Who We Are

Inspiring sustainable prosperity

Our ethos is grounded in sustainable prosperity – which is why you may have noticed our affinity for zebras. Zebras are distinctive not only for their stripes, but also for the way they band together to protect and preserve one another. Their individual input results in stronger collective, cooperative outcomes.

That’s a community ideology that we aim to inspire in the organisations we partner with. And in doing so, we’re bringing relevancy back to the word resiliency. This isn’t just about ticking a box or adding a fruit bowl to your kitchen. It’s about harnessing the true potential that exists within your business through strategically re-energising your workplace culture.

With a blend of evidence-based strategies and creative ideas, we help you navigate the often-overwhelming information, and implement a wellbeing strategy that is actually aligned with the collective ambitions of your business.

Where our story starts

It makes sense that the Workplace Wellness story itself started in an environment designed to connect humans with their values, their strength, and with each other. Robin and Leonie were inspired while on an Outward Bound Wellbeing Course together, strengthening a friendship through rich conversations about their own life journeys. Through the shared challenges and experiences on the course, a bond was formed, and a vision for joining their collective wellbeing wisdom was sparked.

 

Robin Wilson and Leonie Wallwork

Where we are today

What we also learnt from that Outward Bound journey, is that no one needs to voyage alone. So, while we consider ourselves navigators, you’re still steering the ship – just with a clearer idea of where you’re headed. Today, we work with progressive businesses who recognise the importance of consciously creating an environment where everyone is empowered to perform at their best.

Chief Navigators

Robin Wilson

Wellness Specialist and Resilience Coach

Workplace Wellness Director - Robin Wilson

Working as a wellbeing coach, Robin noticed a theme occurring with her clients – most of their issues linked back to the workplace. Inspired to focus on treating the cause, not the symptom, she co-founded Workplace Wellness as a way to create positive change that benefits both employer and employee.

While she has the credentials behind her name, Robin’s knowledge also comes from a place of lived experience, having navigated her own wellness journey through health challenges, motherhood and the stressors of a demanding career. Despite making changes that looked good on the outside, a personal health crisis was the catalyst for more significant change.

She’s now passionate about helping others implement holistic changes in their life to improve their own wellbeing, and contribute with greater impact to the world around them.

As the director of a holistic wellness business, and with a background in banking and not for profit leading teams through times of turbulent change, she understands the demands that can come from business and corporate work environments. Through our Workplace Wellness programmes, she’s passionate about empowering people to achieve their full potential, without letting the limits of life’s challenges hold them back.

Robin is the Working with Resilience Consortium Lead for New Zealand, an Executive Board Member of the Natural Health Practitioners New Zealand and a member of the International Coaching Federation. 

Leonie Wallwork

Change Strategist

Workplace Wellness Director - Leonie Wallwork

Leonie is a strategist on a mission to change the narrative on wellbeing, enabling organisations to be sustainable, healthy and inclusive spaces where people can do their best work.

Having worked as a consultant focused mainly on leading capacity and capability development, her journey into workplace wellness and resilience seemed a natural progression, after she was inspired to get to the core of many of the issues people and organisations were facing – and confront them before they became more significant issues for both employees and employers.

Her work as a senior-level executive in private, Government and NGO sectors has shown her first-hand the impact of change in the world of work, restructures, rapid growth or decline, management styles and workplace cultures can have on individuals and collectives. This experience now provides her with valuable insight that she draws on to craft strategies for helping others to feel engaged, motivated and productive in life and work.

Leonie studied at Massey University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies in HR Management and has worked at senior levels in both Australia and NZ. She is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand. 

Key consultants we work with

Clive Barrow

Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach
Clive Barrow

Through his work as a leadership consultant and executive coach for some of the world’s leading organisations, Clive has been an advocate of wellness in the workplace for many years.

Clive’s story begins in the UK, where his career started as an army officer, graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He went on to lead expeditions for the youth development charity, Operation Raleigh, in Chile, Guyana, Kenya, Australia and Pakistan before joining World Challenge Expeditions as Operations Director in London. He developed valuable experience in leadership, both on the job, and in ‘growing’ leaders whilst in these roles, and moved into the corporate sector as a coach and leadership consultant with The Oxford Group.

Clive moved to New Zealand with his family in 2005 and after running an adventure lodge and corporate retreat on the Mohaka River for five years, stepped back into a consultancy role working with multi-nationals in the Asia Pacific region. The advent of COVID has presented Clive with the opportunity  to concentrate on working in New Zealand, combining a local focus with a global perspective.

Clive is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Certified Practitioner – Myers Briggs/FIRO-B.


Rich Bennetts

Leadership and Workplace Culture Consultant
Rich Bennetts

With a passion for people and workplace wellness, Rich has worked in leadership and management positions across a range of sectors for over 15 years.

Rich has a strong focus on building positive, productive, performing teams, creating environments in which people can thrive, and developing practical leadership skills in people based on their context. He knows that by enhancing workplace culture, it will in turn improve workplace wellbeing, performance and engagement. 

Rich’s own lived experience of mental illness has given him an in-depth understanding of the potential impacts that the workplace can have – either if it’s not the right environment for people to succeed. Or conversely how the right support from an employer can make a difference to an individual’s wellness.

A qualified butcher by trade, Rich has a passion for learning and an ability to turn his hand to anything. He draws on eclectic knowledge and qualifications in his work, including a Masters of Science majoring in Psychology, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology, a Certificate in Health and Wellbeing and a Certificate in Bookkeeping.

What others have said about us

I appreciate the way you kept the language real and relevant. Bringing the group together equally with opportunity for everyone to contribute.

Mel King
The Food Basket, Central Hawkes Bay

Found the workshop most uplifting, hearing the positiveness amongst the group, great to be able to share and learn.

Tracy Wilson

Thanks very much Robin, you’ve been great to work with. I will have pleasure in recommending you to anyone I can.

Kerren Withington
Managing Director Bay Tours & Charters

Amazing for both myself and my team.

Natasha Bird
Owner, Executive Director M>Phosis Hair Salon

Excellent course today, lots of important knowledge you shared with us.

Gail Dalley
District Team Leader of Canterbury & Westcoast St John Medical Alarms

I highly recommend Workplace Wellness, very professional.

Nicola Sorenson
Sorenson Travel

Wellness is not an easy emotion to approach internally, having an outside expert help introduce concepts and discussions around this concept is essential.

Kevin Walsh
Principal, Walsh & Associates

Highly recommend because of the quality of the services provided. Robin was exceptionally organised, while at the same time being flexible in accordance with the needs of our business and our staff. The materials provided were personalised and also of top quality.

Rob Brady
General Manager, Douglas Outdoor & Textile Innovation

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Find out how a more strategic approach to your health, safety and wellness programme can connect actions and investment to beneficial outcomes for all.

Key organisations we work with

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