Our Team

Emmaline Pickering-Martin, Chief Executive (she/her)

Emmaline Pickering-Martin – Chief Executive


Ni Sa Bula Vinaka na yacaqu o Emmaline Pickering-Martin.
Na ycacai Tinaqu o Margaret Martin, na yacai Tamaqu o Lindsay Martin.
Na Tuakaqu o Ratu Jone Kalougivaki, na nona Koro o Nauluvatu, Nakelo.
Na noqu Bubu o Emmaline Levy, na nona Koro o Sawaieke Gau.

Emmaline is a Māmā, writer, teacher, dreamer and community worker. She holds a Masters degree in Pacific Studies with a focus on Mental Health and is currently completing her PhD in Pacific Studies. She has worked across many fields including health, education, media, communications and on the ground in the community. A seasoned advocate, activist and disruptor she is looking forward to continuing on her journey with the OutLine Aotearoa whānau.

Lagi Thompson-Rikys, Peer Support Manager, they/them

Lagi Thompson-Rikys – Peer Support Manager


Lagi is the Peer Support Manager at OutLine, and in this role has developed OutLine’s peer support services for Aotearoa’s rainbow communities, particularly the Trans Peer Support service and Conversion Practices Survivor Network.

Lagi is a Fijian/Tongan/Pakeha non-binary and MVPFAFF+ person with lived experience of disability and recovery with PTSD. They had been working as a Disability and Diversity Consultant and worked previously as Disability Rights Advisor at the Human Rights Commission.

They live in GI, Auckland with their partner and two adult children. Lagi also enjoys writing, creating art and drinking coffee.

Volunteer Coordinator Jenn Tamati (she/they)

Jenn Tamati – Volunteer Coordinator


He uri ahau nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi-Nui-Tonu, me Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Mākino o Te Arawa hoki.

Jenn has a long history of volunteer work, completing and coordinating placements within Aotearoa and overseas leading her to live in Poland, Germany and Ireland. After an overdue return home Jenn’s strong interest in identities, relationships and cultural diversity lead them to pursue studies in Psychology and Politics. She is thrilled to join the OutLine team as the new full time volunteer coordinator and is committed to building a strong sense community for our unique and diverse rainbow voices to support one another.

When not in the OutLine offices, catch Jenn sipping coffees on Karangahape Road or selecting tunes on the airwaves of 95bFM.

Comms and Events Coordinator Ember-Leigh Backhouse (she/her)

Ember-Leigh Backhouse – Communications and Events Coordinator


Ember-Leigh is dedicated to using her communications skills to promote rainbow mental health throughout Aotearoa. As Communications and Events Coordinator, her role is to build and grow OutLine’s brand and outreach through engaging content, social media and events.

A queer trans woman, Ember-Leigh’s background is in journalism, communications and public relations. She has worked as a reporter and editor at media outlets including the New Zealand Herald, and as a corporate communications specialist. Ember-Leigh is excited to now use her skills to amplify queer and gender-diverse voices through her role at OutLine.

While not at OutLine, Ember-Leigh enjoys whānau time with her partner, child and cat. She loves reading, modular synthesisers, listening to music on obsolete analogue media, and pizza.

Fundraising and Finance Coordinator Zoe Findlay (they/them)

Zoe Findlay – Fundraising and Finance Coordinator


Zoe is committed to mahi that positively impacts and supports rainbow communities, and is excited to join the team at OutLine in the Fundraising and Finance Coordinator role.

Zoe is a nonbinary person with a background in outdoor education, youth development, advocacy and management. Zoe is excited to use their broad skillset in the Fundraising and Finance role to support the continued growth of OutLine.

In their spare time, Zoe is active, mostly mountain biking and running. As Zoe is new to Tāmaki Makaurau, they’re excited to explore new areas.

Conversion Practices Survivor Network Facilitator Jamie Gausel (they/them)

Jamie Gausel – Conversion Practices Survivor Network Facilitator


Jamie is OutLine’s Conversion Practices Survivor Network Facilitator and is currently studying psychotherapy. They have previously been a phone line peer support volunteer here at OutLine, and are strongly passionate about supporting others in their life journeys. Jamie views holistic approaches to healing as important and has a keen interest in mindfulness and somatic approaches.
Jamie is queer, non-binary tangata Tiriti/Pākehā and initially grew up in Whakatū (Nelson). They have lived across Aotearoa in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington) and the Hokianga, and overseas in Germany and Australia, but have mostly lived in and are now based in Tāmaki Makaurau.