Sandy Burgham

Sandy works with companies and individuals interested in innovation and reinvention for themselves, executive teams or their brands. She has held a number of commercial leadership roles in New Zealand and London, in three sectors – communications, research and fashion retail and through these experiences she became fundamentally interested in gender and how it pertains to leadership. Thus having attained certification as a leadership coach,  in 2013 she began studying Gender at Auckland University and joined the management team at Global Women as their Director of Leadership Development where she was instrumental in the evolution of the Breakthrough Leaders Programme and led the 2014 and 2015 cohorts. She has been a social commentator, writer/blogger and public speaker on social trends and re-invention. She offers a range of dynamic personal and professional development experiences for a diverse range of people which sees her collaborating with a range of experts in their fields.


Dr Peter Blyde – With over 20 years in leadership development including a Phd in executive perceptions in leadership across Australasia, Peter is one of the most deeply respected and experienced thinkers in the field. Bringing academic rigour and specific expertise in strategic thinking to his work, Peter co-created and led the Hillary Leadership Programme for The Leadership Institute 2005-2010, is a key contributor to the University of Auckland Business School C-Suite leadership develop­ment programmes. and helped pioneer New Zealand’s first 12 month integrated leadership development programme He also designs and delivers in-house leadership and executive team development for New Zealand’s major pub­lic and private organisations. www.catalyst4.co.nz

Precious Clark – Precious Clark is of Ngati Whatua, Waikato and Pakeha descent and was born and raised in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland.  She is the Managing Director of Maurea Consulting Ltd, an organisation that shares Maori culture globally so that it shapes and informs a modern world. Precious is the creator of Te Kaa – a unique Maori cultural competency training programme that brings the Maori world to life in a fun, safe and exploratory way. Te Kaa has one mission: to help 10,000 people positively identify with Maori culture. Precious is also a Director of Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd, (the investment arm of Ngati Whatua Orakei) the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, the Chair of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Taumata-a-Iwi and a Trustee of Foundation North, and a Trustee of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and a past Director of the Independent Maori Statutory Board and the Centre for Social Impact . She is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Member of the National Maori Lawyers Association and a graduate of the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders programme. In parallel to her corporate career, Precious feeds her creativity as a singer, songwriter, performer and dancer.  In 2011, Precious had the honour of performing the karanga at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup held in Auckland, New Zealand, touching millions of viewers around the world. Precious is entrenched in her Maori culture and is called upon often as a cultural practitioner by her iwi (tribe) and others to lead ceremonies in accordance with traditional Maori values.  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. She is married to Numa Mackenzie and they have two children who are raised with te reo Maori as their first language.

Jenny Devine – Jenny Devine works as an executive and leadership coach and facilitator across a range of industries and is a collaborator at Play Contemporary Leadership Co-Lab. 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) and has completed 2000 coaching hours 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, 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 – Economic Anthropologist. Applied anthropology is a discipline 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. Play Colab is excited to be collaborating with Jane on social insights research and strategic projects. Jane works with organisations keen to more fundamentally understand the social construction of markets and how the powerful shifts occurring politically and culturally impact not only commercial approaches but also their social license to operate.

Brian Lawrence – Brian has worked internationally in the educational, corporate and diplomatic sectors for over 15 years. He grew up in Malaysia and Singapore and has lived in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has consulted with a range of public and private sector organisations and continues to work globally. Brian has also worked as Principal Consultant for CPP Asia Pacific in New Zealand, Regional Learning & Development Manager for the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Principal Psychologist for CPP Asia Pacific in Singapore. Brian has delivered presentations at a number of national and international conferences on Learning & Development. He is the creator and publisher of the Pocket Personality Cards, an innovative toolkit for applying personality type in communication, leadership and teams and published an E-book, ‘Getting a Grip on Stress. Brian currently specialises in developing solutions for leadership teams. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Organisational Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Madeleine Morton – Madeleine joins the Play CLC team as Operations Coordinator from a background in arts institutions throughout New Zealand. During chillier years in Dunedin she worked with Ignite Consultants, a student initiative pairing local not-for-profits with cross-disciplinary working groups. Homing northwards since then, she is currently working with the Exhibitions team at MOTAT while completing her MA at the University of Auckland. Madeleine sought a broad education in disciplines of both science and arts. Choosing not to broach the latter letters of the course list, she is a graduate of Anatomy, Anthropology and Art History. Madeleine is currently completing her Masters, delving into New Zealand’s social history. Her thesis in Museology seeks to disentangle the heritage of our health, linking the publics represented in medical collections with their audiences in the present.


Pastoral Care

Yolande Dewey – 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 (click to pdf) or visit yolandedewey.com