Tabby Besley is the founder of InsideOUT and identifies as a queer femme. She moved to Aotearoa from England when she was 12 and spent her teens in Nelson. She has been volunteering and working in rainbow communities since she was 15 and has been involved with a range of organisations including Q-Youth, Out Takes Queer Film Festival, LegaliseLove, PrideNZ, Femme Club and more. In 2015 Tabby’s work was recognised internationally, as she became the first and only New Zealander to receive a Queen’s Young Leader Award. Tabby is also one of five to receive the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference Award in 2017, supporting her work with InsideOUT to reach further across Aotearoa.
Tabby is passionate about making our schools and communities safer for everyone. When she’s not working on queer stuff, she’s obsessing over astrology or adding to her collection of all things polka dot!
Connor is studied in cultural anthropology and has been involved in community work since 2012. Connor has been living in Wellington since 2014, and spent his childhood in Fiji and high school years in Nelson.
His work began with leading the queer-straight alliance group at Nayland College, while also being a part of the Q-Youth board. Connor has been a volunteer with InsideOUT since 2013, and is passionate about encouraging more inclusive cultures in our schools and communities.
Vicky is a 32 year old coffee lover and devoted intersectional feminist. Originally from the UK, she moved to Wellington 4 years ago. After falling in love with the city and a Wellingtonian she decided to stay and make NZ her home.
Vicky has mainly worked in healthcare but has dedicated her spare time to volunteering and fundraising for various organisations including: Endometriosis NZ, Shakti, Wellington Rape Crisis and InsideOUT. In 2015 and 2017 she produced and coordinated our exhibition fundraiser at Matchbox Studios.
It has long been Vicky’s dream to work for a not-for-profit organisation she is passionate about and so she was beyond excited to join InsideOUT as the funding coordinator.
When not working or volunteering, Vicky Beesley (no relation to Tabby) loves cooking, is addicted to watching Masterchef, enjoys exploring exhibitions and reads too many artist autobiographies.