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 is the programme curator for Bright Side and has previously worked as an employability specialist at AUT. Shaun is 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 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 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.
Hans is the engagement coordinator within the AUT Library. He specialises in the delivery of makerspaces and the facilitation of workshops where participants are supported to explore art and play to grapple with the questions of how we can best connect with the elements of life.
Nicole is an AUT student completing a master’s degree in counselling psychology. She is currently completing her placement. Her honours dissertation was on incidental mindfulness. Nicole supports students to become more present, calm and mentally agile.
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.