Originally hailing from South Africa, Stephen Galvin has made New Zealand his home and change management at Verde his passion. As Business Improvement Professional, Stephen is a big fan of the concept and practice of ‘kai zen’, or continuous improvement, especially as it applies to accelerating operational productivity.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Stephen understands change management in context, capable of seamlessly translating strategic vision and oversight to the practical reality of operations. This means the details receive appropriate attention, while executives are kept abreast of overall strategy and execution.
Adept at change management from multiple perspectives – technological, cultural and structural – Stephen is also recognised for developing training and knowledge management programs. He has a knack for delivering change that drives productivity and efficiency, while maintaining staff engagement. Stephen is noted for building and negotiating excellent relationships with key stakeholders.
In his view, the most successful companies stay true to their roots while simultaneously progressing towards a better tomorrow. That’s reflected in his words to live by: ‘Remember who you are’.
He’s joined Verde as the company provides suitable work-life balance, offers varied engagements across its client base, and recognises the perpetual challenge of change management in the delivery of enterprise technology solutions. It helps that this is precisely where his career to date has taken him.
Stephen’s qualifications include Plastics Engineering and Business Administration and Information Technology degrees from the Cape Town (South Africa) and a Master of Business Administration from Massey University. A lifelong learner who believes in gaining knowledge rather than qualifications, he’s still studying and is presently pursuing a Masters in Technological Futures at Tech Future Lab. That’s why he’s added multiple certifications for Project Management, Change Management and Lean/Sigma Six along the way.
Outside of the office you’re likely to find Stephen kitesurfing, mentoring for the Big Buddy Programme, or mentoring business owners.