Andrea Thompson

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Andrea Thompson

Andrea is a director and co-founder of Catapult. A leadership expert, Andrea has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and facilitation of leadership development programmes. Leadership programmes Andrea has designed include  AUT, Creative HQ, Meridian Energy, Mercury Energy, Ministry of Economic Development, Public Health Leaders, PGG Wrightson, Roche, Trade NZ, and the Sustainability Leadership Programme.

In addition to leadership development expertise, Andrea has vast experience working with organisational leaders to bring about organisational engagement, alignment and culture change.

Prior to co-founding Catapult, Andrea had six years in professional services as a lawyer and management consultant, was General Manager of a multi-national training and development company in NZ and the US, and a senior programme leader in NZ and the US. She has had the good fortune of being personally mentored by some of the world’s master programme designers and leaders.

Andrea is a graduate of Harvard University’s Adaptive Leadership programme. She has a passion and recognised expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder engagements to help create meaningful progress on complex challenges such as sustainability and health.

Andrea is an engaging and sought after presenter on organisational and leadership topics.

“When we embarked upon our change management programme at Mercury – ensuring that cultural change was a major component was key. Andrea’s expertise and guidance in this area was the difference between our success and failure.” Mike Larmer, Founding Director at Chemistry Interaction

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, cross fitter 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