Ann Andrews CSP, Life Member NSANZ

Ann Andrews CSP trained as a work study engineer and subsequently spent 30 years working with high performing teams. She is an international speaker; published author, creator of The Corporate Toolbox and more recently launched The Big Thinking Business Forums. She set up the forums after encountering a ‘territorial’ coach; someone who was absolutely not working in his client’s best interests.

Ann believes there are three major problems facing medium sized business (5 – 50 staff):

1. Owners and managers attend conferences – come back to work full of great ideas and intentions; get hit with a myriad of problems; put their notes in a drawer and do what they’ve always done because they don’t have time to try anything new
2. Take on coaches/consultants who are experts in one or two areas but who stay too long and block any other coaches for fear of losing income
3. Are not exposed to an array of coaches/consultants so they can bring in the expertise they need for only as long as they need it

The forums are designed to be ‘speed learning’ spaces and even ‘speed business dating’ sessions: short presentations on a given business topic followed by ‘table’ discussions and the creation of ‘action plans’. We hold just 4 Forums per year so that the smaller/medium sized business can use the sessions as their creative/strategic planning opportunities.

John Barley

John Barley has 40+ years of working in the Insurance industry specialising  in commercial insurances. John has owned his own broking house since 1998 and built the business by specialising in niche markets and products such as liability insurances. 

 We need to keep moving and adapting for the demands of the environment and cultures that we exist in. In the last five years John has created another business that focuses on preventing accidents and losses so that businesses can become more self-reliant, resilient and in control of their own destinies.

 Using his knowledge of risk and a passion for Health & Safety within businesses John has recognised the need for humanity to be a vital factor in the creation of business resilience and prevention of loss within business.  He shares his views via the internet and articles in various business editorials.


Rosa Chow

Rosa believes that in any business, leaders are there to empower staff and happy staff can make the difference.   On-going education maintains the momentum to personal and business growth.

Rosa has 13 years’ outstanding record tutoring business and money management.  Her nursing background has provided her with a rich experience in education and management while her extensive involvement in community work has given her solid understanding of organisations, business practice and resources.

Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Rosa is very comfortable establishing rapport with people of diverse cultures and business positions and is an excellent business training resource.

Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird is a Business Trainer, International Speaker and Best Selling International Author who has been involved in businesses since 1998, taking him from his home in Auckland through Australia and the US, including Wall Street in New York where he worked with start-ups during the DotCom Boom and Bust of 2000.

Growing businesses from nothing to millions in turnover and creating many profitable exits he loves helping business owners transform what’s possible for them.  From Baby Boomers getting ready to sell their business for the maximum price through to Gen Y’s struggling in their first business, Andrew loves getting stuck in and sharing what works from his personal experiences.

Investing in multiple start ups with his most successful now trading for over $500 million dollars he has a wealth of experience in starting small and growing businesses.  He has bought and sold, partnered and used licensing to rapidly grow his start ups.  An expert in online technologies his first three start ups were technology based companies.

Widely respected he has been featured locally and internationally on Radio, TV, Digital Media and many other media outlets from the National Business Review to Sky TV.

With a wealth of knowledge in business and his advanced strategies he can transform virtually any business.


Kim Baird

Kim Baird is an inspirational speaker, award winning author (winner of the Gowor International Publishing Award 2015), transformational coach and entrepreneur. Kim has helped thousands of people to transform their lives and their businesses for the better. She has a passion for living life full out by your own rules and absolutely loves helping others to do the same; helping them to consciously create the life that they truly desire.

Her skills at transforming others have come from vast training, and her own unique experiences in life. Faced with many challenges from being born with cataracts, nearly having to declare bankruptcy on multiple occasions, and being diagnosed with serious health problems, she has discovered how to thrive in the face of adversity.

She now specialises in transforming people’s ‘Inner Game’ so that they can take not just survive but thrive and take their lives to the next level.  The Inner Game is all the internal stuff that goes on inside of us that drives and creates our external world, including our mindset, thoughts, beliefs, habits, values, desires, emotions and energy that shape our lives and can help us thrive or hold us back from creating what we truly want.

Kim in high demand and is often featured in the media including digital, radio and TV.


Terry Newson

The real deal, a history of small to medium businesses owners extending 30 years, covering a wide range of industry, retail, horticulture, security, property development and business management. Terry has his own battle scars as well as triumphs from years of business ownership.

Terry has learnt to listen to owners needs and tailor packages to not only solve the current issues but prevent repeats, at the same time respecting budgetary considerations.

He can assist businesses anywhere in New Zealand or Australia, when necessary he can call on his extensive network of likeminded professionals to assist.

Terry’s honest open approach continues to benefit business owners enlisting his services around Credit Control, employment, formal and subcontract agreements.  Collection of debts is another field of expertise.