As an organisation, we share a passionate belief that strategic thinking must inspire people to take action. We understand the value of a well-integrated team.
Working successfully together relies upon open lines of communication, a clear and shared vision, flexibility, diversity, and good old-fashioned hard work. We pride ourselves on building both our working relationships and the relationships of our clients with their stakeholders, based on mutual trust and confidence.
We have helped clients in times of crisis, change, challenge and growth, achieving outstanding results whether we’re leading the charge or simply providing an additional pair of hands.
Working extensively across a range of sectors with a high level of significance to New Zealand – agriculture, the environment, infrastructure, science, welfare, health, forestry and water – Geoff specialises in unlocking opportunities.
With more than 30 years of consulting experience, Geoff has focused on central and local government, the interface between government and industry, and regional development projects.
Geoff’s key practice areas are:
Strategy development – particularly business and communications strategy
Stakeholder relations and collaboration – assisting groups, industries and sectors to achieve outcomes through collaborative practice
Facilitation – harnessing the collective knowledge and experience of stakeholder groups
Conflict-resolution – turning conflict into opportunity
Crisis and issues management – turning the negative energy of a crisis into a positive outcome
Organisation change and restructuring – in both the public and private sectors.
With a long background in the primary sector, John understands the challenges of sectors, the impact and pressures of international markets and on-farm challenges.
John has a deep understanding of central and local government policy in relevant areas and institutional arrangements, particularly constraints and opportunities under the RMA and LGA. He also has significant experience in the tourism sector.
John’s key practice areas are:
Environment sustainability – previously Manager, Sustainability with Fonterra – engaging with regions on dairy development potential
Managing to environmental limits – formerly an advisor on environmental matters to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Public policy – an early career with Local Government New Zealand and the Taranaki Regional Council, plus a public policy qualification
Stakeholder facilitation – facilitating focus groups to generate clear consensus positions
Research and analysis – capacity to research, analyse and clearly communicate findings.
Krystal has a wide base of knowledge and skills in marketing and communications. Her approach is built on her ability to see the world through the lens of the message receiver. Her organised approach, coupled with her keen eye for detail, allow her to meet pressured timeframes without compromising the quality of delivery.
Krystal has worked for an array of clients from the very small to the very large and is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get things done. She specialises in developing and delivering programmes of work for organisations and sector groups of all shapes and sizes, including fit-for-purpose strategy, operational planning and delivery. Her point of difference is her combined creative and analytical approach, which enables her to deliver programmes from end to end, while ensuring value for money for her clients, the consistency of messaging and the quality of delivery.
Krystal’s key practice areas are:
Communications and public relations
Project management and delivery
Content writing, including digital and print media
Media and advertising strategy and implementation
Design and production
Julian’ s expertise is in leadership and management.
After starting his career in retail and commercial banking in the UK, he emigrated to New Zealand in 1991 and has held senior executive roles in the private sector, local and central government, including CEO positions in both health and education. He has also been a senior executive of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Wellington City Council and an executive director of Prudential New Zealand.
Julian’s key practice areas are:
Change management – ensuring that it improves and does not de-rail performance.
Organisational arrangements – ensuring that the right organisational and governance arrangements are in place to succeed.
Project governance and management – keeping projects on track to deliver their expected outcomes
Shared services – ensuring high levels of service delivery
Branding and marketing – both strategy and implementation.
Julian is an Associate of the UK Chartered Institute of Bankers, has gained the New Zealand Institute of Directors Certiﬁcate in Company Direction and has completed the London Business School Senior Executive Programme.