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Paul Thompson

Paul was previously a Managing Consultant for YSC, the UK’s leading firm of business psychologists. He worked with prominent FTSE 100 global clients and smaller enterprises across many business sectors and functions. From 2005 to 2012, he profiled and helped to develop over 1000 senior leaders. He coached colleagues within YSC as well as for clients, and he managed talent programmes. 

He retains his connection with YSC as an Associate in Australia. In New Zealand he was a YSC Associate until 2016, since when he has been Principal Consultant for Divergent & Co. He is a partner for Ottmann Global Partners, a German firm of business psychologists, supporting their largest clients in Australasia. He is a Director of Fresha Export.

His decision to become a business psychologist followed more than 20 years as a business leader with international companies, latterly in Managing Director roles where he led executive teams and strategic change. His early career in blue chip marketing and export laid down the foundations for gaining insight into people and applying it to strategic effect. Selling ‘Old Spice’ around Africa at 22 was a perfect start. 

He has also been a consultant to small and medium sized enterprises, focusing on growth and change.

Paul is a permanent New Zealand resident with MA, DipPsych and MSc degrees. He is a Chartered Psychologist through the British Psychological Society.

Morag McCay

Morag was an Executive Director on UK company Boards for 12 years. She built strategic propositions in large service businesses where people were core to the brand experience and which had substantial ambitions for growth. She led overseas business development in the USA, Japan and Hong Kong. She had significant line leadership and change management responsibility.

She is experienced in attracting, developing and retaining talented individuals for home and overseas markets. She is skilled in workshop facilitation and individual coaching. She is an accredited Hogan psychometric assessor.

Morag's original background was consumer marketing. She has a substantial record of building powerful strategies on the foundations of new customer and market insight, and in communicating brand propositions to different cultures.

Morag has an MBA from Otago University. Her early and formative work experience was in New Zealand.

Morag is a Beachhead Adviser for NZTE, helping New Zealand companies to succeed internationally. She is on its core leadership group. She is Chair of Artemis. She is a Director of Karma Cola, Mojo Coffee and Fresha Export. She provides strategic consultancy for other New Zealand companies.