Auckland Business Coaches & Board Facilitators

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The Alternative Board Auckland

Provider of business advice, planning and coaching solutions to businesses owners, CEO’s and managing directors in Auckland.  Our business owner Advisory Boards and Virtual Boards expand your thinking beyond your particular industry providing different perspectives to spur new ways of doing business based on real-world experience.  We encourage and empower our members to achieve their business and personal visions.  We have business mentors and coaches in Auckland North, Auckland Central, Auckland South, Auckland East and Auckland West.

Auckland Business Coaches / Facillitators

Business Mentor and Business Coach

Business Coach & Facilitator
Auckland North

RUSSELL EASTWOOD

Originally from the UK Russell has worked and lived with his family on the North Shore for the past 30 years. With a sales and training background gained in the Finance and Insurance industries Russell went on to establish his own Business Training and Coaching company which he has run since 1999. Specialising in Sales, Leadership, Coaching and Time Management/Work Behaviours he has worked alongside Business Owners and management teams across Australasia in fields as diverse as technology, education, logistics, manufacturing, finance, construction, and scientific research. Often positioned as an outsider looking in, and on the businesses he has worked alongside, his ability to ask the tough and awkward questions, think outside the square and beyond the moment has been critical to achieving success with his clients.

Russell brings to The Alternative Board North Shore an extensive coaching and facilitation background used to transition his clients through change in business ownership, restructures, acquisitions, sales systems and people culture. His sales facilitation and coaching experience has included training the sales force of some iconic New Zealand companies.

Russell believes The Alternative Board provides the ideal environment for Business Owners to achieve real success. Motivated by a desire to see others succeed and as someone who sees himself as a catalyst for change Russell welcomes the opportunity to work with local business owners and business leaders on the North Shore.

Business Mentor and Business Coach

Business Mentor & Facilitator
Auckland East

SCOTT MORRIS

With over 27 years of experience across all facets of business, including ownership, Scott brings a passion to his work with business owners and leaders in helping them to realise their visions of personal and business success.

Working for many years in the New Zealand dairy industry, Scott started as a farm consultant before progressing into international marketing, sales and business development roles. He lived offshore with his family for 11 years in Asia, the Middle East and Russia, and spent two years with Fonterra’s international strategy and M&A team.

Moving to Auckland in 2003 Scott became the Marketing Director of Tenon (a business involved in international wood products marketing), leading their international and domestic marketing and strategy.

Scott’s first taste of business ownership began when he joined the marketing consulting group, Traffic, developing growth strategies for NZ businesses. As a result of his consulting work, Scott was asked to join the Laser Electrical and Plumbing franchise group as a Director and NZ CEO where he operated successfully for a number of years.

Most recently Scott was the owner and Managing Director of Essential Brands Group NZ, an Australasian coffee franchise group. Scott grew this direct sales business to profitability in a very challenging market before successfully managing the sale of the business.

Scott has an Agricultural Science degree and a post-graduate Diploma of Business Administration from Massey University.

021 686 696

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Business Mentor and Business Coach

Business Coach & Facilitator
Auckland Central

GORDON STUART

After 28 years of wide-ranging international business experience, Gordon now applies that hard- earned experience to help business owners in Auckland’s Central Business District. 

Gordon has been involved in many of NZ’s largest takeovers and is well versed in due diligence, valuation, project finance/management and, importantly the need for good corporate governance.

Extensive workout experience has embedded the importance of setting milestones and using bench-marking to meet goals, differentiate the best, drive improved understanding and continuous improvement.

During his banking career Gordon has worked with both domestic and large multi-national businesses in NZ, Australia, USA, Canada, Chile, UK, Europe and Asia.  This has provided him both stakeholder management experience and understanding of value chains from “pasture to export plate” across a diverse range of industries:-methanol, gold mining, electricity generation and distribution, food and beverage, retail, financial services, rural services, viticulture, dairy farming and sheep milking.

Banking these businesses also gave Gordon a valuable insight into the inner workings and critical success factors of multiple types of businesses both small and large.

From 2000 -2004 Gordon was a director of a family shoe business, oversaw the building of a 6 level office building, and acted as Chairman of a body-corporate owned car-park building.

When he is not working, Gordon can be found coaching and administering rugby at North Shore Rugby Football Club.

Gordon has a BSc/B.Com from Auckland University and is a member of both the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and Directors.

+64 27 262 9596

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Business Coach & Facilitator
Auckland South

CHRIS DEERE

Having lived and worked in the South Auckland region since 1993 Chris has always shown a strong commitment to the local community, establishing and fostering collaborative partnerships to support others and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Starting out as a Police Officer in South Auckland, Chris’ passion for people led him to a variety of community and front-line based roles.  He was instrumental in the establishment of a CYFs approved programme requiring a multi-agency approach to cater for male recidivist youth offenders.

Following his time as a Police Officer, Chris transitioned to the commercial world and became the CEO of Rainbow’s End Theme Park, where he continued to initiate and support many community initiatives.

During his 10-year tenure as CEO he successfully implemented new operational processes and procedures, introduced enhancements to the health and safety management system, rebranded the park, initiated significant capital investment programmes and was instrumental in developing a strong and effective customer focused, inclusive work culture.

During this 10 years of Chris’ leadership Rainbow’s End experienced significant growth and received a number of prestigious local and international awards.

Combining his community focus, significant wide-ranging business leadership experience and qualification as a professional level coach through ANZCAL (Australia and New Zealand Coaching Alliance), Chris is very much committed to supporting business owners in South Auckland.

+ 027 582 2553

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Business Mentor & Facilitator
Auckland West

KAREN VAN EDEN

With over twenty years’ experience as a management consultant, both with Deloitte and self-employed, Karen has worked with a wide range and size of companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Combining a high level of business acumen with a deep concern for people, Karen has successfully enabled business owners to:

  • Lift their results
  • Improve their effectiveness
  • Enhance their culture

She also has specialist expertise in identifying and removing obstacles to performance, revitalising and energising people and culture, and facilitating strategic planning processes.

Karen has always worked closely with her clients, helping them to clarify the issues facing them, and develop the solutions they need to improve their performance.  In the words of one of her clients:

“Karen is an outstanding facilitator. I am constantly impressed by her ability to see through what is happening to the issues that need to be addressed. Her patience and understanding, combined with her intelligence, insight, and substantial skills, produce a powerful and highly effective catalyst for positive change and growth.”

+64 021 477 584

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Business Coach & Facilitator
Auckland West

BRUCE ROBERTS

Bruce has been a results-oriented General Manager for the last 20 years. In these roles he has focused on improving profitability, increasing cash flows and lifting the performance of the companies he has worked with. Highly innovative, client-centric, driven and experienced across all aspects of business, he understands the key leverage points that drive success.

An excellent communicator and leader, Bruce garners trust, builds capability and gets high levels of engagement from the teams he works with. He is also skilled at achieving excellent outcomes through others and has been a valued coach by a number of his staff and suppliers.

From successfully green fielding a new business (Staples Furniture), running large operations (Lion Nathan – NZ Wines & Spirits), turning around loss making businesses Hollands, (now OfficeMax Furniture), and managing retail (KFC South Island Region), Bruce has the experience and skills to drive action and get results.

Now the joint owner of The Alternative Board, Auckland West, Bruce is relishing the opportunity to use his background and experience to provide a rewarding membership experience to local business owners and leaders.

+64 021 99 66 00

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