Executive Commitee

Paul Tupou-Vea - President

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Paul stumbled upon wellbeing science in the early 2000's and had been applying self-determination theory to his work in youth development and education, well before learning about positive psychology. A jack-of-all trades, Paul enjoys learning-about and working-in most areas that concern human flourishing. He has experience in project management, teaching, governance, and consulting. He currently works as an independent consultant and plays a significant carer role with the youngest of his three sons. He hopes to bring his strengths of "Connector", "Leadership", and "Incubator" to his role in helping the association to grow and apply positive psychology and wellbeing science in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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Robert B. Isler

Robert B. Isler has completed his PhD in the mid-1980s at the Swiss Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland before he moved to New Zealand with his family. Robert has been an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato at the School of Psychology and the Director of the Traffic and Road Safety Research Group and is now retired. He has produced substantial research output in Applied Cognitive Psychology of human factors/performance and road safety. He was teaching Neuroscience and Positive Psychology at

undergraduate and graduate level. He is also the founder of eDrive Solutions Ltd., a company specialising in creating new and innovative training approaches using interactive video simulations on computers, which have led to many practical and award winning evidence-based behavioural change interventions.

Over the last five years, he became interested in applying Positive Psychology principles to risky behaviours in teenagers. Instead of focusing on skills deficits, this approach seeks to support and enhance factors related to human strengths and resilience such as self-regulation and reflection. These are protective factors against risky behaviour - enhancing good mental health and wellbeing. In 2016, he spent his sabbatical study leave with Professor Willibald Ruch and his team in Positive Psychology at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and became engaged in research on the effects of mindfulness, character strengths and humour.

Annick Janson

Annick Janson is a clinical psychologist, researcher and member of a social movement for families to lean in and guide the current changes in the disability sector. Annick co-developed the evidence-based ‘Now and Next’ award winning and ground-breaking family program rooted in positive psychology. She is passionate about assisting organisations to grow their peer workforce to impact on organisational outcomes, children progress and family wellbeing through empowerment.

Annick is an Associate, Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington. She was the Inaugural Research Director at the NZ Leadership Institute, University of Auckland Business School and the Partners in Learning Research Director, Microsoft NZ. As the recipient of a Gallup International Positive Psychology Fellowship, Annick represents New Zealand on the international leadership research stage. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed research publications in the field of collective leadership including for UNESCO and the Human Rights Commission

Annalise Roache (MSc, PCC) - Vice President

Annalise is a positive psychology practitioner, credentialed coach, mentor and wellbeing researcher. Through her business, The Coaching Toolbox Annalise has worked in both personal and workplace settings, with emerging leaders, managers, business owners and individuals. Her motivation is fueled by working with people to support them to live flourishing, happy and impactful lives.

Annalise is one of the lead authors of the Ethical Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice (2019), the first such guidelines for our field . In 2017 Annalise gained a Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) from the University of East London). In 2018, she commenced her Doctoral studies at AUT upon receiving a Vice Chancellors Doctoral scholarship, her research explores Lay Theories of Wellbeing in New Zealand Adults. The research is uncovering some interesting similarities and differences to

common wellbeing theory.

For more information about the Ethical Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice see the special issues of the International Journal of Wellbeing which now includes 11 language translations https://www.internationaljournalofwellbeing.org/index.php/ijow/article/view/921

Vicky Lewis - Secretary

Kia ora, I'm Vicky Lewis a wellbeing practitioner and positive psychology coaching professional. I hold a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (University of Melbourne, 2019), Bachelor of Law (University of Canterbury, 1990), a Graduate Diploma in Business (University of Auckland, 1998) along with specialised coaching courses, learning spanish & te reo. Having worked in private practice and as an in-house lawyer over a span of 15 years I decided in 2017 to pursue my passion and re-train in the field of positive psychology. I am based in Auckland, New Zealand, where I live with my husband, Earl, who is a barrister. We have 3 children, two of whom are at University and 1 at school, and our beloved dog, Leo. My interests - a lot of sport - tramping, skiing, running, tennis and golf - reading, cooking, and pottering in the garden. We love travel (in the old days), our favourite places as a family were Cuba and the Galapagos Islands.

Ruth Elliott

Ruth’s professional life includes working in leadership positions within the Corporate (IT) and Education / Health arenas, in both Australia and the United Kingdom.  Ruth completed the internationally respected MSc in Coaching Psychology at Sydney University, in 2014, and has been a full time Leadership Coach ever since.  She has a particular interest in developing emerging female leaders and has a passion for helping workplaces become places where people can flourish.  Having recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Therapy, Ruth is interested in how these practices can be incorporated into the worlds of Positive Psychology and Coaching.   After moving to New Zealand in 2019, Ruth founded ‘Genie at Work’, a Coaching organization specializing in developing emotional intelligence in Leaders.

Curiosity, a ‘love of learning’ and courage are three of Ruth’s top strengths.  This has been demonstrated in her love of travel, having explored over 50 countries (so far!).  These strengths also led to one of her proudest moments, completing a Triathlon in 2015, which involved having to learn how to ride a road bike and overcome a fear of ocean swimming! 

Melanie Weir

Melanie Weir works with Langley Group in a role crafted to strengths, included in this role Melanie is a Senior Consultant and Facilitator, plus cares for the organisation's Positive HR function. Melanie passionately believes in growing the capability, wellbeing and resilience of people, business and communities. With an innate ability to maintain commercial perspective while offering innovative people based solutions, that increase positive engagement, wellbeing and resilience, Mel works with clients and community groups globally to flourish. Happy to dedicate a life’s work to enhancing the field and application of Positive Psychology, Mel studies and works to practically apply the science of Positive Psychology to workplaces and teams.

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