Who We Are
We are collaborators and navigators
We work with you, harnessing our expertise and experience in risk, change management, and health and wellbeing to develop a resilient workplace where you, your people and your business prosper.
We met up on an Outward-Bound Wellbeing Course. Through our shared physical, mental and emotional challenges and experiences on the course, teamed with rich conversations of our own life journeys, we began to recognise our mutual drive to help people live well, work well and stay well.
On this journey, we shared stories of places we’d worked and realised collectively we had clocked up thousands of hours striving for well workplaces.
Wellness Specialist and Resilience Coach
I’m passionate about all things Wellness. I have a diverse background in the banking and not for profit sectors including leading teams through times of turbulent change and uncertainty. I am also the director of Holistic Wellness. These combined experiences, along with my wellness background, gives me a unique insight into the demands and stresses of working in the corporate world and as a business owner.
I am the mother of two adult sons. In the early days, trying to juggle motherhood with a demanding career and the stressors of a seriously unwell husband eventually paid its price, resulting in a personal health crisis. Despite making significant changes to diet and exercise this only addressed the physical aspects of wellness and presented a catalyst for making significant change in my life. By deciding to implement more holistic changes into my life, I improved my wellbeing.
This lead me to follow my passion of assisting others on their own wellness journey. Guiding people to be the best they can be, achieving their full potential without feeling weighed down by life’s challenges.
Working with Resilience Consortium Lead for New Zealand
Executive Board Member – Natural Health Practitioners New Zealand
Accreditations and Qualifications
The journey into workplace wellness and resilience seemed a natural progression for Co-Founder/Director of Workplace Wellness, Leonie Wallwork, at this stage in her life and career.
My wealth of diverse experience in the private, Government and NGO sectors provided an opportunity to add real value in helping others to be engaged, motivated and productive in life and work.
As a senior executive including at CEO level, Director, HR and Change Manager and as a Business Advisor and Consultant, I have experienced first-hand the impact of change in the world of work, restructures, rapid growth or rapid decline in businesses, the challenges of turning a profit or, in the case of NGOs, achieving profit to support purpose, and the myriad of differing management styles and workplace cultures. It stirred up a burning desire to get to the core of many of the issues people and organisations were facing and nip them in the bud.
Through my own consulting business, Wallwork Consulting, I have focused mainly on leading capacity and capability development projects. As an Associate with Partners in Change, I was inspired by the work of Geoff Pearman, founder and world thought leader in age and work. Through this work, I found many cross overs and opportunities to change the narrative on wellness/ wellbeing, inclusive workplaces for people of all ages and to work strategically on turning the tide on enabling organisations to be sustainable, healthy and well.
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.
Key consultants we work with
Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach
I have been an advocate of wellness in the the workplace for many years through my work as a leadership consultant and executive coach for some of the world’s leading organisations.
My story begins in the UK where I was born and educated – graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst as an army officer.
I 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. I 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.
I moved to New Zealand with the 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, for me, in many ways been a blessing, as I am now able to concentrate on working in New Zealand, combining a local focus with a global perspective.
I am an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Certified Practitioner – Myers Briggs/FIRO-B.
Leadership and Workplace Culture Consultant
I am passionate about people and workplace wellness. I have worked in leadership and management positions across a range of sectors both for profit and not for profit for over 15 years. I have a strong focus on building positive, productive, performing teams; creating the environments in which people can flourish and thrive.
As a leadership and culture consultant, I focus on developing practical leadership skills in people based on their context. The ultimate goal is to enhance workplace culture, which in turn improves workplace wellbeing, performance and engagement. I create bespoke solutions based on your current situation and goals.
With a lived experience of mental illness, I have an in-depth understanding of the potential impacts a workplace that doesn’t create the right environment for people to succeed can have. Conversely, I also know how an employer who supports their team can have a significant impact on not only workplace wellness, but individual wellness as a whole.
With a passion for learning and an ability to turn my hand to anything, I have amassed an eclectic selection of qualifications, including:
- Masters of Science majoring in Psychology
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology
- Certificate in Health and Wellbeing
- Certificate in Bookkeeping
- National Certificate in meat retailing with strands in boning (I am a qualified butcher by trade).