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Meet the Capable NZ Development Facilitators

Dr Lesley Gill PhD

Dr Lesley Gill has an extensive background in professional development for individuals and teams. Lesley is a leading academic and trainer in the area of Emotional Intelligence in the workplace and has a keen interest in learner-focused training. Lesley holds a PhD in Business (Massey University), Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce in Management (University of Otago), along with two teaching qualifications. Lesley is a Co-Editor and Author of Organisations and Management as well as several other training and development publications in academic journals and business magazines. Lesley joined the Otago Polytechnic in 2002 teaching human resource management, leadership, organisational behaviour, management, communication and employment relations. Lesley places a significant emphasis on designing training that is hands-on and practical, strengthening the whole person, resulting in improved organisational performance. Lesley's consultancy involves providing professional and personal self-development training for organisations; for example, Cadbury Ltd., Supporting Families Otago, and RNZAF.

Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons is a qualified psychometrician specialising in the organisational application of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator; a personality profiling tool. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management (University of Otago). Michael joins the Capable NZ team after spending 10 years overseas as a business consultant designing and delivering training solutions for some of the world's largest multinational corporations. He specialises in designing and delivering learning solutions in leadership, management, team and personal development. Michael uses his international experience and evidence-based research to create transformative and sustainable change in the organisations he works with.

Dr Malcolm Macpherson PhD

Malcolm has a varied and long list of professional and personal achievements including the role of Central Otago District Mayor 2001-2010. He was also an elected member of the Otago/Southern District Health Board 2001-2013, and chairman of the Community and Public Health and Disability Support Advisory Committees, 2010-2013. Malcolm is an also Academic Mentor and facilitator for Capable NZ in the independent learning and work-based learning pathway programmes, where he is the resident subject area specialist for business excellence. He is a contributing writer for QNewZ, the magazine of the NZ Organisation for Quality, an occasional consultant (NZ and international) on business excellence and audit processes, and senior assessor for the New Zealand Performance Excellence Study Award Scheme.