Explore our Leadership Development offerings and find out how we can assist your organisation.

Why Sheffield?

learning solutions 

From the traditional classroom to the virtual classroom, and self-paced online training.


We partner with clients to make the journey easier, deliver a great experience and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Powerful development solutions for every level

Our solutions are tailored to achieve meaningful results for individuals, front-line, middle-level, and senior leadership levels.

practical solutions 

Our skilled and experienced consultants, facilitators, psychologists, learning designers and coaches provide customised practical solutions and support for your needs.

Local expertise and
proven practices

We offer clients a uniquely rich depth of understanding, perspective and judgement gained from over 60 years of experience recruiting and developing New Zealand’s leaders, combined with access to evidenced-based solutions.

Sustainable, relevant
and integrated

Our programs and solutions are continually updated with the latest research and thinking. We have solutions to support strategic alignment, selection, development, performance and succession.


Client Testimonials

It’s been a pleasure to partner with Sheffield over the years as we’ve collaborated to build new leadership development programmes and a pipeline of confident, capable leaders able to deliver on our organisational strategy and values. The team has a warm, collegial style and an ability to quickly get to the heart of our needs and tailor their approach accordingly.

Theren Naidoo, Talent and Learning Partner, Livestock Improvement Corporation

We have always been happy with our past experiences with Sheffield, I have always trusted them and the process was done really well. I would and have already, recommend Sheffield to others and would use them again if I needed to.

Bryan Cadogan, Mayor, Clutha District Council

After going to market we chose Sheffield to lead the appointment process for our Chief Executive Officer as we felt comfortable with Louise. The whole process was seamless with a strong pool of candidates and great communication from the team at Sheffield.

Nigel Bowen, Mayor, Timaru District Council

The process with you has been brilliant - thanks for your support throughout Kate. I really appreciated your direct style of communication and interesting and challenging questions.

Candidate Anonymous

We have previously partnered with Sheffield and been impressed with their service and professionalism. I appreciate Louise’s honesty when working with her and the capability of the Search team works very well. Sheffield is well connected across a variety of industries, and I knew with this being a specialised role, Sheffield would have their fingers on the pulse. This role had tight timeframes that we highlighted from the outset and Sheffield were able to deliver on this.

Francesca Eathorne, CEO, Antarctic Heritage Trust

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News and Resources

Using Emotional Intelligence to Improve Communication
In today’s world the importance of EQ is increasingly critical. Whether you’re creating alignment around strategic direction or resolving conflict between teams, leaders that build trust with emotional intelligence will gain far greater results than those that don’t.
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Sheffield Supporting Sustainablity
At Sheffield South Island we are proud to support sustainability and the future. Since embarking on our journey with CarbonInvoice in April 2023, and the charity Trees that Count, we are proud to share that our partnership has planted 400 native trees to contribute toward reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating emissions from our business activity.
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Lindy Catley's 20th work anniversary.
Congratulations to Lindy Catley on her 20th work anniversary.
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Tasman District Council appoint new Chief Executive Officer
Sheffield South Island thoroughly enjoyed partnering with Tasman District Council recently in the appointment of Leonie Rae as their new Chief Executive Officer.
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CCHL Wahine Summit Panel
On Thursday evening our General Manager Louise Green was invited to join the CCHL Wāhine Summit Panel at Chateau on the Park, to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Women in the Workplace.
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Opportunity to join Sheffield at Women on Boards Masterclass
Sheffield is well-known for its work with boards, partnering with a large number of organisations throughout New Zealand to build capability and support independent director recruitment. Sheffield is proud to be a part of the Women on Boards Governance Masterclass. Developed by women, for women, this in-person, one-day programme will provide the essentials for women looking to advance their governance careers and improve their governance knowledge and skills.
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Case Studies

Christchurch Girls High School
Over 200 Year 13 students at Christchurch Girls’ High School completed the My Self career assessment, which looks at an individual’s strengths in areas that have been shown to be important to success at work, and how these align to different careers.
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Duncan Cotterill
Sheffield’s Senior Consultant Louise Green spoke with senior management about what they wanted to achieve. “We spoke about the type of key leadership behaviours that Duncan Cotterill wanted to exhibit”, said Louise. After these were agreed upon at a board level, it was decided that Sheffield would use DDI’s 360 Tool - Leadership Mirror with all 40 partners, across all four offices around the country.”
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Skyline Enterprises
The challenge with this particular position was to find a senior People Leader with a strong organisational and leadership development background. Moreover, the candidate had to not only provide operational HR leadership, they had to build capability across the entire business (comprising of some 1400 staff) and embed an organisational culture focussed on growing talent.
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Development West Coast
With the incumbent CEO of Development West Coast (DWC) retiring, Sheffield was briefed by the DWC Board to look for a new Chief Executive. The brief was to find a replacement who possessed the leadership attributes, ability to work with a variety of stakeholders on the West Coast, and to lead the team in order to enhance economic development in the region.
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Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust
Sheffield undertook a pure Search assignment, identifying candidates within the region that fitted the client’s specific brief, and presented a strong list of potential search candidates, which CWCART referred to as their ‘wish list’.
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MTF Finance Appoint Melanie Templeton as their new Independent Director
Following detailed discussions with the Board, Sheffield recommended a very targeted Search approach, alongside digital and print advertising.
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New Executive Leadership Team for Invercargill City Council
Partnering alongside both Clare Hadley and Gary Andrews, Manager People & Capability, Louise Green, a Senior Consultant at Sheffield, set about gaining a deep and thorough understanding of ICC - as an organisation, their future direction and needs, and the balance of the skills, competencies and experience that was needed to create a new and complementary executive team.
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From 2013 to 2017, Sheffield delivered a Management Fundamentals programme focused on setting the people centric leadership standards to ensure a consistent working style across the organisation.
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LIC – Emerging Leader Programme
LIC was seeking support to develop and deliver an Emerging Leader Programme, targeting high-potential, emerging leaders to develop the foundational skills for success as an upcoming leader in the organisation.
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Palmerston North City Council
Wellington Director, Katy Anquetil and Associate Director, Nicholas Buck partnered with Heather and her staff to carry out a wide variety of search work in helping to achieve broad organisational change. This included recruiting 20+ roles, and carrying out assessments and lead team alignment work. Sheffield Search provided a holistic service, from drafting job advertisements and descriptions to acting as a valuable sounding board regarding more strategic decisions.
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