Joe Wilson


Joe is currently working as the Lead Social Innovator with the Waikato Wellbeing Project leveraging off the UN sustainable development goals framework to bridge bottom up with top down participatory development practices. Joe works using a human rights lens to focus in on how equitable and sustainable opportunities can be achieved through partnerships, co-design, empowerment and community led practices. He is a huge advocate for social justice and a passionate change-maker with an innate skill for building and maintaining authentic and value based relationships. Joe brings a bunch of experience and skills to the Trust having worked in education (teaching), human rights activism, youth and community led development, local and regional government advising, social innovation, partnership/stakeholder account management and corporate social responsibility innovation.

He combines all these skills to lobby for and influence systems/policy change to work towards an equitable, fair and just society. Working across the UK, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in all sectors of society Joe is passionate about celebrating diversity, challenging power structures and creating space for those voices which need the most amplification and are often overlooked or ignored.

Joe is also passionate about shaking up things in the funding system!