Meet Our Team
At RBHU we don’t have a hierarchy so you will never see a top-dog union secretary or even union reps in our ranks. Instead we are powered by hospo advocates, volunteer legal experts, and digital strategists. We are still organically developing our structure and team at RBHU as such we welcome your ideas on how you’d like everything to look at RBHU.
In the meantime, meet our team:
Chloe Ann-King, Hospo Advocate, Dip Teaching (Secondary), PG Cert (Human Rights)
Chloe is the Founder of RBHU, she organises the media and communication strategy, hospo and welfare advocacy, employment law education, and the team at RBHU. She’s worked hospo for 16-years (and counting!) in nearly every position from FOH, bar, floor, and the kitchen. She’s volunteered for unions for 10-years and has been a workers rights activist for 15-years. Chloe has also written extensively about the impacts of low-waged work, addiction and recovery, and our punitive welfare system and has been published both nationally and internationally. In a previous life she trained as a secondary teacher and was a visual artist.
Digital Strategist. BCS, MA.
Simone is a digital strategist, author, performance poet and director. She has Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT, and a Master’s Degree in Poetry from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. She’s also a graduate of South Seas Film & Television School. She consults on our digital strategies such as raising our brand awareness, collaborating on our digital campaigns, and helping out with our digital activation projects. Between giving us a hand at RBHU she works at Tagata Pasifika as a filmmaker and digital strategist. Check out some of her incredible mahi, here:
Hospo Advocate in Training, BA Teaching (Primary), PG Dip (Kaitiakitanga/Bi Cultural Supervision)
Rāhera has spent a good chunk of her life in low waged jobs including as a cleaner, hospo worker, hairdresser, nanny, primary school teacher, and outdoor educator. She’s passionate about ensuring that hospo workers, in particular Māori/Pasifika hospo workers, can access their legal rights and get the support they need when they are being exploited in the workplace. She’s currently training with RBHU to become a hospo advocate and is using her background in teaching to develop our educational workshops.
Employment Advocate, LLB.
Toby Cooper is a Legal Advocate, specialising in Employment Law. In 2016, Toby started out as an Employment Lawyer working in a highly-respected Wellington law firm and later volunteering with the Hutt Valley Community Law Centre. Now based in Auckland, Toby is studying a Master of Laws and lending a hand to Raise the Bar to support NZ hospitality workers. Toby now runs his own legal advice business as a Legal Advocate, with a focus on empowering and representing workers in low-income industries. Toby has volunteered for RBHU for two years and he mentors and teaches our hospo advocates, attends our legal clinic, and consults on many cases that come through RBHU.
If you don’t work hospo but need tautoko in an employment situation as a low waged worker you can contact Toby, here: [email protected]
Employment Advocate, LLB (hons), BA (university of Chicago), DipTch
Peter grew up in America but has lived in Aotearoa for almost 30 years. He used to be a teacher and was very active in the PPTA Secondary Teachers union, with leadership positions at local, regional and national levels. He left teaching over ten years ago, retrained as a lawyer and has been an employment advocate for nine years. He currently volunteers at Community Law and is also a board member on Workplace Support, one of Aotearoa’s oldest EAP providers. Peter volunteers for our Legal Clinic, consults on complicated employment cases, and reviews some of our Personal Grievance letters.
Website Developer / Online Strategy
Ben McMahon is a website developer and digital strategist that works with a variety of charities advocating for human and animal rights. With his partner Emma, BE Business was set up while traveling overseas and used to fund their travels and help worthy causes with their skills.
Having worked in hospitality for many years during university and experiencing the poor working conditions and hours, Ben offered to help Raise The Bar with their online presence and online strategy as a donation to their fantastic work.