Let each man exercise the art he knows.
What do you do?
I’m an Auckland based trainer, coach and facilitator.
- I train individuals, teams, managers and leaders.
- I facilitate engaging and productive workshops and strategy sessions.
- I coach people on purpose, growth and mastery to help them navigate challenges and transitions in their careers, their work and life.
As well as working with my own clients, I also partner and work with organisations like NZ Facilitators and The Icehouse.
What is your background?
After early adventures in the performing arts and small business ownership, I went on to build 25 years experience in both the private and public sector. In that time, I have worked in, coached and led teams in customer operations, change management, organisational development and service design activities across three continents. A lifelong learner, I trained with Coach Inc. before becoming a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).
What is your range of experience?
- I’ve been an actor, lifeguard, bike messenger, barman and salesperson.
- I’ve also been a manager, a leader, a mentor, a trustee and a board member.
- I’ve worked in prisons, advised communities, helped churches and mentored youth.
- I’ve interviewed and inducted hundreds of people and trained thousands more.
- I’ve worked as a corporate coach and facilitator in business and local government.
- I’ve navigated job change, career development and redundancies and it is this that helps me guide others through the same.
What’s behind your work as a coach and trainer?
Ours is a family of helpers and encouragers – it is part of who we are. The three most recent generations include teachers, engineers, nurses, special needs assistants, mission volunteers, prison visitors, classroom aides and youth leaders – helping and encouraging others is in our DNA.
Whether as a production line worker, managing a help desk or as part of a senior leadership team, I have worked with many truly talented people in great organisations on fantastic projects and initiatives. After years of searching for my perfect role, I realised that there wasn’t one. Instead, I came to understand that I am at my best and do my best work when helping others be their best and achieve their goals. This realisation guided me to the work I now do.
I consider myself lucky to have found a profession that energises me, benefits others, helps people grow and organisations prosper.
What else are you involved in?
I enjoy working around our smallholding and writing fiction, non-fiction and the odd poem; you can find some of my work-related writing on this website, LinkedIn and my Facebook page. I am a board member of a trust that provides accommodation and support for adults with disabilities; provide pro bono development support to a road safety charity and volunteer as a youth mentor and in my community.