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Our Team

Meet a few of the key people from our leadership team who are passionate about diversity!

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie

Chief Executive

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027 439 7458

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie has been in the Chief Executive seat since 2012 following roles in marketing and relationship management across both private and public sector and a time running her own business. In the past two years she has witnessed a sea change in attitudes towards, engagement with and ideas around, workplace diversity and inclusion and is committed to helping businesses across New Zealand to be better-by-diversity.

Bev believes that to bring out the best in diverse individuals and teams we need to cultivate a workplace culture that values difference and makes the most of everyone’s talents; an approach that values the transmission of valuable knowledge and experience from one generation to another, from one culture to another, and from one team to another.

BBS – Massey University
Tribal Affiliation; Ngati Porou

Heidi Rosser

Diversity Advisor
Heidi Rosser

Heidi brings more than 15 years of HR experience at a senior level including a number of years as a director of her own HR and Marketing consultancy business, and provides valuable support to our Chief Executive and member organisations, as our resident Diversity Advisor.  Heidi has worked in New Zealand and offshore for private, publicly-listed, and state sector organisations.  She also has board level experience in private and NFP organisations.  Heidi is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Business at AUT, with a focus on workplace diversity and inclusion.

In conjunction with our Diversity Manager, Heidi provides 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


Fiona Beal

Operations Manager

With a background in administrative and financial management combined with skills in sales and marketing across a wide range of business sectors, Fiona is able to support our team in the areas of events and training, IT, liaising with suppliers and assisting with accounts. .

BBUS – Management, DipHRM, DipMgt – Unitec Institute of Technology


Sheryl Blythen

Communications Manager

Sheryl has been working in the communications industry for more than 25 years, managing print and digital publications and helping New Zealand organisations connect with their communities and disseminate key messages.

At Diversity Works New Zealand, her role is to tell the stories of forward-thinking local companies that are maximising the benefits of a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive workplace culture. Sheryl also helps to foster public debate and grow people’s understanding of diversity issues by engaging with media and overseeing content development for the Diversity Works website, newsletters and social media platforms.

Sheryl joined Diversity Works New Zealand in 2016 after working the private sector as a journalist and editor.

Cert Journalism – ATI

Vasa Cynthia Collins (Fia)

Diversity Advisor

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. Fia is an active member of her local church and is married with one daughter. She is an avid supporter of the Northern Mystics netball team and enjoys movies, traveling and time out with family. She holds the Samoan tulafale chiefly title of Vasa from the village of Puapua, Savaii.

BA, GradDipTchg – University of Auckland

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