David Bennett

David is an experienced leadership coach with over 20 years in a variety of management and leadership roles. His transformational coaching helps leaders and managers thrive in a complex and uncertain world by understanding and growing their most important leadership asset: themselves.
Having originally started out his career with KPMG, David has been involved with program/project management at a senior level for a variety of organisations across a range of sectors (both in New Zealand and overseas) including infrastructure capital projects, telecommunications; railway construction, civil construction, heavy engineering, manufacturing, business development, broadcasting, and not-for-profit service delivery. Living and working in the UK, Spain, Brazil, Chile, and Australia has given him first hand understanding of the intricacies of working with different cultures.

David has worked in in large organisations including KPMG, London Underground, Balfour Beatty and Downer. Recent organisational coaching clients include: IAG, Lumley, Canterbury District Health Board, SCIRT, Cavell Leach, Thrifty, Inenco, QUT, Kathmandu, Christchurch City Mission, and Global Women.
Specialising in evidence-based, solution-focused practice, he draws on a variety of coaching theories and models to apply scientific rigour to what makes people thrive and excel. Cognitive behavioural coaching, adult development theory and complex adaptive leadership are the main theories underpinning David’s coaching. David also provides Presence At Work collective leadership development programmes and facilitation using Liberating Structures.
Rather than prescribing solutions his coaching style emphasises process with the aim of creating tangible outcomes; of facilitating improvement in an individual’s performance in areas of leadership, communications, interpersonal, and cognitive skills that when to linked to business goals also make a positive strategic impact on an organisation’s performance.
David believes in helping coaching gain recognition as a profession and is an active member of the International Coach Federation, and is currently President of ICF Australasia.