Meet David Bennett.

With an MSc Coaching Psychology, a B Comm, CA, Grad Dip NFP Mgmt and over 20 years in a variety of management and leadership roles, I am an experienced executive coach who speaks the language of business.

“David draws on a variety of coaching theories and models to support people
to flourish and realise their potential.”

Having spent over 25 years working in New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland and Brazil, I have a wealth of local and international experience along with coaching qualifications and knowledge that can help enhance the performance and quality of life of individuals and organisations.

Specialising in evidence-based, solution focused practice, I am an advocate of positive psychology. Taking a respectfully challenging and motivational approach, rather than prescribing solutions my coaching style emphasises process with the aim of creating authentic, tangible outcomes.

Having originally started out my career with KPMG New Zealand, I have been involved with program/project management at a senior level for a variety of organisations across a range of sectors including infrastructure capital projects, telecommunications; railway construction, civil construction, heavy engineering, manufacturing, business development, broadcasting, and not-for-profit service delivery.

I have worked in the UK, Spain, Brazil, Chile, and Australia; and in large organisations including KPMG Brazil, London Underground, Downer and Balfour Beatty, and have firsthand understanding of the intricacies of working with different national and management cultures.

Certified in the use of The Leadership Circle 360 Profile, I am an accredited Realise2 Strengths practitioner, trained ACT behavioural change coach, member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and am currently the Director of Finance for ICF Australasia.

Active in the wider business community, I am a member of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (CECC), Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ), Rotary International, The Canterbury Club, Toastmasters International and the New Zealand Institute of Management Southern.

What people have said about me

His values and behaviours are congruent and you are able to be very clear about what David stands for.
Coachee, The Leadership Circle
David is bright, warm and engaging, willing to ask tough questions to challenge others in a respectful way.
Coachee, The Leadership Circle
David as an external Mentor has been an invaluable sounding board as he brings neutrality to the conversation. The benefits have been to be personally stretched to create clarity on my priorities and challenged on how to develop effective strategies to move forward. I recommend David Bennett to any professional seeking to enhance their personal or organisation’s performance.
Sharon, Partners in Grain, One-to-one coaching

Contact me to see how I can help

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David Bennett

Professional credentials

  • Master of Science in Coaching Psychology
  • Grad Dip in Not-For-Profit Management
  • Business Mentors New Zealand Accreditation
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching
  • Advanced Toastmaster Silver (ATM-S)
  • Training for Trainers
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • Bachelor of Commerce


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