We have an extensive list of client testimonials, here are a few. If you would like to speak to people who have collaborated with us on a course or project, then we can put you in touch.

Joe McCollum, Human Resources Director, Spark NZ

“Spark initially invited Play Colab in to undertake a review following the departure of several senior women to understand better why these women had left – and whether any systemic issues existed that impacted negatively on our gender diversity aspirations. Sandy and her team undertook a thorough review which in the end, went much wider than this and revealed quite remarkable, ground-breaking insights. Their unique perspectives have really driven us to think very differently as an organisation about diversity and inclusion. Play Colab have not only been very professional in their approach, but have also brought fresh thinking which has challenged our traditional mindsets around culture as a product of leadership and particularly in terms of the role of leadership in shaping our D&I agenda. Although Sandy and her team have a methodology, they have put in considerable time and effort to “get behind” the culture. The impact on our organisation of the work has been quite phenomenal. And now a year later, we have seen a complete step change in the conversation around diversity and inclusion and an organic shift, led by our own people, to a significantly more inclusive working environment. It has been a privilege to collaborate with Play Colab and has made a real tangible impact on our organisation.”

Mary Devine, Independent Director

“I have known Sandy for over ten years. Originally when Sandy was Marketing Director at Max Fashions, through to her role as Director of Leadership Development at Global Woman, to the establishment of Play CoLab.  In all three contexts she has been an outstanding leader, with an ability to be at the forefront of the respective sectors. She has embraced collaboration with a recognition that a dynamic environment that enhances individual expertise and diversity of thought creates a real point of difference. Her energy levels, inspirational leadership and unique ability to understand nuances or trends – whether societal or market orientated provides informed insights, and a perspective that is meaningful. I also believe Sandy’s executive background and academic pursuits in recent years provide a depth of understanding on how to optimise team and individual performance. In summary, Sandy’s passion to make a difference underpins a value set that gives her courage and determination to challenge and support recognised leaders to embrace change.”

Darryl, Head of Department, Public Sector

“It is not often I have the opportunity to ‘work on myself’ and choosing to work with Sandy and Jenny, their collaborators and my course companions on the Leadership Co-lab was an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. I was looking for something that would help me to make a ‘seismic’ shift, not just a nudge, and I found it. I learned some excellent new models, techniques and perspectives, but two of the most significant outcomes were understanding why I am the way that I am, and feeling much better connected with myself and those around me. And because I am becoming a better and more aware leader of ‘myself’, I am becoming a more effective leader of others in different areas of my life. I now feel like a much better version of myself which was important because I didn’t actually want to be anyone else. At work, I have had consistent and positive feedback about the shift. The careful curation and intellectual rigour of the course content is
stimulating and the careful and thoughtful way it is delivered all adds up to ‘amazing’. But beware, the work is not easy. It’s success relies on being truly honest with yourself and others in your group and you need to be prepared to drop the veil and contribute fully for the benefit of all. This is far from your ‘average leadership course’ but afterwards you will feel far from average.”

Ian, GM, Banking Sector

“I can personally say I have found this programme so beneficial in helping me more aware of blind spots & recognise what leadership strengths I have. It is without doubt one of the best programmes I have been on. Content of modules is extremely high and the collaborators Sandy works with are first class. What makes it so powerful is the fact the learning is cemented by coaching sessions in between each play session & targets behavioural change. The group numbers are extremely small and encourage you to work closely & learn from one another. Each element of the course really challenges you personally to look at the impact you can have on other people as a leader. The fact Sandy helps you understand “who you are” as an individual and why you behave the way you do, really helps you look closely at your leadership traits. A couple of standouts for me: Stages of adult development including recognising & understanding your Ego (what triggers you & why); Diversity & inclusion, this session was so amazing, confronting and really made me think about how well I really understand its importance; Leadership Circle – this is without doubt one of the greatest parts of what the programme helps you understand how you can be a stronger leader. As you can probably tell I am pretty passionate about the work Sandy does, it certainly challenges the way we teach/coach leadership at the moment.”

Karen, Managing Director, Creative Sector

“Play’s Established Leaders Programme was an astounding, insightful, energising and inspiring experience for me. It’s had a huge impact on the way I go about my leadership day-to-day and I recommend it to anyone with curiosity and enthusiasm around being the very best leader they can be.”

Ray O'Reagan, Chief Executive, Connect 8

“The programme had a major impact on me, it’s a whole life changing development programme which truly does encourage you to look at yourself in a whole new way. I never thought it would have such a positive effect on so much.”

Amanda, CEO, Not for Profit

“I had the privilege of attending Play’s Established Leaders Programme. It was an experience like no other. No text book leadership doctrines here –instead a perfectly curated group, content that challenged me to look inside first, and an appreciation of the power of consciousness within leadership. I use the things I learned at Play every day –both in my professional leadership, but also in the way I manage myself. I have learned to play the ‘inner-game’ and I understand that mastering that will be a lifetime’s work.”

Jane, MD, Marketing Industry

“I made the mistake thinking doing this course would just help me get my next promotion. I underestimated it totally. This experience isn’t a management course in that way. It unpacks you at your very core and rebuilds you into a more conscious and egoless leader in business and more importantly in life. You discover what is real about YOU and identifies the masks you have built along the way. The impact is profound on you and the people around you. Every leader at a senior level should do this despite how confronting it can be at times.”

Storm Day, Marketing Director, Lewis Road Creamery

“I knew I could recognise great leadership but I never realised that great leadership is not something that can be ‘taught.’ What PLAY did teach me is about myself. I learnt how to recognise who I am, the masks I wear, the persona I strive to portray (and why), and how people react to that. I learnt how to step outside of my comfort zone and play in areas that I normally wouldn’t. I quickly realised how much my team members wanted this from me, and before I knew it I was having courageous conversations that soon opened doors and opportunities. I have noticed a dramatic shift in myself, at a pivotal point in my career, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Tony, GM, Construction Industry

“Sandy’s reputation preceded her and even before we spoke I was convinced that I was on board! I was lucky enough (extremely lucky looking back) at being part of the group Play pilot program (a mixture of small group sessions with one on one coaching and a Leadership Circle evaluation). The group work proved more powerful than all involved could have imagined … Figure out how to make it happen, and make it happen, you’ll never be the same.”


Nathaniel, CEO, Construction Sector

“The worrisome thing is that, but for an encounter with these two and the ensuing plunge into this work, one might go a whole life without such a leap in clarity and potency. Going through this program feels like the forging of a lens through which to cast into focus the thousand muddy and volatile considerations of a complex endeavour. I am so grateful for this.”


Rachel, GM IT & Technology

“The Second Act is the most authentic, effective and transformational Leadership course I have attended. Drawing on a wide range of teachings and practical exercises – it gets to the heart of the matter, the nucleus for change and asks simply – who do you want to be?”




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