Work history (prior to formation of more of me in late 2016)

(most recent at top)

  • CEO, CanTeen NZ (Auckland)
  • Employee Engagement Manager, Fonterra (Auckland, NZ)
  • GM HR, Mainland - Division of Fonterra (Auckland, NZ)
  • Group Internal Communication Manager, Unilever (London, Rotterdam)
  • HR Controller, Unilever South East Asia (Singapore)  
  • HR Director, Unilever Philippines (Manila)
  • HR Director, Unilever NZ (Auckland, NZ)
  • GM, Dehydrates NZ (a.k.a Continental, Birds Eye) (Hastings, NZ)

Education and training

(selected items only)

  • Bachelor of Business Studies, Massey University (Palmerston Nth)
  • Unilever Senior General Managers Programme (London)
  • Unilever Strategic Planning Workshop (Amsterdam)
  • Unilever Corporate Relations Programme (London)
  • Targeted Selection Workshop - Behavioural Based Interviewing (Singapore)
  • Unilever HR Directors Programme (London)
  • Unilever HR Directors Workshops (various HR themes) (Singapore, Bangkok, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney)
  • Personal Development Methods – Train The Trainer (Singapore)
  • Governance in Not-For-Profit Sector Workshop (Auckland)
  • Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 ® Top 5 Coaching (Christchurch)
  • Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 ® Top 5 Coaching accreditation
  • Omega Mentors Programme (Auckland)
  • Public speaking courses (Hastings, Auckland)
  • Media interview & spokesperson training (Singapore, Auckland, London)
  • Integrated learning & coaching workshops (Manila)

Coaching & mentoring related experience

  • Coaching and mentoring support to youth leaders (CanTeen NZ)
  • Managed and co-ordinated the Unilever expatriate and short term international secondments programme for South East Asia region.
  • Coordinated the regional internship programme (South East Asia)
  • Volunteer mentor, Omega programme for new migrants (former City of Auckland initiative) 
  • I’ve managed the personal goal setting and performance review / appraisal process for staff reporting directly to me over the last 35 years. That’s a lot of people and over 250 personal development & career discussions for my own people, not including the many others I coached.

Recruitment related experience

  • Recruitment interviewing and selection board panellist for graduate intake, salaried specialist roles, middle, senior, executive management roles. In excess of 1,000 interviews and 500 appointments. (NZ, S.E.A, UK, Netherlands)
  • Graduate recruitment programmes (NZ, Philippines)
  • Team Leader, Unilever Global mid-career recruitment project (London, New York)
  • Research and work in employee engagement & retention (NZ, UK)

Facilitation and Delivery of Training & Develop Programmes

  • Personal performance development and planning (Asia and UK)
  • Strategic planning (London, NZ)
  • Internal communication (local, national and international programmes)
  • Communication for change (London, Netherlands)
  • Leadership development (various South East Asia, NZ)
  • Youth leadership development workshops (various feature themes, NZ)
  • Target setting and strategic plan deployment (UK and NZ)
  • Leadership workshops with numerous themes (UK, S.E.A, NZ)
  • International professional skills development workshops in HR and internal communication disciplines:
  • HR Directors group (S.E.A)
  • HR Managers group (S.E.A) Singapore, Bali, other
  • HR Graduate group (S.E.A & N.E.A) Shanghai
  • International – national heads of internal communication group (London, Paris, Rome, Brussels)
  • Staff workshops; local, national and transnational teams (numerous instances, numerous countries)
  • Team building workshops, local, national and transnational teams (numerous instances & countries)
  • Designed and produced CEOs of large, multi-national firms with the development and execution of the global senior leadership conferences, Strategic Plan roll outs,
  • Incentive schemes to drive performance

Major project involvement

  • NZ Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Services Review 
  • NZ Paediatric Oncology Steering Group
  • HR Member within large NZ dairy industry merger project (Auckland, National)
  • Project Lead and Co-facilitator, Fonterra Global employee engagement survey
  • Co-leader Unilever Global corporate branding project (London)
  • Team Leader Unilever Global mid-career recruitment project (London, New York)
  • Project Leader, Unilever S.EA. regional roll out of personal development planning processes
  • Unilever Communication member on US $20.3b merger within the FMCG industry (London, New Jersey, New York, Rotterdam)
  • Internal Communication Lead for Unilever’s ‘Enterprise Culture’ global culture change programme (London, Rotterdam)
  • Internal Communication Lead for Unilever’s ‘Path to Growth’ global strategic plan deployment (London, Rotterdam, global)
  • Project team member – Unilever employee engagement survey 
  • Project team Leader – Chairman’s Review and Annual Global Roadshow events* This included the European based launch events and subsequent roll our over 8 regional hub cities (Europe, East Malaysia, Cairo, Istanbul, Mumbai, Sao Paolo, and others)