"I have had the great pleasure of working with Meri, and have experienced her “get sh!te done” attitude and capability. Whether its a full media strategy, through to a single video production, her ability to link the needs of the organisation through to that of the audience is second to none. It's rare to find someone as capable at the Big Picture thinking whilst also being able to implement and lead at the pointy end of a project or event.
So if you need someone on a white board at a strategic level through to someone on a bullhorn at an event or anywhere in between…engage Meri, you will be pleased you did."
GREG URQUHART | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER | COMPUTER CONCEPTS LTD
"Meri was engaged to fill an urgent need for an experienced professional consultant to deliver on a Zone Implementation Plan (ZIP) for the Upper Waitaki region as part of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS). The CWMS is a major strategy to develop plans for managing water across Canterbury and to find agreement amongst a wide range of community interests including local Runanga and often diametrically opposed, entrenched views.
The role required a person with high levels of maturity, leadership, judgment and personality as well as finding practical and pragmatic solutions to a wide ranging agreed list of targeted goals. Meri filled this role admirably and in fact achieved the fastest delivery of a ZIP across the whole program. She built relationships very quickly with the whole community including identifying the key people able to help move things forward."
FRANCIS PAUWELS | CWMS DIRECTOR | ENVIRONMENT CANTERBURY
“ Meri has been an absolute pleasure to work with, her knowledge, experience, and vibrant nature bring a refreshing clarity to any situation. She has helped push me to see things differently and as a result produce more effective communication with real impact.”
VICKI COCKS | COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER | FULTON HOGAN LTD
"I have worked with Meri on a number of occasions in helping to strategically grow my business since 2004.
Meri has been invaluable in showing me the big picture of my business, without excluding the nuts and bolts of details that all businesses need as a foundation. I have found that Meri can scale that thinking to any size SME.
She is incredibly inclusive, a straight shooter and does not sugar coat her recommendations for change or growth in an organisation.
I find Meri’s guidance and advice invaluable, refreshingly direct and all encompassing of what I need."
MARY MACHARPER | MANAGING DIRECTOR | ZEALAND SOLUTIONS LTD
"Meri Gibson is the Chair of the Communicare CMA Auckland Inc. Board.
Communicare is a not-for-profit organization and we run 21 activity centres for seniors throughout the Auckland Region. I have had the pleasure in my role as General Manager to work closely with Meri over the past 3 years.
Meri has incredible strategic vision, an eye for the future and she is always forward thinking while respecting the past. Meri always gives 110% energy and passion to our cause (amongst her many other commitments), all with a volunteering heart. Her business savvy along with governance experience gives her the ability to ensure our organisation flourishes. An absolute professional, Meri is both super-organized and busy, so I am always impressed how she still finds time to support my role. She possesses a unique skill, where she is able to set the big picture, and allow me a balanced independence to drive the organisation.
When I arrived at Communicare just over 4 years ago, the organisation was running at a loss, this year we will finally break-even a huge achievement. I know without Meri’s commitment and dedication in her governance role we would not have achieved such a positive change. Highly intuitive with a great sense of humour, Communicare is honoured to have Meri share her wealth of knowledge and business acumen."
SUDHA BHANA | GENERAL MANAGER | COMMUNICARE
"Grow Rotorua was the economic development agency as part of the council. One of the major sectors and core strategies for growth was international education. Rotorua had a base of three key organisations and several schools at various levels of development of their international student business and the opportunities and benefits of growth were recognised as schools and Polytechs required much needed extra income.
Meri took on the role of establishing and managing the group – Education Rotorua International – as well as specific projects as marketing director. The programmes were largely funded by Education NZ in recognition of the solid structure, leadership, and strategies that Meri put in place.
Meri melded the disparate group into one that brought together first-class marketing collateral, went on joint trade missions and opened up a wider agent network. This agent network was developed in deliberately targeted countries including Southeast Asia and South America to align with both wider NZ strategy and particular interests of the various group members.
Meri helped the group collectively achieve over 100% growth from $40m to $90m in annual revenues from international students."
FRANCIS PAUWELS | CEO | GROW ROTORUA