New Coach – Wayne Tollemache

By The Icehouse


As Asia is a vital and growing trading region for NZ we would like to introduce a new coach with 9 years living and working experience there. Wayne has a particular specialty in helping NZ organisations break into the Asian market that utilises his vast experience and networks. Wayne is based in Auckland with an office in Singapore where is spends one week a month.

Wayne’s Bio:

With more than 25 years of business experience including nine years living and working in Asia Wayne has developed a significant range of unique skills that have been instrumental in his success.

Wayne’s expertise has been recognised globally and he has spoken at many conferences around the world on a number of topics that include Recruitment, Operational Management, and Outsourcing and Off Shoring. His experience is wide spread and includes the following:

  • Acquisitions & mergers
  • Business development
  • Business management
  • Change management
  • International business
  • Outsourcing & off shoring
  • Strategy development

From the early 2004 to 2012 Wayne was living and working in Asia as a senior executive heading up a market leading organisation. During this time he acquired and built a significant understanding of doing business in Asia as well as a wide spread range of networks. To capitalize on this unique opportunity Wayne has set up a consultancy company based in New Zealand and Singapore (where he operates one week a month) to help organisations to break into the Asia market with a focus on the following:

  1. ASEAN with a focus on Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
  2. Greater China being Hong Kong and Mainland China
  3. India

Business Experience

  • Governance Experience
    • 2009 to Current. Customer Impact (Philippines based) – Non-Executive Director
    • 2011 to Current. InterQuest PTY Ltd (UK based and listed). Advisor to the board
    • 2011 to current. National Association Background Screeners APAC. Chairman
    • 2012 to Current. Financial Services Innovation (SG based). Advisor to the board
  • Professional Experience
    • Current. Managing Director (and founder), JTC, Auckland & Singapore
    • 2007 – 2012. Executive Managing Director APAC, First Advantage, Singapore
    • 2004 – 2007. Managing Director, TeleTech, Singapore
    • 1997 – 2003. Operations & Business Development Director. TeleTech. Auckland
    • 1985 – 1996. Technician, Quality Manager, National Manager. Telecom. Hamilton

If you would like to get in touch with Wayne or one of the other business coaches at The ICEHOUSE, contact Mike Stokes –

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