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Angela Neighbours

Director International Certified ICC Coach Trainer
Certified ICC Coach

I am the Managing Director of ilume New Zealand, and a Director of ilume Australia Pty Limited, and ilume International Limited.

With my business partner, Raechel Ford, I have been building a global reputation for people development and growth specifically at the Executive level with reputable global brands. 

My work stems from the belief that people, particularly leaders, can change and develop to reach their full potential, particularly in thinking more strategically and interacting differently with others.  Put simply, it is about growing capacity and capability for the challenging and exciting times we now experience.

Some of my work experience includes:

  • Building a leadership succession and culture for the future with the Chief Executive, and Partners of PwC.This has been a 10 year relationship and one that endures to this day.
  • Growing the Executive Team at Nestle New Zealand, and building thinking capability for new competitive strategies.Preparing the Managing Director for her new role sitting on the global board as Head of Sustainability based in Switzerland.
  • Working with Warren and Mahoney across Australasia to build and grow leadership capability for the future.
  • Working with Sir Brian Roach to assist Government owned NZ Post in creating a future for the greatly disrupted ‘letters’ business, as well as identifying and developing its newly appointed leaders to run a completely different and downsized business focused on ‘parcels’ and logistics.
  • Three of our current assignments are with large global exporters – Manuka Health, Villa Maria Wines and Zespri – who are facing into a new world requiring a transformational thinking capacity and different ways of working together for assured success.

Before building my businesses in New Zealand and Australia, I had a twenty year global corporate career that began after University in London with IBM, The Boots Company and Black and Decker.  On returning home to New Zealand I joined Brierley Investments – which was a wonderful opportunity to understand my passion which was all about ‘people’ who when given the opportunity to develop delivered far more than just the numbers!

My other passion is for the land.  I live at Miranda with my husband Dave where we have developed 22 acres into a walnut plantation and sustainable garden.  The work is never finished and it brings me great joy and endless learning in a completely different way.


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