Principal Innovation Consultant
Cole’s journey began with a career in fashion design, where she developed an eye for detail and spotting market changes well ahead of them, becoming fully-fledged trends. Harnessing this algorithm for change, Cole has worked in manufacturing, insurance, and business sectors, fostering high-performing teams and empowering them to deliver innovative products, services, and environments.
She’s advised businesses ranging from start-ups to multinationals, and her approach brings a fine balance of provocation and pragmatism to every engagement. Using empathy, she helps align teams around customer value delivery while coaching leaders to overcome the inertia that can stifle innovation.
Since joining Assurity, Cole has led several engagements with Lion, DXMail and Auckland Transport. Before this, she held a senior role in Innovation for IAG Insurance and worked with SME’s in both innovation and business advisory space. She has a BA Hons in Design Management, Ideo trained in HCD and is a judge for Westpac Business Awards.