Leadership Academy

Developing future Southland leaders.

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The Southland Leadership Academy has been developing Southland leaders since 2019.

The Leadership Academy has been delivered across Southland including Invercargill, Te Anau, Edendale, Gore, Lumsden, Otautau and on Stewart Island / Rakiura. During 2024 we will host three further intakes of 12 participants in Invercargill, plus one in Gore, and Te Anau.   

The purpose of this programme, which is completed over multi-days, is to provide leaders with the opportunity to build leadership capabilities through their own personal development and by learning from the experience of others.

The Leadership Academy is for people who are passionate about developing their existing leadership experience and who have the potential for holding senior positions and governance roles.

The participant, at the completion of the experiential and reflective learning sessions, will be better equipped and have a good understanding of what is required to be a leader in their own organisation and in the wider business community.

Each session is led by a senior executive from significant Southland – Otago based businesses or other organisations. The participant will benefit from the opportunity to interact with the presenter and build an ongoing connection with them, and other participants.

At the end of the programme, participants will graduate and be invited to become a member of the Southland Leadership Academy Alumni. 

Meet our Inspirers.

Jason Tibble

Chief Executive
Gallaway Cook Allan

Jocelyn O'Donnell

Director
HW Richardson Group

Robert Boekhout

General Manager
Blue River Dairy

Geoff Finnerty

General Manager
South Port NZ Ltd

Dr Flora Gilkison

CEO
Hospice Southland

Bernadette Hunt

Farmer, and Vice President
Federated Farmers

Richard Roberts

Jackson Engineering Advisors

Penny Simmonds

MP for Invercargill

Richard Gray

General Manager Operations Lower South Island - Fonterra

Michelle Henderson

Director
Red Rabbit & Co

Shaun Drylie

Consultant & Designate Group CEO
Carbn Group Holdings

Dean Addie

Leading Relationship Manager
T4 Group

Aimee Kaio

Programme Manager
Tokona te Ao of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Paddy O'Brien

High Performance Sevens Referee Manager
World Rugby

Danny Leonard

Operational Excellence Business Partner
PowerNet Ltd

Stephen OConnor

Principal
Mitre Wealth Management

Dougal McGowan

CEO
Football South

Clare Hadley

Former CEO
Invercargill City Council

Paul Adams

StabiX Founder Stabicraft Co-Founder / Director

Chris Blenkiron

General Manager
New Zealand's Alunimium Smelter

Bharat Guha

CFO
Invercargill Licensing Trust

Prue Halstead

CEO
Invest South

Terry Nicolas

Representative
Te Rūnanga o Hokonui

Cr Darren Frazer

Councillor on the
Southland District Council

Todd Grave

Former CEO Blue Sky Meats

Stewart Hamilton

Former General Manager, New Zealand's Alunimium Smelter

Onno Muller

Former CEO
Southern Institute of Technology

Mark O'Connor

Director
O'Connor Consulting


What our alumni say

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Lindsay Bowmar Testimonial
We were provided with excellent speakers, all of whom shared their wisdom openly. Strongly recommend this short course to anyone wanting to improve their leadership skills.
Lindsay Bowmar
Southland Regional Manager - Calder Stewart
Olivia Ross Testimonial
The Academy allowed me to challenge the status quo and utlise real life stories to learn valuable leadership learnings. Being in the rural sector it has widened my connections and networks. A great programme for realising where the gaps in your journey lie.
Olivia Ross
Extension Manager - Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Dave Gibbs Testimonial
An amazing 8 weeks. Being able to hear leadership stories, learning and reflections from amazing leaders was a true privilege with so many takeaways. A must do investment for any organisation to support your leaders to lift their gaze and grow and strengthen their leadership skillset.
Dave Gibbs
Regional Manager - Graeme Dingle Foundation Southland
Peter Bruce Testimonial
The opportunity to upskill, challenge my thinking and meet like-minded people from different industries was invaluable. I quickly realised that all leaders have the same issues and challenges and the course content was very relevant to our business. I would highly recommend the Academy.
Peter Bruce
Senior Operations Manager - Fortuna Group
Alexis Wadworth Testimonial
A highly valuable course, well worth the investment! Awesome opportunity to learn from and be challenged by highly effective leaders while forming lasting connections with likeminded people. An incredible course that I would highly recommend to people wanting to challenge themselves.
Alexis Wadworth
Bank of New Zealand
Tim Driscoll Testimonial
A fantastic interactive group of sessions with likeminded people from other industries. It’s great to hear from local leaders to see what they do and what ideas farmers can grab to add value to their businesses.
Tim Driscoll
Director - Southland Development Dairy Trust
Debbie Hodges Testimonial
The presenters we had were of such a high quality, extremely interesting and very approachable - you left each week feeling invigorated and with more strings to your bow. Fantastic initiative and a definite must for the current and future leaders of our Region.
Debbie Hodges
General Manager - E Hayes & Sons

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