Sandy Burgham – Founder
Sandy’s 30+ year career has afforded her leadership positions in four completely different sectors – communications, research, fashion retail and leadership development. Through these experiences she became increasingly interested in the observation that every sector had patterned approaches to change, strategy, leadership and culture. Moreover she noticed consistent and repeating behavioural patterns and characteristics amongst those who were typically awarded leadership status through the usual management processes. This lead her to become a mid-life, part-time uni student and in 2018 will complete a BA majoring in both History and Gender Studies. Her first-hand experience and deep interest in personal reinvention as a leader morphed naturally into a deep interest in what it takes to drive systemic transformation. She has been a social commentator, writer/blogger and public speaker on social trends, gender and diversity, innovation, and re-invention. Aside from years honing her craft as a strategist, Sandy is a certified leadership coach, widely experienced facilitator, and in 2016 founded Play Colab to ensure her commitment to systemic transformation and collaborative leadership was a lived and shared experience. She considers her ethnic identity and upbringing as a half-Japanese New Zealander critical to her mindset and worldview. Married with two young adult children, Sandy is based in the heart of Auckland City and is committed to contributing to the conversation around the healthy development of this city she calls home.
Jenny works as an executive and leadership coach and facilitator across a range of industries and is a collaborator at Play Contemporary Leadership CoLab. Her core area of interest and expertise is “conscious leadership”, and how the essence of leadership mastery requires an essential intrinsic shift. She challenges her clients to gain self-insight through understanding their conditioned modes of operating and how to consciously reset their dial. Jenny is a Certified Integrative Coach (USA) with over 2000 hours coaching experience and holds a Certified Professional Coach credential from the International Coach Federation. She has a B.A Soc. Sciences (NZ), an M.A. Consciousness Studies (USA) and is a certified yoga teacher (USA). Formerly a NZ trained Comprehensive Nurse (with psychiatric registration), she moved into operational management roles across multidisciplinary teams in the NZ public health sector before co-founding Harper Devine Ltd., a consultancy company to the health sector, focusing mainly on leadership development. She has been married to Stu for many years and has two adult sons.
Dr. Jane Horan
Jane is a social anthropologist. Her expertise is in economic anthropology and anthropological perspectives on gender. She is innovating in the applied anthropology space which is undergoing exponential growth in key international markets reflecting the need for businesses to have a deeper appreciation of social change, multi-cultural frameworks and impacts of globalisation on local markets. Jane is on the vanguard of this process in New Zealand and as principal of the research company Plain Jane Research, she works with organisations keen to more fundamentally understand the complexities of markets and the world we live in. Jane is also a research associate in the Property Department at the University of Auckland Business School doing research on the Auckland housing market. Play Colab is excited to be collaborating with Jane on social insights research and strategic projects.
Yolande is a Creative Business Mentor who also works as a freelance producer and consultant in advertising, film and media. In amongst this rich and varied life, she also is a trained lifeline counsellor and has given her time, wisdom and support to this organisation and others to help make people and communities heartier and healthier. A Play CoLab course alumni, Yolande now collaborates with Play in a pastoral care role. Read more about this here or visit yolandedewey.com
Precious is of Ngāti Whātua, Waikato and Pākehā descent and was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. She is the Managing Director of Maurea Consulting Ltd, an organisation that shares Māori culture globally so that it shapes and informs a modern world. Precious is the creator of Te Kaa – a unique Māori cultural competency training programme that brings the Māori world to life in a fun, safe and exploratory way. She holds a number of governance positions including Ngāti Whātua Orākei Whai Rawa Ltd, the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and is the Chair of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Taumata-ā-Iwi. She is a Trustee of both Foundation North and the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust as well as being a Member of the Institute of Directors and the National Māori Lawyers Association. Precious feeds her creativity as a singer, songwriter, performer and dancer and is often called upon as a cultural practitioner by her iwi (tribe) and others to lead ceremonies in accordance with traditional Maori values. In 2011 it was Precious who had the honour of performing the karanga at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup held in Auckland. It is from this base of strength that she draws confidence to teach her culture, and also to challenge perceptions within and of her culture.
Jenna provides a unique perspective to cohorts in their 20s and 30s, having experienced two Play CoLab Emerging Leaders programmes and after making an intentional move from a decade-long marketing career toward a more multi-faceted and impactful life. Aside from contributing to Play CoLab as both a Manager and Mentor, her portfolio life includes a return to university this time with a focus on Asian Studies, a commitment to the practice of Tai Chi, and a start-up project that explores the lives of the 1.5 generation of New Zealanders of Asian descent. Being of Chinese, Japanese, indigenous Malaysian and Pākehā descent, Jenna provides a unique insight into how those of the minority may navigate and “play” in the world we work and live in.