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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 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 help to 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.
Senior Project Leader
Emily has worked in the ‘for-purpose’ sector in the UK, Australia and New Zealand for more than a decade. She joined our team from The Ākina Foundation, where she was a Venture Manager. Over the past six years her focus has been on helping social entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders to develop their organisational capacity and programmatic impact from start-up, through growth and replication.
Emily is passionate about education, both for its ability to empower individuals to overcome social disadvantage, and as a tool to spread best practice and accelerate impact between organisations. She has taught in schools in the UK, Paraguay and Hong Kong, and designed and facilitated learning networks and communities of practice between organisations both internationally and at a local level.
Rachel is passionate about making sense of complex challenges and working alongside people to design a better world. Before joining innovate change, she has worked as a service and experience designer at DNA.
She helped start up Shift, a new well-being initiative for young women at Wellington City Council, taught at Massey University and worked in Digital Transformation at the Department of Internal Affairs.
Shona has extensive experience leading the design and execution of support for social entrepreneurs in the UK and NZ. Her passion is supporting people to realise their potential to lead positive social and environmental change. Prior to rejoining innovate change, Shona was an
Associate at Centre for Social Impact helping philanthropic organisations like Foundation North, and a User Experience Designer with Thought Wired. Previous to that work she was Northern Regional Director and Programme Director at The Ākina Foundation. She is a skilled
facilitator, strategic designer and UX designer.
Karan is currently in his first year at The University of Auckland where he is studying law. He was 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.
Apenti Eruera Tamanui-Fransen
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.
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.
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.
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.