James Fletcher joins DLA Piper as NZ Chief Operating Officer

Christina Wilkins

Monday, 13 September 2021, 11:17 amPress Launch: DLA Piper DLA Piper in New Zealand is happy to announce the appointment of James Fletcher as NZ Chief Operating Officer with effect from 1 October 2021. In building the announcement Nation Handling Partner, Martin Wiseman claims, “James is a chief for the […]

DLA Piper in New Zealand is happy to announce the
appointment of James Fletcher as NZ Chief Operating Officer
with effect from 1 October 2021.

In building the
announcement Nation Handling Partner, Martin Wiseman claims,
“James is a chief for the periods, expert at CEO stage,
forward considering and at household top in a worldwide matrix
surroundings.”

James is a hugely capable senior
government with wide encounter spanning a variety of
industries including construction, facilities administration,
authorized and money solutions, and the aviation and
healthcare sectors.

James states he was captivated to
operating for a world wide legislation company with legitimate world reach, and
the opportunity to leverage that gain even more in
the community marketplace “the feel and the fit” appeared superior, he
suggests.

James has been the interim CEO of New Zealand
Progress Cash Associates, a Crown owned entity that invests
in early -stage engineering start out-ups. He was introduced in to
change the organisation by re-constructing lifestyle,
re-shaping the management crew and employing a strategic
approach with supporting policies, procedures and
structure.

“There are noticeable difficulties for me in
signing up for DLA Piper,” says James. “How do you support make a
place of work far better that presently has a excellent crew, excellent
clientele, exemplary collegiality and a ton of forward
thinking? It isn’t a terrible trouble to have, but the issue
is, there is small time to stand nevertheless in the career
now there will be a lot to get my enamel into in the decades
ahead. And the past, now, is past calendar year, not 10 a long time ago. We
all take pleasure in this, so it’s a make any difference of utilizing
precise approaches, like getting alive to chances
over and above present places of personalized convenience and technological
awareness.”

James has earlier been CEO of
Treescape, a $100m arboriculture, horticulture and
landscaping company with 640 employees in Australia and New
Zealand. He reworked that business strategically and
operationally as he led it via the first wave of
Covid-19. Earlier, he led OCS’ and Spotless Facility
Services’ NZ functions, with lots of 1000’s of staff
furnishing a wide assortment of facilities administration providers to
sectors this kind of as Aviation, Defence, Education and
Healthcare.

“DLA Piper is presently a amazing
organisation” states James, “very very well-operate and embracing
of modify. Among the main legislation gamers in this article it has been
regularly forward of the pack with properly-grounded
inclusivity and variety insurance policies, and has taken a
leadership position in gender fairness and social mobility.
Even so, the occasions we are likely by way of are all transition
instances now, and I am primarily looking forward to encouraging
embed DLA Piper’s Sustainability and ESG
approach.”

James and his spouse Victoria have two teen
daughters, Isobel and Alexandra, each keen sportswomen. They
are a busy rowing, hockey and biking spouse and children. When James
isn’t out on his bike, his spare time is devoted to Kings
University (he is on the board) and the Fletcher Believe in, of which
he is a trustee. His most important specialist and non-public
enthusiasm is instruction, trying to get to make every thing we do in
our jobs superior for us, all the time, and shaping workplaces
into parts of inspiration and superior accomplishment. He is also
on the board of WorkSafe and a member of the Business
Leaders Wellbeing and Safety Discussion board.

“In the conclusion,”
concludes James, “what I will provide to DLA Piper is
uncomplicated it is a query – how do we improve a way of
doing work that is by now increasing all the time? Which is my
job now.”

Martin also thanked interim COO, Libby
Irwin, ‘We questioned Libby to act in the role on an interim
basis immediately after she returned from a year as Head of HR for
Australia and New Zealand for DLA Piper. I preserve asking Libby
to do more and she generally over delivers”. Libby will
proceed as the Head of HR for New
Zealand.

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