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Philip Patston
(1967 - living) - U.K. - New Zealand

Philip Patston



Philip has a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and a Diploma in Applied Social Studies from the Auckland College of Education (1990). His professional background includes telephone counselling, group facilitation and training, and social research. In 1992 Philip toured the USA on a Winston Churchill Fellowship researching technology for people with speech impairment.

Philip is the founder of the International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers. He is one of New Zealand's most well-known and successful comedians. He has performed live in several comedy and arts festivals in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Philip PatstonAs Diversityworks' Managing Director he consults on diversity and motivational issues; Philip has produced and performed in three one-man comedy shows for the TV2 International LAUGH! Festival, appeared in the New Zealand hit soap opera Shortland Street, and as a feature act in every series of the popular New Zealand stand-up comedy TV show Pulp Comedy since 1997.

In 1998 Philip attended an international disability rights and youth leadership programme in Oregon, USA. He returned seeing a need to encourage more young people with disability into leadership roles in New Zealand to ensure that leadership in the disability community passes and strengthens from one generation to the next.

In 1999 he was the recipient of a Billy T James Comedy Award, awarded each year to comedians in recognition of their strong contribution to, and future potential in, the NZ comedy industry. To top it off he is New Zealand's inaugural Queer of the Year, awarded by gay television series "Queer Nation".

Diversity consultant, motivational speaker and coach, and self-described "gay, vegetarian, wheelchair-addicted comedian", Philip is co-president of the Auckland Disabled Persons Assembly, where he developed a Partnership between disabled people and the N.Z. Ministry of Health in 2000.


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