We are Hazel Kirkham and Chris Elphick. For over twenty years we’ve been helping government agencies and state-owned enterprises to improve their performance, and helping businesses, from micro to large, to become more profitable and sustainable.
We’ve worked in the UK and in New Zealand, but since 2011 we’ve both been working almost exclusively in the South Pacific. Between us we have experience in ten Pacific island countries. We now live in Vanuatu.
We, and the associates who work with us, share the same values and approaches and together we offer a unique mix of knowledge, skills and experience.
We call ourselves Breadfruit Consulting because our business is firmly planted in the Pacific islands, the home of the breadfruit tree. We aspire to be as reliable, useful and versatile as the breadfruit, but instead of satisfying a hunger in the belly, what we do satisfies a hunger in the head and heart for learning. People want to know how to run a business that is sustainable and provides for many; how to develop a strong, local private sector; how to deliver better public services; how to lead organisations in ways that work for everyone; and how women can become equal members of society.
The more people learn, and apply what they learn, the better equipped they become to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the development of their countries. This is as true for leaders and managers of organisations, and owners of businesses, as it is for their employees.
Everything we do is about helping our clients achieve the change they want. Through advice, workshops and coaching, we help them unlock the enormous potential of themselves, the people they employ, or the people they are seeking to assist.
CONSULTANCY | TRAINING | COACHING
Business Coaching & Mentoring
Public Sector Planning & Capacity Building
Leadership & Management Training
We work with organisations and businesses to unlock their potential, by taking a fresh look at what’s happening now and identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; advising on strategies and plans, on how to recruit and retain great employees, and on business resilience; coaching people in key positions to lead more effectively; and training people to do things differently and to do different things – like team working, problem solving, taking more responsibility, increasing productivity and improving service quality.
We work with development organisations, to define what they want the people they are seeking to assist to know and be able to do as a result of their programmes. We then identify the learning needs and design interventions that are appropriate for the context. And then we deliver workshops that work.
How can we help you?