Align engages with a talented and diverse team of professionals and businesses from  across New Zealand and abroad. Through these experienced and capable associates and partners we are able to provide the highest quality of bespoke consulting services. 

Lynda Carroll

Lynda Carroll

Dean Carroll

Dean Carroll

Rosemary Hancock

Rosemary Hancock

Karen Bleach-Wood

Karen Bleach-Wood

Ani Waaka

Ani Waaka

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Lynda Carroll

Lynda is Align Group’s Managing Director and primary shareholder.  She has worked for nearly thirty years in senior management and consulting roles interfacing with chief executives, senior managers, boards and key shareholders/ stakeholders. These roles have been within the private, not for profit and state sectors in New Zealand and internationally.

Prior to establishing Align Group, Lynda founded Carroll Consulting. For nearly twenty years, Carroll Consulting supported organisations and communities to align culture, strategy, governance and performance to enable their people to innovate and thrive today, to be successful tomorrow.  Prior to starting Carroll Consulting Lynda was Managing Consultant of the New Zealand office of Development Dimensions International (DDI); General Manager, Human Resources for the Ministry of Forestry; and Corporate Services Manager for the Early Childhood Development Unit. 

Lynda has over 17 years' governance experience including success as chair and deputy chair.  She has led remuneration and performance subcommittees, and been a member of finance and audit, fundraising and sponsorship, and future operating environment sub-committees. Lynda’s governance experience has been gained in the arts and culture, and wider public and not-for-profit sectors, including the Wellington Regional Orchestra and the New Zealand Institute of Management.  She is currently on the NZ Army Leadership Board, a board member for an incorporated society, and a lay member on the Social Workers Registration Board's Complaints Assessment Committee. 

Lynda's specialty areas include:

  • Organisation transformation and change
  • Executive coaching
  • Governance evaluation and support
  • Facilitation
  • Talent Management
  • Business strategy and performance

Lynda’s networks have been established through associations such as the Institute of Directors, New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM), Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand, and the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and an Associate Fellow of NZIM. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington.

On a personal note, Lynda is a keen singer, amateur jeweller and traveller.


Dean Carroll

Dean has over 30 years’ experience in senior roles New Zealand and internationally, most recently as CEO of Lumo Energy, Australia and Director of Infratil Energy Australia along with a number of its related companies. Dean has held a number of senior executive roles at Genesis Energy including General Manager, Retail and General Manager, Operations and worked in the oil and gas sector in Canada. Dean currently sits on the Board of Transpower New Zealand Limited.

Dean’s specialist areas are:

  • Business strategy and performance
  • Acquisitions,organisation transformation and change
  • Executive Coaching
  • Governance

On a personal note Dean is a keen mountain-biker; diver and skier.


Rosemary Hancock

Rosemary has over twenty five years’ experience in human resources (HR) in New Zealand.  She has deliberately followed a generalist path, and has developed sound knowledge and expertise across a broad range of HR disciplines.  Rosemary began her HR career at an international hotel in Rotorua, then moved to Lower Hutt City council, later being appointed HR Manager at Radio NZ and Senior HR Advisor at the Department of Internal Affairs.

Since working independently in 2006, Rosemary’s time has been spent in a number of organisations within the private and public sectors, such asTe Papa Tongarewa and Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, and various departments in the defence sector.  She now lives in the Waikato where she has grown a portfolio career, which includes providing HR services for organisations in Waihi and Mount Maunganui.

While competent in many HR disciplines, Rosemary's areas of expertise include:

  • Employment relations
  • Human resource audits and reviews
  • HR policy development/review
  • Recruitment
  • Employment agreement negotiation and implementation
  • Managing annual pay review processes

On a personal note, Rosemary enjoys walking and gardening; volunteers in the community through Lions; sings with a local choir and plays brass with a local band.  She loves to travel, particularly in Europe, but now tends to spend more time in Australia where her daughters live.


Karen Bleach-Wood

Karen has nationally recognized skills in building and maintaining an engaged employee culture and capable workforce. Five IBM Kenexa Awards and the Regional HRINZ Initiative of the Year Award stand in testament to these skills. Karen can work with you to develop and implement pragmatic solutions that are agile and cost effective while always being cognizant of multiple stakeholder needs.

Karen’s specialist areas are:

  • Engaged employee cultures
  • Customer focused behaviour and frameworks
  • Internal communications
  • Capability development
  • Event planning and management

On a personal note Karen has recently received her Certificate in Celebrancy and enjoys glass blowing along with many other creative hobbies. She has worked in the UK and South Africa but loves calling Wellington home.

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Ani Waaka

Tribal affiliations: Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa

Ani has 20 years’ experience working in organisational leadership and development. She has supported clients in government, NGOs and corporate contexts to effectively manage change and performance, build positive cultures and deliver against accountabilities.

She has held chief executive positions including establishing the Māori Television Service. Ani acted in the role of Director Human Resources for the Ministry of Economic Development supporting the HR team through the integration into what is now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Ani has 23 years’ experience on boards of directors, including chairing the Mary Potter Hospice board until 2017.  She has been a mediator for 10 years and provides governance, executive and mediator coaching.

Ani’s specialty areas include:

  • Mediation, dispute resolution and workplace investigations

  • Training design and facilitation

  • Strategic and business planning

  • Team and culture building

  • Board support in recruitment and role profiling

  • Coaching

  • Understanding te Ao Māori - the Māori world view.

On a personal note, Ani swims daily and works committedly on the Vestry of St Peter’s on Willis.


Our Partners



Matai Partners

Matai Partners provides strategic, change and reputation management communications advice and support. In short, they help clients communicate to the people to matter to you. We work together on change and culture projects, to get the right messages so your brand and reputation is aligned internally and externally.