Who are we?

We are a diverse passionate bunch of people who have dedicated our careers to developing ourselves so we can be in the best possible position to develop others. 


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Steven Dalgety
General Manager

Steve is passionate about developing business and individuals to be able to achieve their goals. Steve has over 20 years of business experience, 14 years in London, gaining valuable experience in working with small business, providing the tools to grow and helping them to realise their potential to succeed. He has also worked extensively with large corporates, enabling them to enhance their business and strategic direction.

Steve has been part of Senior Management teams for the last 13 years with businesses that work with multiple industries such as local Government, not for profits and a variety of both small and large corporates, this has given Steve the skills and experience to work with people from a wide range of business and job roles.

Excellence in customer service, forming strong lasting relationships and working strategically with clients to pursue and achieve excellence is what inspires Steve.

With his expertise in building both brand and profile awareness across multiple industry sectors, knowledge of marketing capabilities and the desire to overcome challenges ensures Steve is always striving to help develop and grow individuals, teams and business.


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Jacqui Neilson
Client Relationship Manager

Jacqui is our Client Relationship Manager. She is responsible for building customer relationships, managing accounts, and providing solutions that facilitate positive alliances between individuals, companies and their customers.

She brings to the team over 18 years experience in event management, brand building, marketing and communication strategy, logistics, budgeting, negotiation and client service. As a business owner herself, she is passionate about building great stakeholder relationships and prides herself on her ability to achieve successful outcomes.


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Bridget Jelley
Registered Psychologist/ Director
B.A Linguistics, Grad, Dip Psychology M.A Psychology, Post Grad Dip Professional Practice in Psychology

Bridget's passion is to help make work places great by blending the field of psychology with the art of business. Bridget draws from various philosophical underpinnings to produce successful outcomes for individuals, teams and organisations. She is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and is registered with the New Zealand Board of Psychologists.

Bridget has worked with business leaders and their teams throughout New Zealand and internationally. She has experience of delivering training and coaching across a broad range of industries; from mining to government and the private sector. Bridget operates from a bi-cultural framework and endeavours to always incorporate kaupapa Māori perspectives in her work.

As a registered Psychologist with a background in business, and experience of providing support to populations experiencing a range of mental health and social concerns, Bridget is uniquely placed to deliver appropriate and effective training across all levels of business in the areas of change management, resilience, well-being psychosocial safety, leadership, and corporate coaching.

Bridget is experienced in applying a variety of approaches including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Training, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Coaching, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Meditation.

With a warm, energetic and practical approach to her work, Bridget engages her clients through experiential learning, allowing for those light bulb moments to occur and clarity to be gained.


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Denise Overend-Clarke
Business Facilitator
Diploma in Sports Studies, Bachelor of Arts Psychology

Denise focuses on closing the gap between what people know and what they do. Her passion is in facilitating learning and coaching performance, helping people find practical solutions to increase success in their lives.

With a background in owning and managing small business, Denise has been involved in business facilitation since 1999 and has gained a reputation for her ability to communicate ideas clearly, effectively and with resonance. Her style is dynamic and interactive as she believes learning should be enjoyable and effective with results evident in people’s lives.

Denise’s expertise includes time management and personal effectiveness, communication skills, and emotional intelligence in leadership, and she is a qualified practitioner in Jungian Psychological Type (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and our exclusive suite of work, The Human Element. She is a group fitness instructor for Les Mills and has a diploma in Sports Studies, certificates in Adult Teaching and Literacy and Numeracy, and a BA Psychology.


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Ance Strydom
Coach, Facilitator and Business Support
Masters of Applied Psychology (Organisational)

Ance is a coach and facilitator who works with organisations to support employees in bringing their best qualities to their roles through a particular focus on employee engagement and wellness, interpersonal skills, self and other awareness, and personal resilience. Ance is passionate about people, serious about taking an evidenced-based approached, and an aspiring know-it-all to boot. 

Ance believes that a healthy work environment is built on respectful and robust working relationships, and that means paying attention to the ‘people stuff’. There is no getting around it, but it needn’t feel awkward or forced! To the contrary, tapping into emotions, attitudes, assumptions and beliefs - all the ‘soft stuff’ so unique to humans - can turn your relationships, and ultimately your culture, around.

Ance considers her most challenging and rewarding work to date as working within the Waikato District Health Board to grow and embed a culture of psychological and physical staff safety. A key learning has been that organisations, rather than being static structures, are living, continuously evolving entities and that creating a desirable culture therefore requires focussed and consistent effort.

Ance holds a Master of Applied Psychology in the area of Organisational Psychology from the University of Waikato, along with certifications in psychometric assessment. Her professional background includes experience in the areas of research, data collection and analysis, organisational culture, organisational development, employee well-being and learning and development, and personal efficiency coaching. 

Ance also provides general business support for The Effect team. She believes that every client deserves her best which means being reliable, responsive and ready to answer questions.

Ance has administrative and coordinating experience from positions held across the health and academic industries in England and New Zealand. She has worked in companies big and small, relaxed and fast-paced, private and public, and as diverse as these businesses are they all seem to share one thing: people. If her experience has taught her anything, it is to value professional relationships.

Ance has four years experience in supporting people in identifying and developing behavioural competencies and professional skills. This gives her the ability to offer input into a wide range of queries related to the services offered by The Effect team. She is also a self-professed research nerd who likes to know her stuff!


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Stacey Bowden
Facilitator/Registered Psychologist
Masters of Social Sciences (Honours) Psychology

Stacey is a Registered Psychologist and holds a Masters of Social Science (majoring psychology). She is passionate and competent in working with group dynamics, motivating and coaching change behaviour as well as assessment and treatment of dysfunction and mental health issues. Stacey enjoys inspiring individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. A favourite whakatauki (quote) of Stacey’s is “from a small acorn, a mighty oak can grow”.

Stacey’s professional career has provided experience in educational psychology, Corrections, mental health diagnosis and treatment, leadership roles, Tikanga Maori and grief counselling. Stacey also has a background in owning and managing small business.

She has an empathetic style and client centred approach which allows others to share vulnerabilities and recognise their inner strengths. She is well versed in conflict resolution, effective communication, team building, group facilitation and individual counselling.  Stacey believes people learn best when they are actively involved in the process and this is reflected in her facilitation approach.



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Bob Weir
Business Facilitator

Bachelors of Engineering, Masters of Business Administration Finance, Diploma of Psychology - in progress

Bob has over 30 years experience in business in New Zealand, Australia and other countries. After graduating as an engineer he spent most of his career in managerial and leadership positions, the last as an executive general manager in one of the large NZ power companies. In this role he was responsible for some 400 staff, multi billion dollar revenues, plus hedge trading activities. Bob has sat on numerous boards throughout his career and is currently on three boards, one as Chair.

In the last five years Bob has run a small business providing advice and support to hundreds of small business, from many industries in the Waikato, through one-on-one advice, coaching, and training forums. Bob is the author of two small business books, "Under 5 Small Business Guide" and "Success Made Small" and is finalising a third titled "Why Businesses Fail".

Bob has an MBA in finance, executive leadership training at Columbia University in New York and is trained under the International Coaching Federation . He is also qualified to deliver eDISC profiles.

Bob is passionate about bringing out the best in people and businesses, through coaching advice, training and bringing the best research into business in a practical, achievable way.


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Helen Moran
Business Facilitator

Helen's passion and enthusiasm for professional development result in innovative and dynamic training solutions. Her fun, energetic personality guarantees that her sessions are always interactive and stimulating, while a strong international business background enables her to provide a highly relevant learning experience for immediate application in the workplace.

Helen has a reputation for encouraging and engaging people to embrace new concepts and try new skills by using a mix of practical and creative facilitation techniques."My goal is for every participant on every session to leave feeling inspired and motivated to strive for personal and organisational excellence" says Helen.

Helen's professional career has provided experience in sales and customer service management, coaching and recruitment within a broad range of industries including publishing, advertising, telecommunications and agriculture. She brings huge insight and experience into designing and delivering exciting and innovative training which stretches each individual and team to be the best they can be.