About us

The Auckland Co-Design Lab (The Lab) has been established to provide a neutral space to explore the case for change using collective impact, co-design and other innovative approaches to complex social issues. The Lab is funded by Treasury, Ministry of Police, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative team in Manukau.


We have a core team with experience spanning social labs, policy, big data, design thinking, storytelling, central government, local government, business, research, programme management. Our Challenge Manager Alastair will work with co- design coaches and cross-agency teams to build the case for change across four key complex, multi-agency challenges and other aligned projects. We capture the data, learnings, insights and outcomes as we go, supported by our external evaluators. Our partners, especially Auckland Council, will support us with advice, resources and in kind contributions. We have a Governance Group chaired by Jim Quinn Chief Executive of Planning Division within Auckland Council and made up of eight senior government and NGO leaders who will provide guidance, unlock resources and topple obstacles.


Meet the team

Director - Jane Strange

Jane is the Director of the Auckland Co-design Lab. Previously Jane worked as a Design Catalyst with Better by Design - a specialist service offered by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise that helps companies increase their potential for international competitiveness, through the adoption of Design Thinking and Design tools & methodologies. Before that she led an Innovation and Design team at ASB, and has a background in ethnographic market research, product and service development, strategy development, marketing and legal practice.

Challenge Manager — Alastair Child

Alastair is passionate about putting the needs of people at the heart of public services and excited by the opportunity the Lab has to influence and shape how services are designed and delivered in South Auckland and across New Zealand. Alastair joined the Lab team from Auckland Council. Arriving in New Zealand from the UK in 2011, he has seven years’ local government experience including working on a range social innovation projects (schools, early years and child poverty) and the development of a social innovation lab.