A small and dedicated team creating meaningful leadership programmes that make a positive impact on business and community


A small and dedicated team creating meaningful leadership programmes that make a positive impact on business and community

Three Hands New Zealand is a partner organisation to Three Hands, based in London, UK, which has been making immersive connections between business and society, helping people become better leaders, corporate citizens, and innovators since 2003.

Here in New Zealand, we create leadership development experiences that are strategically relevant to each business’ need and offer tangible outcomes for the charity and community groups involved.  

We’re made up of a core team based in London and New Zealand and work with fellow thought leaders in the People space – enabling us to have the right team on board for each unique project.

We are first and foremost in the business of leadership development. Our philosophy is that leaders in today’s world need to be connected  – to themselves, their people and their community. Our approach is a practical one. Leaders we work with are challenged to apply, practice and embed leadership behaviours while working on a real issue that’s relevant to your customers, community and indeed, your own people.

Our Team

NZ Partner

Bex Grace

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I read David Packard’s words in 2000, when in the midst of an MBA at IESE Business School, Barcelona, and in the same year I volunteered in La Paz, Bolivia, and witnessed the stark contrast between the few big companies there and the surrounding community; it was an “a-ha” moment that has led me to focus on the role of business in society ever since.

I joined the founder of Three Hands in 2005 and became MD in 2009. Together we pioneered the concept of experiential, community-based leadership development and I’ve worked over the past few years to develop and deliver a wide offering that supports clients to do business in ways that benefit society, and on growing the Three Hands team – slowly, surely and sustainably.

I’ve had the privilege of applying our thinking to leadership development at Sky, Nationwide and Vodafone; to CSR and Citizenship at RSA, Unilever and Lloyds Banking Group; and more recently to product development and innovation at Legal & General.

Co-Founder / Director (UK)

Jan Levy

Collaborator / Director of Five

Nick Mackeson-Smith

Nick is an expert in leadership development, executive coaching, learning strategy design and implementation, culture change and employee engagement.

He’s led transformative programmes in agile, technology implementation, diversity and inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, mindset and behaviour change, ways of working and learning enablement, and is very interested in building great employee experiences to drive great customer experiences which drive great business outcomes.

He’s a big room facilitator and public speaker, and is highly skilled in spotting and unleashing the potential in those around him.

He’s got 17 years of experience in doing the small stuff and the very big stuff at some of the world’s and NZ’s leading organisations – in financial services with Barclays Capital, Schroders, Lloyd’s of London, and Goldman Sachs. In consulting services with Deloitte. In the public sector with Auckland Council, and most recently in digital services and telecommunications with Spark New Zealand.

Three Hands, Nick and the team from Five come together to collaborate, design and deliver bespoke experiences to best serve our unique clients – and draw on our collective expertise. #Dreamteam

Jes Smith is the founder of Journey-smiths. As well as a passionate and engaging speaker and facilitator, Jes is a highly experienced learning designer, coach and consultant.

Jes has spent over 20 years in leadership, organisational development, and customer experience, working extensively with leaders and their teams in NZ, Australia, UK, Europe and the US.

Collaborator / Founder Journey-Smiths

Jes Smith

Collaborator / Director of Workman

Jo Workman

Jo has 18 years’ experience helping clients realise their performance objectives in both Europe and New Zealand.  Specialising in the development of high performance mindsets (e.g. resilience, confidence, drive, accountability) she works primarily in the areas of leadership and sales. Jo doesn’t believe in magic diet pills when it comes to creating sustainable behaviour change and positive performance improvement.  It’s calories in and calories out.  She challenges clients to consider whether they have the foundations in place to maximise the return on their learning development investment and then works with them to fill the gaps.

In a former life Jo was an academic who studied diversity and management education, including the quality of post graduate education in preparing future leaders.  She draws on both her academic and corporate experience to create pragmatic solutions that are immediately obvious, to her clients and to theirs! Three Hands and Jo work together to innovate and design learning experiences– incorporating powerful coaching partnerships to embed those (inevitable) powerful insights.

Sally loves meeting people from all walks of life, she’s inquisitive, creative and highly focused on business outcomes. Her deep understanding of how to link people and performance with sustaining, growing and scaling business is evident in her work. Sally started her career as an Officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force before moving on to senior leadership roles within Coca-Cola Amatil, Air New Zealand, Microsoft (NZ & South East Asia) and start-ups in both Nigeria and Singapore.
Sally’s passion is helping to create healthy, diverse and meaningful workplaces and when she’s not doing that, you’ll most likely find her learning about interior design and helping out with animal welfare.

Collaborator / Director SallyD

Sally Doherty

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