Our Team



Executive Director

Debbi is passionate about organisational development and brings a wealth of experience in workforce development, training and research.
She is also passionate about ensuring good services and support are available to survivors of sexual assault and looks forward to continuing to work with government and other organisations to this end.

“I am excited to be a part of the RPE team. I am a strong advocate of educating young people to ensure they have respectful relationships and are able to make informed choices around consent.“

Debbi joined RPE in 2015 as Acting Executive Director and was appointed as Executive Director in October of that year. She had previously had ten years’ service on the RPE board including terms as Chair. Debbi has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and public sector.



Operations Manager
Ashiana Shah is the Operations Manager of Rape Prevention Education since 2011. She has experience working in the not-for-profit sector in financial management, human resources, grants funding and administration. She graduated from Unitec with a Graduate Diploma in not-for-profit management. Ashiana is from Fiji and moved to Auckland with her partner in 2008. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, reading and watching documentaries.


Programme Development Lead
Lesley-Ann has a background working with young people of diverse sexes, sexualities and genders and more than a decade working in sexuality education. She has had the pleasure of seeing first-hand how much difference great education around sexuality and relationships can make. Lesley is excited to be able to focus on consent education and sexual violence prevention as she is passionate about education as a way of supporting social change. Lesley feels privileged to be part of the work and history of RPE. Outside of work Lesley plays hockey, indoor netball and loves to bake and share indulgent food.


Initiative Lead
Hadley studied Psychology and Marketing at Otago University, where he also founded and ran a theatre company, Counterpoint, to give up-and-coming artists professional opportunities. In 2012 he started working in Sexual Health Promotion, completing three national tours as an Actor/Educator for THETA's Sexwise programme. In 2016 Hadley became involved with Auckland Sexual Health Service, and managed their Education Unit responsible for delivering the Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP) in secondary schools across Tamaki Makaurau. Hadley is passionate about preventive health promotion, creating sustainable systematic change, and peer-led community health initiatives.
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Programmes Coordinator
Sera came on board in 2020 to liaise with key stakeholders to make run our programmes with smooth efficiency. When not juggling timetables and logistics, Sera is home with her husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats to organise her own chaos.


Lead Educator
Kia ora! I'm Sylvia and I have been an educator at RPE since early 2020. I moved to Tāmaki Makaurau from Ōtautahi - Christchurch where I grew up, for this amazing job opportunity. Finishing high school it was my dream to get involved in spreading awareness and positive messaging around healthy sex and relationships. This combined with a passion for social justice and ending sexual violence, lead me to Otago University where I did a degree in Gender Studies, something I am so happy to get to put to use every day in this mahi. Outside of work my main hobbies are cooking, dancing and spending time with my friends. You'll often find me in the kitchen cooking up storm, blasting music and dancing away. Ngā mihi!
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Our amazing educators deliver BodySafe and other programmes throughout Tāmaki Makaurau. Click on the BodySafe website for more information.