing management roles with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Bev became the Chief Executive of the EEO Trust in 2012 and says that it is always an honour to be involved with the Diversity Awards as it is an event which celebrates people and organisations who embrace the whole person in the workplace.

“There have been so many inspirational stories shared on this platform over the years and each year brings renewed celebration so I look forward to seeing what 2017 brings!”


John Christie, Chief Executive

Director Enterprise, Dunedin City Council

John has governance roles in a number of organisations; including New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Otago Polytechnic Council, Warbirds over Wanaka, BIZ Otago Ltd, Southern Health Services Ltd, 4Trades Apprenticeship Trust, Southern PHO Community Advisory Board and the Dunedin Shanghai Gardens Trust.

John is excited about seeing the breadth of initiatives being undertaken by organisations that reflect the diversity of our workforce.

Sarah Haydon HR

Sarah Haydon, Independent Director

Sarah has an extensive background in strategic planning, finance, general management and organisational development and is passionate about bringing out the best in people.

Sarah holds a number of directorship and senior leadership positions and is an Associate of the Boardroom Practice as well as Director of Cavalier Corporation Limited (NZX listed company), a Council member of Unitec, Chair of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Inc, Executive Committee Member of Waste Disposal Services and a trustee of a charitable trust providing scholarships and fellowships for University of Auckland and University of Otago. Previously she has been a director of AsureQuality Limited (state-owned enterprise).

Sarah’s most recent executive role was as a Project Director for OfficeMax Australasia focusing on major change management programmes following a year as interim CFO Australia.


Neil Porteous, General Manager Housing

Tamaki Regeneration Company

Neil initially studied Civil Engineering at University and subsequently worked in the construction industry in New Zealand and overseas prior to joining Vodafone NZ in 1998 where he held a number of roles, culminating in his appointment as Director of Human Resources in 2004.

After leaving Vodafone in late 2007 he joined the Child Cancer Foundation as CEO – a position he held for 2 years prior to moving to the Elevator Group, an NGO specialising in providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and helping transition school leavers with disabilities into employment.

A strong proponent of diversity in the workplace, Neil is also a current trustee of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust.

Paul Spoonley

Paul Spoonley, Distinguished Professor

Massey University

Paul is Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.  He has been a major contributor to research and public debate on cultural politics and identity in New Zealand and internationally and has been the author or editor of 27 books on topics ranging from immigration and super-diversity to a biography on a prominent Maori activist.

He has recently been the Programme Leader for MBIE-funded projects on immigration, the changing demography of New Zealand and the impacts of diversity (2014-2020, $5.5 million).  He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011 and granted the title of Distinguished Professor by Massey University in 2013.

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