Selena Bernath

Selena Bernath

Consultant/Facilitator/Coach, Wellington

Selena is an experienced Leadership, Team and Career Coach and Organisational Development Consultant offering coaching, consultation and facilitation, and designing innovative competency and performance management frameworks. Her work also includes organisational and capability development, change management, corporate excellence and motivational speaking services.

She has worked in operational Organisation, Capability and Quality Assurance leadership roles across the public and private sectors for over 20 years and has a strong network throughout New Zealand.

Selena is passionate about building people leadership, team and personal effectiveness towards better business outcomes. She is known for creating pragmatic solutions that work for leaders, SME owners and their teams and her engaging and positive personality.

Selena has worked extensively with leaders and their teams to manage effectively through transformational and ongoing change and assisted many organisations and teams to understand each other and become more effective and empowered. She is passionate about improving leaders’ capability in people leadership, with a focus on collective impact and inclusive leadership, collaboration, change leadership and empowering teams.

She also enjoys creating roadmaps, strategy, work programmes and plans and innovative competency and performance management frameworks, supported by practical resources.

In her various roles as Coach, Consultant and Facilitator, she has worked with numerous organisations including The Treasury, Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency), Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Kainga Ora (previously Housing NZ Corporation), Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections), Ministry of Justice, Tertiary Education Commission, Management Development Centre (now LDC), Hospitality Standards Institute (now ServiceIQ), Public Sector Training Organisation (now, Kerridge and Partners, Auckland (for Methanex) and Foodstuffs (Wellington) Limited.

She also has experience of national qualification review and development of, provider accreditation, competency-based workplace assessment and education quality assurance/moderation.

Outside work, she has a lot of fun as an active Baritone member of the award winning Faultline Chorus, a professional women’s barbershop chorus in Wellington.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) Step I and II
  • Team Management Suite (TMP/TMI, WOWV, OMV, QO2)
  • Hogan Leadership Forecast Report and team psychometric assessment
  • Korn Ferry/Lominger Leadership Architect 101: Introduction to Competencies, Choices and Voices 360
  • LDC Leadership Success Profile 360
  • Baldrige evaluator
  • National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5) (in progress)
  • Certificate in Quality Assurance (Level 5) (Distinction)


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