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Our Facilitators

Diversity Works New Zealand has a family of world-class facilitators delivering both public training workshops and customised training sessions on client sites. Talk to us today about how these experts in their field can help your organisation create an inclusive workplace culture that will allow you to thrive in a modern economy.

Vasa Cynthia Collins (Fia)

Diversity Manager, Diversity Works New Zealand

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Fia is of Samoan heritage and was born and raised in Ranui, west Auckland. She is a trained secondary school teacher of History, Social Studies and Gagana Samoa. She has previously worked in the State sector, community engagement roles and employment advocacy. She has particular expertise in designing and delivering cultural responsiveness and inclusion programmes for the workplace as well as mentoring young women.
BA, GradDipTchg – University of Auckland

Heidi Rosser

Diversity Advisor, Diversity Works New Zealand

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Heidi brings over a decade of HR experience at a senior level and a number of years as a Director of her own HR and Marketing consultancy business. She has worked in New Zealand and offshore for private, publicly-listed, and state sector organisations. One of Heidi’s strengths is providing practical advice and solutions for organisations looking to undertake workplace diversity initiatives but who are not sure where best to focus their efforts.
BA/BCom – University of Auckland, CSS Administration & Management – Harvard University

Skot Barnett

Diversity consultant and media producer

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Skot has been facilitating and delivering diversity training to New Zealand businesses for many years. He assists everyday success by bringing the offerings of Diversity Works New Zealand to life through accessible platforms for New Zealand business and showcasing the tools and resources available to them. He is experienced in group training and facilitation, and coaching in personal development. He has a background in strategic and marketing roles.

Sue Watson

Executive Coach

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Sue is an experienced facilitator and presenter who has worked with a wide range of business, educational and not for profit organisations for more than 25 years. She brings commercial and strategic acumen gained from directorships and CEO roles in business and the not-for-profit sector, including as the Global Chief Executive of Kea – New Zealand’s global expatriate network. Sue has a particular interest in gender inclusion and growing the female talent pipeline.

Creative and inspiring, Sue has a reputation for ‘keeping it real’ while finding innovative ways to engage, encourage and support people to set their own purpose and goals and find their motivation to achieve them.

Sue has a Doctorate in Education from Victoria University.

Gita Jayaram

Consultant

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Gita is a skilled facilitator committed to encouraging individual actions that will result in flexible, collaborative and inclusive workplaces. Her approach is empathetic, straight-forward and results-driven. Gita has more than 15 years consulting experience, with a specific focus on workplace diversity and organisation design. She has worked with a range of clients across sectors such as engineering, agriculture, public service, professional consulting services and tourism.
BCA- Victoria University, MBA- University of Auckland.

Hélène Deschamps

Diversity Facilitator

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Hélène was born and raised in Paris, France and has lived and worked on four continents. She worked in advertising and then management consulting in London and Auckland before five years as a senior executive with Carter Holt Harvey, where she was also Chair of the CHH Diversity Council. She is an experienced facilitator, used to working successfully with and motivating people from different cultures. Her clients feel confident discussing challenging topics with her and identifying the ways to improve performance and equity in the workplace. Trained as an executive coach in the USA, Hélène particularly enjoys working with clients around cultural intelligence, unearthing unconscious biases and raising self-awareness to make better decisions.
MBA (South Africa), BA Political Science (France), ICF Accredited Executive Coach.

Mark Carrick

Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Bank of New Zealand

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Mark combines more than 20 years corporate HR experience (Learning, Leadership and Organisational Development) with the latest best-practice thinking and scientific research. He has a very pragmatic approach to balancing his strong sense of social justice with the commercial imperatives of business leaders, always striving to find mutually beneficial outcomes.

Mark has a diverse career history, working as an architectural draughtsman, a timeshare salesman and aerobics instructor before moving into banking. He has a passion for connecting with people, and believes difference should be valued.

Outside of work he is a passionate snow skier and an ungraciously retired dancer. While he might occasionally try to play up a “pale stale male” image, he takes great delight in being a little bit different and very unique. His motto is never judge a book by its cover!

TESTIMONIALS

“Great passion, knowledge, experience, and understanding.”

Jenny Gunn
Leadership Development Specialist - Countdown

“Awesome, great communicator, kept us all engaged, offered lots of information.”

Lauren O’Byrne
Ministry of Justice

“Fantastic, relatable, good tone and pace, natural speaker and passionate about topic.”

Sara Yates
Complex Manager - Bunnings

“Equally motivating and encouraging in her approach to delivering the workshop and was very engaging in a genuine way.”

Shrena Patel
Services Supervisor - Russell McVeagh

“The trainers’ knowledge of their subject matter was outstanding. They were able to explain the research and provide practical examples on what we could do on a day-to-day basis. The feedback I have had from those who attended has been nothing but positive.”

Kylie Mooney
Chief Operating Officer - Meredith Connell

“Awesome. Great sense of humour and relatable. Up-to-date facts.”

Emma Todd
HR - Powerco

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