Meet the team
These are the people who make Diversity New Zealand and Diversityworks Trust tick.
DIVERSITY NEW ZEALAND LTD
Philip is recognised in New Zealand and overseas as a social and creative entrepreneur with fifteen years’ experience as a professional, award-winning comedian.
Highlights of Philip’s professional career include speaking at TEDxAuckland in 2012, being a Patron of Rainbow Youth, being one of NZ’s first Social Entrepreneur Fellows, speaking at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford and setting up not-for-profit organisations including Diversityworks Trust, Ripple Trust, Manawanui inCharge and Auckland Disability Law. Philip also co-developed and has co-directed the Be. Leadership programme since 2011.
Learn more about Philip at PhilipPatston.com
Sam is Philip’s Executive Assistant, taking over from Barbara Pike in 2014. Sam has previously worked with Diversityworks as the illustrator for our kids book, “My Friend is a Superhero!”, as well as designing the exhibition poster for our 100 Days Project last year. He is also one of Philip’s Morning Crew, who assist Philip with his personal, domestic and travelling needs.
Sam’s been drawing since he was a little girl. He 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 including Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, DUDE and Bitch Magazine. Recently, his Gender and Sexuality 101 comic was also used in the Human Rights Commission resource Born Free and Equal.
When he’s not drawing his autobiographical webcomic Rooster Tails, you can find him working and volunteering at mental health, disability, and social change organisations.
SOCIAL MEDIA MODERATOR,
Anna has been a project manager for DPSN since it began in 2009. In 2014 her role shifted to Social Media Moderator for DPSN. Anna has a physical disability, but doesn’t let it dictate her life. However, she says, it does help to create a very solid path at times. She enjoys interacting with people and sharing experiences, and finds it exciting when sharing can be helpful or inspirational.
Anna also works at AUT University as the Disability Student Advisor and as an Executive Advisor to the Rainbow Youth board. Anna successfully completed the Be. Leadership programme in its inaugural year, 2011.
ONLINE PROJECT MANAGER,
DIVERSITY NEW ZEALAND LTD
Barbara has worked as Philip’s Executive Assistant since 2010. In 2014 she left this role to undertake a full time internship, after completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology at AUT University in 2013. She is now the Online Project Manager for DPSN and IGODAP.
Barbara enjoys debating issues of diversity across all areas of society, but particularly in relation to the mental health sector. She is also a volunteer phone counsellor and mentor at Youthline.
DIVERSITYWORKS TRUSTEE (CHAIR)
Carol has over 20 years experience in counseling, youth development and education. Carol worked as a counsellor at Youthline for five years, including a year as Director in 1988-89. She went on to spend four years as programme director at Action Education and was a Lecturer on the Bachelor of Maori Studies at AUT University’s Te Ara Poutama from 1994 to 1999.
Carol’s ability in group-work, facilitation, conflict resolution and therapy are highly developed and her strength lies in taking people at face value, working with them to achieve their desired outcomes. Carol prefers to do process work these days, but has training in NLP, art therapy, psychodrama, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt addiction work and transpersonal work (under Groff’s model).
Her ex-students describe her as “one of a kind, she is one of those people who make a difference in your life, which in turn has a flow-on effect to others.”
Jeremy is a former musician turned lawyer, who now works in a boutique legal practice providing commercial and business advice. In his 16 years as a practising solicitor, he has worked in private practice and as in-house counsel, both in NZ and abroad.
Jeremy is Philip’s little twin brother and has been a Diversityworks trustee since 1998. Jeremy is dad to Matt and Sophie and has a passion for affordable BMW cars, motorcycles and cycling.
Sarah has an extensive background in the Health and Disability Sector. Initially qualifying as a Registered Nurse, Sarah then moved on to complete further tertiary studies in Management and Health Case Management. She has worked in senior management roles in government, commercial and the not-for-profit sectors.
Sarah is currently a mother of twin boys and works part time as the General Manager of PhysioACTION, a large Physiotherapy Company based in Auckland. Sarah has been involved in a number of start up business initiatives and has a passion for business development and growth.
Previous roles have also included being President of the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres and currently a Board member of the Disability Resource Centre Auckland (now Independent Living Service).