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
DDI 09 580 4447
Mobile 021 67 4443
Emma is our Communications Manager and is happy to assist with any communications or media enquiries.
She is responsible for the Trusts's communications and marketing strategies for events and specific campaigns making the most of all the channels that enable the Trust to maximise on our limited budgets.
Emma is always looking for ways to share our messages far and wide and is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in profiling diversity in the workplace or any of the work of our member organisations. Emma can provide case studies of businesses that have successfully undertaken specific diversity initiatives in the workplace.
BA Hons Communications - Sheffield Hallam University, UK
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
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