Gill Gatfield

Gill advises Platforms for Good on social equity issues and creative innovation. She is an author, artist and advocate for diversity and inclusion for women and minorities in Aotearoa NZ. Her thought leadership was recognised in 2020 when she was included in the international top 25 Creative Revolutionaries, ‘artists and arts collaborators, leading the way for positive change’.

 

Born and raised in Kawerau, Gill trained as a lawyer and systems thinker. Her early career in public policy and law reform included working in legal practice, and as a senior advisor on human rights law and equal opportunities at the Ministry for Women. She founded and led innovative consultancy business Equity Works Ltd in the 1990’s promoting new NZ thinking on investigating sector-wide systemic discrimination (gender, race, age and disability). At Equity Works, Gill developed, and advised on equality and diversity strategies for government, professional and private sector organisations including some of NZ’s largest employers.

 

Gatfield conducted ground-breaking research on women in the law and is author of a landmark text Without Prejudice: Women in the Law  (Brooker’s, 1996, republished as a Heritage Collection Title in 2011). In 2018, Without Prejudice  was re-issued by Thomson Reuters in response to the global movement #metoo. Gill chaired the Women in Law Summit 2018 and recently advised the New Zealand Law Society review led by Dame Silvia Cartwright on sexual harassment in the legal profession.

 

An internationally recognised sculptor , Gill's monumental scale works are in public spaces, private and museum collections in NZ and offshore. Her abstract artworks are imbued with ideas and narratives that intersect disciplines: philosophy, politics, history, science and psychology.  Gill is a member of Global Women, has an LLB from University of Auckland and a Masters of Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam Art School, University of Auckland, and is patron of the Estuary Arts Centre north of Auckland, NZ.

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