About

Thank you for taking the time to find out a bit more about us. 

Mary Somervell

Transition Guide, Outdoor Adventurer and Author

Change and disruption can happen any time. We could be dealing with a change of work status, a health setback, a relocation or a relationship change.  Sometimes it's a ripple effect with multiple changes at once.

Real transitions take time as we dig deeper to confront our limiting beliefs and unhelpful habits. Going it alone is harder, takes longer and may not succeed. 

Transitions create wonderful opportunities for growth and renewal, for rediscovering our purpose and reconnecting with our authentic selves.

Some of our best experiences happen when we take on stretch challenges outside our comfort zone.

Mary revels in outdoor adventures making the most of New Zealand’s stunning natural environment. She has organised many shared adventures (including for Adventurous Women On the Loose - AWOL) in our great outdoors. These experiences build confidence and resilience, leading to personal transformation. 

She is a frequent blogger on transitions, wellness and work life integration and has written a book about her uplifting AWOL experiences and adventurous life.  

Mary helps individuals in transition to recalibrate and respond to major work and lifestyle changes. 

Mary loves helping individuals to succeed. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She has an easy going nature, a caring attitude and a curiosity to keep learning. 

She takes time to understand your unique situation then walks alongside, guiding you on a journey of discovery towards your true purpose, for a more rewarding and adventurous life.

Mary has an extensive background of marketing and people development work in health, education, housing and professional services in New Zealand and USA. 

She is a strong advocate for intergenerational collaboration supported by mutual mentoring, including the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. 

She is just a call away so get in touch now. 

Steve Vaughan

Risk Adviser, Landscape Photographer and Photography Coach

Steve has solid and extensive expertise to help your organisation manage risk and uncertainties, and get the best value from threats and opportunities. 

This includes: 

• better decision-making capability for reducing threats and seizing opportunities 

• managing uncertainties in procuring goods and services 

• developing practical steps and real-life testing for your organisation to keep operating and restart critical services when major disruptions occur (like earthquakes, power failures and storms) 

He has worked on developing and applying risk management techniques for diverse clients and complex projects such as irrigation schemes, managing former landfill sites, flooding, onshore oil well development, and contracting facilities for high risk high value events like music festivals.

Steve is a qualified chemical engineer who previously worked in engineering development research. He also has an extensive background in policy development, new legislation and regulation dealing with complex risks, especially chemicals management and the environment.  

Steve has used his passion for New Zealand to become a recognised landscape photographer who also coaches in landscape photography. He helps photographers to go beyond the shutter button using photographs to convey their personal  vision. 

Get in touch with Steve now by phone or email.