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Tabby Besley

Managing Director

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. In 2020 she was announced as finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year.

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!


Emmett Roberts

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.


Rosie Leadbitter

Volunteer and Education Coordinator

Rosie (she/her) is a cis Pākehā woman who grew up in Pōneke (up in the hills of Ngaio to be more specific!). She works as InsideOUT’s Volunteer and Education Coordinator, a role that she loves as it means she can engage with and support our incredible volunteers as well as our wider community. She has volunteered with InsideOUT in various capacities over the years and has also been a facilitator with the rainbow organisation OuterSpaces’ School’s Out programme. 
She’s extremely passionate about speaking about mental health and hauora and has previously worked in the Capital & Coast DHB and studied public health. She believes strongly in the importance of social connectedness and whakawhanaungatanga to overall wellbeing. 
In her spare time she loves absorbing all sorts of music, visual and written media (the queerer the better!), sharing kai with friends and being near trees, birds and large bodies of water.  


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Bronwyn Kerr

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.

Bronwyn has previously worked supporting people to get safe & heal from sexual and domestic violence, and other community development mahi. Bronwyn‘s stoked to now be working for InsideOUT as the Wellington School’s Coordinator.


Nic Dorward

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.

Nic loves her role as a Mama, cooking for friends, tending to her garden, disability justice and reading books by QTPOC. 

Petazae Thoms

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau Schools Coordinator

Petazae (he/him) spent parts of his childhood growing up in Fiji as well as Auckland. Although he misses the islands, he enjoys taking in everything Auckland has to offer. He loves working in a role that gives him the opportunity to create spaces that support all people to thrive and support each other. He is passionate about living in a world that fosters connections built on acceptance and compassion. Another big love of his is mental health and wellbeing. Which is why he is currently studying Psychology at the University of Auckland and has volunteered as an Online Counsellor for the past couple of years.
In his spare time, Petazae is admiring dogs, listening to podcasts (mostly just Still Processing or Where Should We Begin?), showering the neighbour’s cat with affection, having a good kōrerorero with friends, losing at social netball, but most importantly, he is resting!