“An addictive and sumptuous mind explosion, Sav [David Savage] is a master at helping people to realise and reach their potential.” – H.R.




  • Sixteen years experience, operating New Zealand-wide
  • Brain-based methodology (Neuroleadership & Neurolinguistics)
  • Government, Business and NGO client base
  • Coach on three major Alliances (incl. S.C.I.R.T. Christchurch Rebuild)
  • 400+ People coached. 650+ People trained. 70+ Organisations.
  • Speaker on leadership & the brain in New Zealand & Australia
  • 95% of clients arrive via recommendation or referral

“David’s deep understanding and respect for the human spirit creates real and powerful coaching experiences!”

Gai Foskett, Business Coach

“Leadership is what steps forward in a landscape of uncertainty, and is at it’s best when purpose-driven and human-centred.”

“If we limit leadership to simply title, then we dismiss the potential that every person has, to step-up in a given moment and create a meaningful difference through their unique skills and strengths.

Yet when we connect leadership to contribution, the floor is open for the right person, with the right ‘stuff’ to step forward at the right time to navigate the unfolding labyrinth of change that is modern day reality.”  David Savage



In a nutshell, I’d say I’m a little more ‘boots’ than ‘suits’! Put differently, whilst I have an extensive training background in brain-based leadership methodology, my goal is not to impress you with my knowledge, but to equip you with the right tools and skills to achieve your goals and make a significant and practical difference.



In 2003 I began training extensively with the internationally renowned Neuroleadership Group. Within a few years I began to assist on their Coach training courses and then lead their business and executive coaching courses. I also assisted CEO David Rock – author of Quiet Leadership – on the pioneering Theoretical Foundations of Coaching programme.

Client Led

Operating a feedback loop on all trainings and coaching programmes – and in the spirit of continuous improvement – client feedback has shaped what I deliver to ensure relevance and practical real-world application. The result is pressure-tested training content that gets results.


As a Master Practitioner and Instructor of Neurolinguistic Programming, I trained with Dr. Richard Bolstad which led to a greater depth of understanding about language and the brain, something that has informed not only the content of my work, but the methodology of it’s delivery for greater client learning and value.

Life Experience

Self-awareness is crucial to leadership, and visiting townships and slums as a photographer – in an earlier life – I learnt as much about myself as I did other people’s reality. These experiences have taught me to keep it real in the training room, focus on what’s truely important and drive with purpose.


With a camera in my hand since I was six, I used photography as a gateway to a range of places and experiences around the world. In slums and townships I’ve met people living in realities very different to our own and as a Coach since 2003, these experiences have shaped my views on leadership, the human spirit and the importance of purpose.

Feedback | What people say

David is a fantastic coach! He is fully committed to you and provides a great support as a coach. He inspired me, challenged me and most importantly believed in me. If I am where I am now, it is thanks to David! 

Lena Arnera

Author, Graines de Leaders

David is a top quality coach. After every session I felt like my brain had been scrubbed and I was inspired each step of the way. David drew out the knowledge I had, and gave excellent input at the right times.

Jesse Pirini

Pracademic Edupreneur, Pencilcase

Sav has an amazing ability to get the best out of people. His genuine listening skills help him tune in to what makes people tick, and his coaching skills empower people to set and achieve lofty goals. He's a fun and inspiring person to work with, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to anybody who wants to turbo charge their performance.

Paul Roberts

Customer-centric business growth consultant, Roberts Sports

David is an amazing coach, He has helped me to clarify my business and generate a fantastic business plan. He challenges and supports me and is incredibly creative to work with.

Michele Frank

Coach Trainer Facilitator, Frank Coaching

David Savage is a compelling, approachable, effective leadership trainer, one who I can only recommend and do so without hesitation or doubt. I hope to work with David again.

Phil Bilbrough

Group Manager Marketing and Communications, Forest & Bird

An addictive and sumptuous mind explosion, Sav [David Savage] is a master at helping people to realise and reach their potential.

Heather Ritchie

Transpower, Project Systems Manager

David is an excellent leadership facilitator, with the ability to be flexible in his approach, yet meeting the objectives of the programme. He is able to seemingly get into the minds of the participants and work with them in highly positive, inspiring and encouraging manner. David seems to have an ability to make people believe in themselves – an essential quality for any leadership facilitator.

Seema Dao

Communication Manager, SPREP (Samoa)

David is a committed coach and is responsible for enabling myself and many other coaches. He has a passion to see people succeed.

Carl Jarnell

Business Development Consultant, Lightbulb Coaching

Every so often you meet someone who is truly remarkable – that is someone who is so incisive and insightful that you can’t help but remark about them to others. David is truly remarkable. 

Angus Bargh

Traffic Planning Manager, S.C.I.R.T.

David has worked very closely with my team and individuals, including myself. He has provided us with the tools, mindset and drive to succeed, both as individuals and as a team. He is well respected and trusted across the team, delivering outstanding results time after time!!

Chanelle Becker

QA Manager, Statistics New Zealand

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