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Simon has a background in social work, child and youth development, public health, and health care policy, planning and funding. He has worked in the New Zealand and UK health and social sectors and in NGOs in both New Zealand and overseas for the last 18 years.
Simon has managed a youth-led primary healthcare service, worked in policy roles in central government, and in senior roles leading the planning and funding of primary and community healthcare.
Simon is the founding director of innovate change.
Jess is passionate about social justice, community and youth development, and encouraging civic engagement and participation.
She has a degree in Sociology and Criminology and has private and public sector work experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Jess supports the innovate change crew across project work and operational processes.
Outside of work, Jess is part of JustSpeak, a network of young people who want to see positive changes to the criminal justice system in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Aimee has dedicated the last 10 years to improving community health and well-being through a variety of roles spanning the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health initiatives. Most recently, Aimee held a senior position at the Ministry of Health, and played a key role in the establishment of Healthy Families NZ.
Aimee has a strong interest in systems thinking and complexity science and how these can achieve social impact at scale. As General Manager at innovate change, Aimee leads our team, organisation and our overall service delivery.
Project Leader Social Innovation
Kataraina is Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei. She has many years experience in the health sector, primarily as a sexual health educator, health promoter, and youth worker. For the four years up until the end of 2015 she led the education unit at the Auckland Sexual Health Service (part of the Auckland District Health Board) while also undertaking policy consultancy work with Te Whāriki Takapou on Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion and practice.
Kataraina is passionate about improving the health and well-being of rangatahi, whānau and iwi.
Kelly Ann Cunningham
Project Leader Social Innovation
With a background in human-centred design, innovation, visual arts and cultural anthropology, Kelly Ann is a passionate advocate of co-creation, co-delivery and helping organisations to help themselves through building internal service and system innovation capabilities. Kelly Ann has extensive experience in leading innovation approaches to create new services, products, structures and systems, as well as evaluating and helping to improve those that already exist.
Kelly Ann joined us from Optimal Experience at PwC where she worked as a design, research and strategy consultant. Outside of work Kelly Ann is a public speaker, artist, yoga teacher and dachshund fiend.
Dr Penny Hagen
Senior Associate Design
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Penny mentors design teams and clients in the use of co-design methods and assists organisations to take a collaborative and design-led approach to the development of organisational process, strategy, products and services. Over the last 15 years Penny has designed and led a range of participatory online and interactive projects in Australia and New Zealand working across community, commercial and academic sectors.
Kate is a philanthropist and a community advisor. She is past chair of Philanthropy NZ, an independent committee member of the Ngāi Tahu Fund, chair of the Think Tank Charitable Trust and board member of Conscious Consumers and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship. She has a background working in the IT industry, working as a programmer, business analyst, team leader and project manager in New Zealand and overseas. She helped to set up Think Tank Charitable Trust, a small philanthropic, and was Executive Director of the Todd Foundation from 2005 until 2015.
Apenti Eruera Tamanui-Frasen
Ngā Puhi, Ngariki Kaiputahi, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Porou & Te Whakatōhea Dutch-Suriname-Creole New Zealander.
Apenti holds a BA(Hons) from the University of Auckland in Māori Studies and Politics, two diplomas in Te Reo Māori and is currently completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business. He works in the Faculty of Medical and Health Science at the University of Auckland as a recruitment officer for the Whakapiki Ake Project. Prior to this he worked at JMIS Investments and Select Wealth and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Māori at the University of Auckland.
Karan is currently in his final year of high school and is a senior prefect at Lynfield College. He’s been involved in a number of leadership positions including David Cunliffe's Youth Parliamentarian, the Whau Youth Board Treasurer and is a member of his school's Board of Trustees. Karan is passionate about fighting against social and economic inequality in all its forms. He is an avid debater who has represented Auckland at the NZ Schools Debating Nationals for three years in a row. He plans to study law next year and hopefully gain a career within the spheres of politics and diplomacy.
Atawhai has a Bachelor of Laws and Masters in Public Policy. He currently works as a Principal Advisor at Treasury – but is currently on secondment to the Social Investment Unit, where his role is to improve Crown Māori Relationships and enabling Māori providers to tell their stories with data as evidence. He has dedicated his life to understanding the intricacies of the public sector, because government is a major partner, and many times the obstacle to Māori development. He’s based in Wellington but lives between there and Bangkok where his wife is a senior manager, health programs for the United Nations.
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Tim is in his final year studying Bachelor of Business (Design/Marketing) at AUT. He joined us for our Social Innovation Immersion and is staying on to support us with projects and for his co-op, as part of his final semester. Tim is also a Sketchnoter and musician.
Creative – we are committed to having fun in our work and encouraging a diversity of creative expression.
Participatory – we are always curious about the perspectives of end users.
Reflective – we think about and are open to, changing how we work and how we are.
Nurturing – we create and maintain a working culture that looks after the well-being of the team.
Youth focused – we have a special commitment to engage young people.