Our People

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

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.

Elizabeth has worked for large aid agencies, led disaster recovery efforts, worked within government and has studied disaster leadership. She 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 workforce resilience, 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 under prolonged pressure, how we make decisions and how our reactions and behaviours are impacted by stress. Jolie’s  areas of interest include workforce resilience and wellbeing, psychosocial recovery, behavioural change and leadership.

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 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 - Wellbeing & Resilience Workshop Facilitator

B.Sc., M.Sc.

Jane works with teams to reach peak performance under pressure. Jane has managed big programmes, budgets, teams, and expectations after disaster.

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. The Canterbury earthquakes called her back to her hometown where she oversaw multi-million dollar recovery programmes and cash grants.

John Dyer – Wellbeing & Resilience Workshop Facilitator

For over 30 years John has been leading and developing individuals and teams, enabling them to perform in often pressured environments. John has two decades of experience in crisis management in both the military and international humanitarian organisations. As well as being a facilitator and coach, John advises on safety, security and the resilience of personnel in stressful situations.

Jodine Power - Wellbeing & Resilience Workshop Facilitator

Jodine specialises in human resource, health, wellness and safety management. Her career has involved working in operations, human resources and health and safety in various industries, most recently civil engineering. Jodine is a qualified Personal Trainer and is passionate about establishing working environments that support and promote wellness and health practices.

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.

Kylie Nel – Brand & Marketing

Kylie has a history of developing successful and sustainable campaigns and impact where it matters.

This South African-born New Zealander has global experience across professional consultancy, education and cultural sectors, providing a broad range of expertise from project management, product launch and integrated marketing campaign implementation.

Jason Pemberton - Associate

B.Sc., B.Com

Jason works with McNaughton & Wills to design bespoke 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.


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.