Brendan Roach

Introducing International Speaker – Brendan Roach

Photo of Brendan Roach smiling
Image: Brendan Roach, Director of Strategy and Networkology, PurpleSpace

Brendan is a globally respected leader in the field of disability inclusion in business.

On a mission to create impact at scale, Brendan ensures that we help disability ERGs/Networks to drive cultural change by developing our Networkology life-cycle approach to resource group development and cascading that know-how to every corner of the globe. He leads PurpleSpace’s strategy to remain and grow the world’s only network of disability employee networks and resource groups through the delivery of high-quality Learning & Development.

With 15 years’ experience supporting organisations and government in the UK and internationally to improve disability confidence, Brendan is passionate about disability inclusion in business and on a mission to create impact at scale. Prior to joining PurpleSpace, Brendan developed and led Business Disability Forum’s global strategy where he supported governments, global businesses and national business and disability networks around the globe to build a better working world for people with disabilities.

Naturally curious and a born collaborator, Brendan loves connecting people and ideas. This means you’re most likely to find him listening and working with our members and partners. A Dyslexic thinker with a gift for connecting people and ideas, Brendan is a born collaborator who loves working with others to make things happen.


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Paula Tesoriero

Introducing our Keynote Speaker – NZ Disability Rights Commissioner, Paula Tesoriero MNZM

Paula Tesoriero dressed in a black suit jacket, with her MNZM award ribbon on her lapel.
Image: Paula Tesoriero MNZM, New Zealand’s Disability Rights Commissioner

Paula Tesoriero is New Zealand’s Disability Rights Commissioner. It is her role to protect and promote the rights of disabled New Zealanders.

Paula is Chef de Mission for the NZ Paralympic team heading to Toyko. She is also a Paralympian cycling gold medalist, a former lawyer,  was a general manager at Stats NZ and at the Ministry of Justice. She is a life trustee with the Halberg Foundation, and has held a range of governance roles on various Boards, and she is a mum.


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NZ Disability Employers Network (NZDEN) Meeting – Wednesday 12th May 2021

Our May NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th May from 10am – noon

Hosted by: Taikura Trust, Level 1, 570 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, Auckland and via video conference.

Zoom link will be shared via email for members not able to attend in person. If you wish to attend but have not received the link, please email info@accessibilitytick.nz.

Full agenda now available –

Our guest speakers include –

  • Paul Fennessy, Client Services Manager for Active +
    Paul and the team at Active+ supports people with injuries to return to work under a contract from ACC. Hear about how Paul and the team work with their clients, and how their clients can bring value to your organisation through your employing them. Just like many of our members have already done.
  • Loudon Keir, Executive Manager for The Hāpai Access Card
    Loudon and the Hapai team have partnered with Nimbus Disability in the UK to bring a simple but effective disability access card to New Zealand. Hear about how the Hāpai Access Card allows organisations to validate the disability of a customer without having to ask for the details.

We are once again looking forward to engaging with you all along with this great line up of speakers.

NZ Disability Employers Network (NZDEN) Meeting – Friday 12th March 2021

Our March NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting will be held via
Zoom Video Conference on Friday 12th March from 10am – noon

Full agenda now available –

Our confirmed guest speakers are –

This will be our first NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting for 2021 and are looking forward to engaging with you all along with this great line up of speakers.

Zoom link will be shared with members over email. If you wish to attend but have not received the link, please email info@accessibilitytick.nz.

NZ Disability Employers Network (NZDEN) Meeting – 23rd November 2020

We are pleased to announce that we can now meet in person again. Our next NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting will be held at the
EMA Auckland Office (Google Maps) and Zoom Video Conference on
Monday 23rd November 10am – noon (with a light lunch afterwards)

Agenda will be shared with attendees ahead of the meeting.

Our confirmed guest speakers are –

  • Tania Reed,
    Vulnerable Customer Programme Lead
    at Westpac New Zealand.
    Sharing some of Westpac’s journey creating their Extra Care Programme. Looking to amplify their disability inclusion practices across all their customer offerings.
  • Dr Chandra Harrison,
    Managing Director
    at Access Advisors

    What is the value of ensuring that our online/digital platforms are inclusive of everyone? Why does it make sense?
  • Vivian Naylor
    Barrier Free Advisor & Educator
    at CCS Disability Action

    Vivian is a highly respected expert in built environment accessibility, working across many major projects in New Zealand. A wealth of knowledge who is always ready to share it with our network.
  • Sharleen Tongalea
    Regional Disability Leadership Coordinator
    at CCS Disability Action

    Talking about the challenges he faces getting people with a disability in to work.

This will be our final NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting for 2020.

Registration details and a Zoom link (for those wanting to join remotely) will be shared with members over email. If you wish to attend but have not received the link, please email info@accessibilitytick.nz.