McNaughton & Wills brings you a magic mix of professionals committed to bringing the best training, products and advice to your enterprise or problem.

Led by Elizabeth McNaughton & Jolie Wills, our workforce resilience systems and approaches have been tested under the ultimate post-disaster conditions of prolonged stress and uncertainty.  All products, concepts and workshops have been created on the back of 15 years of experience working in disaster recovery, in New Zealand and around the world.

Elizabeth McNaughton - Director

B.A., M.Development Studies

Elizabeth will tell you, “My career has quite literally been a series of disasters.” She has worked in disasters around the globe and made it her mission to learn all she can about resilience and recovery so that she can bring that knowledge to helping others. She has worked for large aid agencies, led disaster recovery efforts, worked within government and has studied disaster leadership.

Elizabeth led multi-million dollar recovery programmes for New Zealand Red Cross and was the Executive Director at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet leading work to create a learning legacy from the Canterbury earthquakes. Internationally, Elizabeth has worked for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in South Asia, the Maldives, the Philippines, and the Pacific. Her areas of interest are strategy, leadership and design.

Jolie Wills - Director

B.Sc., M.Sc(Psyc).

Jolie is a cognitive psychologist and will tell you, “I didn’t come looking for disaster, it came looking for me.” In 2010, disaster came knocking on her door, or you could say gave it a good rattle. Jolie is a survivor of the Christchurch earthquake and has lived disaster recovery with her family first hand. She developed services and training to help her fellow citizens for the Red Cross, local government and academia.

Jolie has studied how the mind works after disaster, how we make decisions and are our reactions and behaviours are impacted by stress. Jolie advises on recovery from the community level through to recovery leadership. Her areas of interest include workforce resilience and wellbeing, psychosocial recovery, leadership and storytelling.

Rochelle Berry - Senior Advisor, Research & Policy

B.A.(Anthropology), B.A.Hons(International Relations)

Rochelle specialises in looking at the smaller details – her career has involved working as a researcher, policy advisor, editor and writer across a broad range of organisations and subject areas.

She has a background with the Red Cross, and has worked in disaster recovery programming and community engagement/accountability roles in New Zealand, Kuala Lumpur and the Pacific. This included developing cash grants for earthquake affected people following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

Jane Edgar - Senior Advisor: Disaster Recovery, WASH & DRR

B.Sc., M.Sc.
Jane is all about getting it done when it comes to disaster recovery. She’s managed big programmes, budgets, teams, and expectations. Jane works with teams to reach peak performance under pressure.

Jane’s life before disaster was as a hydrogeologist. From remote Australia to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, she planned, implemented and supervised a variety of small and large-scale potable and industrial water supply programmes and environmental monitoring programmes. Jane made the move from mining to the humanitarian sector in 2005 and worked as a Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) specialist in Asia and the Pacific with Red Cross and UNICEF. The Canterbury earthquakes called her back to her home-town where she took over from Elizabeth as the Red Cross Recovery Manager, overseeing multi-million dollar recovery programmes and cash grants.

Jason Pemberton - Associate

B.Sc., B.Com

Jason is the McNaughton & Wills game master who designs bespoke games, learning activities and events. Jason loves working with teams to design interventions that really move the needle.

The Canterbury Earthquakes saw him thrust into a leadership role in one of the largest spontaneous volunteer movements in modern history. He is a natural broker between sectors and perspectives and thrives in multi-disciplinary environments. Jason led the creation of the Looking Beyond Disaster toolkit for UNESCO, chaired the UNESCO Youth Reference Group in New Zealand, and facilitated the co-design of the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017.
As an independent thinker, speaker, and director, he designs and delivers training
programmes in leadership, conflict communication, impact models, and social enterprise design. He holds several governance roles, and specialises in transitional governance.
Jason's favourite things are complex systems theory, the 100x Multiplier effect, and holistic wellbeing models, closely followed by his home-made acoustic guitar, Lola.

Juliana Trolove - Designer/Illustrator

B.Com., Dip.Visual Communications

Juliana brings complex concepts to life through bespoke design and illustration. Her creativity and humour infuse her work so that her illustrations can range from profound, to uplifting, to belly-laugh prevoking.

Juliana Trolove graduated with a Marketing Degree from the University of Otago and followed her qualification with a Visual Communications Diploma. She taught graphic design for a number of years at Nelson Marlborough institute of Technology. Juliana headed up a graphic design company for 15 years.

Shona Whitton - Senior Advisor: Psychosocial Recovery

B.A. (Psyc), M.Community Development (Emergency Management)
Shona is our Australian ‘disaster nerd’. Shona worked with Australian Red Cross guiding and supporting Red Cross staff and communities after all major natural disaster events in Australia between 2011 and 2017.

In 2015 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to explore approaches to spontaneous and permanent disaster memorialising around the world.

Shona is on a mission to change the way people understand disasters and to help communities take charge of their recovery after disasters. She specialises in psychosocial recovery, memorialisation, training development and gender.

DK - Associate

DK is a creative producer and speaker coach and works with McNaughton & Wills to create bespoke learning events and support our clients in bringing their evidence-based messages to life through stories.

As a Creative Producer, DK is the TEDxWellington / TEDxWellingtonWomen licensee, founder of Creative Welly plus the Creative Leadership NZ conference. He’s also a Speaker Coach, working with CEOs and senior executives plus a random ex-All Black and Dame thrown into the mix. Previously, DK has over a decade of experience working in the social media space consulting and delivering training on five continents and to a cross-sector range of clients from UNICEF, Gates Foundation, BBC, Ubisoft and Hasbro. He also established Collider, a city-wide programme focussed on transforming Wellington into an internationally recognised Smart Capital which involved 200 events.