Meet the team

We’ve crafted a team that hold the capabilities, resources and expertise to get to the heart of your organisation, understand its challenges and goals, and collaborate with you to gain the positive changes you’re seeking.

Governance

The Learning Wave’s founders, Martyn and Peter are at the forefront of the business and have added some young blood with Richard Moxon becoming a Director in 2015 after 8 years within the business. All three being highly engaged, they provide invaluable insights and thought leadership across everything we do. They take an active interest in the professional development of the teams ensuring you receive the highest quality of service at all times.

Operations

Here you’ll find the hub of the business; the beating heart of the organisation, the team that makes it all happen. Our Business Operations Manager heads up this team and is here to ensure they each work seamlessly together in order to deliver the best possible outcome for your business.

Design Team

Our learning design team are the creative minds here to craft a programme that takes account of the unique nuances of your organisation. They’ll spend time getting to the heart of your workplace, analysing the learning pathway you need. Working closely with our operations team and combining their specialist skills, they’ll tailor a framework for your learning programme to deliver the outcomes you need.

Associates

Our associates are the jewels in the crown; they’re in high demand and will embed themselves alongside your people. They are the faces you will come to know and love. Supported by the rest of the team, they are here to deliver your solution; engaging, equipping and empowering your people for success. They are the best in the industry and many have long standing relationships with our clients. We’ll work alongside you to marry the best-suited associates with your business needs in order to deliver a solution that achieves results and impact business outcomes.

Sales & Marketing

Our Business Development Managers are the first members of the team you will meet; they are with you every step of the way. They’ll work with you to get a clear understanding of your business and propose a solution designed specifically to deliver the results you need.
Nicky Wells

Nicky Wells

Associate

Blending expertise, enthusiasm and patience, Nicky knows how to bring out the potential in every participant. She has been the Lead Facilitator for Coaching, Customer Service Training and Leadership initiatives...

David O’Connor

David O’Connor

Business development manager

David joined the team at The Learning Wave in 2009 as our very first business development manager. Working with major corporate clients over the years, David has learned the value...

Karen Morris

Karen Morris

Business development manager

Karen joined The Learning Wave team as business development manager in 2011, and brings energy as well as experience to her role. She has a natural talent for working in...

Kirsty Diamond

Kirsty Diamond

OD Specialist

An experienced coach, facilitator and thinking partner, Kirsty has an impressive background creating and implementing best-practice leadership and organisational development strategies and programmes aligned to business outcomes. Her background includes...

Liane Crawford

Liane Crawford

Business development manager

Liane Crawford has a record of taking on, and succeeding in, challenging roles. In her 15-year career she has shown a strong ability to move from strategic planning and pay...

Micayla Cotter

Micayla Cotter

Sales & Marketing Assistant

Micayla’s interests centre around sport, business management and communications. You could say this is the perfect combination of skills for her position in our Business Support team. It’s a non-stop,...

Ruth Clavis

Ruth Clavis

Sales and marketing manager

Before joining us in the role of Sales and Marketing Manager, Ruth Clavis was a Director and Shareholder in executive search specialist K2 Consulting. It’s a career that brought her...

Stephanie Holden

Stephanie Holden

Account manager

As an Account Manager, Stephanie brings customer focus and great interpersonal skills to her role at The Learning Wave. As an analytical and creative problem-solver, she knows how to cope...

Abhi Gill

Abhi Gill

Associate

If you’re looking to increase employee engagement, coach leaders, build people capability or drive a high-performance culture, you need the skills of someone who’s been down that road already. Someone...

Alex Peacock

Alex Peacock

Associate

Alex is a hugely experienced learning and development professional who has worked in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. We’re very privileged to have her as part of the Learning...

Alyson Keller

Alyson Keller

Associate

Alyson has been making a difference as a professional leadership coach and facilitator since 2001. She has been involved in working in both the personal and commercial sectors with individuals...

Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Associate

A facilitator since 1999, Andy believes people gain empowerment to make improvements in life through insight. Joining The Learning Wave team as an associate in 2005, Andy added qualifications in...

Anna Kingston

Anna Kingston

Associate

Anna loves working with individuals and teams to help them be their best. She does this by designing inspirational learning programmes, facilitating, and coaching leaders. Working with Anna, you will uncover many practical ideas...

Brian Lawrence

Brian Lawrence

Associate

Brian joined The Learning Wave in 2015, focusing on leadership development. He brings a global perspective to the team, having developed and run learning programmes in New Zealand, Australia and...

Cliff Magon

Cliff Magon

Associate

Cliff Magon brings a broad range of skills to every team he works with. With a Bachelor of Business Studies to his name, he is a former officer in the...

Dave Burton

Dave Burton

Associate

Dave is a founder member of the team at The Learning Wave and has played a key role in the development and ongoing success of some of our key clients...

Dave Curtis

Dave Curtis

Associate

A warm and engaging facilitator, Dave knows how to connect with learners and use personal experiences to engage and create a positive learning environment. Dave became the youngest New Zealander...

David Duff (aka Duffy)

David Duff (aka Duffy)

Associate

A born and bred Mainlander, David brings his wide-ranging business experience to The Learning Wave. Originally from a farming background, he moved into sales with Pfizer and now runs a...

Denise Overend-Clarke

Denise Overend-Clarke

Associate

Denise has been working with The Learning Wave since 2010 and brings a wealth of experience in leadership development, emotional intelligence and coaching. After owning and managing small businesses, she...

Frano Botica

Frano Botica

Associate

A true professional in everything he tackles, Frano firmly believes that the principles he learned as a top-level rugby player can be successfully applied in the business arena. With 18...

Glen Sharkey

Glen Sharkey

Associate

Glen, or Sharkey as he is more commonly known, has been involved in people development for almost three decades. He’s incredibly effective at what he does – “inspirational” is frequently...

Geoff Wake

Geoff Wake

Associate

Geoff is a highly experienced facilitator and trainer with over 17 years’ experience throughout New Zealand and Asia. He focuses on customer service, management and increasing employee engagement and performance....

Greg Knowles

Greg Knowles

Associate

Greg joined the team at The Learning Wave in 2012, focusing on the facilitation of effective written communication workshops at all levels of business. Greg’s management experience in the social...

Hainoame Fulivai

Hainoame Fulivai

Associate

Hainoame joined The Learning Wave team in 2014 as lead instructional designer for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Engagement with Pasifika workforce programme, aimed at improving services in the health sector....

Joel Young

Joel Young

Associate

A gifted communicator, Joel has built a successful career as a facilitator and counsellor. People enjoy his positive attitude and appreciate the way he delivers practical insights with clarity, warmth...

Malcolm Lowrey

Malcolm Lowrey

Associate

Mal has a solid background in business development, and his strength lies in frontline leadership development. He came aboard The Learning Wave in 2014 after sitting in on some of...

Matt Williams

Matt Williams

Associate

Matt Williams is an expert facilitator, motivator and communicator. He has developed and delivered training packages for the Department of Corrections, NZ Police, Foodstuffs and the NZ Personal Training Counsel....

Mel Jones

Mel Jones

Learning designer

Mel joined The Learning Wave in early 2015 as a learning designer. Before this she was part of the learning and development team at Beca. She is passionate about helping...

Rachelle Stokes

Rachelle Stokes

Associate

Rachelle has developed high-level skills in the design and execution of learning programmes for corporate clients in very competitive markets. With a strong background in sales leadership and extensive experience...

Sarah Morton

Sarah Morton

Associate

A passionate educator, Sarah Morton has in-depth experience in the secondary and tertiary sector as well as private industry. As the hands-on trainer in her own consultancy, she has helped...

Sharlene Woolston

Sharlene Woolston

Associate

Sharlene lists one of her values as “living inspirationally.” It’s a mantra that has served her well in her everyday life running youth development and speaking to audiences. You’ll find...

Steve Heard

Steve Heard

Associate

There’s an art to get the best out of people. Steve heard has mastered it, with a 20-year career working with a wide variety of learners.  With a Bachelor of...

Terry Williams

Terry Williams

Associate

A very experienced facilitator, author and columnist for Employment Today, Terry focuses on leadership and employee engagement. Research shows that engaged workplaces are more productive and profitable. These are the...

Tim Capill

Tim Capill

Associate

Tim combines a passion for developing people with unusually extensive commercial experience in leading businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Tim has been heavily involved in the growth of the...

Tipu Ngapo

Tipu Ngapo

Associate

Tipu joined The Learning Wave after living and working in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, where he learned and built his skills in consulting, training, facilitating and coaching. He...

Tracey Brake

Tracey Brake

Associate

Tracey joined The Learning Wave in 2013 with a passion for upskilling customer service skills, leadership and improving numeracy and literacy in Aotearoa. She has a BA in social science,...

Trevor King

Trevor King

Associate

Trevor is an experienced learning facilitator, leadership coach and author who has been part of The Learning Wave’s delivery team since 2005. An accomplished musician who has toured and recorded...

Trish Tapara

Trish Tapara

Associate

Trish is an experienced coach, facilitator, designer and trainer, with excellent skills in developing and using assessment tools. She is a registered psychologist (industrial and organisational) with a special interest...

David Stavers

David Stavers

Learning designer

David has over 20 years’ experience in Adult Education of which 8 years are in Instructional Design. He has written courses across a wide range of technical subjects, taught vocational...

Erin McWilliams

Erin McWilliams

Graphic designer

Visual communication is hugely important to our work at The Learning Wave. Producing printed materials that not only communicate ideas clearly, but also inspire and captivate readers, is crucial to...

Jaimee Thomson

Jaimee Thomson

Graphic designer

Whatever the resource, no matter how out-of-the-box, Jaimee will be there to help create something visually engaging, practical and fun. Jaimee joined the graphic design team at The Learning Wave...

Lisa Papa

Lisa Papa

Graphic designer

Joining the team at The Learning Wave in 2014, Lisa brings fresh ideas, artistic flair and proven organisational abilities. After gaining a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design degree from Waikato...

Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings

Learning designer

When developing a learning solution, it’s smart to draw on the skills of those who have proven expertise in instructional design. Mark Jennings is a qualified professional with many successful...

Bianca Crawford

Bianca Crawford

Business support

With qualifications in business communication and marketing as well as office administration, Bianca has a firm grasp of the processes that drive a business. In a busy organisation, multi-tasking is...

Corne van Vuuren

Corne van Vuuren

Learning programmes manager

As one of our Learning Programme Managers, Corné is tasked with making sure our clients and learners get the very best from their experience with The Learning Wave. An excellent...

Freddie Humphrey

Freddie Humphrey

Learning programmes manager

A native German speaker, Freddie brings first-rate communication and project management skills to our team. Before joining The Learning Wave she was responsible for managing a major initiative in Singapore,...

Janine Cook

Janine Cook

Learning programmes manager

Every learning programme needs to be managed by someone with great project management skills. That’s why we’re pleased to have Janine Cook helping take care of business at The Learning...

Kelsi Veld

Kelsi Veld

Business support manager

Kelsi’s abilities come into the picture once we receive the green light for a programme. She’s a great multi-tasker with strong organisational and communication skills. Kelsi joined the team at...

Maxine Bowring

Maxine Bowring

Learning programmes manager

With over 20 years of experience in office management, event management and marketing, Maxine Bowring brings valuable expertise to The Learning Wave. Even the smartest learning initiative will fail if...

Martyn McKessar

Martyn McKessar

Director

After 15 years as an independent learning consultant, Martyn became one of the founding directors of The Learning Wave. He balances his time “working on the business” (helping The Learning...

Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Director

As a seasoned learning professional, Peter launched The Learning Wave in 2005 to take his ideas to a larger stage. Working closely with our associates, he now provides senior-level input...

Richard Moxon

Richard Moxon

General manager

Richard joined the team in 2007 and brings with him over 10 years’ experience managing the implementation of learning within organisations. He brings a level of efficiency, eye for detail,...

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Did you know?

  • 96% of clients said they would recommend TLW as a learning provider.

  • 83% clients rated our facilitator’s ability to connect with participants as better than other providers or the best they have experienced.

  • 93% of clients reported that The Learning Wave programme represented a good investment for their organisation.

  • On average, our 2000+ participants for 2015 rated our facilitator’s effectiveness 9.3 out of 10
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