Tabby Besley (she/her) is the founder and Managing Director of InsideOUT and identifies as a Pākehā queer femme. She has been volunteering and working in rainbow communities since she was 15 when she led her high-school queer straight alliance and has been involved with a range of organisations including Q-Youth, Out Takes Queer Film Festival, LegaliseLove, PrideNZ, Femme Club, Houhou Te Rongo Kahakura – Outing Violence 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 was one of five to receive the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference Award in 2017, as well as being the Education Finalist for NEXT Woman of the Year and receiving the Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award. In 2019 she was made a finalist for the Inclusion category of the Impact Awards and received a Kiwibank Local Hero medal.
When she’s not working on queer stuff, Tabby tends to be obsessing over astrology or adding to her collection of all things polka dot!
Schools Network and Manawatū Coordinator
Emmett (they/them) is a non-binary, Pākehā queer from Palmerston North with a passion for space, glitter and knitting. They work with young people, delivering healthy relationship education, as well as workshops for school staff on diverse genders and sexualities. Having seen, on a daily basis, the importance of InsideOUT’s work to make our school communities safer for rainbow students, Emmett is thrilled to have the chance to put their nerdy talents to good use in their role at InsideOUT.
When not at work, Emmett can usually be found working on their library science degree, knitting, or hanging out with their pets.
Volunteer and Education Coordinator
Wellington Schools Coordinator
Bronwyn (Pākehā, she/her) likes art, cooking for a crowd, and anything involving being outdoors around water. She grew up in Taitoko/Levin (ngā mihi ki a Muaūpoko rāua ko Raukawa ki te Tonga), went to uni in China, worked as a tea ceremony attendant in Japan, and now loves living in Wellington (ngā mihi ki a Te Ati Awa). Bronwyn loves to kōrero Māori and likes hauora Māori ways of doing things.
Canterbury/Waitaha Schools Coordinator
Nic Dorward (she/her) is a cis femme with Pākehā and Māori whakapapa. She grew up in Dunedin and has spent a number of years living in Christchurch. Nic completed her Bachelor of Social Work and worked and volunteered in flax roots community settings, decolonising social work and for Qtopia. Nic is thrilled to return to work with the rainbow community and schools following a period of stay at home parenting.
Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau Schools Coordinator