Changeability Team

Our Management Team

Renny Hayes

Renny Hayes is currently the Business Manager for Connect SR and has strategic responsibility for Changeability. Initially having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in the UK, he spent some time with Rolls Royce before joining recruitment consultancy Michael Page International, where he became part of the leadership team that grew the business organically (three hundred fold) and internationally (into 23 countries). Moving to New Zealand in 2007, He has more recently chosen to apply his skills in the NGO sector in a variety of roles utilising his marketing, financial, and change management experience. Renny volunteers at Auckland Zoo, is a board member of Make-A-Wish New Zealand and his favourite song is David Bowie’s “Changes”.

Dick Downing

 

Dick Downing has been involved with Changeability since its inception and is currently Manager and senior consultant. Experienced in business development both in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Dick is a skilled facilitator who has spent over 15 years working in programme design and delivery. He is a specialist in change management and team development and ran his own training business for many years in the UK working with teams in the health and government sectors and with companies such as Rolls Royce, Accenture, and Astra Zeneca. Over the years much of his work has been helping teams to adapt to change and his focus is now entirely on delivering programmes to support people and organisations to transition through change more successfully.

Our Consultants and Coaches

Dick Downing

Dick is an experienced facilitator and has spent over 15 years working in programme design and delivery. He is a specialist in change management and team development and ran his own training business for many years in the UK. Dick is skilled at using a range of different approaches to achieve the outcomes his client is looking for. A flexible and responsive facilitator, Dick has worked with teams in the health and government sectors and with companies such as Rolls Royce, Accenture, and Astra Zeneca, delivering workshops at all levels in those organisations. Over the years much of his work has been helping teams to adapt to change and his focus is now entirely on delivering programmes to support people and organisations to transition through change more successfully.

Dr. Louise Cowpertwait

Dr. Louise Cowpertwait is our in-house, licenced, Clinical Psychologist with extensive consulting, researching, quality assurance, training and reporting skills, specialising in wellbeing, resilience, and evidence-based outcomes.
Louise holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and brings a decade of experience in the field of mental health, both in New Zealand and the UK. This has included working closely with a range of commercial workplaces, private hospitals, health services, educational establishments, NGO’s, governments and individuals.
Louise is passionate about neuropsychology, the science of happiness and wellbeing and how they can truly benefit workplace resilience and mindfulness to work through challenging times, reduce downtime (in every sense of the word ‘down’) and provide optimal individual, team and organisational output.
Dr. Louise also has a real fondness for animals, café culture, Spongebob and SquarePants.

John Scott

John is an organisational development consultant specialising in executive leadership development. His main area of expertise is working with CEO’s and executive teams seeking to optimise team or organisational performance using high engagement technologies, and in particular, real time strategic change. John worked for 9 years as an OD manager for US and UK pharmaceutical companies where he designed and managed a number of significant change programmes that flattened organisation structures and changed culture through methods such as the deployment of worldwide virtual teaming models, mentoring and coaching programmes, and the creation of performance management and competency frameworks. John’s New Zealand experience includes OD manager for Telecom NZ where he created a company-wide people centred change model and focused on the development of Senior Leaders.

Chris Meade

Chris has over 25 year’s experience as an HR Professional. She began her career with the EPMU as a researcher and advocate and has worked in various Learning and Development, OD and strategic generalist HR roles at Fletchers, Waitemata Health, AFFCO and Fonterra. Most recently she has been the Executive General Manager for Downer NZ for the past 7 years where she led significant transformational change. Chris is qualified in Prosci Change Management methodology and has an Honours and Master’s Degree in Arts from Otago. Through VSA Chris has worked as an HR professional volunteer in Timor Leste and she continues to work voluntarily for VSA in NZ. She is also a coach and mentor and is on the Boards of Careers NZ and the Safeguarding Children Initiative.

Elaine McMeeking

Elaine has spent 25 years in the Learning and Development field as a Training Manager and running her own consulting business. She works at all levels within organisations but her passion is working with managers to develop their leadership skills and equip them to cope with change and to support their staff through periods of transition. Elaine believes that learning should have an immediate impact on the business and her work is full of practical tips and techniques. She has worked across a widerange of organisations and with companies such as Air New Zealand, Fonterra and Foodstuffs. Elaine has delivered programmes in Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand and holds a Masters Degree in Training Management.

Janscie Langridge

Janscie is a Human Resource generalist with over 15 years experience. Janscie’s HR background covers a number of multi-site organisations mainly in the building sector covering manufacturing and construction companies for Fletcher Building, including PlaceMakers, Humes and Forman Group. She has also enjoyed working as a self-employed consultant in HR roles at Fonterra and Fresh Max. In recent years Janscie has worked as a Career Consultant supporting people back into work that have been displaced due to injury or redundancy. She has a passion for getting the most out of people and does this through her coaching. Janscie is an enthusiastic facilitator with energy to burn, “it is more about the conversation than the presentation” and enjoys supporting people through change, improving their self-awareness and motivation, and coaching to improve career prospects.

Our Advisory Board

Darryl Bishop

Darryl is the CEO of Connect Supporting Recovery and Changeability. He has qualifications in mental health and psychology, and has led large-scale health projects and organisations in England and New Zealand. He has been in New Zealand since 1999, having spells working for government and in the NGO sector. Darryl is passionate about changing the way society responds to mental health and addiction, and for five years he managed the award winning Like Minds, Like Mine campaign aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. In 2010 he joined the New Zealand Heart Foundation where he made significant changes to how the organisation structured its regional fund raising and health promotion presence, before returning to his passion of mental health taking on the CEO role at Connect in 2014..

Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams has been a member of the management team of Connect since 2005, currently in the role of Deputy CEO. Career experience includes 10 years working in international banking in the UK, culminating in the management of capital investment portfolios for domestic financial institutions (building societies). A change of direction into the not for profit sector saw Ruth undertake the development of a supported housing division of a large housing association (Bromford Housing Group), growing that business via acquisition, merger and government support to one supporting over 2500 people. Her passion is not for profit sustainability, and maximising collaboration and partnership to drive growth and development both for Connect and for the sector.

Gil Sewell

Gil is a commercial and highly successful OD specialist, with a proven background leading global programmes and initiatives to maximise business performance, improve engagement and positively impact on bottom line results. She has extensive experience in developing a culture of high productivity and capability by creating strong stakeholder relationships across businesses, gaining buy-in from executive and senior management teams, and effectively communicating the strategic vision to team members and front line staff, as well as building the skills needed for the change.
After 10 years leading a development and facilitation business in the UK, Gil emigrated to New Zealand in 2006 and worked in a variety of senior OD roles including GM Capability and Engagement at Fonterra before taking up her current position as Organisational Development Director at Auckland District Health Board.

Renny Hayes

Renny Hayes is currently the Business Manager for Connect SR and has strategic responsibility for Changeability. Initially having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in the UK, he spent some time with Rolls Royce before joining recruitment consultancy Michael Page International, where he became part of the leadership team that grew the business organically (three hundred fold) and internationally (into 23 countries). Moving to New Zealand in 2007, He has more recently chosen to apply his skills in the NGO sector in a variety of roles utilising his marketing, financial, and change management experience. Renny volunteers at Auckland Zoo, is a board member of Make-A-Wish New Zealand and his favourite song is David Bowie’s “Changes”.