Bond has a simple philosophy.
Through her work as a professional coach and counsellor, she
wants to add value to people or businesses, whether that
involves working with an individual, small or medium-sized
businesses or ''huge'' companies.
It was all about enabling people to have the confidence to
make the changes they needed to make them or their business
grow, she said.
Based in Auckland for eight years, Ms Bond, who is in her
50s, returned to Dunedin 18 months ago for family reasons and
because she loved the city and missed it.
She had no regrets, saying it was the right decision.
''Dunedin has been unbelievably kind to me over the years.
I've always found the people unbelievably supportive.''
While she believed there were many opportunities in Dunedin,
she would also like to ''stir it up a little bit''.
''It's still a beautiful city. What I'd like to see is more
people working, more organisations coming in and seeing
Dunedin for what it is and realising it is a tremendous base
She was heartened by the number of new, innovative companies
in the city, but would like to see more.
''We need to have more people here. There are a lot of people
working very hard to keep Dunedin buoyant.
''I still see a lot of areas that can be supported and things
grown in order for this to become a city people really take
notice of,'' she said.
Born in England, Ms Bond moved with her family to Dunedin
when she was 6 and grew up in the city.
She studied anthropology and philosophy at the University of
Otago and loved her university days so much she considered an
After graduating, she worked at Presbyterian Support Services
where she benefited from receiving a large amount of
knowledge and training, she said.
She studied family therapy at Otago Polytechnic and did her
psychotherapy theory study at Ashburn Hall.
She forged a career working with people, which included being
director of coaching at the Institute for Strategic
Leadership for eight years before leaving the role in 2007 to
Part of her job was to find and train the coaches for the
institute's programmes and she got to know a ''huge number of
Ms Bond was still very close to many of those people.
She worked a lot with senior military personnel and one of
the first on the programme was Sir Jerry Mateparae, now
Governor-General, and she was very proud to see where he had
She also worked with many senior business leaders, including
the likes of former Fonterra chief executive Craig Norgate
and New Zealand Merino Company chief executive John
Upbeat and positive, Ms Bond said she was ''one of the very
fortunate people in the world'' as she got to work with
''unbelievably cool people''.
In her work now, about 30% was Dunedin-based, about half was
in Auckland and the remainder was in Wellington and
She also has a private psychotherapy practice.
Most of her clients came to her because they wanted to
Most were innovative and were aware that being leaders was
not about power and control, but about trust and developing
their team and giving people space to think for themselves,
By listening, she found out who they were, what they had done
and what they wanted to do.
Then she could add value to them by getting them to look at
themselves ''far more deeply''.
Once they understood themselves, then she could help them
understand other people and how they ''think and work''.
''My whole process is supporting other people.
"What I offer is an opportunity for people to have a good
look at themselves, to have a think about where they want to
be, what they want to do and why they want to do it,'' she
Such a role required being a ''people-person'' and a great
''You need to have a very good mind, you've got to be
reasonably nimble in your thinking and think outside the
square,'' she said.
The job involved working with many people and everyone had an
If you could not see where they were at and ''meet them where
they truly'' are, then you were just being a cookie-cutter
type person ''and that's not me at all'', she said.
While it was a very positive industry to be involved in, some
of the work she did was ''unbelievably tough'' and there were
times, she admitted, when there were a few sleepless nights.
''You've got to have hard decisions sometimes. You've got to
have real conversations so you can find the right answers,''