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 New Zealand (DPA) and a former Be. Leadership participant. She is a proud disabled woman that is dedicated to designing a more accessible Aotearoa for all.

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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. It listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange as part of this process.

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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

Minnie Baragwanath

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Chief Possibility Officer and Founder, Centre of Possibility @ AUT

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

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Neville Pulman

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One-Stop Shop Lead

Neville has an extensive background in Customer Experience and taking services and products to market.

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Tonya Baker

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Talent & Employment Lead

Tonya is Be. Lab’s Talent and Employment Lead and brings with her decades of experience in building people capability and business improvement.

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Lesley Slade

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Leadership Lead

Lesley has a long history in leadership development working with individuals, organisations and communities. Lesley began her adult life by training to be a teacher and has worked as a community worker - initiating and setting up community programmes.

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Robert Westall

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Chief Financial Officer

Robert joined Be. Lab in 2019, taking the reigns of the financial side to ensure the organisation has the means to pursue it’s aims of social change – ensuring an accessible Aotearoa for all.

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Philip Patston

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Co-Director of the Be. Leadership Programme

Philip has over 25 years professional experience in counselling, social work, human rights promotion, creative and social entrepreneurship, as well as co-directing Be. Leadership since 2011. He also had a thirteen-year career as a professional, award-winning comedian (1997-2010)

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Hannah Slade

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Be. Leadership Programme Manager and Events, Marketing & Communications support

Hannah joined the Be. Leadership team as Programme Manager in 2015, and has provided support to the Communications, Events and Marketing team since 2016.

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Brittany Morgan

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Relationship Manager

Brittany has a background in Urban Design with a passion for how people move to and through spaces to create accessible and equitable spaces and places for us all to live in and enjoy. She holds an Honours degree in Spatial Design and is a qualified personal trainer.

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Sarah Mitchell

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Relationship Manager

Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in employee advocacy, recruitment and professional development facilitation.

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Aimee Bridgford

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Relationship Manager & Project Administrator

Aimee has a bachelor's degree in commerce, majoring in design for business. Her degree built up her capability around design thinking processes, user experience and CRcritical thinking.

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Lauren Wetini

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Project Manager

Lauren's journey with Be. started at the very beginning, as Minnie's first employee and personal assistant in 2011.

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Nick Brown

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Administration and Marketing Assistant

Nick joined the Be. Team in March 2019 with previous experience in the sporting world with Auckland City FC and Central United FC and in the not for profit world with Lifeline Aotearoa.

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Contact

Phone
+64 9 309 8966
Email
Centre of Possibility
@ AUT

Room WB239
WB Building
(The Seddon Building)
63 Wellesley St East
Auckland City

Mail
PO Box 78 021
Grey Lynn 1245
New Zealand