Advisory Panel

JOLT Challenge has an international advisory panel of experts that have scrutinized the programme to ensure it is robust and ecologically sound.

Dr. Rich Allen
Dr Rich Allen is a highly regarded educator and master trainer, with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. His cognitive learning theory research, which provided understanding on how the brain receives, processes, stores, and recalls information, forms the basis for his approach to teaching, presenting and facilitating. In the 20 years he has been taking his ideas around the world, he has worked with senior managers, corporate training divisions and education departments in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Russia, Jordan, and Brazil.

A former off-Broadway actor, Rich was a director and lead facilitator for SuperCamp, an accelerated learning program for teens, before focusing on teaching brain-based learning strategies. He is the author of a number of best-selling education books including: Impact Teaching, TrainSmart and Green Light Classrooms. Rich can be contacted at

Dr. Jim Bartley
Dr. Jim Bartley is an Auckland ear, nose and throat surgeon. He is a senior lecturer in surgery at the Auckland Medical School and has fellowships in both surgery and in pain medicine. Trained in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, Jim did further postgraduate work in London before doing a fellowship in sinus surgery in Philadelphia. Jim currently has his own practice and works at the Auckland Regional Pain Service and at Counties-Manukau District Health Board. He has published over 30 papers in the scientific literature and two books Breathing Matters and more recently Healing Headaches.

Dr. Peter Blyde
Dr Peter Blyde is the founder of CATALYST4 – a consulting organisation that stimulates development in the areas of vision and strategy, leadership and people change. Peter’s Ph.D. examined Executive Perceptions of Leadership in New Zealand and Australia. His work was highly commended by international leadership expert Barry Posner, author of The Leadership Challenge, Credibility, and Encouraging the Heart.

Peter is the lead designer and facilitator of the Hillary Leadership Programme (an 18 month, cross-sectoral leadership programme for senior executives) with Excelerator: The New Zealand Leadership Institute, part of the University of Auckland Business School. This is New Zealand’s most significant public leadership development programme and is attracting a lot of attention and support from the Gallup Institute, Duke University, and Insead.

Peter spent two years with the Hay Group in Sydney, and within one year was selected as the Australasian representative for the Hay Group Global R&D Network. This recognised his innovative programme design and depth of experience and created the opportunity to keep up to date with global best practice in leadership development and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Helena Cooper-Thomas
Helena is a Senior Lecturer in Industrial Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Auckland. With a Ph.D. in Psychology, her focus is on applying an understanding of psychology to explain and improve the performance and well-being of people at work. She has published her research in a number of respected applied psychology journals.

Helena is a Chartered Psychologist in the UK and is registered with the NZ Psychology Board. Prior to returning to academia and emigrating to New Zealand, Helena worked both as an independent consultant and for consulting firms, working mostly in the UK and France. Helena has consulted to companies including Accenture, Shell, Lloyds TSB, and Hilton Hotels, as well as a number of UK government agencies including the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Education and Employment.

Dr. David Hopcroft
Dr. David Hopcroft is an experienced family medicine practitioner with a special interest in diabetes and nutrition. Prior to completing his medical degree he undertook a PhD in cell biology, publishing several papers on the cellular interactions within insulin-secreting pancreatic islets, for which he was awarded the ANZ Society of Cell Biology Young Scientist of the Year.

David is presently involved in a number of GP research activities, continues in part-time general practice, and also has a nutritional medicine clinic. He is a member of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners. He can be contacted at

Dr. Ken Hultman
Dr. Ken Hultman received his B.S and M.A degrees from Arizona State University, and his doctorate in counseling psychology from Rutgers University. He has over 30 years of experience helping individuals, teams, and organizations identify and overcome barriers to effective performance.

Ken is the author of six books, including Making Change Irresistible: Overcoming Resistance to Change in your Organizations, and Balancing Individual and organizational Values: Walking the Tightrope to Success, Values-Driven Change: Strategies and Tools for Long-Term Success, and Becoming a Genuine Giver: Overcoming Relationship Barriers. His article, Evaluating Organizational Values, was selected as the 2005 outstanding Organization development Journal paper of the year. Ken, who is a registered organization development professional, and a licensed clinical professional counselor, can be contacted at

The JOLT Challenge online SAM measurement component was designed by Davidson Consulting Limited.

Dr. Jane Davidson
Dr. Jane Davidson is the director of Davidson Consulting Limited, an Auckland-based evaluation and organisational consulting firm. Jane returned to New Zealand in 2004 from the United States where she served as Associate Director of the internationally recognized Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. There she launched and directed the world’s first fully interdisciplinary Ph.D. in evaluation.

Jane is author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: the Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation, which is used internationally as a graduate text and practitioners’ guidebook, and co-editor of the free-access online Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation. She was the 2005 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Award, awarded to a promising new evaluator within five years of completing their doctorate.

Jane received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University (California) in organisational psychology with substantial emphasis on evaluation, her MA in psychology from Victoria University, undergraduate degrees in psychology and chemistry from Massey and Canterbury universities, respectively, and a Diploma of Teaching from the Christchurch College of Education.