Lisa Markwick

Lisa Markwick

Msc(hons), PGDipClinPsych.,MNZCCP

“As leaders we have the opportunity, & indeed the responsibility, to create the context for the conversations that really matter, both with our colleagues, with our community and with ourselves. When we wake up to the core of complex business and society issues, then our listening is sharp beyond words, and our inquiry shapes meaning and new possibility. Leadership when there are no easy answers is an adventure to emerge, rather than a competency to achieve. I invite you to take your stand, and find the space to lead mindfully – with wisdom”
Lisa Markwick


Lisa Markwick (MSc,PGDipClinPsych,MNZCCP) is a consulting Leadership Psychologist & innovation facilitator. Her speciality interest is in leadership for innovation and systemic impact, facing into the leadership and active citizenship that shifts our toughest organisational, board and community issues. She has been in the field of leadership development and transformation (as a Psychologist, an executive leadership coach, a programme designer and facilitator) for over 20 years, with a professional grounding as a Registered Clinical Psychologist. Lisa is most alive convening, hosting and engaging in conversations and leadership coaching that shifts our world (our people, organisations, our communities) towards agile, compassionate intention, attitude, and wise actions that are “gutsy” – that make the differences worth making. With this in mind she attracts clients from multiple sectors to a coaching partnership, and to interactive workshops, cross sector dialogue, and to speaking events. Lisa was one of the inaugural Programme Directors for the New Zealand Leadership Institute (University of Auckland Business School), focussing attention on developing community leadership learning initiatives and the Hilary (CEO / senior executive) leadership programme. Lisa’s work is significantly shaped by her own mindful practice, her passion for endurance sport, and her penchant to ingest wisdom from diverse disciplines and render it practically useful. Lisa is the Founding Director of Mindful Adventures ltd and of ManawaOra ltd.


“Opportunities for leadership are all around us. The capacity for leadership is deep within us”
-- Madeleine K Albright

What Lisa offers
Mindful Leadership Coaching - a one to one personal partnership with top end leaders and entrepreneurs (Board Chair/ CEO/ Director/ SLT) facing the complex challenges of our time - both organisational and community wide. International coaching via skype. Focus includes clarity of purpose, creativity, strategic mindset, leading in complexity, open awareness, resilience, communication and relatedness.


Facilitation, Workshops and Retreats – 1 to 5 day tailored and open facilitated sessions, workshops and retreats, with a focus on leadership, innovation & creativity, strategy, mindfulness for leadership and resilience, adventure and being with nature.

Peer Leadership in Action - small facilitated groups (diverse cross sector or in-house team) committed to emergent learning and courageous action, over a sustained period of time including face to face groups, 1-1 meetings and a simple online communication site (also see


Conference and Public Speaking – Various topics including – Finding the courage to bring our full selves to Leadership; Conversation for Connection & Change; Pushing the Purposeful Pause; Slowing down to power-up.


“Lisa asks provocative questions, listens for what is said and not said, and is incredibly pragmatic – she wants what is spoken about to land in wise action”
– CEO facing tough industry transition

Professional Qualifications and Memberships
Lisa is a Full Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, is Registered with the Psychologist Board of New Zealand.

Lisa is a Graduate of the University of Auckland (B.Sc. in Psychology) and the University of Otago. She was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma of Science in Psychology (Honours equivalent), a MSc. (Awarded with Distinction) in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

Having graduated and achieved Registration in NZ she then pursued further study and professional experience in London where she was granted the status of Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She has continued her education and her practice in the fields of authentic leadership in complexity, emotional intelligence in action, resilience, mindfulness, and mind-body issues.

Personal Interests
Lisa is outdoorsy! If she is not at her desk and it’s high tide then look for her at a local beach; if not she’ll be off on some out of the way trail in NZ’s forests… often running, sometimes walking, sometimes mountain biking and sometimes just bathing in the forest / coastal air. She loves sailing, off-road running, cycling, dancing, music, eating, cooking, adventuring with her friends, and travel. She has a regular mindfulness meditation practice and enjoys the company of like minded friends and colleagues in this practice. A tiny bach in the Bay of Islands has been her family holiday place since her birth, and is still the place where her heart plays most freely and with wild abandon. When not there she can be found drinking strong coffee and eating scrambled eggs in Ponsonby Cafes near her home. Sit down with her and chat! She loves to be a good friend.


Colleagues we often work with when facilitating learning

Marijke Batenburg

MA (Hons) Dip Clin Psych, FNZCCP

Clinical Psychologist


Marijke has a deep interest in body mind spirit healing and has found the practice of mindfulness integral to her work.   Marijke has a trusted history and experience in facilitating small group training in mindfulness especially for those who have had the experience of depression and anxiety in their lives.   She also has a long standing clinical consulting practice based in Mt Eden, and more recently also offers her expertise to the “Older Adults”  community of South and East Auckland as part of the  Middlemore Hospital Community Team.

Alongside a strong theme of mindfulness Marijke’s special interests lie with relationship issues, anxiety, burnout and depression, recovery from impact of trauma, assessment and treatment of alcohol and drug issues, adult autistic-style relatedness issues, and older peoples functioning.   At times Marijke is called upon to offer expert opinions in the Family Court. Marijke has a very high standing amongst her colleagues at the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and in 2005 was made a Fellow of the College in recognition for her contribution to the profession. See:


Stephen Archer


Stephen Archer is a mindfulness educator and trainer. He is passionate about creating contexts where people can explore mindfulness and discover how it can assist them to access sustainable wellbeing and generate new and transformative perspectives. Stephen has been involved with mindfulness for over 30 years and began practicing mindfulness meditation while he was completing an honours degree in Eastern religions. He then trained for 13 years as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition under the tutorage of Ven. Ajahn Sumedho. Stephen facilitates mindfulness programmes in Primary Health Care, prisons, workplaces and the mental health sector. He also offers residential retreats and public courses. Stephen is Director of Mindfulness Training