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Loretta Brown

NZCMC Director & Lead Coach

BA, MSW(Hons)

A leadership expert and executive coach, Loretta specialises in the development of strategy and leadership capacity in public, private and non-profit organisations. Throughout her career, she has been involved in leadership roles and has been a company director for 12 years. This provides her a sound understanding of the leadership landscape of a commercial environment.

Loretta has been a strategic sounding board for senior managers for over 20 years. Her specialty is working with decision makers who tend to be too busy but are ready to take the next step up. She helps people have more fun, build successful results focused teams and to create profitable, ethical organisations. She is passionate about high quality professional development of leaders in service to organisations and communities.

Loretta has been developing leaders in one to one coaching engagements, as well as within executive leadership programmes. As Corporate Programe Director at the New Zealand Leadership Institute, University of Auckland, Business School, she has led long‐term leadership development programmes with organisations from every sector.

Loretta holds a MA of Social Work. She has been instrumental in developing the coaching and mentoring profession in New Zealand, advocating ethical and professional practice and is founder of the New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Centre. Her considerable knowledge and experience has been recognized with the achievement of a Master Coach accreditation from EMCC (European Coaching Mentoring Council)

She lives in New Zealand, enjoys spending time with her family, swimming in the ocean and growing vegetables at home on Waiheke Island. Loretta is greatful to be living in a safe and abundant part of the world.

Selected client organisations:

AMP, Human Right Commission, Westpac, Vector, NZ Trade and Enterprise, NZ Herald, APN, Education Review Office, PWC, HSBC, Ernst Young, Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, NZ Open Polytechnic, DB Breweries, AMP, Auckland District Health Board, Victim Support, Piritahi Marae, Zurich, Cellarmasters Wines

Selected Testimonials

"Every now and then, when you are in need of the right guidance, someone special  steps into your path. If you are fortunate that person will clear away any of your confusion, encouraging a new clarity and purpose to emerge. I experienced that fortune following my recovery from cancer and job redundancy. I met Loretta Brown, Director at NZ Coaching and Mentor Centre, and she connected with me immediately, drawing out my leadership qualities and mentoring skills. With care, she identified and then nurtured the very attributes I was about to call upon to launch my new career of mentoring. When it counted the most, Loretta made the difference."

Martin Crowe 
Former NZ Cricketer,
now leader and mentor

"Loretta has worked with our executive team for the past year. She has conducted a 360 feedback process, coached the individuals and undertaken team effectiveness days with our group. As executive leaders, we have grown individually and we are operating more collaboratively and effectively as a united team and at a much higher strategic level. Despite many changes facing our business our work with Loretta has enabled us to step up in our leadership and our outputs"

Charlaine Barnfarther
Director HR,  Origin Energy NZ  

"Using Leadership Coaching has given me insight and strategies into how, as a General Manager, I can engage with my organisation more effectively from my staff , to my peers, to my CEO.  It has helped my personal development by providing a conducive environment to discuss concerns and situations in a confidential manner"

Gerard Field
Head of Global Markets and Financial Institutions,

"Loretta's coaching skills are exceptional. She is easy to discuss issues with due to her experience and provides useful stories/insights on business issues and challenges”

Bryan Cherry
General Manager, New Zealand Wine Cellars  

"Loretta provided wise counsel that was practical and insightful. I felt genuine caring for my situation"

Evelyn Gates
General Manager, Tegal Foods 

Through my coaching conversations with Loretta over a year, I have increased my strategic capacity and am now able to work effectively in much larger roles.
— Max Murray, Country Lead, Origin Energy NZ


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