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Bright Side guides

Our Bright Side guides are a mix of AUT staff and external partners who offer a range of experience and knowledge to help you in your personal development journey.

Shaun Pulman

Shaun Pulman

Shaun is the programme manager for Bright Side and has previously worked as an employability specialist at AUT. He has previously been employed in career development, events and counselling roles at the University of Auckland, Careers New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a trained secondary school teacher.
Brian Berneman

Brian Berneman

Brian is a wellness coach and facilitator. Brian is the co-founder of an organisation called Conscious Action, and tailors his practice for AUT students. Brian has a background in neuroscience and more than 15-years of experience teaching and practising yoga, meditation, mindfulness and different healing practices.
Melissa Jenner

Melissa Jenner

Melissa is the founder of START Now - a human innovation company, that helps people and businesses forge meaningful, purposeful and sustainable careers. She has worked with over 100 executives and is now working inside organisations to help people get aligned on value and creative expression to unlock more productivity in the workforce. Melissa is also a certified Design Your Life coach.
Lex Pritchard

Lex Pritchard

Lex is a mindset and performance coach and former New Zealand boxer. She was the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic boxing bout in 2012. She supports students to build a positive mindset to feel energised about the possibilities for life, and stay well through exercise and movement.
Ayesha Scott

Ayesha Scott

Ayesha is a senior lecturer within AUT’s Business School with a passion for promoting healthy financial relationships and advocating against economic harm in relationships. Ayesha has a PhD in Financial Econometrics from Queensland University of Technology and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and finance. Her research seeks to improve New Zealander’s understanding of healthy finances and has gained significant media interest within Aotearoa.
Jo Robertson

Jo Robertson

Jo Robertson is a sex therapist, betrayal trauma specialist and parent consultant who offers diverse therapeutic support, facilitates related workshops and contributes as Researcher and Team Lead for The Light Project charity. Jo has a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Auckland and a Master of Science in Medicine (Sexual Health/Psychosexual Therapy) from the University of Sydney.
Fiona Crichton

Fiona Crichton

Dr Fiona Crichton is a science communicator, health psychology specialist and VP & clinical lead at Mentemia. She has hands-on experience designing effective programmes to improve health behaviour and well-being in the community. Combined with a background as a litigation lawyer and legal writer, her work in health psychology has provided a breadth of knowledge about the factors influencing psychological wellbeing and adaptive behaviour change.
Leslie Hamilton

Leslie Hamilton

Leslie is a coach, catalyst and change champion with over 25 years of experience in organisational and leadership development. Leslie’s strengths are in conversational intelligence, strategy, relationships and future-fit thinking. Leslie’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Lake Forest College (USA), a Master of Education and a Master of Business.
Dana Salih Toogood

Dana Salih Toogood

Dr Dana Toogood is a Bright Side health coach and founder of Dana Toogood Healing Space. Dana has a Bachelor of Chiropractic from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and a Neuro Emotional Technique Practitioner qualification. For ten years, Dana ran a chiropractic practice in Melbourne oriented to mind-body healing. She uses her chiropractic experience and knowledge of spiritual and somatic-based healing to help people find their balance.
Rouxelle de Villiers

Rouxelle de Villiers

Rouxelle is an AUT lecturer and a highly qualified management and consultancy expert interested in coaching and skill development in marketing and management. Developing people’s competency and their ability to exceed their own expectations of themselves is her primary passion. She originally trained as a teacher, and has developed and implemented innovative and highly interactive skills acquisition and executive programmes. She founded her own consultancy company in 2002.
Lama Saga

Lama Saga

Lama is a Samoan entrepreneur who has lived most of his life in South Auckland. He has a BA in Sports with a major in Physical Education, has 15 years of experience in the public health sector and owns Alexander café and Empire Training Box in Otara – talk about busy! Lama is passionate about improving Pasifika people’s wellbeing in a holistic and culturally supportive way.
Wade Jackson

Wade Jackson

Wade Jackson is a speaker, author and high-performance coach. With a dynamic background across the world in improv theatre, in dojos and penning books on human development, Wade can authentically lead by example. Wade’s journey to become a specialist in high performance began in Japan aged 18, where he earned two of his three black belts in martial arts. This experience cemented in him an incredible discipline that he's learned to pass onto others.
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