The EEO Trust Leadership team

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie

Chief Executive

Tribal Affiliation; Ngati Porou

DDI 09 580 4442

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 


Fezeela Raza fezeela

Diversity Manager

DDI: 09 580 4445

Moblie: 021 506 526 

Fezeela has a strong professional and personal interest in Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to her role with the Trust she worked for the Office of Ethnic Affairs in the roles of Principal Advisor and National Operations Manager and as a researcher at the University of Auckland. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the diversity sector in various fields including policy, strategy, research and community development. 

Fezeela has lead responsibility for delivering the Trust's Diversity Diagnostic to New Zealand businesses. This is a highly adaptable tool that goes beyond a stocktake of diversity initiatives.  It is based on international research and benchmarks in the area of Diversity and also serves to facilitate discussion and engage key internal stakeholders to establish common ownership and commitment to Diversity & Inclusion strategy moving forward. 

BA Hons, MA  - University of Auckland 

Heidi Rosser

Diversity Advisor

DDI 09 580 4444 

Heidi brings over a decade of HR experience at a senior level and a number of years as a Director of her own HR and Marketing consultancy business, providing 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.

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 

Heid Rosser

Melanie Cooper

Communications Manager

Mobile: 021 899 062

Melanie enjoys sharing good stories from great organisations. She believes there are great stories to be told about the Kiwi companies that understand “Diversity and Inclusion” and are leading the way in creating inclusive working environments where diverse thinking and innovation can thrive.

She has worked in communications roles for a number of different organisations including the Auckland Museum and Auckland University of Technology. She has more than 15 years’ experience in journalism, writing and communications.

Melanie is the first point of call for any media enquiries and has access to more than a hundred workplace Diversity case studies to share.

Bachelor of Communication Studies – Auckland University of Technology

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