Terry Kayes


Terry led the NZ based international environmental and engineering consultancy, Tonkin & Taylor, as managing director for 17 years. During that time the company grew both in reputation and in scale and is today a leading specialist environmental and engineering consultancy.

Terry’s experience in supporting and shaping the unique culture of the organisation, together with diverse experience in other roles, have informed his evolving views on leadership and have been the foundation for his passion for mentoring and leadership development. His leadership style includes a large measure of listening and supporting, while giving people the space and encouragement to explore and grow. He believes that conversation is the medium of leadership.

Expertise / Specialisation

  • Inspiring People Leaders
  • Team Building
  • Executive Coaching
  • Change Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Board Mentoring
  • Governance

Business Experience

  • Director Kayes Consulting (2006-Present)
  • Director Westhaven Marina Ltd (2010-2018)
  • Director, Waterfront Auckland (2010 – 2015)
  • Director, Watercare Services (2007 – 2010)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland (2000 – 2019)
  • Managing Director, Tonkin & Taylor (1989 –2006)
  • Director, I&G Insurance (1999 – 2019)

Education / Business Coaching

  • Master of Engineering (Civil), University of Auckland (1968)
  • Diploma of Business Studies (Dispute Resolution), Massy University (2004)
  • Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (London), 2003
  • Chartered Member, NZ Institution of Directors
  • Fellow, Engineering New Zealand