Our Workshop and Seminar Facilitators:

Sue Bagshaw
Dr Sue Bagshaw has 4 adult children and 7 mokopuna, she  works as a primary care doctor specialising in adolescent/youth health at a one stop community youth health centre for 10-25 year olds, which she helped to set up, now under a new trust called Korowai Youth Well-being Trust.  She is a senior lecturer in adolescent health in the department of Paediatrics at the Christchurch School of Medicine, and she is a contract educator with The Collaborative Trust, whilst she works towards setting up a Youth Hub to provide housing, creativity, recreation and services provision to young people.

Michael Hempseed
Michael Hempseed is a highly sought after professional speaker. Michael gained an honours degree in psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008. He has delivered more than 80 inspiring and informative seminars over the last two years, on such diverse topics as overcoming failure, mental illness and the teenage brain. Funny, full of enthusiasm and taking a genuine interest in people are all qualities that make Michael a captivating speaker. Michael loves to travel, having visited over 34 countries, including Cambodia, Morocco, China, India, Brazil and many others. In addition to this he hosts a radio show called Lighthouse of Hope. Michael is the author of Being a True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in your Community. Michael Hempseed is the author of Being A True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community, www.beingatruehero.com. The book is being used by members of the New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, GPs, counsellors as well as many parents and teachers. 

Ari Nicholson
Ari has been a gender and sexuality educator for 10 years. They specialise in developing rainbow training and culture shift initiates, and are passionate about queer youth development and seeing the outcomes for rainbow communities improve.  They have a strong family focus, are a parent of a beautiful 9 year old, and engaged to their partner Leanne.  They identify as; queer, gender diverse and uses they/them pronouns. Alongside The Collaborative Trust, Ari is the Rainbow Advisor at the University of Canterbury and a facilitator for Restorative Justice Otautahi, supporting conversations between offenders and victims of crime.  Their past roles have included many years developing and supporting queer youth groups and working with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.

Simi Desor
Simi Desor is a registered Psychologist who works with individuals, children, families and groups in Christchurch. Simi's approach is strength-based. She believes in being attentive to how the surrounding world and culture can affect us. She also believes that an ecological approach gives a deeper understanding of many of the issues that arise in our lives. Her areas of interest include: resilience, wellbeing, parenting skills, bereavement & grief, trauma, health psychology, diversity, equity and inclusivity. Simi has a private practice, she offers workshops on a range of topics in the community and online, she has a radio programme (with podcasts), works part-time at a secondary school and is involved with victim support.

Catherine Gallagher
Catherine is a clinical psychologist who has worked over the last 20 years in both the public and private sectors. Although she has worked across different age groups, her particular focus has been children and young people. She is currently the Clinical Practice Manager at START (a community based agency that supports children, youth and adults who have experienced sexual harm) alongside a private practice where she offers individual and family therapy with people of all ages, community education, and supervision.

Annie Horton (She/Her)
Annie divides her time between the things she most loves: her 5 children, her work as a researcher and educator in the wellbeing space, her swimming and road sports, and her insatiable love of reading – mostly fiction, mostly happy endings.  She works as the Training Manager at The Collaborative Trust, and has delivered workshops on understanding and supporting wellbeing in young people and the people who work with and for them. 

Youth Tutors
A group of young people (usually aged between about 15 to 20) who assist in teaching. They turn workshops into interactive and dynamic events where the experts on Youth can themselves speak with authority.