We have an incredible team of over 35 expert facilitators with many years of leadership and industry experience under their belts. They travel all over the country delivering public programmes and working with individual organisations that have in-company arrangements with us. From a diverse range of backgrounds, the majority of our facilitators have previously been managers, business owners, CEOs, board members and leaders in their own right.

Christine Wattie

Christine Wattie

Learning and Leadership Facilitator

Christine’s business experience is supported by qualifications in Coaching, Facilitation, Adult Education, Counselling, and Horticultural Science. Christine is a professional member of NZAC and an accredited Human Synergistics practitioner.

Christine’s clients have ranged from senior business leaders through to emerging leaders, royalty, ambassadors, students, families and indigenous peoples in Malaysia, Chile, NZ and Australia

Yvonne Treen

Executive Coach / Facilitator

Yvonne has hands-on experience across a range of functions including HR, Quality, Procurement, Business Development and Operations Management, with her General Manager experience spanning over 15 years.

Yvonne has in-depth experience in assisting teams and organisations going through high levels of change and in particular, has provided Organisational Development support to national and iwi-based kaupapa Māori organisations.


Lisa Mandic

Learning and Leadership Facilitator

With an extensive management background, Lisa understands the varying needs of different types of managers – one size does not fit all. The skills and systems a middle manager requires are quite different to a senior, or owner manager, or director. Developing the management skills of technically expert managers (typically owner managers and middle managers) is one of Lisa’s specialist areas.

Lisa’s business analysis and financial management experience means she understands the dollars, people and system sides of business success. Lisa appreciates the uniqueness of each business and enjoys tailoring solutions to achieve measurable results.

Muriel Roake

Leadership Facilitator

Muriel assists companies and individuals create the conditions for high performance. Muriel has operated at Divisional and Group level in large blue chip corporates both within New Zealand and offshore. Her experience encompasses Organisational Development, Change Management, Leadership Development, Capability building and Talent pipelining.

Some of her key projects include the design of an organisational change plan for a merger; designing company values through interactive staff and lead team workshops; design of team offsite events; career and leadership coaching; the design of an innovative global leadership program, as well as a series of innovative modules to embed a leadership mindset.

Pam Cronin

Learning and Development
Specialist / Facilitator

With a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Innovation, New Ventures and Service Management, Pam understands the need to draw on sound concepts and theory, while remaining focused on delivering learning in a practical, usable way that adds value every day on the job.

Pam facilitates public and in-company programmes in a number of topic areas including negotiating skills, assertiveness, influencing, people management, building high performing teams, coaching and conflict resolution.

Peter Sammons

Leadership Facilitator

With more than 18 years’ organisational development and training experience Peter is a seasoned facilitator and experienced leader of programmes that create team alignment. Peter’s primary focus is helping teams and individuals develop the skills and attributes they need to achieve tangible organisational results.

An advocate of lifelong learning, Peter has a degree in Business Psychology and has undertaken extensive human behavioural training. He has been a member of the NZ Institute of Management’s facilitation team since 1994 and is an NZQA qualified assessor.

Philip Day

Director- The Mind Factory/ Facilitator

Phil Day is an international presenter who specialises in communication skills, is a leader in his profession and an engaging facilitator. His workshops in Asia continue to be met with critical acclaim.  There he is described as “a great communicator” and as “someone who can communicate across all levels”.

Phil is recognised as a “trainer’s trainer” – the accolade of his peers.  He is a master trainer for the Think On Your Feet®, Writing Dynamics™ and Skilled Presenter™ programs throughout Australia-Asia – in other words, he trains the trainers to the highest standards.

Rhys Watson

Project Management Facilitator

Rhys has an extensive history in project management and is passionate about delivering successful projects. He is the director of a training and consulting business providing leadership, guidance and support in a variety of sectors including government, corporate and not for profit.

He works with small businesses through to international organisations at all levels.

Susan Handisides


Susan has over 20 years’ experience working with a variety of organisations.  Her background spans training, coaching, management consultancy, accountancy, management, personal development training, group facilitation and experience with small businesses.

She is a qualified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® a world-renowned Jungian-based personality tool with exciting and revealing applications in business and personal life.