Sharon Coombes, Auckland Council


In 2012, Auckland Council embarked on a journey to create a Workplace Strategy for their future workplaces which coincided with the decision to consolidate their CBD offices into owned space and to purchase the former ASB Centre in Albert Street. Hear about the people and property drivers for this project, how they engaged their employees in a ground up approach to the formation of the Workplace Strategy, and the ways in which workplace change has been supported and encouraged across council.

Sharon Coombes
Auckland Council

Sharon has worked for over 25 years in communications and marketing in both the UK and New Zealand. Starting her career in brand and marketing communications in British Aerospace, she moved to New Zealand in 1995, to join Fletcher Challenge Paper, undertaking a variety of marketing roles. She started her own business in 1999, specialising in marketing, internal and corporate communications working for organisations such as Beca, Norske Skog, Richmond Limited, the University of Auckland, BNZ and Auckland City Council.

She returned to Auckland Council in 2012 to support its transformation into a high-performing organisation, and her most recent project is leading the change to implement Auckland Council’s new workplace strategy.