The New Zealand Team

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   Stuart Burgess - Managing Director of Investors In People New Zealand



Stuart is Managing Director for Investors in People NZ as well holding the role of Director of Investors in People Australia. Stuart has responsibility for positioning the international Investors in People quality Standard into the NZ environment and ensuring consistency in delivery of services provided to clients. He is recognised by Investors in People UK as the leading Investors in People specialist in Australasia, having assessed and advised extensively in the NZ and Australian context.

In the last 20 years he has held senior management positions heading both finance and human resources functions in NZ, Singapore and the UK. Stuart has wide experience in areas of organisational development and business strategy and uses his skills to provide highly effective assessment feedback to clients in all sectors. Stuart is a chartered accountant and a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Email:    m:   +64 274 588930





  Karen Simmonite - Quality Services Coordinator



Karen has a background in education and training and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running and administration of training and development programmes. Karen assures clients that quality service is of paramount importance at Investors in People NZ. If you have any queries regarding our any of our workshops or Investors in People New Zealand in general, Karen will be our contact in the office.

Email:  p: + 64 9 360 4025 

Investors in People Specialists

The following are accredited Investors in People Specilaists, authorised to conduct assessment and/or advisory services. All our advisors work nationally but are based throughout New Zealand.  

 Mark -sweeney




    Mark Sweeney -  Wellington



Mark Sweeney is an affiliate of Investors in People. Along with Chris Rowan, he is responsible for the Wellington office of IIPNZ. He facilitates and coaches in order to equip leaders with a suite of capabilities to deal with any situation. Mark is particularly effective in ensuring the transfer of learning into workplace practice and does this with a high level of pragmatism and the ability to make seemingly complex organizational issues accessible and manageable. Mark is qualified as an Investors in People Assessor and a Belbin Teams accredited facilitator with experience in the public service, local government and education sectors.


Email Mark at

 Chris -rowan





    Chris Rowan -  Wellington                    


Chris is an Associate of Investors in People NZ and responsible for the running of the Wellington office with colleague Mark Sweeney. She also is a Director of Impact Group Ltd, a consultancy specialising in organisational development capacities, training and facilitation in both the Education and Business sectors.


Chris has worked extensively in the education sector as a teacher, a lecturer and the Chair of Special Education at Wellington College of Education. As a highly skilled facilitator Chris is an advocate of active and interactive learning. She uses an innovative approach to facilitation and training design. This has seen her work in a range of settings including National Symposia, Advisory Groups and in community consultation.


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    Sarah Watson  -  Christchurch


Sarah Watson is an Agriculture Specialist and also an affiliate of Investors in People. Sarah and her husband Tony are jointly responsible for our Investors in People office in Christchurch. Sarah has a BAgrSci, from Lincoln University and has been an HR professional since 1992 and HR Consultant to the dairy sector since 2002. She has worked as a Group HR Manager in the private sector and held various HR roles in other corporate environments. Sarah is a qualified Investors in People assessor, a 5 times presenter at South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) and has presented at Women in Dairy (National conference and South Island Dairy Days series) and is a member of HRINZ.


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   Chris Elphick        Chris Elphick - National      


Chris Elphick is a highly experienced business coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer. He works with a wide range of organisations from the profit, not-for-profit and public sectors. He currently runs the Pacific Business Mentoring Training Programme for BMNZ; delivers business improvement workshops for ECCC; has a number of private clients; provides leadership, management and supervision programmes through Thought Planters and works as an associate for the Government's Partnership Resource Centre where he works with employee engagement initiatives. He was involved with the Investors in People Standard from its pilot stages in the UK as an assessor and advisor. More information can be found on



 Liz Gordon 001 WEB  Liz Gordon

Liz, an Investors in People specialist, has many years practical experience working as a manager within competitive business environments. Throughout her career, Liz's main focus has been on developing and implementing a wide range of people management strategies and practices that recognise the important part people, at all levels, play in organisational success. In addition to consultancy services, Liz has taught business related topics at the University of Otago, Belfast Metropolitan College and the University of Ulster. Liz is a chartered member of the CIPD (UK), member of the Institute of Business Consultants and a facilitator for NZIM.






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