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Who is the Social Change Collective?

The Social Change Collective was formed in 2017 by a group of young Wellingtonians who wanted to be more informed of social issues and wanted to work together to create actionable solutions. The committee consists of lawyers, policy analysts, and entrepreneurs. They see the potential in their peers to engage with the range of issues facing the world today.

How do we operate?

Every second month we run an event on a particular social or environmental issue, ending with a list of “actions” for attendees to sign up to.

We also support young people to participate in governance across Aotearoa. See the Board Opportunities page to learn more and get involved.

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Lauren Holloway


Logan Byrne

National Trustee

Analyst, Treasury


Youth Governance Trustee


Foreign Policy Officer, MFAT

Finn Shewell

Engagement Trustee

CLS, Hnry

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Hope Lan

Finance and Impact trustee

Analyst, DPMC

Josh Finegan

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Scott Emrys

Event Manager


Implementation Lead,


Liv Mckenzie

Event Manager

Senior Associate,
Bank of New Zealand


Event Manager


Policy Analyst, Ministry for the Environment

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Hannah Chen

Engagement Trustee


Associate - Mergers and Acquisition, Fonterra

Youth Governance Trustee


University of Auckland

Izzy Green

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Daniel McGuinness

Event Manager

SaaS Process Engineer

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Renay Yang

Event Manager

Associate Product Owner, ANZ Bank

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Olivia Woolford

Event Manager

Lawyer, Bell Gully




Pat Shepherd

Founder and Chief Doer of Things, One Percent Collective 

Pat is originally from Scotland, having followed his love of skiing to Wanaka for three seasons before ending up in Wellington. He worked as a freelance photographer and graphic design tutor, developed the fundraising project The Good Karma Project, and eventually this led to the development of the Little Lotus Project. He founded the One Percent Collective in 2010, after reading work from philosopher Peter Singer, to encourage the growth of generosity by asking people to donate 1% of their earnings to charity. Pat always aims to inspire community members to join the generosity movement.

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Jill Day

Councillor, Takapū Ward – Wellington City Council

Jill was first elected to Council in 2016 and is one of three Takapū/Northern Ward Councillors. Previously a primary school teacher, she got involved with the council in order to help support struggling families. Jill is always challenging the cycle of poverty and fighting for equal access to opportunities. In 2018 Jill led the adoption of Te Tauihu, Wellington City Councils Te Reo Māori policy to make Wellington a Te Reo Māori city by 2040. She descends from Ngāti Tūwharetoa and is heavily involved in her local community, attending events and engaging with concerns from local residents.

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Jim Scully

Founding Partner, ThinkPlace

Jim has successfully led design thinking in the New Zealand public sector throughout his career. He is all about unleashing people’s innovation potential to create positive change in the world. In addition to his role as founding partner of ThinkPlace, who help leaders to tackle complex challenges,  Jim sits on the UN Development Programme’s Innovation/Design panel and New Zealand’s Better by Design panel.



We'd love to hear from you!

Get in touch with the team in your city if you'd like to know more or have questions about getting involved.



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