We’re all here because we think great corporate social responsibility should be normal.
Chairperson | October 2017 | Wellington
“What excites me about CSR is that it provides a boost to the purpose of organisations by aligning corporate values and identity with active support to projects that are for social good. It helps us mobilise staff around a common purpose in line with business strategy and objectives and gives everyone something to be proud of”
Emma’s background is in commercial and central government sectors in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Emma's experience is in consultancy, senior project directorship, assurance, and project management roles.
Emma has led technology implementations in beachhead projects in Asia-Pacific and had key roles in business transformation, innovation, change leadership and strategy development. She has established a number of quality assurance frameworks and professional services practices. She has also been the Chairperson of our Board since October 2017!
Board Member | November 2018 | Auckland
“CSR to me is something you don’t feel is a chore, or a box ticking exercise – it’s got to be our new normal, our BAU state. It should be visible and recognised without being self-serving, but still celebrated in an appropriate way. When it’s embedded, it should support the organisation from top to bottom, so that everyone does their bit, and everyone understands why it’s being done.”
Nic is a qualified accountant and finance professional with more than 25 years’ experience in banking and corporate treasury risk management consulting in the UK and NZ. He has extensive experience managing and building teams, with particular focus on identifying and remedying operational and control related issues and risk. His core background is in risk and financial reporting, having been with Fonterra for 14 years in a variety of senior finance roles.
Board Member | April 2018 | Wellington
Youssef is a top of the line P3M (Portfolio, Programme and Project Management) Practitioner, Consultant and Presenter. He has over 23 years’ experience in various countries. For the past 10 years, he has been based in Wellington and servicing customers and clients in NZ, Australia, India and other countries in the Asia Pacific region in both the private and public sectors.
He joined Step Changers because he is passionate about mentoring early stage organisations and has a strong social conscience. Step Changers is just one of the community organisations he's involved with - having also been a member of the Wellington Rotary Club for more than 7 years.
Our Volunteer Team
If you’d like to get involved with SC, you could be working alongside some of these faces soon.
The CSR Expertise Team
This team works on our CSR Toolkit, a suite of resources for businesses interested in developing their own CSR programme, combining academic research with practical case studies.
CSR Expertise Lead | April 2018 | Wellington
Sara is the strategic mind behind the Step Changers Partnership Programme. Together with our Partnerships Team, Sara has mapped out what tools are the most useful for businesses in developing CSR programmes and helps to make sure our programme runs smoothly. Outside of volunteering with Step Changers, Sara is a lawyer with Bell Gully.
CSR Expertise | June 2018 | Wellington
Elle is a lawyer with Bell Gully in Wellington! She first learned about Step Changers through Sara, and has since come onboard to help Sara map the Partnerships Programme for Step Changers.
LLB/BCom (Information Systems) |Law Clerk in the Environmental and Resource Management team at Holland Beckett Law
"Changing the way businesses operate can create huge change that my KeepCup and I alone cannot achieve"
Kate joined Step Changers in June 2019 as a recent graduate from Victoria University, working in law in the Bay of Plenty. As a lover of the great outdoors Kate has a passion for looking after the environment that has developed into an understanding that while individuals can't make huge differences to large scale problems, they have the ability to influence those who can. This lead her to get involved with promoting Corporate Social Responsibility and Step Changers.
Kate works with Step Changers' events team, promoting CSR in the community and writing about CSR for Step Changers to get the knowledge that is already floating around out there. Outside of her work with Step Changers, Kate can be found working in law and otherwise spending 100% of her time outdoors, usually at the beach.
Copywriter | September 2018 | Tauranga
Gemma joined Step Changers in September 2018! She studied corporate social responsibility in depth at the Norwegian School of Economics, and hopes to make a career out of combining her expertise in marketing, strategic management, and CSR.
Penny joined Step Changers in June 2019 and has a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations. She is passionate about community empowerment and engagement and is excited about the potential for positive change through CSR. Penny currently works at the University of Auckland, and in her spare time, she can be found in the outdoors, tramping or trail running
CSR Expertise at Step Changers | June 2019 | Auckland | BHSc, PGDipPH
Ally joined Step Changers in 2019. With qualifications and a background in public health science, she believes CSR can be used to improve our New Zealand economy and communities. Ally currently works for Parliament and is passionate about making tangible and positive change.
CSR Expertise | Wellington | Bachelor of Arts
Bryre joined Step Changers in early 2019 with a background in Geography and Development Studies. She believes everybody has a crucial part to play in contributing to great CSR, no matter how big or small their impact. Bryre currently works at the Tertiary Education Commission and is particularly passionate about working alongside communities in the Pacific.
Community, Comms & Events Team
This team is responsible for bringing Step Changers to you, on and offline. We manage the Pull Ya Socks Up event series, social media, the website, and the posts you read on our Small Talk blog.
Graphic Designer | May 2018 |Bachelor of Design (Hons.) in Visual Communication Design.
Writer | February 2018 | Auckland
Between February 2018 and February 2019, Cordelia kept our ship afloat as Operations Lead. She's been with Step Changers since the early days - first meeting Rosie in Kampot, Cambodia while she was based there for a volunteering gig. Outside of Step Changers, Cordelia studies mathematics and politics at the University of Auckland and coaches competitive Waterpolo.
Passionate about volunteering Dylan helps out with a handful of roles in Wellington.
We’re the devs responsible for bringing you the Step Changer’s database of community projects later this year. This aims to reduce the exorbitant amount of time and resources wasted by charities seeking corporate funding each year by making it as easy as possible for businesses to find relevant community projects to support.
Database Developer | May 2018 | Germany
Kevin is our German developer! He works on our database and helps to grow the list of charities that we work with. He joined because he was looking for a charitable purpose to use his skills for.
Web Developer | June 2019 | Wellington
“Whether we like it or not, corporate environments are becoming a larger part of the community we live in. It seems there is great opportunity for corporates to take care of and foster social growth to shift the outlook of the corporate world for the better and plant the seed for more learned, socially cohesive communities.”
Fascinated by the opportunities the web world presents to connect ideas, businesses, and ultimately people together, Theo works on making our database of 30,000 community projects accessible to you. He is driven to learn through experimentation and collaboration!
“Making a difference is very important to me. My career goals are to further develop my programming skillset and use these skills to make a positive difference to people.”
General Management & Ops Team
We keep the ship afloat by managing the team’s internal comms, project management, and annual plan/reports. This means a lot of time on Slack, writing briefs, bringing new volunteers on board, and writing updates for the Board.
Could you join us?
To join the volunteer crew running Step Changers, you’ll bring a skill and a passion for making great corporate social responsibility happen in your organisation - and that’s all you need. Many of us run CSR programmes in our own organisations, or else we are academics and read a lot about the topic. We’re based all over the world too, which means location is no barrier.
The Volunteer crew work in four streams we’ve shown here. If there’s a team you particularly like the look of that you think you can muck in on, we’d love to hear from you.