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Our facilitators

Meet our events and training facilitators – a talented group of accomplished Diversity Advocates

Edwina Pio

Professor Edwina Pio

New Zealand’s First Professor of Diversity

Professor Edwina Pio, New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity, is based at the Auckland University of Technology’s Business and Law School and is Visiting Professor at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA.

Her research and guidance of doctoral students focuses on the intersections of work, ethnicity and religion with a current focus on religious diversity in workplaces from an employer and employee perspective.

She holds a Fulbright award and the Duke of Edinburgh Fellowship. Professor Pio is on the Board of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) and the New Zealand India Research Institute and has written several publications on workplace, race and religion.

Anne Blackburn

Anne Blackburn

Director at TSB, RDNS Australia, Fisher Funds Management, Fidelity Life Limited and more.

With a background in banking, governance and strategic advice, Anne is a professional director and consultant. She enjoyed early careers in journalism and diplomacy, and a diversion as a Treasury policy advisor. Her career has spanned both public and private sectors in New Zealand, the US and the UK, including the not for profit sector.

In the mid 1990s she returned to New Zealand after fifteen years working in international investment banks in New York and London. She is currently director of a number of businesses in the infrastructure, finance, investment and social sectors. She also holds governance positions in arts and education not-for-profit organisations. From time to time, as an associate of The Boardroom Practice Limited, Anne delivers workshops on governance to New Zealand enterprises.

Bevan Catley

Bevan Catley

Associate Professor and Director, Healthy Work Group.

Bevan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management (Albany). He is also
a director of the Healthy Work Group, which is a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Massey interested in psychosocial factors in workplace health and safety. Bevan teaches on the first year BBS core and in 2010 was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Louise Thompson

Louise Thompson

Wellness Expert, Author and NZ Herald columnist.

Louise is a corporate escapee turned wellbeing pro. After 17 successful years on the commercial side of media a serious health crisis led to a complete lifestyle overhaul and a brand new direction.

As a life coach, and the first Martha Beck accredited coach in New Zealand, she loves nothing better than to help her clients get inspired, get happy and make their own rules for a connected, passion-fuelled life.

Her first book, The Busy Woman’s Guide to High Energy Happiness, aims to motivate people with practical solutions to step up and live their best lives. A qualified yoga teacher she also runs her own yoga studio and leads corporate wellness seminars.

Fezeela RazaFezeela Raza

Diversity Consultant

Fezeela has worked in the field of diversity and inclusion for the last 20 years in the areas of research, policy, strategy and organisational development. One of her key areas of expertise is social psychology or the psychology of groups and the role unconscious bias plays at both an organisational and individual level. This fascinating and complex area is pivotal to optimising the benefits of diversity.  Fezeela holds a Master Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Auckland.

Heidi RosserHeidi Rosser

Diversity Consultant, Diversity Works New Zealand

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.

Skot Barnett

Diversity consultant and media producer

Skot has been facilitating and delivering diversity training to New Zealand businesses for many years. Assisting people to deliver everyday success and bringing the offering of DWNZ to life through accessible platforms for NZ business by engaging 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

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.

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