Matt Bagshaw


Matt Bagshaw is the founder and Director of embie people – a global business dedicated to putting employee happiness at the forefront of management thinking. Matt created the company after working as a human resources executive globally. His last role working closely with board members, involved representing key shareholder investments made in India, Australia, Italy, Serbia and Germany with particular focus on people strategy. A self-motivated, hard working and enthusiastic individual, Matt has over 20 years experience of providing professional and world class Human Resources leadership at executive level. Matt has a proven track record in designing and implementing dynamic people strategies with a fundamental focus on diversity, equality and inclusion. 
Although now working independently, he spent much of his career in the airline industry. Having held several roles centred on people development with a constant focus on equality. Initially with  British Airways in London he moved to Etihad Airways, in Abu Dhabi, as Head of Human Resources. Joining Etihad in 2009, he was initially responsible for the full management of HR for their largest division of pilots, cabin crew, airport staff and aircraft engineers comprising of over 15,000 employees – quite a diverse workforce!
Born in the UK, Matt grew up in West Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Still very much the jet-setter, Matt is keen to work with open minded people, all around the world, that care about diversity, equality & inclusion.
Personal Statement: 
“Having lived around the world for my entire life, I have come across issues such as race, gender, social class and sexual orientation. It’s these experiences that make me the person I am today. I firmly believe that we are made up of the experiences life presents us and to that end I am passionate about making the diversity we enjoy, in this beautiful country, something that everyone embraces. That said, it’s not perfect and I am committed to supporting the board of Rainbow Pride AKL to deliver, though our values of inclusion, a Pride Parade event that will be the benchmark for others to follow”.

Andreas Derleth


Andreas, going by his preferred name Andy, has always been passionate about contributing some of his time to a good cause. In his teenage years Andy organised youth holiday camps, later on participated in the voluntary fire brigade in his home town and served as Mr Gay New Zealand and Mr Gay World in 2012/2013. During this time, aside from a daytime job, Andy travelled the world and gave over 100 interviews to LGBTIQ+ and mainstream media always with promoting tolerance, acceptance and inclusion on the forefront of his mind. From his own experience as a young gay man, growing up in a conservative environment with a lack of gay role models, Andy chose his main focus to be to give hope and perspective to those young men scared about being gay and coming out. In line with this Andy supported Outline NZ and always had and still has an open ear for those who contact him and look for guidance and an open ear.
To the board of Rainbow Pride Auckland Andy brings international experience in management and leadership which were acquired in different leadership positions in well known companies in NZ and overseas. His current role is General Manager at Wireless Nation. His strength are organisation, coordination and planning with a particular focus on effectiveness and efficiency. In his 11 years in New Zealand Andy had the opportunity to get additional advanced training and succeed in communication management, project management, leadership, and strategic long term planning.
In his free time, Andy likes to keep fit with weights workouts and swimming, socialising with friends, travelling, snowboarding, go for a ride on a motorbike, watch a good movie and most importantly spend quality time with his partner Tom.
Personal statement
“I’m passionate about bringing a colourful inclusive celebration of diversity back to the streets of Auckland. It is heartwarming to see people from all walks of life participating or lining the streets, particularly when you have families where the parent(s), guardians or care-givers use this opportunity to tell their children they will love them regardless of sexual orientation/identity. What matters is what you say and do not what nature determined you to be.”

Alison Griffiths


Before she retired, Alison’s career covered many aspects of accounting and administration, including four years as Company Secretary for a company listed on the NZX and the ASX, and several years as the Financial Controller for a group of 11 companies in the Mortgage and Insurance industries.  Very strong financial records skills coupled with expertise in running administrative departments; staffing, HR, database systems and creating cost effective workflows for the companies she has worked for.

Alison has always been very task and results oriented and has an affinity with most software programmes which creates a lot of flexibility.

Since retiring last November, Alison has kept busy with her side business of designing and building small boutique websites, writing short stories, taking photographs and playing poker.

Alison is passionate about the LGBTQI+ community in Auckland, although not much of a socialiser.  She was a member of Rainbow Auckland and served a term as treasurer about 12 years ago, (when it was GABA). Her own journey has been quite frought, coming out, then going back into the closet, before coming out with full acceptance of herself – her sexual orientation and her non binary gender identity – she understands how rough the road can be.  She has a fervour for inclusivity across all the Rainbow community, as her journey has taught her the pain of being on the fringes.

Personal Statement:
“Knowing who I am, who I truly am, has finally brought me the peace I so longed for over my lifetime. I want our community to be one of loving acceptance and support for one another no matter what our politics might be, or which religion or non religion we choose to have, and where on the rainbow we are – what shade LGBTQI+ we are.”

Tessa En


Tessa is a proud lesbian. In the community, Tessa has served as the AUSA Queer Rights Officer, winning the 2016 Youth Award for her work. Tessa is civically minded and keen to contribute to her community and getting a great festival off the ground for everyone in the LGBTIQ+ community.

Nathan Moss-Penman

Media & Marketing

Nathan is a creative, marketing strategist and community advocate. As Head of Marketing for the ‘Employers & Manufacturers Association’, a not-for-profit organisation promoting NZ business ways of working both domestically and globally, Nathan’s extensive experience will be a real asset in helping unify the community and rebuild towards a stronger pride over the next 20 years.

Nathan is extremely passionate about celebrating the wins within the community and supporting the struggles which are the reality for many across New Zealand.

With extensive experience in events and marketing having personally produced campaigns for over 180 events including print and digital channels, Nathan brings a unique yet commercial approach to building communities.  This bridged with his experience negotiating and managing key corporate partnerships with iconic kiwi businesses in order to facilitate better access for EMA’s membership will add huge value into building a sustainable community focussed parade.

Stepping outside of his corporate life, Nathan has always had a passion and care for the broader rainbow community which is why he founded Gay Republic in 2005. Gay Republic is known as one of Auckland’s leading gay and lesbian lifestyle brands that focusses on connecting people through events, groups and businesses. Gay Republic sets out to foster collaboration and welcomes creative talent and thinking. This core ideology is something that Nathan hopes to bring to Rainbow Pride Auckland.

Personal statement:
“I believe that diversity and inclusion can only be achieved by representation and celebration, reflecting on our past to grow into a stronger more connected future with our community.  We are stronger in Unity”.

Anthony Russell

Originally from the UK, Anthony moved to New Zealand in 1994 and recently became a New Zealand Citizen. Anthony has worked in the UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong in sales management, primarily around the provision of services to business and government. This is where he developed skills in facilitation and problem solving, often finding solutions in complex situations. Producing outcomes where everyone wins is how he measures his success.  He is an effective communicator and networker, building productive relationships across organisations and the community, at all levels. 

His passion for the betterment of our community has led him to be involved with management in gay sport, currently serving as chair for the New Zealand Falcons rugby team. He is also a past volunteer and current member of the New Zealand Aids Foundation.  

With a passion for the Rainbow Community, he believes that the way for our community to get past the pain of disenfranchisement is communication, talking through the issues and finding a path forward. Inclusiveness is a critical part of his thinking.

Personal Statement:
“I am a proud member of the Rainbow community. I came out later in life having struggled with my identity and deep-seated fear of being discovered. I want to make a difference and make life easier for those who also struggle and to celebrate the changes that have already occurred through the hard work and dedication of those who have been on this path for some time. Producing outcomes for all of our community is vital for the health of our society”.

Daniel Weeks

Daniel has a broad background in change management, process development, human resources and learning & development. Having spent 13 years living in Christchurch he made the move to Auckland in 2016 to further his career at an executive level.

Daniel is passionate about the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand as a whole and keen to be an active contributor to future successes of our community in Auckland.

In his free time Daniel is active with his family, Daniel and his partner share custody of their daughters who are two rainbow warriors in their own right. When the domestic chores are done there’s nothing better he likes than exploring more of our beautiful country.

Personal Statement:
“Moving with my family 16 years ago from the motherland to New Zealand, it wasn’t long before I felt comfortable calling New Zealand Home. Our country is the of epitome of acceptance & diversity. I am proud to be able to be a part of a leadership nation in this virtue. For me, pride is not a one day or one week exclusivity event, it is about year wide acceptance, something that is not exclusive to our community but can reach further to wider communities, those without a voice and those lost amongst the noise. It is a unity of diversity and inclusivity that celebrates being alive and sharing in this amazing thing we call life.”

Stacey Kerapa

I tipu ake au i raro i ngā maunga whakahī o Ngāti Maniapoto mai Kāwhia Moana,
Kāwhia Kai, Kāwhia Tangata me ngā rohe o te Kiingitanga. Heoi ānō, Ko Ngāti
Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa me Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana oku Iwi.

While very steeped in Te Ao Maori, as a Kai Haka, Kai Karanga, and coming from a
nuclear and LGBT Māori drag family. I have been a member of the Auckland
LGBTQI+ Community for over 25 years and had the privilege of knowing and living
with some the most influential people of their time. Having lived in the city and west
most of this time I have seen many changes within the community. While also
having completed several terms on boards that have just as much diversity as the
community itself, ranging from local and national executives as well as chairing the
foundation team of a political party down to the largest indigenous gathering of
LGBTQI+ namely the Hui Takataapui. By understanding both executive positions
and governance roles it makes the role of advisory clear to understand. Having
served as a former HERO exec that experience alone combined with the experiences
of the current working group can only serve to be beneficial. As an advocate of
social change, this new appointment is one that I believe will be to the benefit of the
greater and wider community and a step in the right direction to hopefully restore
the fragmentation and establish a new vision that encompasses all.
In the words of the late Te Puia Herangi, Kia Tipu Kia Hua Kia Puawai I would like to
see our community achieve this thought…..
To Grow, To Nurture and to Flourish (Princess Te Puea Herangi)

Troy Dibble​

Troy has an established background in people leadership, operational change management, process improvement, coaching and development. After leaving Dilworth School for Boys he stepped in to Financial Services where he worked closely with Unions fighting for workers rights, before transitioning into leadership roles within the banking and other industries throughout his career.

Troy brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to his current role as National Client Services Manager for Geneva Healthcare where he is responsible for overall delivery of cares to 7,500 clients, by 3,500 Support Workers, which is scheduled daily by 94 Care Coordinators nationwide.

Having been on the scene since he was 16, Troy is passionate about the community, where he found an extended family to call his own. Troubled by the events of the past year he put up his hand to work toward reconciliation within the community and inclusivity for all.

When he’s not working you’ll find Troy spending quality time with friends, cooking, drinking wine, skiing, catching up with family, pandering to the needs of his 16 year old cat or having a laugh out on the town.

Personal Statement:

“In my teenage years, the community offered a place where I could belong. I am passionate about it, the people in it, our similarities, and all of our amazing differences. My wish is to see us celebrate love and diversity, while encouraging each of us to support one another, moving proudly together into the future.”

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