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Human resource specialist focusing on team skills.


Ann Andrews CSP is a seriously inspirational entrepreneur who spent 30+ years as an HR specialist encouraging organisations and individuals to learn, unlearn and relearn so they could face any change or challenge likely to hit their lives, careers or businesses.

Current work
Not being good with idle hands, Ann recently created ‘Big Thinking Business Forums’ - a series of Masterclasses designed to offer ‘thinking’ time for busy owners and entrepreneurs. In a world where any business is just one ‘tweet’ away from disaster, she believes that taking time to create a plan B is vital.

Previous experience
Her early experience in the military exposed her to astounding leadership skills and an unusual way of working she still passes on because she firmly believes that if business understood the power of unleashing their people, they would be staggered at the results they could achieve.

A seasoned conference speaker, Ann is regularly invited back to challenge people with her infectious humour; real life stories and readily implemented, common sense tips. One organisation had her speak at their conference 5 years running!

Ann specializes as a conference ‘opener’ but can be effective as a break between technical topics or even as the after lunch presenter. She has presented at conferences around the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, Australia, Fiji and London.

A past National President of the National Speakers’ Association of New Zealand, she was the recipient of The Spirit of Excellence Award in 2000 and again in 2009, this is the highest award in the speaking profession. She was recently made a Life Member of NSANZ.

Ann has written five business books; co-authored a further 8 and recently sold her highly successful online training company The Corporate Toolbox.

Thank you very much for your excellent presentation to our 15th Annual Managers & Leadership Conference last Wednesday. Our delegates really appreciated your address on ‘3 Essentials you didn’t know were important’. We consider a delegate survey score of 3.7 is a good result, and 4 or above as excellent. Your scored 4.63 - well done! This is not only the best score of the conference, it’s the best equal score for the year so far (out of 70 speakers)! Employers' & Manufacturers' Association (Northern) Inc.
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