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Keep your finger on the pulse of the senior executive market with the latest appointments, news and thought leadership from Hobson Leavy.

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Keir to the role of General Manager Operations for Tatua.   Tim brings a strength of operational management from within the dairy sector, after more than 17 years with Fonterra. Most recently he was General Manager Operations, South Island, and prior to this was Fleet Services & On Farm Assets Manager. He previously held a variety of technical and processing …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Andersen to the role of Chief Marketing Officer for Barfoot & Thompson.   Chris has previously held positions at Sistema Plastics, Office Products Depot and ASB. He brings a diverse marketing background with strengths in digital content and sales.   Read more about Chris’ placement here: https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/chief-marketing-officer-appointment-b-209916

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Arron Judson as General Manager Marketing and Partnerships for Scion.   Arron has a strong background in technology and innovation. He was most recently Director for the Centre of Software and Innovation and ICT Sector Innovation Manager for the University of Auckland. Prior to this he was General Manager for SmallScreen Ltd, a start-up which he founded, before which he was …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Smith to Group Manager Retail for Meridian Energy.   Julian brings strong digital marketing and leadership experience from a variety of sectors, including retail, banking and technology and has held senior positions at Westpac, Coca Cola and MYOB.   Read more about Julian’s placement here: https://www.meridianenergy.co.nz/news-and-events/meridian-energy-appoints-new-group-manager-retail.

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Arthur as Chief Sales Officer for Partners Life.   Tony comes to Partners Life after a successful 10 year career at the Bank of New Zealand. His roles have included Head of Business Development and Marketing – Agribusiness, Head of Agribusiness – BNZ Partners, Head of Northern – Retail Banking and Head of Retail Distribution – Retail Banking. Most recently …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Miriam Dean QC and David McConnell as independent directors to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ).   Miriam is currently Chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme and New Zealand on Air, a Director of Otakora Ltd and Crown Infrastructure Partners Ltd, and a Trustee of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Board. Miriam was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2004, …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne Brown as Headmaster for Wanganui Collegiate.   Wayne is currently Associate Deputy Headmaster and Director of Staff Performance at Hutchins School in Tasmania. He has a strong corporate and sporting background and brings a truly international perspective to WCS, with previous roles in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.   Read more about Wayne’s placement here: http://www.collegiateconnect.co.nz/uploads/files/New%20Headmaster.pdf

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Martin Carroll as Executive General Manager Academic for Manukau Institute of Technology.

Hobson Leavy are pleased to announce the appointment of Hamish Rumbold to Chief Executive Officer for ClearPoint.   Hamish is the current Group General Manager of Digital Customer Products & Retailing for Air New Zealand. Prior to this, Hamish was the Vice President and General Manager South America at Aimia, a Canadian publicly listed company.    Read more on Hamish’s placement here: https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/clearpoint-marks-10th-birthday-appointment-air-nz%E2%80%99s-hamish-rumbold-new-ceo-b-207100

Hobson Leavy are pleased to announce the appointment of Narelle Umbers as Principal of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. Narelle is currently at Peninsula Grammar, a prestigious co-educational independent school in Melbourne, where she is a Deputy Principal. Previously she held a number of senior positions at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar, another leading independent school and has spent time in corporate roles. Read more on Narelle’s placement here: https://www.marsden.school.nz/about/news/2017/august/new-principal-announcement/

Is it the hubris of humans that is the biggest barrier to using technology, to generate higher productivity and bigger profits? Academics argue that judgements in organisations are left to the highest paid person’s opinions. These are often based on judgements, intuition, gut feeling and biases not grounded in evidence. The evidence that robots are better decision makers than humans is increasingly compelling.   http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11882783

In this article from the London Business School, the authors discuss why women are less likely to put themselves forward for leadership roles, which may be one of the key reasons women are not more well represented in senior executive and CEO roles.   https://www.london.edu/faculty-and-research/lbsr/how-to-stop-women-leaning-out?utm_campaign=743437_MC_LBSR_Emails_FY17_April_Themed_Prospects&utm_medium=email&utm_source=DotMailer&utm_content=Article%202&dm_i=2SVQ,FXN1,ZZ9JG,1ND3E,1#.WZ9xmT4jG72

Hobson Leavy was delighted to assist the Manukau Institute of Technology in the search for their new Deputy Chief Executive Māori and Deputy Chief Executive Pasifika. This was both a privilege and a powerful experience. Andrew Bhimy, Manager of People and Culture at Manukau Institute of Technology published the following article on July, 3rd on LinkedIn as to why organisations should hire Māori and Pasifika Leaders.   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-you-should-hire-m%C4%81ori-pasifika-leaders-andrew-bhimy

Without a doubt, increased global competition, emerging skill shortages and changing demographics are forcing companies to use their most highly paid talent more effectively. Research from the McKinsey Global Institute finds that skill shortages are growing so much that it is predicted China will have a shortage of 23 million college educated workers by 2020. This article explores the priorities for executives seeking to lead their organisation into the new …

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When a new CEO doesn’t work out, it’s often easy to blame the CEO themselves. However, research from the Harvard Business School shows it is more complex than that, with Boards themselves often being poor at managing the succession transition and bringing on-board their new CEO.  This article examines ways in which Boards can be sure they set up their new CEO for success.

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenna Woolley as Executive General Manager Technology at Manukau Institute of Technology.   Jenna was previously Head of Strategy and Planning at Network for Learning (N4L). Jenna is also on the board of Telecommunications Users Association of NZ (TUANZ). Her previous roles include Strategy Analyst at Telecom NZ (now Spark), Asia Pacific lead for BPO, and Global Delivery Analyst at firm …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga as Deputy Chief Executive Pasifika for Manukau Institute of Technology.   Sam has most recently been with the New Zealand Parliament where he has held roles including the Minister of Corrections, Local Government, Pacific Peoples, Ethnic Communities and Associate Minister of Health.   Read more about Sam’s placement here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/manukau-courier/95123247/former-minister-peseta-sam-lotuiiga-joins-mit-as-deputy-chief-executive-pasifika

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Bevan Miller as Chief Financial Officer for the Cooperative Bank.   Currently Bevan is Chief Financial Officer for NZX, a role he has held since 2012. He is also chair of NZX’s Smartshares, an Exchange Traded Fund business. At NZX, Bevan is involved in strategy business planning, internal and external financial reporting, tax, performance management, funding, capital management, M&A, investor relations, …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Lubbers as National Sales Manager for Alliance Group Ltd.   Paul has had a successful sales career spanning the last 20 years, most recently holding the role of South Island Field Sales Manager with Heinz Watties. Paul started his sales career with Tasman Suppliers before moving into FMCG with British American Tobacco, where he stayed for 10 years. He then …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Nicholl as Chief Executive Officer for Counties Power.   Judy is currently a key member of the Auckland International Airport executive and leadership team, and has been General Manager Aeronautical Operations since April 2010, where she leads a team of 200 employees. Prior to her current role, Judy worked in senior management human resources positions at Auckland International Airport, Fonterra and …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Campbell Parker as General Manager NZ for Waikato Milking Systems.   Campbell has a strong background in agribusiness and financial services. Most recently, Campbell was General Manager, Sales for Ballance Agri-Nutrients. Prior to this he had a long career at BNZ where he held the role of Divisional Chief Risk Officer for BNZ Partners, prior to which he had various roles …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Campbell as General Manager People & Safety for Leighs Construction.   Mark has a background in human resources, communications, and commercial experience in large corporates in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and the UK. He has worked in manufacturing and FMCG companies, where he led teams through practical people and organisation development programmes that complement company objectives and marketplace demands.   …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of David Williams as Group Financial Controller for Alliance Group Ltd.   David is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has over 20 years’ experience in the finance function within large businesses. Most recently the Group Financial Controller at Ravensdown, David has extensive experience in the agriculture sector and proficiency in financial reporting, transactional and treasury operations, budgeting and forecasting, taxation and team …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Marama Parore as Trustee for Middlemore Clinical Trials.   Marama has a background in community nursing, teaching, training and management with over 25 years of experience in health including the Public Health Commission, Plunket, the Central Regional Health Authority, Health Funding Authority as a General Manager for PHARMAC and Pou Ahorangi Chief Executive of Te Rau Matatini the Nation Maori Workforce …

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Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta (a speaker at the recent IOD conference in Auckland) calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with …

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New CEOs face enormous challenges as they start assembling a management team and setting a strategic direction in today’s volatile environment. This article from McKinsey looks to provide some guidance for transitioning CEOs and examined “exceptional” CEOs, those defined as the very top performers in a data set of roughly 600 chief executives at S&P 500 companies between 2004 and 2014. The findings may surprise you! http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/what-makes-a-ceo-exceptional?cid=other-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1704&hlkid=f0444b69a6cc46a7b16ad9a32a0c3cad&hctky=1409132&hdpid=3cfbdd03-aea9-4ac2-8687-5dc1913c8020

All CEOs will inevitably leave office, yet research has long shown that most organizations are ill-prepared to replace them. This article offers an interesting review of studies of succession planning and offers context from experts on the process of picking new leaders for organisations. *Please click on the page to stop it from scrolling.

Since the early 1990s, long-term equity incentive plans have been a cornerstone of executive compensation. But perhaps surprisingly, recent research reveals that many top executives don’t understand or value extra-large pay packages. This Harvard Business Review article explores why pay-for-performance incentives aren’t meeting investor expectations—and presents a new compensation design that’s creating value for executives, companies, and shareholders. *Please click on the page to stop it from scrolling.

News release – May 2017 – Panorama, the global partnership of executive search firms (www.panoramasearch.com), is proud to be named in Hunt Scanlon Media’s Global Top 25.   Hunt Scanlon Media is one of the most respected reference sources for the executive search industry and has been defining the senior talent management sector for over 25 years. Every year Hunt Scanlon presents its annual roundup of leading executive search firms. Hobson …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerry Boielle as Head of Distribution for Southern Cross Health Society.   Kerry comes to Southern Cross from Kiwibank where she was General Manager Lending & Investments and before that Head of Partnerships. Prior to Kiwibank Boielle held leadership roles at Baycorp and ASB Bank, and her early financial services career was at Prudential Assurance.   Read more about Kerry’s placement …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Steen as Director of Human Resources for St John NZ.   Sue is an experienced executive with a strong emergency services and public sector background in the United Kingdom. Most recently, Sue held the role of Corporate Services Director with the National Crime Agency. Prior to this she spent five years as Executive Director of HR & Governance with the South Western …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the placement of David Cunningham as Chief Executive Officer for the Co-operative Bank.   David has been part of the Co-operative Bank’s leadership team since 2012 and has held a number of leadership banking roles since 1990. Prior to joining the Co-operative Bank, David held the role of Regional Manager, NZ Retail with Westpac NZ, completing a successful 16 year tenure with the bank. In his …

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Hobson Leavy are pleased to announce Andrew McLeod’s appointment as the new Chief Executive at Northpower, based in Whangarei.   Andrew is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and an accomplished executive with more than 18 years’ experience across heavy engineering, water, gas and electricity sectors. His skill set covers engineering, strategy, project delivery, networks and operations, as well as commercial sales.  Andrew is currently General Manager Electricity at Powerco, looking at …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Blair as Managing Director Australia & New Zealand for Opus International Consultants.   Ian is a proven leader, with a record of delivering strong results across different international markets and segments. His experience in senior roles, predominantly in the demanding Finance Industry, will bring new perspective to the Senior team at Opus.   Ian has most recently been a Principal Consultant …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona James as Chief Financial Officer for Dairy Farms NZ.   Fiona has a strong background in finance, most recently from within the agriculture sector. Fiona brings eight years of experience as Group Financial Controller at PGG Wrightson, and prior to this was the Chief Financial Officer at a start-up company called Living Nature Natural Products.

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of David Walsh as Chief Executive Officer for NZ Post.   David has been at NZ Post for two years as Chief Financial Officer and has provided executive leadership to the Information Technology function. Prior to joining NZ Post, he was appointed as CFO at KiwiRail in 2004, before moving into the role of General Manager, Corporate & Finance. Earlier in his …

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Hobson Leavy is excited to announce the appointment of one of our founding Partners, Stephen Leavy, to the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East.   The AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East consists of elected officers from AESC member executive search and leadership consulting firms from across the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. The Council …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Orme as Senior Associate in the Property team for Tompkins Wake Rotorua.   Andrew has 13 years experience in property and commercial law in both private and in-house roles. Prior to joining Tompkins Wake, Andrew spent three years with Anderson Lloyd in Christchurch as a Senior Associate, after a year as Senior Corporate Counsel with The Property Group in Wellington. Before …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Campbell Mitchell to the role of Executive General Manager, Customer Experience at Suncorp.   Campbell Mitchell is a high calibre executive with experience across a broad variety of roles encompassing sales, marketing and digital. Campbell has a deep understanding of customers across Australia and New Zealand and  is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Fairfax Media, responsible for leading and directing the …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Sid Miller as Chief Executive Officer for the Earthquake Commission (EQC).   Sid  has proven financial experience, a track record of strong leadership and a demonstrated commitment to customer service from previous roles as Chief Customer Officer and Head of Claims Management at ACC and as Head of People and Communication and Head of Information Systems at AXA.   Read more …

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Hobson Leavy is delighted to announce the appointment of Joe Akari to Refining NZ as Chief People and Capability Officer.   Joe has over 20 years senior management experience leading the people function across a diverse range of industries including FMCG, Forestry, Pulp & Paper, Health and Education.  With strengths in leadership development and employee relations, Joe is qualified with a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Teaching and a Postgraduate …

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There are three developments that have had me thinking recently about the role of lawyers in democracies, and whether we should be worried about the fact there may be less lawyers around in future.   The first two are long term trends; the rise of Artificial Intelligence or “AI”, and the threat to journalism created by the rise of the internet. The third is a recent event; the election of …

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60 is the new 50! This is a well-loved saying for those of us approaching significant milestones. As we live longer there are profound changes which will impact careers, education and workplace environments. Being self-aware, being able to deal with change, investing in broader networks, and being open to new ideas will become even more crucial skills in the future. https://hbr.org/2016/06/how-work-will-change-when-most-of-us-live-to-100

An interesting report released in December 2016 from McKinsey Global Institute, highlighting the need for organisations to harness data and analytics to create significant value and provide differentiation in a highly competitive, data driven world. http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-analytics/our-insights/the-age-of-analytics-competing-in-a-data-driven-world?cid=other-eml-nsl-mgi-mck-oth-1701

This article written by Sabrina Del Prete, Digital Transformation Director at Williams & Glyn – RBS, delves into the current dilemma banks are facing with digital technology having the power to truly transform the industry and what a daunting task this is. Hope is offered in the form of several pointers for those willing to tackle it and the practical lessons discussed are great food for thought. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/digital-transformation-banking-mission-impossible-sabrina-del-prete?trk=hp-feed-article-title-share

One of our Partners, Stephen Leavy was recently interviewed by Management Magazine on CEO tenure – How long is too long?  

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Couper as Chief Executive Officer for Mercy Hospice Auckland.   Paul has worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years and his previous positions have included Director of Philips New Zealand and General Manager for Philips Healthcare. Over the past two years he has worked as a business consultant.   Read more about his placement here: http://www.insitemagazine.co.nz/newsfeed/2017/new-ceo-appointed-for-mercy-hospice-auckland/#.WJjd-VN9670

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Garforth MW as Chief Executive Officer for Yealands Wine Group. Adrian has previously worked with Yealands in Europe on a consultancy basis, in addition to working in global wine importation and distribution, consulting to UK restaurants and developing wine education programmes. In 1993 Adrian was admitted to the Master of Wine Institute, an accolade held by 354 people globally today. …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of David Gaimster as Director of Auckland War Memorial Museum. We are especially pleased that this was a joint assignment carried out with our international alliance partner in London, Saxton Bampfylde.   Professor David Gaimster is currently Director of University of Glasgow museum, and has spent more than 25 years in senior roles in national museums and policy making related to cultural …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Brendhan Greaney as Chief Executive Officer for Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company. Brendhan Greaney is an experienced Senior Executive with extensive dairy industry experience. He steps up from his current position of General Manager Operations with Tatua which he has held for six and a half years. Brendhan’s previous career was with Fonterra where he held various roles, including regional operations and …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Zealand as a Non-Executive Director for Genesis Energy.   Paul Zealand will bring 34 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector to the Board. Paul’s experience includes the roles of CEO and Chairman with the upstream oil and gas business of Origin Energy and Shell New Zealand respectively. He has deep experience of strategic business management, health, safety and …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Miles as a Non-Executive Director for Genesis Energy.   Tim Miles is a highly experienced executive in digital and internet related customer service companies. He was, until recently, CEO for Spark Digital. He has held senior roles in the information and communications technology industries both in New Zealand and internationally, including IBM, Data General Corporation and Unisys Corporation. Tim was …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Ciara McGuigan as Chief Financial Officer for Mediaworks. Ciara brings 20 years of international finance management experience across the telecommunications and retail sectors in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Prior to joining MediaWorks, Ciara worked for Vodafone for nine years, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for Vodafone New Zealand having joined NZ team in 2013. Prior to her CFO …

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–  Press Release  –   “The Hunter Group joins global search partnership, Panorama, and becomes an approved member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the gold seal for the global retained search industry.” October 26, 2016 Panorama, the global group of leading independent executive search firms, is delighted to announce the addition of new member, The Hunter Group LLC. The Hunter Group, with headquarters in Metropolitan …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Rupert Mitchell as Plant Manager at Alliance Group Ltd. Rupert has recently finished with Van Den Brink Chicken Group as Operations Manager North Island. He initially joined Van Den Brink Chicken Group in 2014 as Site Manager, Karaka after emigrating from the UK with his family. Prior to this he was General Manager UK Operations with Cherry Valley Farms. Before this, …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Schumacher as Health and Safety Manager at Landcorp Farming. Joe was previously Senior HSEQ Manager at Powerco, initially joining the organisation in 2013 as HSEQ Manager. Prior to this he spent four years in Australia as Safety Coordinator with John Holland Group. Before this he was Health and Safety Advisor with ABB for four years, translating his previous 15 years of …

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AESC’s BlueSteps has just published The Ultimate Executive Career Guide.  This guide is developed by our industry association to help candidates in their interactions with search firms. The guide covers valuable information for candidates including: Why clients retain executive search firms How to distinguish quality AESC member executive search firms from the rest How to appropriately network with executive search consultants as a candidate What to do when an executive …

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Some great advice from our UK Panorama Search partner, Saxton Bampfylde on the all-important “end game” negotiations and how to land that candidate you have spent months chasing. http://www.saxbam.com/news/post/556-the-end-game

We share some very interesting research from the Ivey Business Journal on the importance of leadership character in leadership and governance roles. A timely reminder no doubt! http://iveybusinessjournal.com/publication/leadership-character-and-corporate-governance/

An interesting article from The Guardian by our good friend Dave Winsborough – founder of Winsborough Associates (who we have a long track record partnering with in the assessment and leadership development area) on the importance of understanding your digital footprint and the future impact it may have on your reputation. https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2016/jul/18/personality-privacy-digital-selves?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Blair Morris as General Manager Ruakura for Tainui Group Holdings. Blair is currently General Manager Commercial at Kotahi Logistics which he joined in 2012. Prior to this he spent six years with Hapag-Lloyd in senior management roles. Before this he spent six years with CP Ships in regional director roles. He has over 20 years’ experience in the logistics sector within …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Bindi Norwell as Chief Executive Officer at the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). Bindi is currently Executive Director at TNS Global, which she joined three years ago. Prior to this, she spent nearly ten years in telecommunications in the UK in various roles with British Telecom including Head of Strategy, Head of Business Planning and Strategy, Principal Commercial Manager, …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Bianca Tree as Environment Partner at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. Bianca is currently with Heimseth Alexander where she has been a Partner for three years, initially joining the firm in 2013 as Special Counsel. Prior to this she spent three years with Bell Gully as a Senior Associate. Before this she was a Senior Solicitor at Cowper Campbell and Russell McVeagh …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Maury Leyland as Non-Executive Director for Genesis Energy. Maury has broad experience gained in senior management roles and directorships with large corporate organisations. Maury has been a Director of Spark New Zealand and Transpower New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Read more about the …

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When you have received an offer of employment which you are inclined to accept, you must consider very carefully whether it really solves your problem and offers you the opportunity you are seeking before you resign from your current employment. If you choose to accept the offer to resign from your current employment, you must be prepared to resist powerful, persuasive tactics which your employer can use to change your …

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The big OE is part of the New Zealand psyche. A steady stream of young kiwi’s leave our shores and head off to experience the world. But in the whirlwind of life, the years extend and time moves quickly.  Some stick to their original plan of a few years, but many stay on, the years passing. Somewhere in their souls many still hanker after the thought of one day returning …

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Successful career transitions give due consideration to opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is a crucial factor in career transitions and effective career management. Applying the same cost-benefit analysis to your career as you would to business decisions can ensure you have a satisfying and rewarding career. However, opportunity cost is frequently overridden by immediate distractions and the cost is not recognised until after the fact in hindsight, usually resulting in “if …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Fleming as Head of Investment Strategy at AMP Capital. Greg is currently at First NZ Capital (FNZC) where he joined as a research strategist in the Wealth Management Research team in mid-2015. Prior to this he spent nine years as a senior analyst for Credit Suisse Private Banking and Wealth Management in Zurich. Before joining Credit Suisse, he spent four years as …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Gunn as Chief Executive Officer of Smales Farm. Mr Gunn will be tasked with leading Smales Farm through a period of transformational growth, that includes development of the Farm’s new 65,000sqm business and lifestyle precinct and innovative B:HIVE building. Mr Gunn has more than 18-years experience in the wider property industry and is currently General Manager Property at Tramco Group, …

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Hobson Leavy are delighted to announce Gus Gilmore as the new Chief Executive for MIT. Gus comes to MIT from his current role as Deputy Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission where he has been at the forefront, redesigning the funding framework for the tertiary sector and improving sector performance. Prior to this, he had a long and distinguished career in Air New Zealand, including a time in charge of Air New …

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New Zealand’s leading private cardiology group, the Auckland Heart Group, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Paul FitzPatrick, to lead the organisation through it’s next stage of growth as a provider of assessment, diagnosis and treatment for the heart. Paul is an experienced CEO and General Manager of professional services organisations in the pharmaceutical and veterinary sector and commenced with the Auckland Heart Group last week. Please follow the …

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Hobson Leavy are delighted to announce Cameron Brill as the new CIO for St John. Currently Head of Information Technology with Auckland International Airport, a role he has held for seven years, Cameron has had an international track record in leading change in senior technology leadership roles. He is qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Otago, a Post Graduate Diploma (Psychology) from Massey University and …

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Hobson Leavy’s UK Panorama alliance partner Saxton Bampfylde is delighted to announce that Dr Jennifer Barnes will be joining the Saxton Bampfylde consulting team later this year, working across the global higher education and arts & culture practices. Dr Barnes brings to the firm a broad and exciting range of experience from higher education, business and the arts.  Most recently, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at …

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New research by Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Christopher Stanton points to the disproportionate effect of managers on people performance. A lot of effort often goes into constructing teams and considering what the right team should look like. But according to Stanton’s paper “The Value of Bosses”, recently published in the Journal of Labour Economics, the effect of a good manager is multiplicative; a better boss gets more out of …

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In this article we share some of the key findings from the recent report from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC). Extensive research which includes data and insights from global clients found:- Clients’ top three challenges today are ‘lack of diversity’ (82%), ‘lack of leadership successors’ (81%), and ‘competition for talent’ (75%). But the top three challenges in five years’ time are ‘aging demographics’ (78%), ‘globalisation’ (69%), …

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Hobson Leavy is  pleased to announce that  Wayne Jackson has joined the Board of the Auckland City Mission. Wayne is a professional company director  and Chair, working with clients in business strategy and governance through Governus, his advisory company. He has held a number of Directorships including Chair of Farm Brands Ltd, is current Chair of Q Theatre, and a director of the Aquatx group of companies. Wayne is also …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Harrison to New Zealand Transport Agency as their new Group Manager, People & Capability. Reporting into the CEO, Fergus Gammie, Barbara will join New Zealand Transport Agency on 1st August. Barbara is currently General Manager, Business Support at Northpower, where she has been a senior executive for eleven years. Barbara’s career spans leadership roles in infrastructure and industrial environments with …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Malcolm Phillipps as a Future Director for The Warehouse Group for 2016. Please follow this link to view further details about this appointment.

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyndon Settle as the new General Manager, Strategy and Finance for Tainui Group Holdings. Lyndon started his career at Bank of New Zealand as a Senior Agribusiness Manager before moving to NAB in Australia. He returned to New Zealand as Director-Institutional & Corporate for Rabobank and then moved to BNZ Partners, initially as the Managing Partner in the Waikato, and then …

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The most critical role of a board is the selection of the CEO. Congratulations if you are on the board of a successful company which champions talent. Why? Because evidence suggests well prepared internal candidates for the CEO role are twice as likely to succeed as an external appointment. That is not to say that there are not instances where an external appointment is the most appropriate course of action. …

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The much talked about health and safety law changes are now in effect in New Zealand. As is well known these changes impose increasingly onerous obligations on company directors. The risks and challenges company directors are facing have sharply increased of late. In addition to the health and safety requirements, boards are grappling with issues such as business disruption (often digital in nature) cyber security and diversity. Although the role …

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2016 marks a significant year for Hobson Leavy as our business is now 10 years old. When we established Hobson Leavy in 2006, we had high hopes that we were building a business to last. It is therefore gratifying to reach the 10 year mark and indeed to look back on 10 years of continual growth. We have gone from a staff of two in Auckland to 13 staff with …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of David Johnson as the new Project Director for the Commercial Bay project at Precinct Properties. The Commercial Bay project is Precinct’s newest and biggest commercial development, transforming the Auckland Downtown Shopping Centre site into a world class commercial space with a 39 storey office block, retail shops and hospitality environments. David started his property career as a Development Manager at Mace …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Schubert as the new Chief Executive of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. Mike was admitted to the PwC partnership in Wellington in 1988, initially working in Assurance before moving to the Auckland Corporate Finance Practice in 1998. Mike was instrumental in setting up the PwC IFRS conversion practice which enabled the Firm to capitalise from the opportunity of a once in …

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Hobson Leavy and The Auckland City Mission Board are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Farrelly as the Chief Executive Officer and City Missioner for the City Mission. Chris has a long history of working with the poor and marginalised in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and has managed a number of health and social service organisations and programmes. Chris is currently the CEO of Manaia Health PHO …

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Joining a corporate board can enhance your career in many ways. Governance can be a valuable opportunity to gain experience beyond your current company. Board roles can also help position a rising executive for a CEO, CFO or COO role. However, obtaining a seat on a board of a company that interests you can be a lengthy and oftentimes challenging process. We hope the following provides some helpful insights into …

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Hobson Leavy are pleased to announce the appointment of Roy Ong to 2degrees as their new Chief Marketing Officer. Roy joins 2degrees from Comvita where he was responsible for their Global Sales and Marketing strategy, planning and execution for Brand, Category and Product as well as alignment of in-market promotional campaigns and sales and marketing communications. Previously Roy worked for Kirin Holdings, based in Japan, where he was the Global …

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Hobson Leavy are pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Antonucci to the role of General Manager – Products and Marketing at TOWER. Originally from the United States Tony is an experienced insurance professional who  has been an integral part of the Australian general insurance company Auto & General Holding’s growth over the last 19 years. Tony will be moving to  New Zealand with his Australian wife and young family …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Mason to Taura Natural Ingredients as their Operations Manager, New Zealand. Previously Global Process Owner with Fonterra Keith brings extensive operations management and site maintenance management experience in the dairy industry. Keith was Site Manager for Fonterra’s Edendale site before being promoted to Operations Manager, Southern and more recently to Fonterra’s corporate office as Global Process Owner. Keith’s earlier career …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Trigg to Southern Cross Health Society as their Head of IS and Business Transformation. Chris is currently General Manager Information Technology at Genesis Energy. Trigg joined Genesis Energy in 2013 from Air New Zealand where he held a range of ICT executive roles, including acting CIO. Chris also led Air New Zealand’s mobile innovation team within the Domestic Transformation project …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Botterill to Competenz as their GM Strategy and Transformation. Sandy Botterill is a senior commercial leader with extensive experience leading change and implementing strategy and transformation where technology is at the forefront. Most recently Sandy was Director of Sales and Account Management with cievents, a technology driven creative events agency based in Sydney. She previously led Thomson Reuters’s on line …

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Hobson Leavy are pleased to announce the appointment of Adrienne Roberts to the role of Chief Financial Officer for New Zealand’s largest flooring retailer, Carpet Court. As a chartered accountant with over 12 years of local and international experience, Adrienne started her finance career in the information technology and telecommunications industries, before moving into the consumer goods sector. Prior to joining Carpet Court, Adrienne was CFO of Veritas Investments, the …

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Bindi Norwell discusses her recent experience as a Future Director with The Warehouse Group (TWG) with Carrie Hobson and Jo Baxter. As part of TWG’s commitment to learning and development, and to supporting the next generation of governance talent and gender diversity in the boardroom, TWG appointed Bindi as its 2015 participant in the Future Director programme. Bindi concluded her appointment in October 2015. Hobson Leavy were delighted to be …

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The difference between successful leaders today and those who have less successful careers is often around their ability to take meaning from experience. Defined as Learning Agility, the ability and willingness to learn from experience is a well sought after trait in contemporary leaders. The interview process can provide a useful learning experience even at the most senior level. Whilst it is not easy to receive the bad news that …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Una Jagose to Crown Law Office as their new Solicitor General. She will replace Michael Heron, QC, who will vacate the role on February 15 next year. Una Jagose has some 25 years’ work experience in the public sector with experience advising and representing Ministers and Government departments in both constitutional, public and administrative law matters. She was Deputy Solicitor, Crown …

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Hobson Leavy are pleased to annouce the appointment of Jon Calder to the position of Chief Executive Officer at Hamilton-based law practice Tompkins Wake. Jon will commence as Chief Executive Officer on 18 January 2016. Jon is currently Chief Executive Officer of NZ National Fieldays Society, which owns and operates the Mystery Creek Events Centre. Prior to joining Fieldays Jon spent two years as General Manager with NZ Bus, an Infratil …

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Hobson Leavy are pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Walsh as Chief Financial Officer for Abano Healthcare Group. Rachel is Abano’s current Group Commercial Manager. Rachel will commence as Chief Financial Officer in November 2015, when the current CFO/COO, Richard Keys, takes up the role of Chief Executive Officer. Rachel joined Abano in March 2013 from Rank Group, where she was involved in acquisitions and divestments. Prior to this, …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Kynoch to Financial Markets Authority (FMA) as their new General Counsel. The role includes the functions of litigation and enforcement, corporate legal, regulatory policy and the FMA’s own governance. Nick is returning to New Zealand from his previous role as global head of contentious regulatory compliance and conduct risk at the investment banking arm of Barclays Bank PLC in London, …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Coleman to Financial Markets Authority (FMA) as their new Director of People and Capability. Sarah joined the FMA in September from law firm Chapman Tripp where she was Director of HR. She will implement the FMA’s people strategy with a focus on attracting, retaining and developing our people and building our regulatory capability.

We are delighted to share with you a white paper on the emerging trends we are witnessing globally in the CFO function. This paper presents one on one interviews and commentary from Jo Baxter, Associate Partner at Hobson Leavy and other leading executive search consultants around the world, all members of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. AESC is the voice for executive search and leadership consulting worldwide. …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Cobham to AMP Capital as Portfolio Manager. Nick will be responsible for delivering the strategy, growth and investment performance of the portfolio, which includes a diversified portfolio of office, industrial, retail and development properties with a value in excess of NZ$1 billion. Nick will commence his new role in late November. AMP Capital is delighted to welcome such a respected …

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janice-reals-ellig/how-women-dispel-groupthi_b_7890396.html There is extensive commentary around governance diversity in recent years. A recent article in the Huffington Post gives another timely reminder of the importance of diversity in business. It states that women in top roles “is a bottom line, strategic business imperative, not just a nice thing to do!”. Huffington post argues that women in top roles are at least part of the answer to avoiding groupthink, where common …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy Wills to Landcorp Farming as their new General Manager People and Capability. Lucy Wills was appointed to the role of General Manager – People and Safety in September 2015. Lucy joined Landcorp from the Ministry of Social Development where she was the HR Director Strategic Change, responsible for providing change management advice and expertise to a transforming organisation, and building …

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Hobson Leavy and the Forest Industry Safety Council are pleased to confirm Fiona Ewing has been appointed the National Safety Director. Fiona has 30 years’ experience as a health and safety professional in a wide range of industries including energy, engineering, construction, agriculture and forestry in the United Kingdom. Her most recent position was Group Manager Health Safety Environment and Quality for Powerco. Please click here for further information.

Performance Reviews under the Spotlight The time spent conducting performance reviews is a common complaint of leaders, now it seems the performance of the performance reviews themselves are under the spotlight. At a recent HR Leaders lunch hosted by Hobson Leavy amongst various topics discussed was Accenture’s radical announcement that it is getting rid of its annual performance reviews. This is not the first announcement of its kind. A few …

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The Executive Board of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation is pleased to confirm Shelley McMeeken as the new CEO, joining the Foundation on September 28. Shelley brings a wealth of experience in sport and management to the role and a passion for the work we do in communities around New Zealand. Please click here for further information.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Arcus as Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors (IoD). Simon, who has been the Acting Chief Executive since November, is renowned for his governance experience, advocacy and knowledge. He established IoD’s thought leadership hub the Governance Leadership Centre in January 2014 and has provided an extensive range of boardroom training and governance advisory services for the IoD to the corporate, …

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Vector, New Zealand’s largest owner of electricity and gas infrastructure assets, today announced that Nick Astwick has joined the Board as a “Future Director”. The “Future Directors” initiative was founded by Vector Chairman, Michael Stiassny, Sir Stephen Tindall, and Des Hunt. The initiative aims to give young talented people the opportunity to observe and participate on a company board for a year while giving the company exposure to this talent …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Bethune to Livestock Improvement Corporation as Business Development Manager. Previously a Director with Pricewaterhouse Cooper based in Hamilton, Aaron has 17 year’s experience in accounting with the majority of his career having been with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). Since 2012 Aaron has worked in PWC’s Advisory business in both Auckland and the Waikato. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions across …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Hunt to Christian Blind Mission New Zealand as their new Chief Executive Officer. Originally trained and qualified as a lawyer, Stephen has held significant roles within local government with Manukau City Council, Auckland Council. Prior to joining Christian Blind Mission he held senior roles at World Vision and Manukau Institute of Technology. Stephen brings extensive partnering experience, an affiliative leadership …

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Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Anita Woodfield to 2degrees as their new Financial Controller. Anita is an experience accounting professional with exceptionally strong technical accounting skills having spent over 20 years working for Ernst and Young in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Please join us in congratulating Antia, who will take up her new role in July.

Hobson Leavy is delighted to announce the appointment of Debbie Duncan as General Manager Libraries and Community Services to Palmerston North City Council. Please click here for further information.

Hobson Leavy is delighted to announce the appointment of Dame Alison Paterson to Chair of The Forestry Industry Safety Council. Dame Alison is Independent Director of Vector Ltd and is currently also chair of BPAC New Zealand Limited, Abano Healthcare Limited, Farm iQ Limited, Stevenson Agriculture Limited, the Governing Board of the Centre of Research Excellence for Growth and Development (University of Auckland) and the Stakeholder Committee at Ambulance NZ.

Alison …

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Hobson Leavy is delighted to announce that Steve Fiet has been appointed as Hereworth’s new Headmaster. Hereworth is one of New Zealand’s premier private preparatory schools for boys and is based in the Hawkes Bay. He will be commencing in the role at the beginning of Term 3. Steve is joining Hereworth from Pinehurst School in Albany, Auckland where he is currently the Assistant Headmaster of the Junior College. Steve …

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Hobson Leavy is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Hutson to the role of General Manager HR at Public Trust, New Zealand’s largest and oldest independent and impartial trustee organisation. Originally from the UK Karen studied a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from the University of Surrey and a Masters of Arts from the University of Westminster. Her global career has revolved around significant and challenging change …

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Rachel Hopkins is to sit on the AWF Group board under the Future Directors scheme, an initiative aimed at deepening the talent pool of directors. Run by the Institute of Directors, the Future Directors programme was founded by Sir Stephen Tindall, Michael Stiassny and Des Hunt in 2013. It provides talented young executives with the opportunity to gain valuable experience by sitting at the board table of a large or …

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Hobson Leavy is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Whiston as Chief Executive Officer of LIC Automation. Please click here for further information.

Hobson Leavy is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicky Robertson to the Ministry for the Environment as Chief Executive Officer. Please click the link for more information.

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