Jason Alexander, Chair

Jason is our Board Chair and has a strong background in technology working for various organisations in New Zealand and overseas. Jason currently works as the General Manager of Innovation and Strategy for a non-profit public health organisation based in West Auckland as well as running his own web design and development company. Jason was […]

Funders & Partners

A Special Thanks to the following people and organisations that help YES make a difference Corporate Sponsors Benefitz NZ Davanti Consulting Partners Benefitz NZ Grants and Donations Ara Taiohi Auckland Council (Local Boards) Auckland Foundation COGS Foundation North LeVA Lion Foundation Lindsay Foundation Lotteries Commission Matariki Trust Ministry of Education Ministry of Pacific Peoples Ministry […]

Lion Foundation House

The Lion Foundation House is the home of a number of organisations specialising in supportive services and advice committed to making a difference in Aotearoa.

Sonia Thursby, CEO

Sonia Thursby has worked in the Youth & Disability Sector in New Zealand for over 25 years, with extensive prior experience in the UK. As a trusted ally to the sector, she has been able to put the voice of youth with disabilities at the forefront of every board she has been a part of, including […]

Shannon Prevett, I.Lead Youth Engagement Manager

Born and raised in Auckland, Shannon joins the YES Team after returning home from working in Australia within the youth health and disability sector. After originally training as a nurse, Shannon found that her true passion lay within working alongside youth to break down barriers and promote the youth voice. This lead to the completion […]

Mags Gerasimova, Project Co-Ordinator

Mags Gerasimova is our Project Co-Ordinator and joins the YES Team with years of experience working with young people within the education sector.  Mags is passionate about youth empowerment, and promoting equal opportunities for young people of all abilities and backgrounds.

Lavinia Lovo, I.Lead Youth Facilitator

Niah is our I.Lead Youth Facilitator, and is a major advocate for pasifika youth with visible and invisible disabilities. She has been part of many different pasifika projects within the disability sector, and is a resounding voice when it comes to the nature of pasifika youth with disabilities and how they fit into their families […]

Kathleen Derrick, I.Lead Youth Engagement Advisor

Kathleen is our I.Lead Youth Engagement Advisor and is the representative of Kids with Arthritis NZ, and has lived experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is also one of the founding members of the Phusion Dance Group, an all-abilities dance group dedicated to pasifika dance and culture. Her bubbly attitude and caring nature has been a […]

Maxwell Cowden, Marketing Co-Ordinator

Maxwell is our Marketing Co-Ordinator at YES, creating and publishing our bi-monthly in-house newsletter for the past 7 years. He brings some very impressive qualifications, with a BA in Japanese from Unitec, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from Massey University. This is also backed by impressive work ethic and a solid […]