Philip Patston

Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand

Philip Patston

Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand

Biography

Philip has over 25 years professional experience in counselling, social work, human rights promotion, creative and social entrepreneurship, as well as leadership. He also had a fifteen-year career as a professional, award-winning comedian (1997-2012). In October 2015, Philip was named one of the Top 10 diversity consultants in the inaugural Global Diversity List, the first ever assessment of the world’s leading authorities on diversity.

In July 2014, he was awarded the Inaugural Arts Access Accolade for his lifetime achievements playing a significant role in working towards a society where all people in New Zealand can participate in the arts. Philip is also a Leadership New Zealand Fellow (2012) and a New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellow (2007-2009). He spoke at TEDxAuckland in July 2012 about his unique approach to diversity.

Philip’s diverse professional career combines with the somewhat paradoxical life experience as a gay, caucasian man with unique function (disability), which is the foundation for our leading approach in the work he does.

 

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