Owner and Course Director of the Sudbury Leadership Programme
Janine started her career as a broadcast journalist on the wireless for the BBC. She came to New Zealand in 1999 in search of adventure and spent 13 years reporting, news-reading, documentary making and presenting Worldwatch on National Radio.
It was a spur of the moment decision to buy a dilapidated 50 acre farm during an auction in 2004 as a base for her unique leadership programmes using horse whispering. The programmes, including the renowned A Look Within, use horses to help develop leadership presence and provide an arena in which to practise those skills. Janine has worked with All Black Coach, Steve Hanson, Downer’s award winning Maori Leadership Programme and High Performance Sport New Zealand amongst others.
Six years ago Sudbury, the venue, was born. The horses were booted out of the Stables which were converted into a charming reception space with outrageous views in every direction and awash with golden light. The gardens were developed, open fires built, views enhanced, fairy lights strung, Cottage 103 relocated and renovated, vintage bricks laid, a funky vintage caravan transformed into a mobile stage for bands and DJs….the list goes on. All while raising a toddler as a single mum.
Her baby is now ten and her second baby (Sudbury) is now six. The three of them live happily in paradise where they host weddings and Christmas parties, welcome guests to stay at Cottage 103, run teambuilding and corporate incentive events and inspire clients through the flagship Sudbury Leadership Programmes. They live with their dog, Stinky, who makes an appearance at most events, along with their two horses, pony and donkey.
Last year Janine won the Electra Business Award for the best Owner Operator business in the region. She is on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and BKH. She loves to sing, play music, ride horses and most of all, have a good chinwag with her guests and clients who soon become firm friends.
It’s always lovely to get a thank you and we have lots of thank yous to share with you this season.
This one came today from top female jockey Rosie Myers and her husband William Fell who tied the knot here a couple of weeks ago.
“Thanks so much for providing the beautiful venue for our wedding – it was amazing. Everybody commented on how great a it was. The staff were absolutely delightful especially Gemma – so please say thank you from us it was so nice not have to worry about anything!
Hope the rest of your weddings have been going well and it was so nice to meet you all.”
It was a pleasure to meet you too Rosie and Will, and thank you for choosing Sudbury for your amazing day!
It’s always lovely to hear how my leadership alumni are doing.
Natasha came to our two day Downer Maori leadership programme in February and says, “I have implemented quite a few things with my team…..already I am starting to see a different team, it’s actually amazing. Thank you so much for running the course…I can’t stop talking to everyone about it.”