Julie Simpson, Consultant

Julie has a wealth of experience in Executive level HR roles, with her most recent role as Acting Chief People Officer and GM People Experience and Employment Relationships for 8 years at The Warehouse Group. Driving transformational change for one of New Zealand’s leading retail groups, and largest employers, Julie turned around the Employment experience for those within The Warehouse Group and introduced groundbreaking employment relationships practices and numerous diversity and social policy initiatives. With more than 25 years experiences in Employment Relations, Collective Bargaining, Remuneration, Talent Acquisition and Change Management, Julie has the ability to work with clients across many diversity platforms.  Her passion lies in optimizing workplace relationships, performance, culture and engagement though people practices the incorporate Inclusion and wellbeing lenses. A relatable and respected Leader at all levels within an organisation, her initiatives have won numerous awards across NZ.  The Human Resource Institute of New Zealand, named Julie both the HR Specialist of the Year and the Supreme Overall HR Person of the Year in 2017.


Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie, Director

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie was named one of the world’s top 50 diversity professionals in the 2017 Global Diversity List. She is the Director of Diversity Consulting Ltd, having been the Chief Executive of Diversity Works NZ for many years (formerly the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust). She 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. She brings important experience from her previous roles, appreciating the challenges of diversity in large, complex business environments but also recognising the importance and value of creating environments that foster diversity of thought. She has held executive roles across the public sector including, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, the NZ Youth Mentoring Network and being self-employed. Her career has been varied and followed life’s journey, which she is proud to champion on behalf of female leaders.

BBS Massey University NZ

Elena Kolesova, Consultant

Elena interests and experience encapsulates intercultural communication training, assisting in developing organizational strategy and designing public relations campaigns. She has thirty years of tertiary teaching and research experience in Communication, Media Studies, Public Relations, Refugee and Migrant Studies and Asian Studies in New Zealand and overseas (Japan and former Soviet Union). She worked for 24 years as Programme Director/Senior Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology and currently is teaching at Massey University. She is fluent in Russian and Japanese. Elena received Unitec awards for promoting training in Courageous Conversations about Race and the best supervisor award. Her services include: intercultural training, doing business in East Asia and former Soviet countries, research design and evaluation, project design and evaluation, curriculum development and evaluation, conflict resolution and coaching and mentoring. Elena has an experience in organising events including international and national conferences.

PhD (University of Auckland), MA (Hokkaido Universe/Japan- Novosibirsk State University/Russia), BA (Novosibirsk State University/Russia) 


Nathalie Gray, Consultant

Nathalie has over 15 years’ experience in organisational development, spanning people strategy, culture change, leadership development, high performing teams and talent management. She has led the leadership and talent agenda at University of Auckland before moving to Fonterra where she was global manager of talent and organisational development. Having a special interest in enabling diversity and inclusion to thrive, she’s worked with organisations to achieve this through creation of diversity and inclusion strategies and action plans, coaching to accelerate high potentials, culture change initiatives and design of frameworks, policy and practices that engage and enable staff to maximise their diverse strengths. She has worked in a number of global leadership, coaching and consulting roles within the financial services, manufacturing, FMCG and educational sectors. Her qualifications as a psychologist, corporate banker and HR professional create a unique approach that balances behavioural insight and organisational development knowledge with pragmatic commercial applicability.

Psychology MA(Hons), Chartered Banker (ACIBS Associateship of Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland), Chartered HR Professional (CIPD Qualified Chartered Institute Personnel and Development), Certified Coach (Certificate in Coaching Practice, Strathclyde University)

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