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Tabby Besley

National Coordinator

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 Mcleod

Schools Coordinator

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 started as a volunteer with InsideOUT since 2013, and is passionate about encouraging more inclusive cultures in our schools and communities.

Laura Duffy

Projects Coordinator

Laura is a Fine Arts graduate who works with InsideOUT coordinating the Day of Silence and our Rainbow Minorities project. She is passionate about listening, learning and educating through InsideOUT as well as her own art practice. Laura thinks education surrounding gender and sexuality needs to be bigger and better in order to be normalised. She is happy to be a part of an organisation which works to make Aotearoa a safer space for gender sex and sexuality minorities.

Vicky Beesley

Funding Coordinator

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.  

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Alfie Van De Wiel

Day of Silence Coordinator

Alfie is 24 year-old trans dude living in Wellington. He spent 3.5 years living in Melbourne, working in the film and television industry. He moved back to NZ at the start of 2017 to plan a bicycle ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga. Alfie plans to stop in as many areas as possible to drop off hard copy resources to schools and create positive awareness for LGBTI+ youth all around New Zealand. During 2017, he has been making videos on youtube, volunteering and training for the bike ride.