Professional development

Recovery Masterclass


9.30am - 4.00pm, 09 June 2021



Learn from world-class expert facilitators at this experiential in-person masterclass. 

What will you learn?

Explore the typical patterns, impacts and strategies for recovery from disaster and mass disruption.

Build the knowledge to support communities to recover from disasters and continue operating well individually and collectively through prolonged stress and uncertainty. 

Understand the complexity of working in a rapidly changing environment in order to respond well to the challenges and opportunities you can expect to encounter.

This masterclass covers the following topics:

  • The role of secondary stress - understand how secondary stress impacts those affected by disaster
  • The disaster-affected brain - understand how the disaster-affected mind processes information differently
  • Key recovery leadership learnings - benefit from the insights of more than 100 recovery leaders around the globe
  • Supporting those with a recovery role - learn principles and strategies for supporting the supporters 

Each participant will receive a set of Hummingly's Cards for Calamity and guidance on how to use these to support community recovery. 


Who should attend?

This masterclass is highly recommended for anyone providing services to communities impacted by disasters. The maximum participant number is set to 15 due to the experiential nature of the event. 


Our facilitators 

This Recovery Masterclass will be facilitated by world-class experts from Hummingly in New Zealand

Mark Crosweller

Elizabeth McNaughton
Director and Co-Founder, Hummingly 

Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Learning and Legacy Program for New Zealand’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Prior to this role, she held senior leadership positions at New Zealand Red Cross including National Recovery Manager for the Christchurch earthquakes and General Manager of Strategy and Government Relations. Elizabeth was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study the leadership challenges faced by those in post-disaster recovery decision-making roles. She was also awarded a scholarship to undertake a Leadership New Zealand programme. She has worked with the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, where she was seconded for six months to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Recovery Policy team in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes.

She has also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Pacific regional programme. Her international experience includes working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies based in South Asia. Elizabeth is co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion Through the Chaos and a 2019 Edmund Hillary Fellow.


Jolie Wills
Director and Co-Founder, Hummingly 

Jolie is a cognitive scientist (Masters degree in cognitive psychology) specialising in mass disruption and disaster recovery. Her area of interest is how the mind works under prolonged pressure, how we make decisions and how our reactions and behaviours are impacted by stress.

Jolie developed and led the psychosocial recovery programming following the Christchurch earthquakes for New Zealand Red Cross before becoming the National Psychosocial Advisor and led the support for the bereaved families in Christchurch.

Jolie has been collating lessons learned from disasters around the world and supporting recovery capacity building and recovery in action.

She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study how best to support the workforce resilience of those working in prolonged stress -

She is co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion Through the Chaos, primary author of the New Zealand Psychological First Aid Guide and is a 2019 Edmund Hillary Fellow.



About Hummingly 

Hummingly is the creation of Elizabeth McNaughton and Jolie Wills, a duo who have worked in disasters around the world for more than two decades. The realisation that helping one person, one community, on disaster at a time was no longer enough, lit the spark that become Hummingly. Elizabeth and Jolie set about creating easy to use tools that people, communities and workplaces the world over could access to do well in tough times.