As founders, executives, entrepreneurs, and investors we started with a big vision.

We had a great idea addressing a real need, delivered in a way that reimagined the traditional business model. We pivoted several times before pivoting became a fashionable term and invested in online collaboration before it was a thing. We’ve worked around the world on complex challenges, with different cultures, in industries that we knew little about. We’ve experienced upturns and downturns, moments of great joy and stress. Throughout it all, we refined our model and kept our sense of humour. We do great work with great clients, to deliver exciting change for good.

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INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

PA Consulting UK: Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

We have been working with PA Consulting in the UK since early 2019, harnessing synergies of capability and culture to support PA’s UK clients.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, PA consists of over 3,000 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. PA people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists, operating globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe and the Nordics.

Our extensive tools, resources and methodologies, form the foundation of the PA ‘Social Change System’. This, combined with PA’s exceptional people in Operational Performance Improvement, has proven to be a powerful partnership.

“Our partnership with ON-Brand Partners comes at a critical time when companies and organisations will need to accelerate their change agendas. Our Social ChangeSystem, when integrated with technology and process transformation is key to improving and sustaining benefits realised and value created, because it involves everyone. It builds genuine connection and meaningful collaboration. The commitment that flows from that builds positive momentum”.  

Chris Sheryn,

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Consultancy Services provider for Government Agencies.

In 2017 we joined the New Zealand All of Government Consultancy Services panels for Business Change and Human Resources.

Working with Government agencies provides unique challenges and opportunities.   Often agencies are governed by regulations with a high level of expectation and public scrutiny. This can lead to a compliant and risk averse culture which stymies innovation and reduces engagement.  

However, there is also passion for the purpose of the agency.  We harness this and empower people to find solutions that are practical and pragmatic within the constraints of the regulatory framework.

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Our values.
CREATIVE
Our emergent approach challenges current corporate thinking and champions the role of emotional intelligence in building great organisations. We create exciting initiatives based on sound principles that deliver tangible financial results.
New Zealand
We have a worldly outlook but a distinctly Antipodean accent. New Zealanders have the authenticity, sense of egalitarianism, integrity and passion to talk with anyone on their terms in ways that make them feel comfortable, included and valued. This ‘can do’ approach travels with us wherever we go.
Frontier
We aspire to be iconic and extraordinary. We thrive on our ability to walk on untested ground and challenge organisations to think differently and question themselves. We turn what we encounter into meaningful changes for our customers.
Partnership
We look for new ways to link, partner and interact with people, customers and suppliers that transcend traditional structures. This is a new partnership model built on long term collaboration and aligned values. Relationships are forged based on mutual respect, win:win outcomes, shared vision, longevity and sincerity.
Irresistible
Charming, fun, honest, involving, erudite – what’s not to love?

Our team.

Leah McKerrow

Leah McKerrow

Chief Engagement Officer and Founding Director

As Chief Engagement Officer, Leah knows how to bring together strategy development, stakeholder management, client management, facilitation and programme design so they work together beautifully to create the cultures our client need.

leahm@onbrandpartners.com+64 21 304 123
Garth Stewart

Garth Stewart

Chief Executive Officer

Garth has over 30 years experience encompassing roles as technologist, strategist, operational manager, business manager/owner and company director in telecommunications, mobile technology and IT industries. He’s also a mad keen competitive cyclist.

garths@onbrandpartners.com
Jes Smith

Jes Smith

Delivery Partner

Jes is a world-class facilitator who has a unique ability to connect with teams and inspire exciting new conversations. With a wealth of experience in programme design and delivery, there is no one better to help get organisations on-brand and on-plan.

jeremys@onbrandpartners.com
Verity Groves

Verity Groves

Chief Financial Officer

Verity is an associate Chartered Accountant who takes care of all our financial management, keeping the numbers, contracts and processes in order. Her support for our CEO is invaluable.

verityg@onbrandpartners.com
Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Delivery Partner

With a wealth of experience in banking strategy, brand, marketing, IT project implementation and organisational change, Chris has a unique ability to work across organisations and integrate initiatives.

chrisw@onbrandpartners.com
Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart

Partner and Co-founder

Paul is co-author of the best-seller Branded Customer Service, the foundation of many of core ‘on-brand’ concepts. Paul has worked as a Chief Economist and in C-Suite roles, as well as consulting in organisational change, transformation and innovation.

pauls@onbrandpartners.com
Darran Robinson

Darran Robinson

Partner and Manager (UK)

Darran leads the UK business with extensive experience in leadership development, facilitation, training and coaching. He specialises in drawing upon and developing existing strengths and creating the right mindsets that support and encourage culture change.

darranr@onbrandpartners.com
Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart

CTO

Rob’s our tech go-to person. He’s experienced with large technology companies, helping government departments and corporates implement their IT systems. And more recently he’s been involved in a range of tech startups and entrepreneurial businesses.

roberts@onbrandpartners.com
Marieke Zieleman

Marieke Zieleman

Delivery Partner

Marieke has worked around the world on projects large and small working with amazing teams that have transformed the way companies operated, behaved, and delivered to their customers. Marieke is passionate about the culture of organisations, and the empowerment and growth of those she works with.

mariekez@onbrandpartners.com
Sam Knowles

Sam Knowles

Chairman

Sam is one of New Zealand’s most respected business leaders, who knows a thing or two about building successful organisations. As foundation CEO of Kiwibank, Sam also sits on the Board of Synlait, Trustpower, Adminis, Rangatira Investments, and WWF New Zealand.

Claire Turner

Claire Turner

Associate

Claire has held senior organisational development roles supporting both public and private sector organisations with their organisational capability, and culture change needs.

Gabrielle Ralph

Gabrielle Ralph

Associate

Gabrielle has held senior organisational development roles leading enterprise wide organisational capability and culture initiatives.

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