Jamie Fitzgerald

World-class adventurer and leadership development consultant

Modern-day pioneer and inspirational Kiwi Jamie Fitzgerald has helped thousands of people around the world bridge the gap between strategy, leadership and a high-performance culture.

Jamie is one of New Zealand's most sought-after management consultants and keynote speakers and has a unique ability to translate strategic thinking and tactical planning into practical steps. His skills are also regularly in demand internationally.

In 2007 Jamie become the first ever Kiwi to reach the South Pole unsupported on foot with fellow adventurer Kevin Biggar, creating media attention world-wide as they implemented a 'business-like' approach to their 52-day expedition.

He also holds the world record for crossing the 5000 km Atlantic Ocean in a tiny rowboat; he captained rowing crews versus Cambridge and Oxford Universities while completing his management degrees.

Jamie has held various management roles in a range of industries, including managing a bank, and is the CEO of Inspiring Performance.

Jamie's leadership and 'performance-through people' approach to his consulting and adventures have helped thousands of people achieve more. One of Jamie's favourite campaigns ('The Big Walk') included thousands of young kiwis having adventurous, learning-based experiences throughout New Zealand. The campaign ended with participants, Ministers and CEOs spending two days helping create a strategy to combat New Zealand's negative youth statistics.

Jamie's professional career is based on the same principles as The Big Walk - helping people realise their potential via co-creating an inspiring purpose, effective goal setting and communication.

In 2011, Jamie managed the design and delivery of training to Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers. This was a programme for 7000+ people tasked with delivering a 'uniquely New Zealand' customer experience.

Jamie Fitzgerald talks about:

Jamie delivers a range of strategic, leadership and performance-related initiatives to organisations and individuals as well as keynotes and workshops focusing in the following areas:

  • Strategy implementation and change management
  • Cultural alignment
  • Leadership development and personal coaching
  • Branded customer service
  • Instructional design, facilitation
  • Programme development and large-group events.
  • Jamie Fitzgerald is committed to improving the leadership, communication and performance of those he works with by providing the tools to inspire them to achieve more. His work around the globe has helped thousands of people and organisations to do just this. He can do the same for your organisation too.

    Client testimonials

    Thank you for the part you played, and helping us achieve what we did. Jamie –your design and facilitation was a huge part of the conference success.

    Metro Broker Link

    Many thanks for your superb contribution to our National Conference. It’s obvious your accomplishments provide credibility, but we felt it was your acumen, personality and delivery that really connected with our Group. We are extremely pleased!

    Mortgage Link

    Jamie’s session was fabulous. He had a great balance of experience, knowledge on the topic, and group interaction. The audience said “He’s the best they’ve ever had!”

    ASB Bank

    Thank you for delivering a terrific presentation. Your time and efforts to understand what we do and parallel this to your own adventuring experience was much appreciated and made it all the more compelling.


    Jamie really made this event. So much to take away – first class, relevant, applicable. Well chosen speaker. EXCELLENT – the highlight of the conference.

    Professional Advisors’ Conference

    A great choice - very interactive.

    Rothbury Insurance

    Your presentation was amazing, awe inspiring, funny and thoughtful. Thank you for including many of the conference themes into your presentation. Very well done.

    The University of Waikato

    I wanted to pass onto Jamie how inspired I was when he came and spoke last year. I was half way through my journey with weight watchers and his talk motivated me and I still refer to the points he made when I am speaking about my weight lose journey. I got to goal weight in January this year after losing 63kg in 12 months. I have just become New Zealand Weight Watchers Slimmer of the Year and I wanted to say thank to Jamie for his inspiration and talk that night as it helped me on my journey.

    Young Farmers Inc.

    You clearly thought long and hard about your presentation and that was evident on the day. You engaged the group – they were putty in your hands. Content, delivery, the whole lot was professional. Thank you so much!

    NZ Chartered Accountants

    Thanks for a great presentation – brilliantly aligned to project management principles. The Conference ended on a high note, thanks to your ability to understand the needs of the audience and your professionalism in presenting amazing adventures with humility and humour.

    Project Management Institute