Rebecca Davis (Chair)
Rebecca is the Director of the Change & Innovation Agency and an impact strategist. She works with leaders from the public and private sectors, iwi, and NGOs to develop and implement social change and social innovation approaches. Rebecca has extensive experience in community mobilisation, human-centric practice, and enabling innovation. She has worked on regional projects addressing youth employment, the prevention of domestic violence, health prevention, youth participation in sport, and building not-for-profit sector capacity. Rebecca spent almost eight years in tertiary education, and 12 years in media organisations before starting the Change & Innovation Agency.
Rebecca is committed to supporting New Zealand leaders to have more courageous conversations, to think outside the box, and act swiftly to remove the systemic barriers to equality and equity.
Sarah is a PhD candidate at The University of Auckland where she is undertaking research to explore the journeys and experiences Pacific women in New Zealand have had in relation to depression. This research is to further build on her Masters research. Sarah also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences. Prior to returning to the University of Auckland full time, Sarah was working for a health support and social services provider in Auckland which allowed Sarah to continue to strive for more equitable health outcomes for her Pacific community.
Sarah has experience not only being mentored by her primary supervisor over a number of years, but she has also had the privilege to mentor both secondary students and tertiary students in previous roles. It is because of these experiences that Sarah is excited to be on the Board as an opportunity to pay it forward.
Jeremy is a seasoned tertiary education professional with extensive experience in the private and public training sector at senior management level. He is passionate about community development, Maori economic development, training and development, and working with people. Jeremy brings a wealth experience to the TYMS Board from his business and professional background around developing people, designing, developing and delivering competency-based training and training programmes, He is highly skilled in people-management communication, coordination and planning. Jeremy is also passionate about music and supporting up and coming bands – and still he finds time to perform!