Our Board and our team are innovators with diverse backgrounds and experience, from human rights, to technology start-ups, to design and innovation, to corporate leadership, to social enterprise and social innovation.
John Allen has been Chair of the Be. Institute since its inception in 2011 and is the current Chief Executive of WellingtonNZ, formerly known as the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.
A former CEO of Wang New Zealand (now known as gen-i), which under Ant's leadership reinvented itself from a product company to become one of the country’s most innovative and successful systems integration and services companies.
A positive, visionary, optimistic and authentic leader with a blend of public and private sector experience and strong academic qualifications.
Minnie is the Chief Possibility Officer and Founder of the newly established Global Centre of Possibility @ AUT.
Ant joined the Be. Lab team as Executive Director in 2022, with broad experience and a passion for building effective leadership teams, strategy development and business strategies and planning.
Lauren's journey with Be. started at the very beginning, as Minnie's first employee and personal assistant in 2011.
Neville joined the Be. Team in 2016, and has an extensive background in Customer Experience and taking services and products to market.
Lesley was part of the founding team of Be. Accessible, bringing with her extensive experience in human resource, organisational change and leadership development.
Hannah joined the Be. Team in 2015, and is passionate about people, the planet, and the power of stories to create change.
Michael joined Be. Lab in 2020, bringing with him experience in the community, not-for-profit, and diversity and inclusion space.
Peter joined the Be. Team in 2011. He loves working with people to help them see the opportunities and possibilities of making our living environment accessible to everyone.
Tony joined the Be. Team in 2011, and is passionate about creating pathways to a society that is accessible for all people.
Genevieve joined the Be. Team in 2015. She loves sharing her knowledge with others, to help them broaden their understanding of accessibility as benefiting a wide range of people, not just those with physical disabilities.
Colleen joined the Be. Team in 2018, and is passionate about ensuring our built environment welcomes and empowers the diverse array of people that make up our communities.
Angelo joined the Be. Team in 2021, and is committed to sharing his knowledge with others, and to being part of the solution in building a world that is inclusive of people with access needs.
Jessica joined the Be. Team in 2021, and is passionate about social sustainability, and ensuring that all people can access all spaces, places, events, and experiences in New Zealand.
Rosie joined the Be. Team in 2021, bringing with her experience in the sector, and a belief in the power of sharing stories of those with lived experience, to inspire change to create a fully accessible New Zealand.