Andrea Thompson

About / Andrea Thompson


Andrea blends expertise in leadership, facilitation, sustainability, culture and teamwork to support leaders, teams, and organisations to be future-fit.

Andrea has more than 25 years’ experience in custom-designing leadership development programmes, including:

  • The Sustainability Leadership Programme in partnership with the Sustainable Business Council.
  • The Public Health Leadership Programme which was funded by the Ministry of Health, ran from 2010 to 2022, and has over 500 graduates from across the public health system.
  • In-house leadership programmes for Te Pūtea Matua / Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Fire and Emergency NZ, Environment Southland, PGG Wrightson, The Salvation Army, and many more.

Andrea has vast experience working with organisational culture, including:

  • Facilitating the co-creation of organisational purpose, vision, values, and strategy (e.g. Mercury Energy, Ministry of Defence).
  • Supporting people to thrive during change utilising the Catapult Leading Change Toolkit.

She has a passion and recognised expertise in facilitating systems change. Recent examples include facilitating:

  • The Construction Sector Accord’s environment work stream to create a roadmap for transforming the sector’s environmental impacts.
  • The creation of a National Career System Strategy.
  • Various national hui on climate change and biodiversity solutions.

Andrea is a graduate of:

  • Harvard University Kennedy School (Adaptive Leadership Development)
  • Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership (Business Sustainability Management)
  • Institute for the Future (Futures Thinking)
  • NeuroLeadership Institute
  • Acumen (Systems Leadership and Storytelling for Change)
  • Victoria University of Wellington: LLB (Hons) with a Masters paper in Environmental Sustainability
Check out her TED Talk on the Hidden Source of Success:

Specialist Areas
  • Facilitating multiple stakeholders to make progress on complex challenges
  • Backbone work
  • Creating leadership cultures
  • Custom designing leadership development initiatives
“We turned to Andrea to help us develop a leadership strategy for Otago Polytechnic. She did a ‘deep dive’ into our organisation and rapidly built an understanding of our strategy, current leadership practice and our desired future. Her work resulted in a future leadership profile and a development roadmap. Andrea also delivered our annual guest address to all staff which was reported to be ‘the best ever’ session by many staff. Andrea is now coaching us as we build and develop our leadership capacity. The experience, insight and passion she has brought to this work is exceptional and has made a lasting impact on Otago Polytechnic.” 
Matt Carter, Director Business Development, Otago Polytechnic


Andrea is a keen cook, sailor, gym goer, and traveller.

Andrea is an exceptional Leadership Consultant who has been instrumental in advising Auckland Regional Public Health Service on the creation of our vision, purpose and strategy. Andrea is guiding us on a journey of Transformation providing us with the tools and a practical approach that supports our Leadership development and engagement of everyone. Andrea brings energy, professionalism, and fun to her Leadership consulting that helps keep everyone engaged.

Kerry Whitcombe Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Andrea is an absolute expert at design and delivery of inspiring and engaging leadership programmes and events. She co-designed and delivered the Future Leaders Programme for the Sustainable Business Council in 2016/2017 as well as leading events with the Future Leaders Alumni. She was exciting to work with because of her drive and creativity, technical understanding of leadership and willingness to understand and adapt design to the specific needs of the Council.

Belinda van Eyndhoven Ministry for the Environment

“Andrea is fabulous at both the design and delivery of leadership programmes.
Her client service is second to none and her delivery is always fresh and engaging.”

Tracey Snape Learning and Development Manager, PGG Wrightson