Our People

Get to know the ISL Family

The Institute’s staff and associates combine a wide diversity of private and public sector experience from within Australasia and abroad, as well as academic credentials. This enables the team to provide clients with flexible, tailored executive and organisational development solutions, underpinned by credibility and reputation.  

Executive Coaches

Kristy Meates

    • Leadership Development Coaching
    • Team Performance Coaching
    • Team Development Workshop Facilitation

    Kristy has a depth and breadth of experience coaching executives and teams in New Zealand and Australia. She is a very capable and engaging presenter and workshop faciliator.

    Kristy has a wide generalist HR and organisational development background including ER and is passionate about impact of leadership at every level.

     

    Qualifications: 

    • LLB

    Accreditations: 

    • SmartLeader Performance accredited leadership development and team coach
    • Graduate of the Executive Coaching Programme at the Arbinger Institute
    • Institute for Strategic Leadership alumnus (LP)
    • Executive and team coach on the Leadership and Strategic Leadership Programmes
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Andrew McFadden

    • Leadership Team Development 
    • Individual Leadership Development 
    • Facilitating Workshops With Executive Teams
    • Workshop facilitation


    Andrew is a very experienced coach who works with emerging and also senior executives in a range of organisations from SMEs to large enterprises in the private and public sectors across New Zealand and Australia. He is a highly regarded executive coach and a team performance coach. He has expertise in the design and delivery of customized team development woorkshops.

     

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of International Business Relations (B.Int.Bus)

    Accreditations: 

    • SmartLeader Performance accredited leadership development and team coach
    • Institute for Strategic Leadership alumnus (SLP)
    • Executive and team coach on the Leadership and Strategic Leadership Programmes
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Heidi Parlane

    • Executive Coaching
    • Team Coaching
    • Workshop Facilitation 

    Heidi has a passion for helping individuals, teams and organisations to thrive, grow and perform. She works with a wide range of senior leaders and executives in the private and public sector, helping people gain the clarity and insights they need to take action and make positive changes to reach their goals.

    Heidi is an experienced faciliator and coach with significant experience at executive level in Operations and Human Resource Management.

    Qualifications: 

    • BBS (Human Resource Management), Grad. Dip Arts (Psych), Brain based coaching (NeuroLeadership Group).

    Accreditations: 

    • SmartLeader Performance accredited leadership development and team coach
    • Executive and team coach on the Leadership and Strategic Leadership Programmes
    • Institute for Strategic Leadership alumnus (LP)
    • Executive and team coach on the Leadership and Strategic Leadership Programmes
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Amanda Woolridge

    • Executive Coaching
    • Team Coaching
    • Workshop Facilitation 
    • Leadership Development

    Amanda is an Executive Leadership Coach for the Institute for Strategic Leadership and works on both the Strategic Leadership and Leadership Programmes.

     

    Amanda has coached Executives, GM’s and Middle Managers throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK since Amanda uses the SmartLeader Performance Profilers to build awareness, imporve communication and increase staff engagement.

     

    Qualifications: 

    • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    Accreditations: 

    • SmartLeader Performance accredited leadership development and team coach
    • Completed the Coach training and accreditation
    • Institute for Strategic Leadership alumnus (SLP)
    • Executive and team coach on the Leadership and Strategic Leadership Programmes
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Barry Denham

    • Executive Coaching
    • Leadership Development
    • Team Coaching
    • Workshop Facilitation

    Barry supports team leaders and executives enhance their leadership performance and to build their levels of team engagement and team effectiveness.

     

    Barry is qualified and experienced lawyer and understands the dynamics of professional firms and the growing need for developing a more collaborative and empowering culture. Barry works predominantly with small to mid-sized organisations in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

     

     

    Qualifications: 

    • BCL (International), PDSLE, MEnv

    Accreditations:

    • SmartLeader Performance accredited leadership development and team coach
    • IECL (Sydney) executive coach and team coach training and accreditation
    • Institute for Strategic Leadership alumnus (LP)
    • Executive and team coach on the Leadership and Strategic Leadership Programmes
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Kym Lincolne

  • Leadership Development Coaching
  • Team Performance Coaching
  • Team Development Workshop Facilitation 

Kym has worked with thousands of leaders in specialised programs in areas such as self and social awareness, resilience, advanced communication, merging leadership, diversity of thought and team dynamics.

 

Kym has designed full scale leadership programs, created online learning platforms for leaders and coached extensively at the senior leader level. Kym is a highly respected leadership coach and team workshop facilitator.

 

Qualifications: 

  • DipCouns (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors), BScPsychology (University of Southern Queensland), PGCNeuroscience of Leadership (Middlesex University), GDPA Psychology (Monash University).

Accreditation: 

  • SmartLeader Performance accredited leadership development and team coach
  • Institute for Strategic Leadership alumnus
  • Executive and team coach on the Leadership and Strategic Leadership Programmes
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LeaderLAB Team

Steph Twomey

Steph is a psychology graduate from the University of Nottingham. She began her career at ISL managing Team Workshops and is now responsible for the management of the SLP, LP and AMP.

Steph is also the team leader at the LeaderLAB in Auckland CBD, is an Enterprise Performance Specialist for SmartLeader Apps, and is a key contributor to the R&D team.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology (with International Study)

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Sythey Russell

Sythey is a recent psychology graduate from the University of Nottingham. She is an Account Manager for SmartLeader Apps, specialising in the commercialisation of the SmartLeader Apps suite of tools at the individual, team and multi-team level.

Her responsibilities include liaising between clients and the development team to solve complex challenges and promptly deliver a customised, reliable solution.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology (with International Study)

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Leadership Team

Gareth Lorigan

PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR

  • Executive Coach
  • High Performing Team Specialist
  • SmartLeader Apps Specialist

Gareth is the Programme Director of the Strategic Leadership and Team Leadership residential programmes. In between programmes, he is actively involved facilitating Team Dynamic and Team Performance workshops, on-going coaching, and providing client services and support.

Gareth has completed the ISL | MBA, and the ISL Leadership Programme, and is currently studying for a Masters in Leadership at Deakin University. He completed his executive coaches training and accreditation at the Institute for Executive coaching and Leadership (Sydney).

Accreditations: Wired-Up, Work-With, TDP, MBTI, FIRO-B, IECL Executive Coaching, IECL Executive
Team Coaching

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Greg Elliott

SENIOR PARTNER IN AUSTRALIA

  • Government and Commercial Sectors
  • Senior Leadership Development Specialist

Greg Elliott is our new Senior Partner in Australia. He engages with our clients on the government and commercial sectors. Greg has had significant experience in designing and delivering senior leadership development with the Australian and New Zealand defence forces and has worked internationally operationally as a top military leader. His appointment supports ISL’s growth and commitment to the Australian market. 

 

Greg will work closely with John Wadsworth our NZ Chief Executive, and alongside Gareth Lorigan, our Director of Programs and Workshops based in Melbourne.

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John Wadsworth

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • Supporting CEOs build high performing Executive Leadership Teams
  • SmartLeader Apps Specialist

John is an ISL alumnus and has attended the LP, SLP, and ISL| MBA. He was previously the Executive Dean of a Business School for the last seven years and prior to that he was CEO of a commercial council-owned enterprise. During that time, John was seconded to the Auckland Transition Agency as part of the team that designed and implemented New Zealand’s largest merger to form the Auckland Council. John has also held several national body Chair and Board roles.

His academic qualifications include two degrees from the University of Canterbury (Economics and Business) and recently completed an MBA from the University of Otago. John has also attended an executive programme at Melbourne Business School.

Qualifications: BC Economics. and Business, MBA

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Geoff Lorigan

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

 

  • CHAIR CLASS & CE CLASS facilitation
  • First 100 day coaching for CEOs and senior executives taking up new positions
  • Supporting CEOs build high performing Executive Leadership Teams
  • Facilitating strategy workshops with boards and executive leadership teams

Geoff Lorigan is the founder and Director of the Institute for Strategic Leadership and Adjunct Professor of Leadership at Queensland University of Technology (Science & Engineering Faculty).

Geoff’s previous roles at the Institute include: Programme Director of the Strategic Leadership Programme for CEOs and Senior Executives at Millbrook in Queenstown, and at the Institute’s campuses in Brisbane (Australia) and St Andrews (Scotland). He was previously Associate Dean at the University of Auckland, and Director of the University of Otago Advanced Business Programme. He was also the Director of The Auckland MBA and The Otago MBA and held Professor of Strategy appointments at both universities.

Prior to embarking on his university and strategic leadership development career, Geoff held four CEO roles (two in London and two in New Zealand).

Qualifications: MBA; MSc; PhD: FNZIM; MIoD

Accreditation: TMS, FIRO B, MBTI®, NLP

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