blanchard international australia - Management Team
Ian’s interest in leadership and teamwork was sparked many years ago, with his involvement in the Scouts, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award programs. His early professional life focused on delivering effective Information Services to consulting clients, as a member of what is now Accenture, then as the leader of Information Services functions in both Mobil Oil and Phillip Morris. During his career with Mobil, Ian served as a member of the international audit team, and led a comprehensive systems update project in Lagos, Nigeria.
His work with Phillip Morris led him to support the effective management of information systems projects around the Asia-Pacific region, and his teaching of project management techniques gave him his introduction to the Ken Blanchard Situational Leadership® II solutions family. He became accredited to deliver the Situational Leadership© II and Building High Performance Teams© programs within Phillip Morris and then joined Blanchard International Australia in 2006.
As Managing Director of Blanchard International Australia, Ian serves clients across a broad range of fields from education through heavy manufacturing, from financial services through pharmaceutical manufacturing and from fitness through telecommunications. He is based in Melbourne but serves his clients across Australia and around the world. His passion lies in supporting people to fulfil their dreams.
Andrew Miedler is a Director with Blanchard International and has extensive experience in facilitating a wide variety of learning programs, including Situational Leadership® II over the past 15 years.
Prior to joining Blanchard, Andrew held a number of senior Human Resources positions with responsibilities across Australia and New Zealand within the glass, FMCG, building products and agribusiness industries. During this time he has led a broad range of cross functional projects in India, Japan and Indonesia.
Andrew has also managed a specialist consultancy in the development of employer branding, using best-practice consumer marketing research techniques. His consultancy, ‘Employer Branding’, developed award winning employer brands and HR strategies for clients in the FMCG and retail industries.
Making people an organisation’s competitive advantage is Andrew’s passion, and his goal for all of his clients. His broad cross functional knowledge allows him to speak the functional language of participants to make examples which resonate.
His facilitation expertise are in the areas of leadership, motivation, employee engagement, performance management, customer service and change management.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Commerce from Sydney University. He has also attended the Wharton Executive Business School (University of Pennsylvania) studying change management. In addition, he is a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development and the Australian Human Resources Institute. One of Andrew’s proudest moments was his nomination as a finalist for the Diversity Leader of the Year Award by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (now known as Workplace Gender Equality Agency).
Paul Stapleton joined Blanchard International - Australia in 1988. During his time with the company, he has made significant contributions to increasing the performance of his team and to fulfilling the needs of his clients.
Paul has seen the widespread growth of Blanchard International with clients in every state of Australia and several countries within Asia, with approximately 20% of their training being conducted outside Australia. He has built his reputation on an underlying belief that organisations need an ongoing learning culture and that each person has the potential to learn and grow. Paul’s clients share his belief in pursuing measurable improvements of the participants who attend his programs.
Before joining Blanchard International, Paul spent 20 years in the finance industry. His roles included managing leadership and development initiatives, recruitment, training, and line management. In 1990, Paul was appointed Director of Training at Blanchard International and he held this position until taking over as Managing Director in 2005. From that time, he was responsible for the performance of the organisation and expanded the business, with an additional office now in Melbourne as well as Sydney. In 2013 he stepped down as Managing Director, and in 2015 retired from consulting life after a 27 year career delivering Blanchard training solutions. Paul is now a Senior Consultant of the business and looks forward to seeing its growth into the coming years.
blanchard international group New Zealand limited
Executive Director & Performance Consultant
A founding proprietor of Blanchard International Group New Zealand Limited and a professional Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors NZ, Malcolm enjoys partnering with governance, executive and leadership teams to facilitate their discovery of practices and strategies that enable their enterprises to prosper and set new benchmarks in increasingly competitive and challenging times.
Throughout the past three decades he has worked on a vast range of strategic, governance, and leadership and organisational development assignments across New Zealand, and abroad.
Within his home community he contributes to the governance development and performance of a range of registered charities, and serves as a Branch Committee Member of the Institute of Directors.
Recreationally, he enjoys the occasional motorcycle ride, supporting his local rugby region, listening to music, playing the bagpipes, and together with his wife Bridget, trail cycling, and maintaining their country property where they host a few grazing animals and share time out with family and friends.
Executive Manager & Company Director - Finance
Bridget is the Executive Manager and Company Director - Finance of Blanchard International in New Zealand.
Her main focus today is on the governance performance of the company including financial planning and monitoring, and the day to day operation of the Company at a management and administrative level.
Over her 17 years with Blanchard New Zealand she fulfilled all roles in the Company including as a specialist coach providing coaching to support learning, and is accredited in a broad range of diagnostic tools and leadership development solutions to support intervention designs for measurable outcomes.
As a Consulting Partner and Facilitator she has contributed to the capability of clients to make changes and achieve turnaround results in both favourable and unfavourable conditions.
This company wide experience provides a valuable resource to all stakeholders in the Blanchard business and clients requiring information and support at any level.
Her earlier career includes farming, international elite sport, coaching, business development, team management and business administration.
Outside of business Bridget and Malcolm enjoy maintaining their sustainable rural property, raising a few sheep and cattle, gardening, and sharing time with family and friends.
Director & Consulting Partner
David is a Company Director and accredited Consulting Partner with Blanchard International in New Zealand.
Dave is an astute, amiable and committed provider of client services. He is a full-time Company Director, Consulting Partner and Accredited Leadership Facilitator with Blanchard International NZ. He leads the Business Development and Services Delivery team, managing key client relationships on behalf of the company.
As well as being fully accredited in leadership and organisational development as a Blanchard® Consulting Partner and Master Trainer, he is tertiary qualified with a BSc in Mathematics, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a BSc (Hons) in Industrial and Organisation Psychology, and a National Diploma in Business.
His professional career background includes service as a commissioned officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy, followed by extensive consulting, design and delivery of Blanchard® solutions for a range of commercial business clients, and public organisations. He is experienced with credible results in working equally with all levels across organisations, from senior leadership teams to frontline leaders and individual contributors.
Dave works tirelessly in building leadership capability and adding value in his relationship management of client organisations.
Yogita brings a vast consulting and facilitation experience of working with Pacific Island Countries to Blanchard International Group New Zealand Limited. She has an enriched background working in the development sector with over 18 Pacific Island countries in various sectorial areas of natural resource management, energy, technology, national policy advice, gender mainstreaming and facilitating training workshops (government, communities and small businesses). She has worked with various international development partners, mainly – ENERGIA, CTA, UNDP, European Union, ADB, World Bank, UNEP, NZAID, and AUSAID.
She is an enthusiastic Executive MBA student (Massey University, NZ), with a strong history of academic background. She has graduated with Postgraduate Diploma In Governance (University of the South Pacific), Graduate Certificate In Management [Information Systems] (Central Queensland University) and Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics & Information System (University of the South Pacific).
Outside of business, Yogita enjoys her family time with husband and two young boys. Yogita actively joins in with her children in all after school activities, hence has developed wide interest in sports such as swimming, soccer, karate, equestrian, ice skating, and bowling. Further she is an absolute foodie, and enjoys cooking.
Emerita Associate (Retired)
Recently retired, for twenty-four years, Joan contributed highly valued and respected collegial wisdom, learning, humour, and perspective to colleagues within the Blanchard® organisation.
Throughout her tenure as an accredited Blanchard® Associate / Licensee Trainer, she facilitated exemplar leadership development workshops, advice and support for a broad range of clients throughout New Zealand, and across the Asia Pacific region.
She succeeded in getting the best from and for her clients through her natural facilitation skills, complemented by her warm personality that ensured participants engaged in their learning and development.
She brought to clients vast experience with Blanchard® leadership development solutions following a background of formal skills transfer, group dynamics and communications training. Her experience was supported by both retail and education sector consulting and training, including many professional years training tutors for children with Specific Learning Difficulties.
In her well-earned retirement, we are fortunate to continue to enjoy Joan’s company as a lifetime friend of the Blanchard® organisation, and as an on-call counsel.
Joan lives with her husband Doug, in the Wairarapa, New Zealand where they enjoy the development of their property, time with nearby family, communicating with (or visiting) family overseas, theatre, dancing, reading and gardening.
We wish Joan and Doug all the best for many healthy and happy adventurous and grand-parenting years ahead.
Good on you, thank you, and well done Joan!