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

The correspondence, interview experience and application process from start to finish was absolutely brilliant. The care and way you all went about handling the process with sensitivity and as real people (not the usual impersonal forms and automated responses) made it all the more reassuring. I particularly appreciated your transparency in correspondence and in your candidate briefing pack about the stages of the process, with clear expectations from the outset. Thank you. Not just because of the outcome, this has been the most professionally managed recruitment process I've ever experienced. Please also pass on my thanks again to Andrea, I enjoyed our conversations - her warmth and energy was a joy!


We liked having a team appointed to look after us. Having two recruitment processes, the follow-on and consistency was important. Jane and Gina were a great team, keeping us updated and in touch with how the process was progressing. Jane was a very good interviewer and the calibre of the Search candidates with the second process was outstanding.

Karen Price, Chair, Aotea Electric Auckland

I would have to say that Sheffield is the most professional well run recruitment agent that I have ever encountered. From a candidate perspective, the prompt communication all throughout the process was fantastic and the thing that stands out the most for me. There is nothing worse as a candidate than waiting around wondering when you might hear about each step in the process. It was the same when I dealt with Mike on a position a few years ago. Absolute gold standard!

Joanne Soderlund, Candidate, Grey District Council

Engaging with Sheffield and having Louise as our lead on the recruitment for our CE position was a great decision. Louise listened to our requirements, focus areas, our communities values/challenges and was extremely professional. Her knowledge and experience guided and advised us throughout this process to a fantastic outcome. I would highly recommend Louise and her team for the recruitment process. Their vast experience and knowledge in the local government sector helped us through this process to a positive outcome for our council.

Tania Gibson, Mayor, Grey District Council

We had used Sheffield before in the search for a Trustee and we felt we could rely on Sheffield to get the job done. We knew Sheffield would get out into the market and the search would be thorough. It was a very pleasant and professional experience.

Rebecca Lindo, Chair, The Piano

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News and Resources

Grey District Council appoints new Chief Executive Office
Congratulations to Joanne Soderlund, who has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer with Grey District Council.
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New Head of Executive Services for Connetics
Sheffield thoroughly enjoyed partnering with Connetics in the appointment of Isabelle Manson as their new Head of Executive Services.
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Sheffield in the Community
Sheffield South Island are proud to support BrainTree Wellness Centre and enjoyed the festivities at the annual BrainTree Ball 2024 on 22nd June.
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New Chief Executive for Aotea Electric Auckland
Congratulations to Victoria Mahan in her new role as Chief Executive Officer for Aotea Electric Auckland.
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An evening at The Court Theayre
At Sheffield South Island we enjoy spending time with our clients outside the Boardroom. Recently we hosted an evening at the latest production currently playing at the Court Theatre, Mr and Mrs Macbeth of Heathcote Valley Road.
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New Chief Executive for Nova Trust
Congratulations to Andy Doherty as he takes up the role of Chief Executive Officer with Nova Trust.
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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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