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Be. Coaches

When you sign up for a Be. Welcome Assessment, you will be assigned a local Be. Coach who will become your go-to person when it comes to accessibility development for your business.

All our Be. Coaches are thoroughly trained in the Be. Welcome Assessment Programme and can offer great guidance to help you become 100% accessible.

Meet our Be. Coaches

Located in the South Island

Christchurch
Jane Cowan-Harris
Jane Cowan-HarrisI am an occupational therapist based in Christchurch where I run my own private practice seeing people with pain and discomfort in workplaces, training in safe work practices and aiming to encourage good ergonomic design of workplaces to prevent discomfort, thus helping people to work more effectively. I have been running this business for the last 12 years, and been an OT for around 38 years, with experience in a wide variety of areas.

I first came across Be. at the inaugural Inclusive Design conference in Auckland in 2013 and thought what a great concept and what cool people in the Be team, so got in touch to see how I could be a part of the movement. I haven’t looked back since then – the support, the great people and the willingness to share ideas and help out when stuck have all been fantastic. And, of course, the end result is a world where everyone has equal access to places!
 
Prudence Walker
Prudence WalkerBased in Christchurch, I have worked in the not -or-profit sector for the last 15 years. I currently lead Disability Leadership and Education activities in the South Island for a disability service provider.

As a Be. Coach I enjoy working with organisations to achieve their accessibility vision.
 
Located in the North Island
Wellington and Kapiti Coast

Genevieve McLachlan MNZM
Genevieve McLachlanI have run my own business, Adaptive Technology Solutions, in Upper Hutt, Wellington helping people with disabilities access specialized assistive technology since 2007. When the opportunity came up to become a Be. Coach I jumped at the chance as I’m passionate about accessibility in general, not just around technology and this fits in well with my philosophy. I’ve been involved with Be. Accessible since taking part in the Be. Leadership program in 2012.

I’m involved in several voluntary roles within my local community and was honoured to be named a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to people with disabilities in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

I love everything about being a Be. Coach! I love working with business who want to progress their accessibility journey and who are looking at the overall picture about accessibility benefiting a whole range of people, not just those with physical disabilities.
 
Sandie Waddell
Sandie WaddellI am based on the Kapiti Coast and have a background in management, quality auditing and facilitation. Having worked in the health and disability world, both in the public and private sectors for a number of years, I have a passion for promoting equal opportunities and access for all.
 
As a Be. Coach I really enjoy working alongside people who have a commitment to ensuring as many people as possible can participate in and access their businesses.

 
Hamilton
Steve Taylor
I am based in Hamilton, New Zealand. I have an extensive background in Civil Engineering, having spent 20+ years working for Local Government and Engineering Consultancies designing and improving facilities for access. I am also an Associate Member of the Institute for Professional Engineers of New Zealand (A.IPENZ).
 
My wife Sharyn and I have two sons with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. After observing the difficulties first hand that they have in moving about in the community and New Zealand as a whole, I have joined the Be. family.
 
Being a Be. Coach provides an exciting opportunity to provide solutions and promote the awareness that 1 in 4 people in New Zealand deal with every day.
 


Auckland
Felix Lin
Felix LinI am an Information Consultant around the disability sector for the Asian Services team at the Independent Living Service in Auckland. I am currently training with Be. Coaches, in order to create a more accessible environment for all people within NZ.
 
I speak Mandarin and Cantonese, and believe that there is lots of potential for access development within the Asian business community.

 

Ian McDonald

Profile photo of Ian McDonald Having travelled the world and experienced the ease of getting around in many countries and cities, I was encouraged to become involved and join the drive to help make New Zealand more accessible.

I am a Communications Adviser with Baseball New Zealand and work as a Be. Coach on a part time basis and I am excited to be given an opportunity to work with two of my passions, sport and accessibility. I am based in West Auckland and look forward to a future New Zealand where anyone can do anything and not be held back


Jacqui O'Connor

Jacqui O'Connor I first came across Be. through some other work and I thought that living in an inclusive world was right up with my values. I am a Registered Nurse based in Auckland where I run my own private practice as an energy healer.  My focus is to care for the carer.  The carer is often facing our most vulnerable - elderly, children and sick.  I believe if we have them topped up with energy they are able to make such a huge difference in others lives. Often the carer sees accessing wellness as a luxury so I’m very passionate about offering accessibility to wellness to everyone.

 

Julianne McEldowney
Julianne McEldowneyBased at the Independent Living Service Charitable Trust in Auckland, I have extensive experience in the disability and community sectors. 

As a Master Coach I am passionate about accessibility and I enjoy engaging with businesses at the beginning of their Be. journey, walking alongside them to develop creative solutions for enhanced visitor experience.

 
Pam Antill
Pam AntillBased in west Auckland, I enjoy living in the bush. Trained originally as an occupational therapist, and having worked
with people in varying situations and from many different backgrounds, I understand some of the challenges that they face.
 
As a Be Coach, it gives me great pleasure to identify and help to resolve some of the issues that may prevent people from
participating in life to the full.

 
Peter Rawlings

Peter RawlingsAs one of Be. Welcome’s Master Coaches, I have worked with Be. from the start, being involved in the design of our Be. Welcome checklists, training of new Be. Coaches and assessing a wide range of built environments. My current focus is working with architects and designers reviewing design plans and carrying out larger/be-spoke assessments within the public and commercial sectors.

 
Tony Howe
Tony HoweI am based in Auckland and have been a Master Coach with Be. for the past five years. I am also part of the Be. Leadership Alumni, having participated in the Be. Leadership Programme in 2012.
 
I have a Barrier-Free background and a shared vision towards universal design and access for all, to which I bring my lived experience with a progressive physical impairment. I also work as an Information Consultant around the disability sector at Independent Living Service.

Becoming a Be. Coach

If you know someone or are interested yourself in becoming a Be. Coach, please contact the Be. team on 0800 Be. in touch (0800 234 686) or info@beaccessible.org.nz to find out how to contribute to this growing accessibility movement.