Top 5 Articles of 2022

As we head into a year of uncertainty, the theme of our top performing posts of 2022 is how to navigate change. This varies from our newly resources contracting service in response to industry demand, celebrating changes in leadership, and gaining insights from high profile executives through our Lessons in Leadership interview series.

Identifying Successors 


As part of DDI's CEO Succession Planning Conversations Series, this article looks in to the conversations that need to take place in order to identify potential successors.

"CEO succession is becoming a higher priority for board consideration. The fact that CEO tenures are reducing in time, that economic cycles are ‘turning’ faster requiring different leadership orientation and that internal aspirants need to be managed more sensitively heighten the need for greater board oversight.

Increasingly Sheffield is supporting boards to plan around these realities. Active and regular market mapping that builds greater knowledge of the potential talent pool, the planful development of internal talent and the consistent alignment (through recruitment and promotion) of leadership capability to business strategy are all options available to boards through Sheffield’s Services."

Ian Taylor, Managing Director Sheffield North Island

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Steve Tucker | Lessons in Leadership Interview


Sheffield's Lessons in Leadership series interviews high profile executives about their leadership style and journey.

In this interview, Sheffield North Island Managing Director Ian Taylor speaks to Steve Tucker, who is a professional board director and chair with extensive governance experience across privately owned public sector and listed companies.

Steve is currently chair of Gallagher Holdings, where he previously held a range of senior executive positions over 20 years. Gallagher is involved in three key business areas of design, manufacturing and marketing of a range of agricultural and security management products and systems. It employs over 1,100 people worldwide and exports approximately 80% of its total sales to over 100 countries. Gallagher is indeed a New Zealand success story.



Dame Patsy Reddy, Placement Update


Recently we had great pleasure in congratulating Dame Patsy Reddy on her appointment as the first female Chair of New Zealand Rugby Board. It was a privilege for Sheffield Search to have supported the facilitation of Dame Patsy’s appointment to the Board earlier this year.

"Having supported New Zealand Rugby with Dame Patsy Reddy’s initial appointment to its board, we wish to congratulate her and the organisation on Dame Patsy’s appointment to the role of Chair. This represents a seminal moment for the sport in both the national and global arenas. A brilliant move!" - Ian Taylor, Sheffield North Island  Managing Director.



Sheffield North Island Contracting Service 


Earlier this year we announced our newly resourced Contracting service. The Practice is now led by Rachelle Weingott, supported by Delphine Tantrum.  You can learn more about this powerhouse team in our article.

As you navigate inevitable change or transformation, you may have any number of recruitment needs specific to a Contracting arrangement including: the addition of specialist expertise, temporary cover, and/or change-management project capability. 

Our deep experience, gained over 60 years, in advising on leadership and workforce development puts us in a unique position to help identify and source quickly the skills you require in the most demanding of times. 



Dan Reddiex | Lessons in Leadership Interview


Sheffield's Lessons in Leadership series interviews high profile executives about their leadership style and journey. In this episode, Sheffield North Island Managing Director Ian Taylor speaks to Dan Reddiex, who is the headmaster of Auckland's Dilworth School

Dan is a highly respected leader in the sector. He is progressive and passionate in the area of boys education and is well known for his strong values led leadership style. He has led Dilworth during a challenging period, providing stability and inspiration to the community while at the same time developing outstanding learning opportunities for its students.

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