Master of Ceremonies (MC)
Introducing Korrin Barrett, Master of Ceremonies for the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference 2023. Following on from her outstanding presentation at the 2022 DIPC Conference, we are thrilled to welcome Korrin back this year as conference MC.
Kate Nash OBE
Founding CEO - Purple Space
Kate Nash OBE is founding CEO of PurpleSpace. She is External Advisor to GSK’s Global Disability Council, Strategic Disability Advisor to Post Office Ltd and a member of the UK Government’s Minister’s Disability Confidence Business Leaders’ Group.
In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people.
Director of Neurodiveristy at Work - Do-IT Solutions Ltd
Mel Francis, Chartered FCIPD, is an accomplished HR Director with over 25 years’ experience gained in the public, private and not for profit sectors.
Mel has gained her significant experience working in the Higher Education, Edtech, Publishing and Telecoms sectors.
She has been taught by Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do-IT Profile and a globally renowned neurodiversity specialist and achieved a qualification in neurodiversity. She is an Associate Trainer at Do-IT Profiler where she supports organisations to become neuroinclusive in their people practices, throughout the employee lifecycle.
Air New Zealand
Ed is the Enable employee network founder and chair at Air New Zealand. The Enable Network provides support for employees with disabilities or employees that have family members with disabilities.
Ed is co-presenting with Rachel Moon.
Air New Zealand
Rachel is Senior Manager - People Safety Business Partnering/Special Assistance Team Operations Manager at Air New Zealand and a member of the Enable Network.
The Enable Network provides support for employees with disabilities or employees that have family members with disabilities. The network also advocates for employees and customers with disabilities to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Rachel is co-presenting with Ed Collett.
Executive Director - The D*List
Red is a creative thinker, social innovation practitioner, and proud disabled person. He now leads The D*List, a social change movement to transform attitudes towards disability in Aotearoa.
Red is co-presenting with Olivia Shivas.
Editor - The D*List
Olivia Shivas is a multimedia journalist specialising in disability issues and currently editor at The D*List. As a wheelchair user herself, she is passionate about empowering underrepresented and marginalised groups.
Olivia is co-presenting with Red Nicholson.
Chief Executive - NZDEN
Phil is committed to seeing a change in the inclusion of disabled and neurodiverse people through supporting employers to make meaningful and sustainable changes to their culture. He believes that this can only be achieved by treating them as a partner and empowering them to have ownership of their own journey.
Senior Relationship Manager - NZDEN
Following a career as a senior executive in the Australasian health, disability and not for profit sectors and with governance experience on social purpose Boards, Sandra is passionate about working with employers to build capability and confidence within their organisations to unlock the potential for more disabled and neurodiverse people to gain employment.
Selwyn Cook - Disability Employment
Selwyn is an independent facilitator of Disability Employment. This allows him to continue to promote the benefits to employers so they consider the disability talent pool. His work with providers, the wider disability community and with employers not just supports the building of more inclusive workplaces but also a more inclusive New Zealand.
That Blind Woman
When Julie Woods went blind in 1997 as a 31-year-old mother, she thought her life had ended; little did she realise it had only just begun. Soon, Julie couldn't stop saying 'why not'. She believes that people are often scared of disability and doing the wrong thing and she aims to make them more comfortable with the world of disability by playing the ‘Accessibility Game’.
Phil O'Reilly ONZM
Chief Executive - Iron Duke
Phil O'Reilly ONZM is the Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners, a public policy advisory firm located in Wellington. With his extensive experience and advocacy, he is a renowned global business leader.
His governance and advisory roles have covered a broad spectrum of areas, such as trade, sustainability, diversity, pay equity, manufacturing, tertiary education, child poverty, social welfare, and the future of work, for both New Zealand and overseas organisations.
Phil is on the panel with Kirsten Patterson.
Chief Executive - Institute of Directors
Kirsten Patterson is a Chartered Member of the IoD. A strong advocate of diversity, KP is a member of Global Women New Zealand and was one of the founding members of Global Women’s ‘Champions for Change’, a group of senior executives and directors who commit to diversity in the workplace.
Kirsten is on the panel with Phil O'Reilly.