Creative Welly Episode #32 | Michelle Kitney & Rob Cousins

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Michelle Kitney, Chief Executive at Volunteering New Zealand

Michelle Kitney lead’s Volunteering New Zealand. Originally from Taranaki, she lives in Te whanganui a tara with her three boys and husband.

Volunteering New Zealand is the national umbrella organisation for volunteers and volunteering. It’s purpose is to empower volunteers to enrich Aotearoa New Zealand.

Michelle has a background in communications, marketing, social enterprise and not for profit experience. She has also worked in the public sector in New Zealand and the UK. She says she volunteered her way into her current job. Gaining relevant experience through a variety of volunteering roles.

She cooks and plays Floorball in her spare time.

Rob Cousins, Innovation Manager

Being honest, I’m a jack of all trades and master of none, who often seems to land on my feet, and somehow finds a way to make a difference with the people I meet. After a mediocre degree in Psychology, I worked in insurance and risk management in the UK, whilst pursuing hobbies that were both uninsurable and risky in many other parts of the world. Instead of a career, I’ve followed opportunities as they’ve arisen, and as I’ve pursued various different interests.

All of this has taught me that they key to most challenges is people, their experience, being curious and caring. Right now I am bringing this to how health and safety is understood, and how we might regulate that, from WorkSafeNZ. Shifting away from paperwork, compliance and rules. Moving towards caring about people, creating improvement, and giving people power over the things that affect them.

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Creative Welly Episode #10 | Bron Thomson & Paul Atkins

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Bron Thomson, Founder and CEO, Springload

Bron Thomson is the founder and CEO of Springload, one of New Zealand’s leading digital agencies. Her experience in design, technology and business strategy spans two decades of working in the tech sector in New Zealand. 

Springload has worked with some of New Zealand’s leading organisations, including Te Papa,  RNZ, Kiwibank, Xero, NZ Festival, Red Cross, and many Government agencies.

Bron is an innovator and disruptor, and is leading Springload through a purpose-led transition. Springload became a B-corp in 2019, and is focused on projects that make an impactful difference to society and the planet.

Paul Atkins, Chief Executive, ZEALANDIA

Paul is Chief Executive of ZEALANDIA, a world-first fenced urban eco-sanctuary in Wellington, named as one of the world’s 100 greatest places by Time magazine in 2019.

Paul is also Chair of the Board of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national institute of leading New Zealand materials scientists. He has held a number of other executive and board positions including in several exciting start-up companies.

Paul was a Director in the British Council for almost 20 years, and has worked in over 40 countries around the world.
The most important common thread through Paul’s career has been the extraordinary privilege of meeting and working with so many amazing people.

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