Our People

Carol Brown - CEO


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. 


Dr. Phillippa Reed

Head of Diversity - Auckland City

Philippa is an experienced Diversity Consultant with an extensive background in diversity and inclusion.  Prior to joining Diversitas, she held a number of strategic diversity roles, including Diversity Manager at Auckland Council and CEO of EEO Trust. Her extensive experience includes conducting D&I Reviews, designing and implementing cross-organisational mentoring programmes for senior women, training on unconscious bias and conducting D&I surveys.  She also collaborates on  research projects on a wide variety of diversity issues and is committed to increasing thought leadership on diversity and inclusion in New Zealand organisations.As an ex Board member of the Auckland Migrant Services Trust for six years, Philippa has a real interest in supporting cultural and ethnic diversity inside New Zealand organisations. Philippa is based in Auckland and has a doctorate in German Languages & Literature, a post-graduate qualification in Change Management and a Masters in Fine Arts.


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.