I have worked with Ian for the past 15+ years in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In my 50 years of business experience, Ian is the most effective strategic human resource executive and holistic business strategist I have worked with. His leadership and coaching of executive management at New Zealand Steel, CSR Sugar, BHP Iron Ore and Lonmin Platinum made a difference in talent development, business performance and building shareholder value. He is a trusted advisor, mentor and person of integrity.
Vice President, Global Natural Resource Practice–Vanto Group
In the eight years Ian has been a NED at our 100 million dollar company his exceptional input to our board has contributed significantly to our success. I have used him to specifically lead our Nominations, Development and Remuneration committee at Peoplecare where his knowledge and contacts have produced outstanding results. His overall board contribution doesn’t stop within his committee work as he is also a first rate contributor on a whole range of board deliberations. He critically examines the issues and his input is highly regarded by all his board colleagues and the company senior executives. Ian would be an asset to many boards wanting a clear thinking, highly intelligent and honourable director.
Norman Branson, Chairman Lysaght Peoplecare Ltd and
former Commonwealth Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
Ian is a very experienced and knowledgeable director who would grace any board. His background as a lawyer and company executive provides him the perfect expertise to perform at the highest level as a director. He is measured and composed which are also essential attributes for board leadership. I would not hesitate to recommend Ian to any board position for which he was qualified.
Chief Executive Officer, Veracity Business Solutions
Having worked with Ian over the past six years as a fellow Board member, there are a number of standout qualities I admire: Ian is a savvy, eloquent and self-aware communicator. Ian sparks insightful and intelligent discussion at the board table balanced by strong commercial understanding of the business we govern. It is clear Ian has the intellectual horsepower to genuinely understand the complexities of this business and see emerging themes in strategy and risk. Importantly Ian’s genuine passion for business and people shines through, espoused through his style, engagement and preparedness in Board meetings. Ian is a colleague I would sincerely recommend for Board and Executive coaching engagements.
In the eight years Ian has been a NED at our 100 million dollar company his exceptional input to our board has contributed significantly to our success. I have used him to specifically lead our Nominations, Development and Remuneration committee at Peoplecare where his knowledge and contacts have produced outstanding results. His overall board contribution doesn’t stop within his committee work as he is also a first rate contributor on a whole range of board deliberations. He critically examines the issues and his input is highly regarded by all his board colleagues and the company senior executives. Ian would be an asset to many boards wanting a clear thinking, highly intelligent and honourable director. (Norman Branson, Chairman LysaghtPeoplecare Ltd and former Commonwealth Private Health Insurance Ombudsman)
Head of Financial Planning, Hillross and AMP Financial Planning at AMP
Over the 5 years that I have known Ian he has supported me in a number of areas. Coaching, mentoring, leadership challenges, career outplacement, new business opportunities and strategic planning and execution. Ian is a genuine and insightful individual with significant “real life” experiences at individual, team and Board levels. I have no hesitation in providing a recommendation for any business that may consider utilising Ian.
CEO at Stream Claims Services
Ian exemplifies the concept of the servant leader through example and selflessness. Working for common good as distinct for personal benefit, Ian inspires goodwill and thoughtful empathy with an abundance of contextual perception. One cannot help but trust Ian, which is earned through his calm and intelligent demeanour, openness and integrity.
Ian understands that business challenges, working relationships and business culture are multi-dimensional and importantly, Ian particularly appreciates the role of Leadership in organisations in influencing inputs and outcomes.
Through a combination of the application of illustrative models, life and professional experience as well as patient perseverance, Ian elicits pathways through complex situations. Engaging with individuals and teams, Ian’s style encourages contribution and ownership from those seeking his assistance – far more powerful and enduring outcomes are achieved in this manner. Through tactful enquiring techniques complemented by a great capacity to listen, Ian is able to peel back layers to help clients develop their own solutions to complex situations, which may be influenced by business and working relationship dynamics.
Aware of challenging business environments, Ian is grounded in seeking to discover practical and workable solutions which may involve business review and restructure, productivity and efficiency gains. Ian’s skills in empathy and positive engagement are invaluable in managing the inevitable impacts of business restructure.
Ian’s high standards of integrity, business and life experience have him well-placed to provide senior leaders with advice and support as they face life’s challenges whilst pursuing demanding business careers. Drawing on formal as well as informal education, Ian is able to provide appropriate insight and examples to most situations, helping to illustrate in the listeners mind potential directions and decision-making options.
Executive General Manager Downer Blasting Services at Downer
Ian is an experienced consultant and Non Executive Director, with sound knowledge of corporate governance and business strategy. He acts with integrity, and is thoughtful and ethical. He has a collaborative style, strong interpersonal skills, a sense of humour, and is a pleasure to work with.
National Practice Leader, Executive Search and Selection – KPMG
In my career transition from a technical role to an organisational leadership role in early in 2000 and for four years, I was extraordinarilyprivileged to report to and work with Ian Sampson, His insight and expertise in dealing with complex organisational issues was invaluable. His executive mentorship of me through this period and in the years that followed have assisted greatly with developing my self-insight and perspective. Ian’s courage to respectfully confront, corral and ethically deal with organisational elephants is an asset to each organisation that he works with.
Since working closely with Ian, I have over the last decade enlisted his support on multiple occasions to assist with strategy planning, executive coaching and on occasions to deal with sensitive people issues. In each circumstance Ian has provided fast and strategic guidance that was immediately value adding.
EGM Zero Harm at Downer Mining
I’ve known Ian for a number of years. He provides executive coaching to boards, CEOs and senior executives. One of Ian’s key strengths is the fact he has been there himself as a senior executive, so really “walks the talk” when he is coaching for success.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Ian as both a coach, and also as a Non Executive Director.
Managing Partner of Arete Executive, Executive Search Specialist and Career Coach
Ian has worked with me for over 10 years, mentoring me as a leader and businessman. Most recently we have had conversations about the next chapter in my career. We have talked about company structures, business plans, consulting processes and have even touched on some personal matters. In these areas I find Ian to be helpful, knowledgeable and insightful. He helps me by guiding my thinking whilst still leaving me room to make my own judgements and decisions. Based on these conversations I have decided to set up a new business. Ian is also assisting me in working out what to do next in areas such as planning, business structures, fee structures and even website design
Managing Partner Granshaw Farming Company
Ian is a ‘rare breed’ indeed. He has an uncanny ability to listen, to really listen beyond the words and drill down to find the ‘real issue’ at hand. If you are fortunate enough to have Ian on your executive team or as a mentor, you will understand this firsthand. No matter where you are in life or business, Ian can add incredible value, real-world experience and strategic insight to help you achieve more, with less stress and greater clarity.
Marketing Manager of NAKED PrintAward-Winning Printer.
Ian is a person of integrity and wisdom and is generous in sharing his experience. He also has that rare ability to look at issues just a little differently. In doing so he will gently challenge our assumptions and offer the opportunity to view pressing issues from another perspective. Give yourself a gift, spend some time with Ian and learn how “solvable” some really tough problems can become when seen through the new lenses he can provide you.
Ian Sampson is a highly skilled director who provides well-considered and valuable input over a wide range of topics. His firm grasp of governance, commercial imperatives, financial management and people management have provided very impressive results across a wide range of Board related discussions. Ian is also a very capable consultant who knows his stuff and delivers on time, as requested and with positive results. Ian comes highly recommended as a very decent human being and a consummate professional in all he does
Executive Director at Sugar Research and Development Corporation