Our People

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.

Our Board

John Allen

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Chair

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.

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Prudence Walker

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Trustee

Prudence is the Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ (DPA), a Be. Leadership alumni, and a proud disabled woman dedicated to designing a more accessible Aotearoa for all.

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Aroha Lowe

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Trustee

Aroha Lowe is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and a social justice activist, community worker, educator and advocate. She co-founded NOA Open Art Studio at Te Manawa Museum and Art Gallery in Palmerston North.

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Ant Howard

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Trustee

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.

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David Wilson

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Trustee

A positive, visionary, optimistic and authentic leader with a blend of public and private sector experience and strong academic qualifications.

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Minnie Baragwanath

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Trustee

Minnie Baragwanath is the Founder of the Be. Institute and Chief Possibility Officer of the newly established Global Centre of Possibility @ AUT.

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The Be. Team

Lesley Slade

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Leadership & Culture

Lesley was part of the founding team of Be. Accessible, bringing with her extensive experience in human resource, organisational change and leadership development.

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Sarah Mitchell

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Relationship Manager

Sarah joined the Be. team in 2014, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in employee advocacy, recruitment and professional development.

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Angelo Samuels

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Be. Coach 

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. 

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Colleen Jones

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Design Plan Consultant 

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.

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Genevieve McLachlan

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Be. Coach

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. 

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Jessica Brown 

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Be. Coach

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. 

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Rosie Sampson 

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Be. Coach

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. 

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Samantha Owles

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Design Plan Consultant and Be. Coach

Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertise with others to show them just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

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Samantha joined the Be. Team in 2021, after a decade of working in the building compliance, architectural and accessibility space. She loves sharing her expertisewith others just how easy accessibility can be to achieve.

Contact

Phone
+64 9 309 8966
Email
Be. Lab Office
(Temporary Premises)
Level 4
48 Greys Ave
Auckland Central
Auckland 1010

Mail
PO Box 874
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140
New Zealand