Rhys Watson, Lisa Mandic, Jon Dunning & Denis Sartain

Our USP is our people

There are a lot of training courses out there – what makes the ones run by IMNZ different? Our facilitators! Come and meet them.

The Institute of Management New Zealand has been around for 70 years, making us one of the oldest and most established groups of its kind in Aotearoa. Our great knowledge and expertise is underpinned by our amazing course facilitators.

All our facilitators are knowledgeable professionals who have hands on experience in their area of training. They walk the walk as well as talk the talk, and offer solutions based on experiences that have worked for them and others in the past.

We spoke to five members of our brilliant team to find out what they think really makes IMNZ training stand out.

Rhys Watson – the practical powerhouse

“I deliver the programme management training and Think on your Feet workshops for IMNZ. I’ve worked in the food industry, the utilities industry, pretty-varied – but underpinning that is about 20 years of project management experience. What I bring to the training is practical experience – I have actually run successful projects. When I’m facilitating, I like to tell stories from my past, my hands-on experience. It can be very engaging.” Read more about Rhy Watson here.

Lisa Mandic – Keeping it current 

“As a management consultant for over 20 years, I deliver the Management Leadership and Train the Trainer courses. I’m lucky enough to work with New Zealand businesses to help them improve performance. Being a management consultant means I can bring that current experience into the training room, keeping training practical and useful. I make sure we have enough time for people to apply the techniques in the training room because it’s not until you use something that the questions come.” Read more about Lisa Mandic here.

Jon Dunning – Global knowledge local

“With 30-years experience in both public and private sector roles across Europe, America and Australasia, I deliver management and leadership training. The skills I’ve mastered have been honed through a career in demanding roles in tough environments. They taught me what works and what doesn’t in the real world. A good facilitator should ask, guide and share rather than advise, tell and teach. Great training should increase a person’s awareness and curiosity. I aim to inspire students to see themselves as lifelong learners, and encourage them to foster the habits that will help them achieve their goals.” Read more about Jon Dunning here.

Denis Sartain – Puts theory into practice

“I deliver the Coaching for Managers programme. My professional background is in shipping, and my specialisation is business psychology. I have a Master Degree in Behavioural Change and Coaching. I like to take a participant-centred approach, getting people involved in practical experiences and bringing theory to life. My aim is to enable students to utilise all they’ve learned in a classroom setting in the real-world environments they will return to.” Read more about Denis Sartain here.

Tia Chakravarty – Whole person approach

“I’ve been a professional coach and facilitator for almost 15 years, and I like participants to be able to live and work authentically, in a way that aligns with their talents, passion and values. I used brain-based methodologies, as well as my own intuition, the engage the whole person. This creates new levels of awareness and clients have reported increased clarity, improved motivation, and greater fulfilment.” Read more about Tia Chakravarty here.

At IMNZ we do not believe in a one size fits all approach. We have a variety of courses, and trainers, that offer support in both management and leadership development. Find out more about our courses here.


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