Be. Leadership

Lesley Slade – Be. Leadership Programme Director

Lesley Slade

Lesley Slade has a long history in leadership development working with individuals, organisations and communities. Lesley began her adult life by training to be a teacher and has worked as a community worker - initiating and setting up community programmes. In her other experiences, Lesley has also held senior human resource and organisational development roles.

She was the inaugural Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand between 2005 and 2008. Lesley remains working in the leadership development space as a co-Director of Be. Leadership and as a consultant on leadership, people and organisational development.

Philip Patston – Be. Leadership Programme Director

Philip Patston

Philip is best recognised for his ten-year career as a comedian and entertainer but these days, it's his passion for social change that is getting him noticed.

An alumnus of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship and Leadership New Zealand, Philip passionately believes that, individually and collectively, we have a powerful opportunity to significantly change our social fabric - simply by creatively re-imagining diversity.

Besides his role as co-director of the Be. Leadership programme, Philip's professional highlights include: being appointed the Patron of Rainbow Youth, speaking at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford; and setting up not-for-profit organizations including the Diversityworks Trust, Ripple Trust, Manawanui inCharge and Auckland Disability Law.