Shirley developed and leads our Youth Employability initiative, and works closely with employers, industry leaders, government agencies, educators, and youth service organisations. She is also the lead trainer for YEP providers around the country.
Shirley contributed to the development of the national Youth Employability Framework. Her work is closely allied to the Auckland Plan goals for sustainable growth in skills and training for the knowledge-based economy.
Shirley is from Christchurch where she worked in local government and social services. She is a passionate advocate for youth development, social justice, educational equity and economic inclusion.