For several years now, I have devoted my professional energy to leading change in favour of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Diversity matters. It matters from board rooms, to parliament and all the way to the factory floor.

Diversity is an exciting growth catalyst for business – and most importantly for people! But it is a challenging topic. I work with organisations to unravel it’s complexities and to create diversity policies and programmes for real change. And I love what I do.

Diversity Achievements to Date

Top 50 Diversity Professional

Recently honoured to be recognised as one of the world’s Top 50 Diversity Professionals in the 2017 Global Diversity List. Managed by the Global Diversity Company & founders of the European Diversity Awards.

The accolade recognises achievements of individuals who have made the practice of diversity and inclusion their career.

“Our researchers work hard to ensure that our lists represent the gold standard of equality, diversity and inclusion, and as such can be considered a well-earned accreditation”. Top50, Global Diversity List, 2017.

CEO of Diversity Works NZ

CEO of Diversity Works NZ (formerly the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust) from 2012-2018. Diversity Works NZ is a national body that exists to support, advise and inspire New Zealand organisations to be better-by-diversity.

During my time at DWNZ I introduced Unconscious Bias training and awareness into organisations. I also ensured the delivery of the most comprehensive diversity & inclusion education programme across New Zealand, both in-house and online. Proudly brought international best practice diversity and inclusion bench marking tools to NZ workplaces.

More than 300 presentations

I have facilitated and presented more than 300 sessions on Diversity and Inclusion to date, to audiences from 20 to 600 attendees, from Whangarei to Wellington, Hamilton to Hong Kong. Authenticity in nature combined with practical advice and real New Zealand business examples, and evidence based research, have made for compelling and lively engagements. Experience that I now bring to my clients.

A bit more background…..

I have a diverse background that includes being self-employed during the Auckland power black outs of the 80’s. I’ve worked in the public sector for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (which involved protecting and promoting New Zealand’s onshore brand, NZ Inc) and I have been fortunate to work alongside some of New Zealand’s best diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the APEC Task Force of 99. I travelled nationally with their Senior Officials & Ministers. This was both the best on-the-job training experience I will ever have and equally one of the most satisfying projects I have ever worked on.

After APEC I spent several years with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, assisting businesses to both stay in business and grow. And several years driving change at the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust to encourage growth and awareness of the benefits of inclusive workplaces, and consequently driving the brand change to Diversity Works New Zealand.

Indeed, my work and life experience has been varied, and exciting and has followed my journey in life as a wife and a mother. When I’ve needed to move to roles with more flexibility or part-time hours (as my husband and I have shared the caring responsibilities for our daughter) my career moves reflected that. As they should.

Testimonials

When our organisation commenced its diversity journey in 2014 we started with a policy & a blank sheet of paper.  Bev was fundamental in providing us with guidance around how we could develop a strategy and a workplan to engage with the business and create an understanding on why a focus on diversity & inclusion was critical to achieving our vision and position us to respond to fundamental changes in our industry.  We believe diversity & inclusion sparks innovation and challenges traditional ways of thinking.  The support Bev provided us was fundamental in not only enabling us to win awards but challenged us to recognise further gaps and maintain the momentum of our diversity & inclusion programme.

Paul McCloskey Group Manager Human Resources, Vector Ltd

As a small business with a commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Bev has provided us with the kind of guidance and support that can only be given by someone who is truly immersed and invested in the sector. On a personal level as a woman Bev has inspired me as a leader with her knowledge, integrity, honesty and compassion.  Coffee Educators and Able Coffee Collaborative look forward to being a part of the continued impact Bev has on our communities and wider society in NZ.

Claire Mathieson Founder & Boss Lady of Coffee Educators

Bev’s clear personal passion for diversity and inclusion, coupled with her ability to confidently present that perspective in a compelling, business-appropriate, way really help in getting the issues that matter noticed.

Adrienne Miller General Manager, Corporate Services, Watercare

I have had the pleasure of enjoying a long partnership with Bev on many Diversity initiatives and have found her passion, commitment and leadership in the Diversity & Inclusion space inspiring.

Martin King Global General Manager, People and Culture, Magic Memories

The issues of Diversity and Inclusion have become real issues for the Business community and Public Service over the last decade. Bev will work with your organisation in a way that ensures behaviour changes that reflect todays values and consequences that demonstrate those changes make good business and institutional sense.

Michael Barnett Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Bev has been a great advisor, challenger and encourager of all our Diversity and Inclusion activity, from the work on strategy to the programmes we delivered and the support and training we needed. The real difference Bev has brought was to see the whole world of Diversity and Inclusion but also to be practical and realistic on what really counts.

Antony Welton Human Resources Director, Vodafone NZ

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