Richard Whitney

richard whitney

senior consultant



  • Facilitation
  • Team and Leadership Performance Coach



  • M.A. (applied) Clinical and Community Psychology
  • Professional Development Certificate, Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology

Richard's professional experience covers a wide range of applied psychology and training and development activities. Prior to joining ETC he worked for 16 years in a similar consultancy and before that managed the human resource development function of a large New Zealand company that was undergoing major change.  In this position he set up an internal coaching and counselling service. The number of people who used this service reflects his ability to build trust and deliver an effective service. Prior to this he worked as a psychologist in private practice. Part of his practice involved working with business people coping with life work balance issues.

Richard is a skilled facilitator and coach familiar with working with a wide range of client groups in areas such as performance management, customer service, stress and change management, leadership development and team development. He works at the level of coaching individual through to designing interventions on a Company wide scale. Richard also facilitates planning and strategy sessions.

Richard has worked with a wide variety of clients from a wide variety of industries including IT, health, local government and engineering.

Some organizations Richard has worked with recently includes Auckland City Council, Auckland District Health Board, CHH, Microsoft, Gen-i, and Actronic.

On the personal front, Richard is married with two teenage girls. His wife, Robyn, is also a psychologist but is currently pursuing a new career as a cast glass artist. Living in Auckland allows Richard to pursue his passion for getting on on the high seas (he has built a 17ft cruising dinghy and a cedar strip sea kayak). He also has interests in skiing, trout fishing and photography. He strategically plans holiday in areas that combine wineries, good food and an opportunity to balance an indulgence in some of his interests with his parental responsbilities.