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Sarah Naudé

Managing Partner

Sarah is an Industrial/Organisational Psychologist with 18 years of experience in some of New Zealand’s largest organisations. Sarah has consulted in the manufacturing industry; worked in senior organisational development roles; and spent five years working as a Psychologist and Specialist Officer in the New Zealand Navy. Sarah holds a Masters of Applied Psychology (Honours).


Matt Stanley

Managing Partner

Matt’s career as a senior HR leader has spanned 20 years within three major corporates in NZ and Australia. Matt has most recently been the Head of Remuneration at Telecom New Zealand. He has a strong background in remuneration design and execution, executive assessment and development, performance management, and executive coaching.


Emma Morris


As a Consultant at Propero, Emma works largely in the Board Evaluation practice, with particular focus on analysis and report generation. She also conducts in-depth research into current best practice and modelling.

Emma has a post graduate diploma in Industrial Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Auckland.

Jacob Smith-Jude

Associate Consultant

As an Associate Consultant at Propero, Jacob works largely in the Board Evaluation practice, with particular focus on analysis and report generation.

Jacob holds a Conjoint BA/LLB with a Major in Psychology. He has a passion for working with people and providing high-quality service.

Rebecca Vanpraseuth

Project Coordinator

As Propero’s Project Coordinator, Rebecca is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of projects and is the first point of contact for clients.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Management, from Victoria University of Wellington.

Brittany Masters

Associate Consultant

As an Associate Consultant, Brittany is responsible for candidate search oversight, liaising with clients, analysis and report generation.

Brittany holds a Bachelor of Science with Majors in Statistics and Psychology, from the University of Canterbury.

Linda Vela-Nebril

Database Manager

    As Propero’s Database Manager, Linda provides support across all aspects of Propero, primarily through database maintenance, data mining, research, and analysis. She has extensive background in IT and has previously worked for multinational financial companies in the Philippines and Singapore. 

    Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of the City of Manila.

    Annesha Shonata

    Associate Consultant

      Annesha provides support across all aspects of Propero, primarily through the creation of new models, data mining, research, and analysis.

      Annesha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business from Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. She is currently working towards her PhD at the University of Auckland.


      Tony Carter

      Chair; Air New Zealand, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
      Director; ANZ

      “I find their approach thorough and insightful, drawing out the key issues and helping the board take action on the key opportunities for lifting performance. Most importantly the reviews have led to valuable board discussions and changes in the way the boards operate.”

      Mark Verbiest

      Director; Meridian Energy, ANZ, Freightways
      Chair; Willis Board Capital Partners Ltd
      Former Chair; Spark NZ

      “I believe the board services that Propero Consulting provide are unique in the market and will be highly valued by organisations that are committed to governance excellence. Their approach to board capability and performance is unique, innovative, and in my view better than any other service available in the NZ Market.”

      Joan Withers

      Chair; Mercury, The Warehouse Group

      “I have used Propero on a number of assignments. In my view, their governance services are unique, bringing a new level of insight, expertise, and professionalism to the NZ market.”

      James Miller

      Chair; NZX
      Director; Auckland International Airport Limited, Mighty River Power, Ikaros Partners, ACC

      “The board services that Propero provide are unique in the market. Matt and Sarah under promised, then worked hard to significantly over deliver our expectations. Their insights and leadership added value to every step of the process.”

      Justine Smyth

      Chair; Spark NZ, New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
      Director; Auckland International Airport Limited

      “It was great to be part of an innovative process that has delivered a refreshed board with such diverse skills & experience to lead the organisation into the future.”

      Murray King

      Chairman; Livestock Improvement Corporation
      Managing Director; Kingsway Farms Limited

      “I was impressed with the thoroughness of their approach … along with their candidate insights.”

      Rob Hewett

      Chairman; Silver Fern Farms
      Director; Farmlands, Pioneer Energy Limited, Hilton Haulage Limited

      “Propero have partnered with us in a range of areas – and have delivered quality solutions with each engagement.”

      Deborah MacKay

      On behalf of the Southern Hospitality Board of Directors Limited

      “We are delighted with our two appointments – they are outstanding business leaders who fit really well with the culture of our business and are genuinely excited about helping our business continue to perform in NZ and grow in target overseas markets.”