A world ready to rise to the challenges we face

About Us

Hummingly brings you the trusted training and tools that leaders and organizations use to achieve hard and meaningful things when the pressure is on.

Hummingly is the creation of Jolie Wills and Elizabeth McNaughton, a duo who have worked in disasters around the world for more than two decades. Jolie and Elizabeth set about creating workshops and tools that people, communities and workplaces the world over could access to do big, hard and meaningful things - and grow in the process.

These proven products are based on Jolie and Elizabeth’s knowledge gained in real disaster and crisis situations. They have gathered wisdom from crisis leaders, feedback from thousands of disaster
survivors, scientific insights from their background in cognitive psychology and a shared passion to ready the world to rise to challenges we face.

Hummingly’s workshops and products are now helping thousands of people and organizations around the world.


Who are we?

Meet the team

Jolie Wills



Jolie has a Masters in Cognitive Psychology and is a leading psychosocial expert in disaster and disruption. Jolie has studied how the mind works under prolonged pressure, how we make decisions and how our reactions and behaviors are impacted by stress. Jolie is a survivor of the Christchurch earthquakes and has lived disaster recovery with her family first-hand. She led the psychosocial recovery program for New Zealand Red Cross in response to the earthquakes and has supported those working in disasters around the world. Jolie is a Winston Churchill fellowship recipient, a Leadership New Zealand alumna, an Edmund Hillary Fellow, a co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion through the Chaos and is an advising member to the global Counter Terrorism Prevention Network.

Elizabeth McNaughton



Elizabeth will tell you, “My career has quite literally been a series of disasters” as she has worked on many disasters around the globe. Elizabeth has led multi-million-dollar recovery programs for New Zealand Red Cross and was the Executive Director at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet leading work to create a learning legacy from the Canterbury earthquakes. Internationally, Elizabeth has worked for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Asia-Pacific region. She is a Winston Churchill fellowship recipient, a Leadership New Zealand alumna, an Edmund Hillary Fellow and a co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion through the Chaos.

Rochelle Berry



Rochelle specializes in looking at the smaller details – her career has involved working as a researcher, policy advisor, editor and writer across a broad range of organizations and subject areas. She has worked in disaster recovery programing and community engagement/accountability roles in New Zealand, Kuala Lumpur and the Pacific. This included developing cash grants for earthquake-affected people following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Eldred Gilbert



Eldred is the backstop of the team supporting a wide range of Hummingly activities. She has a depth of experience in health spanning four decades and four continents. She has worked in frontline and senior leadership positions with a passion for community health. Her areas of focus being children, older persons and palliative care - the very people who are at the sharp end of disruptive events.