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IC Team at Start Local. Seminar June 2016

David Hanna – Manager

David is a fourth generation Pakeha …. a partner in a civil union, a father of 4 children, a Director of a Social Change / Service Organisation (Wesley Community Action),  and National Co-ordinator of Inspiring Communities.

He has worked as a national NGO youth director, a policy manager in Central Government, a consultant on youth development, a trainer in policy analysis and now a director.

Key themes across his activities are bicultural / Treaty of Waitangi perspectives, systems / holistic action / thinking, positive child and youth development and grounding what we do in an authentic spirituality.

David is currently working in dual roles with Inspiring Communities and as the Director of Wesley Community Action

Denise Bijoux


Originally from Taranaki,  Denise has worked all over the country from her base in Auckland as a social researcher, evaluator, facilitator and community-led development specialist. Denise has worked on contract in the areas of health, social justice, community development, sustainability, planning and government at the local, regional and national levels since 1999 and joined the Inspiring Communities team in 2010.

Denise has two main roles with Inspiring Communities:

  • As Learning and Outcomes Convenor working with communities to assist the documentation and understanding of links between intent, action and outcomes through reflective practice, workshops, story writing and developmental and outcomes focused evaluation.
  • And co-convenor of the IC: Auckland regional network and work plan working alongside communities to enhance and enable community-led development capacity, collaboration and connections with a wide range of other communities, organisations, government agencies and skilled individuals from across Auckland, Aotearoa and internationally.

As a result of this work, during 2012 Denise was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel through the US and Canada exploring the influence of CLD approaches on wider systems change. It is a privilege to be able to assist with the sharing of community-led  expertise and experience from Aotearoa as well to help bring some of the wealth of information from all over the world to those working and living in community-led ways here.

Mobile: 021 245 6898

Megan Courtney

Megan has spent most of her professional life working in local government, with former Waitakere City Council roles focusing on facilitating and brokering sector, place based and citywide partnerships to improve wellbeing planning and outcomes for local communities. She’s also worked with the Department of Internal Affairs to produce practical partnering tools and resources for those working at the collaboration coalface.

In March 2009 Megan left her role as coordinator of the Massey Matters project to join the Inspiring Communities team as part-time Auckland Convener.  With a family move to Nelson in 2011, Megan’s role within Inspiring Communities now takes on a national management, project and CLD training focus. When it comes to community-led development Megan describes herself as a doer, thinker, writer, teacher and learner – with being part of the Inspiring Communities team enabling her to combine all five skills and passions!

Mobile: 027 678 8622

Barbara MacLennan

Based in the bountiful Bay of Plenty for over three decades, Barbara focusses on practical collaboration around complex local issues, and supporting community-led development practice.

She has lived and worked in many places across Aotearoa, and in local and central government settings, as well as the community and business sectors. Along with many others she helped establish Inspiring Communities in 2009. “If we want sustainable change to the huge challenges we face, we need focussed and determined cross-sector effort which actively engages the wisdom of local communities.”

Barbara contracts part –time with Inspiring Communities. Her roles include project and event leadership and management, contributing to national publications, and CLD advisory and consultancy work to help generate income for the organisation.

Mobile: 027 425 2277

 Rachel Roberts – Communications Leader

rachel-300x300Rachel has established a strong track record, working with organisations on strategic and operational communications, as well as project based work. She has worked across not for profit organisations, business and government agencies, as diverse as Philanthropy and Search and Rescue. She has supported, driven and consulted on a wide range of activities. She has worked on a number of cross sector projects and forums aimed at creating collaborative responses to the issues at hand.

Rachel is most interested in delivering communication leadership that provides clarity and leads to practical outcomes – that are fit for purpose and achievable.

In a previous life she was a Journalist and Radio Producer working with amongst others, Kim Hill and Linda Clark, on the National Radio’s Nine to Noon programme.

Rachel is married to Chris, they have two teenage boys and live a great life on Wellington’s South Coast.

Mobile 027 415 1896