Matt Bagshaw – Chair
Matt Bagshaw is the founder and Director of embie people – a global business dedicated to putting employee happiness at the forefront of management thinking. Matt created the company after working as a human resources executive globally. His last role working closely with board members, involved representing key shareholder investments made in India, Australia, Italy, Serbia and Germany with particular focus on people strategy. A self-motivated, hard working and enthusiastic individual, Matt has over 20 years experience of providing professional and world class Human Resources leadership at executive level. Matt has a proven track record in designing and implementing dynamic people strategies with a fundamental focus on diversity, equality and inclusion.
Although now working independently, he spent much of his career in the airline industry. Having held several roles centred on people development with a constant focus on equality. Initially with British Airways in London he moved to Etihad Airways, in Abu Dhabi, as Head of Human Resources. Joining Etihad in 2009, he was initially responsible for the full management of HR for their largest division of pilots, cabin crew, airport staff and aircraft engineers comprising of over 15,000 employees – quite a diverse workforce!
Born in the UK, Matt grew up in West Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Still very much the jet-setter, Matt is keen to work with open minded people, all around the world, that care about diversity, equality & inclusion.
“Having lived around the world for my entire life, I have come across issues such as race, gender, social class and sexual orientation. It’s these experiences that make me the person I am today. I firmly believe that we are made up of the experiences life presents us and to that end I am passionate about making the diversity we enjoy, in this beautiful country, something that everyone embraces. That said, it’s not perfect and I am committed to supporting the board of Rainbow Pride AKL to deliver, though our values of inclusion, a Pride Parade event that will be the benchmark for others to follow”.