Hewsons Executive Coaching NZ

Executive Coaching NZ

Wendy Folau-Kennedy

Executive Coach NZ - Country Manager

Wendy’s Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing, Bachelor of Applied Management Transformation and Change, Bachelor of Applied Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Diploma Public Relations.

Global certification and high coaching levels with over 20 years with one of the world’s leading training and development companies.

Coaching Experience and Organisations worked with

  • Coached over 20,000 people and in excess of 100,000 coaching hours to groups and individuals in executive leadership excellence, strategy development and project management around the world over the past 20 years, in public and private forums.
  • Current and past clients include: Unity Global, Emirates Team New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby Union, Rugby World Cup, Auckland City Council, Coca Cola, Accessman, Otakaro Limited, Weta Workshop, A2 Milk, Fonterra, Foodstuffs, Antipodes, Loreal ANZ, Montana Wines, Kiwi Bank, Leighton (CPB), BNZ, MBIE (science and innovation), NZ Ministry of Health, NZTE, NZICT – NZ Tech Industry innovation promotion, California Fruit Growers Association, New Reality Group, NZ Spinal Trust, SBA, Te Runanga Rangitāne, Te Runanga o Ngāi Tāhu, Pacific Business Trust.
  • Industry Acknowledgements: AMCHAM Innovation and Success Awards, Pacific Business Leader of the Year, Pacific Business of the Year Canterbury Champion Business Awards

Core Competencies

  • Facilitate executive and C-suite leaders to gain the clarity, alignment, and confidence to achieve next level performance by shifting mindsets, addressing blind spots, understanding how their personal leadership shadow impacts their organisation’s strategic direction, productivity, and culture.
  • Providing profound partnership to business leaders, Wendy works as an ‘inside’ resource in the development, management, and fulfilment of new and exciting initiatives in the areas of strategy and planning, technology, branding and project designs that allow for the fulfilment of a business’s Vision and bring its values to life.
  • An ability to combine creativity, commercial acumen, and behavioural science in working with individuals and groups, Wendy’s work is progressive, human centric in design, yet outcome and commercially focused.
  • Ability to see what cannot be seen and hear the unsaid enabling the speedy identification of challenges and opportunities, then design bespoke solutions that will make the biggest difference to individual, alliance, and team effectiveness.
  • Competency in bringing breakthrough thinking and proven engagement approaches in bid management.
  • Rapidly creates environments of psychological and emotional safety in order to facilitate authentic communication for the resolution of issues and the elevation of trust.
  • Partner (In-house coach) to support tech optimisation, empower people to adapt, adopt and implement digital transformation systems with less friction, and dysfunction.
  • Ability to coach leaders, deepen relationships with employees, see issues from diverse perspectives, engage and connect with people at all levels of organisation to build trust and a truly all-inclusive culture.


“The strategic intent of Team New Zealand is to impact the economic welfare and wellbeing of all New Zealand through sailing. The talent of Wendy Kennedy and her team have contributed and enabled our intent to be fulfilled. Our team has the articulated focus to achieve goals. It is always a privilege working with Wendy – she has always delivered ideas that inspire the future”
Sir Peter Blake

“The biggest difference Wendy’s leadership coaching has made to me personally is the ability to really experience my own success and a belief in my leadership abilities – she takes away the barriers in my thinking which allows me the space to think outside the ‘box’ and gives me a place from which to lead my team.”
R Armstrong, General Manager, L’Oreal NZ

“I worked with Wendy in her capacity as an Executive Coach from 2015 to 2017. Wendy’s support and approach to coaching helped accelerate my development and confidence within my Executive role and provided me with the opportunity and forum to work on my performance and development goals outside of the day-to-day role. Wendy brings her background and experience of innovation to the process and strikes the right balance between guiding and drawing the thinking out of those she works with. I would highly recommend Wendy’s services as an Executive Coach.”
Nick Fogarty, Asia-Pacific Global Director, Seeq

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