Our People

Carol Brown - CEO

carol.brown@diversitas.co   

Carol has twenty five years plus experience in consulting to global organisations in a wide variety of HR strategic areas including resourcing, diversity, workforce engagement, talent and project management. Originally from South Africa, Carol embarked on a legal career after university before being offered an opportunity to expand her skills into the HR field in the late 1980’s. Since then she has worked either as a consultant or HR professional in a range of large multinationals across South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East and Singapore. For the last 5 years, Carol has focused primarily on the emerging area of strategic diversity consulting services, which is a natural overlay to the broad human capital experience she has gained from working in large organisations across Asia Pacific. 

 


Gita Jayaram - Principal Consultant

gita.jayaram@diversitas.co   

Gita has over twenty years’ experience in senior HR leadership roles, working and consulting in multi-nationals and state owned enterprises. She has extensive experience in aligning strategy and performance through designing and implementing HR and change strategies while driving talent retention and commercial profitability. Gita has worked with a wide range of industries, including Engineering, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Manufacturing and Sport. She has an MBA from Auckland University, a BCA from Victoria University and extended her specialist change skills through the Management of Change executive course at MIT, Boston, USA (2002). Gita’s areas of focus are facilitation of vision, strategy and values, changing organisational culture through implementing targeted OD strategies and aligning business sustainability with inclusive talent and capability development. 

 

Rajiv Singh - Executive Assistant

rajiv.singh@diversitas.co   

Rajiv is a university student currently in the final year of his law degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland with a double major in Psychology and Politics. Rajiv joined the Diversitas team in 2015 and currently provides administrative support to the CEO and the Principal Consultant. Rajiv has a strong interest in people and has been recognized for his academic performance in Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology. In addition to his administrative support function, Rajiv also brings his wide range of information and technology skills to the team. A highly capable and resourceful individual, Rajiv is dedicated to his work. His primary focus is on meeting client needs, maximizing efficiency and ensuring that work is carried out as effectively as possible 




Leonard E. Ward – Chair

Principal Barrister & Solicitor - Tusk Legal Services 

Len has considerable Board, executive and legal experience. He is owner of Tusk Legal Services, chairman of the Gifted Children's Advancement Charitable Trust, director of Liberty Financial Limited and a number of other private companies and is a member of the NZX Markets Disciplinary Tribunal. Len has also held CEO, senior executive and board positions in a number of different organisations.

 

 





Kari Adams

Senior Sustainability Manager - Westpac

Kari Adams has ten years’ experience in sustainability and corporate citizenship obtained from roles in the finance, IT, non-profit and intergovernmental sectors. Kari joined Westpac in 2011 and commenced the development of the 2013-2015 Sustainable Business Strategy. In this role, she manages workstreams relating to social and affordable housing, financial education and diversity. Prior to joining Westpac, Kari’s experience includes corporate responsibility at BNZ and programme management for UNESCO Bangkok.   Kari is also a board member for the Fin-Ed Centre; a partnership between Massey University and Westpac.  She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in International Relations.

 




Maryan Street

Employment Relations Manager - KiwiRail 

Maryan Street is the Employee Relations Manager at KiwiRail, specialising in the High Performance, High Engagement programme operating there. She has a BA (Hons) in English from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Philosophy with First Class Honours in Industrial Relations from Auckland University. She was the President of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1993-95. Before entering Parliament in 2005, Maryan was a teacher, a union official, an academic and an industrial relations practitioner. During her 9 years in Parliament, she was Minister of Housing and ACC, and Associate Minister of Tertiary Education and Economic Development in the third term of the fifth Labour Government. In Opposition, she was Labour’s Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Health, Treaty Negotiations and Environment and most recently State Services, Disarmament and Arms Control, Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights.


Dr. Dwayne Crombie

Managing Director – Bupa

Dwayne brings a wealth of experience gained across both the private and public health sectors to his role at Bupa. Dwayne is passionate about advocating for quality outcomes and the sustainable affordability of the sector, and delivering choice, value and an outstanding experience for Bupa’s customers. Prior to joining Bupa’s Private Health Insurance arm in 2013, Dwayne led the Bupa Care Services business in New Zealand. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of Waitemata Health and the Waitemata District Health Board, Dwayne has extensive senior leadership experience across New Zealand's public health sector. Dwayne holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Diploma in Community Health from the University of Otago. He maintains his current annual practicing certificate and is a Fellow of New Zealand Public Health Medicine College. He also has an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland.




Chris Meade

Executive General Manager Human Resources - Downer New Zealand

Chris has over 20 years experience in Human Resources, and has a wealth of experience in both private and public sector organisations in New Zealand. Some of her leadership roles include EPMU, Fletcher’s, Waitemata Health, AFFCO, Fonterra and Downer where, as Executive General Manager of HR, she has been at the forefront of transformational change for the past 8 years. She is passionate about developing cultures that sustain and support learning and is sought after for her pragmatic approach to integrating people strategies to support good business outcomes.Chris has Master of Arts degree from Otago University and currently is currently also a member of the Board of Careers NZ. She also volunteers her time and expertise to supporting social enterprise and economic development projects in developing countries through her work with the VSA..





Dr. Phillippa Reed

Head of Diversity - Auckland City

Philippa is Diversity Manager at Auckland Council. This role presents an opportunity to bring her experience and passion for diversity, developing an inclusive culture and building leadership capability to one of the regions largest employers and most diverse organisations. As Chief Executive of the EEO Trust for nine years from 2003 to 2012, Philippa lead a team engaging with the business community on diversity issues and the benefits and challenges of our increasingly diverse workforce. Philippa was instrumental in developing a cross-company mentoring programme for senior women, research into a wide variety of diversity issues, bringing international speakers to New Zealand and speaking in national and international forums.She was a Board member of the Auckland Migrant Services Trust for six years. Previously, Philippa has held senior management roles at the University of Auckland Business School and KPMG. Philippa has a doctorate in German Languages & Literature, a post-graduate qualification in Change Management and a Masters in Fine Arts.