Who are we?



Jo Brosnahan was the Founder and Chair of Leadership New Zealand, and is now the Chair of the Ambassdors.  She is also the Chair of Harrison Grierson, urban engineers and planners, Chair of Maritime NZ and an Advisory Board Member on the Centre for Brain Research. She was formerly the Chair of Northpower Fibre, a Trustee of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and Founding Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust.  She was formerly Chair of Landcare Research, and a director of Housing NZ, CarboNZero, Hobsonville Land Company, NIWA and Northpower.  She was a member of the Government’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board and the International Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.  She was a CEO in local government for 14 years, including 8 years as CEO of the Auckland Regional Council.

Her special passion however is researching and writing on leadership, developing leading edge leadership programmes and mentoring and coaching young leaders.  She also works with Boards and CEOs in the areas of governance, strategy and thought leadership.

Her particular expertise and interest in leadership began as a Harkness Fellow in the US from 1995 to 1996, based at Duke University and at the Aspen Institute as an Aspen Scholar. She has presented on leadership to South African public sector leaders in Capetown, to the OECD in Paris, to the Global Leadership Forum in Istanbul and presented at the CILT conference in Malta in 2010.



Richard has recently retired as Chair of The London Ambulance Service, the busiest ambulance service in the world. He is also an executive coach as a founder of Maven Ltd and as a co-founder of Attain Partners Ltd, an international, executive performance and leadership coaching company with colleagues from Germany, the London Business School and Harvard, USA.

He has an operations and general management background in the oil industry, aviation and the logistics and supply chain sectors, with companies such as Total Oil, Grand Met (now Diageo) and Exel Logistics during its NFC Plc days. Amongst various senior roles, he was Chief Executive, Exel Europe, (now DHL), and Chief Executive of the Aviation Division of Go Ahead Plc. He has also been CEO of two venture capital backed start-ups.

He served as Chairman and President in the UK and more recently International President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.  He was awarded the distinction of an (international) Honorary Fellowship for services to the Institute in 2010.

He has past experience of the public sector as a non-executive with the Highways Agency and is commissioned as a Colonel in the ELSC, a specialist corps of industry advisors to the Ministry of Defence in the UK where he heads up the logistics side of the corps and provides direct support.



After completing a degree in the Education and Media Studies, Vicky worked as a media researcher at Television New Zealand in the news team and later for current affairs. After leaving the television industry she joined Leadership New Zealand as Business Support Manager and Programme Leader for their leadership programme. Subsequent roles at LNZ included work as Events Manager before going back to University to study for a Graduate Diploma in Psychology after wanting to pursue the area of coaching and developing potential in others.

Vicky has a passion for research and leadership, especially in the area of understanding how individuals develop as leaders and what that means for their personal development. Vicky has been assisting Jo with developing and running the Leaders for the Future programme since 2013, with focus on use of the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory 360 degree assessment tool to assist individual leaders develop self-awareness and growth through leadership development. Vicky is currently studying for a Masters in Educational Leadership with specific focus on adults as learners and building leadership capability and personal development.


With bachelor qualifications both in Marketing Management (Commerce) and Design (Arts), Sarah started her career in events management, facilitating New Zealand’s leading design awards programme. She then became involved with brand marketing, working on such brands as Burberry in London, then back in New Zealand on the global marketing of New Zealand’s very own Oyster Bay Wines.

Sarah then turned her sights to the health and wellness space, taking on the Marketing Manager role at New Zealand’s leading organics retailer – Huckleberry. Sarah has now launched her own business, Sarah Dawn, providing wellness and mindfulness programmes and transformative coaching to groups and individuals in an aim to support others in living a life of health, purpose and joy. A fully qualified yoga instructor, transformative coach and NLP practitioner, Sarah is a conscious living advocate, has a passion for embodied leadership and is a true believer that by shifting our internal world, we can shift the world around us.


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