Who we are, our people


Michael Naylor
Executive Officer michael@unionaid.org.nz
Michael was appointed Executive Officer of UnionAID in 2014 after several years as a kiwi solidarity donor and activist. Michael has a masters degree in Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington with a thesis on the role of trade unions in development.
Alexandra Hill
Programme Manager – Mindanao Young Leaders Programme alexandra.hill@unionaid.org.nz
Alex has a background in international education, including working with NZ Aid students, has taught development studies and human geography courses, and has recently completed a Masters in Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, with a focus on gender and development. Alex is passionate about the role education plays in sustainable development.
Laila Harré
Programme Manager – Indonesia Young Leaders Programme laila.harre@unionaid.org.nz
Laila has worked in law, politics, and policy for over 30 years. She has been an MP and cabinet minister, working in opposition and government on a range of labour, women’s, youth and commerce issues. Since 2002 she has led unions and union campaigns, managed the workforce change process during the transition to a single Auckland Council, and worked in the Pacific with the International Labour Organisation on decent work issues. She spent her early years in Fiji and has strong connections there still. Laila volunteered for UnionAID before joining the staff in 2018 to manage Inspirasi (the Indonesian Young Leaders Programme). She is also Chair of Auckland’s Uptown Business Association (where she used to own and operate a restaurant).
Helen Wilson
Programme Manager – Myanmar Young Leaders Programme helen@unionaid.org.nz
Helen has been involved with UnionAID since it was established when, with others, she made a short documentary “Now We are Fearless” about an inspirational community development programme managed by the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU) in South India. From 1997 to 2015 she worked on health research studies at University of Otago Medical School in Wellington and Massey University. During this time she completed her Masters thesis. She continues to work as a volunteer with UnionAID, providing evaluation advice on projects, writing newsletters and reports, and teaching on the Myanmar Young Leaders Programme.
Violet Wilson-Baird
Executive Assistant violet@unionaid.org.nz
Violet is UnionAID’s exectutive assistant, providing logistical support for the Myanmar Young Leaders Programme and supporting UnionAID’s fundraising, events and general administration. Violet has a background in event management and grass roots activism. She is involved in migrant and refugee rights advocacy and the union movement in Aotearoa.


Ross Wilson
Mary-Jane Rivers
Nanette Cormack
Sam Huggard
Barbara Williams
Dr Pat Webster
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