Tracey O'Callaghan

My story

Hi, my name is Tracey O'Callaghan and I am the chief retirement coach and workshop facilitator.

Why retirement coaching?  It all started when I was working for Transpower in HR.  We had an aging workforce and difficulties attracting engineers with the right experience.  Meanwhile, it was obvious that many of those in their late 50s and early 60's had no idea what their 'retirement' was going to be like.  Basically they had no plan for the next 30plus years of their life!  Was it to continue working, to study, set up their own business, spend more time with family, volunteer, run a marathon, focus on a new hobby, travel?  What was it that was going to provide a sense of meaning and purpose if they did stop working?

With my background of HR, including strategic workforce planning; executive coaching and passion for what I call "facilitating positive change" I find it incredibly satisfying to help people develop their retirement design and plan.  To help people develop self awareness and overcome barriers to ensure they get to what they really want from life

I love learning new things and over the past few years have studied a diverse variety of subjects including leadership, neuroscience, hypnotherapy, gut health, shame and courage, anxiety and burnout, positive psychology and mindfulness.  At the same I have dabbled in local politics, held a few not-for-profit governance roles as well as built and ran a guest lodge!  As such I have a range of skills, experience and knowledge to call on (and yes, I like variety and can juggle priorities well!).  I may not have reached my 60s yet but I have 'walked the talk' in terms of designing and planning the life I lead!

Qualifications and experience

  • BSc Hons Social Psychology and MSc Employment Studies (Loughborough and Salford Universities, UK)
  • Post grad diploma in career management (AUT, NZ)
  • Intensive Coach training and Executive Coach training, Results Systems Coaching,NZ
  • Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma and Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis, NZ School of Professional Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), NZ School of Professional Hypnotherapy
  • Certified Retirement Coach through Retirement Options (USA)
  • Senior HR positions in a number of large organisations including NZ Police (National Recruitment Manager), Transpower (Staffing Manager), NZ Post (Employee survey and assessment centers), IRD (Strategic Workforce Planning), Ministry of Health (Change management projects)
  • Built,established and managed 5-star guest lodge in the Wairarapa
  •  District Councillor (Carterton)
  •  Governance positions - Chair - Volunteering Wairarapa and Gladstone Sports Complex, Deputy Chair - Age Concern Wairarapa, Board member - Destination Wairarapa

My values

Life-long learning

Creating to make a positive change

Living with purpose and meaning

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