About Us

Who are Vargo + Lewis?

Vargo + Lewis are a team of well-qualified, broadly experienced professional consultants. In organisations, we work with leaders to develop practical strategies for developing people, managing change and creating cultures that attract and retain skilled, inspired teams. Our expertise extends from strategic level input through to front-line support. We provide customised tools, methods and resources to grow and challenge organisations and individuals. Vargo + Lewis are supported by a team of experienced specialists located throughout the major cities and regions of New Zealand.

Our People: Experienced Professionals

kirsty allott, director + senior consultant

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Kirsty is a co-director of Vargo + Lewis Consultants. As a management consultant and workplace coach, she specialises in human resource management and organisational development. Specialist skills include adapting HR practices to serve differing businesses and cultures. Her background includes HR Management and Advisory roles within various technology businesses and professional service firms, where alongside the development and implementation of sound HR business practices, she has contributed to the development of people and cultures within settings of diversity, acclimation of agile methodologies, major changes and natural disasters.

Kirsty holds a Commerce Degree majoring in Human Resource Management and Accounting. With experience in accounting, Kirsty also offers sound financial literacy in business management. She is certified in brain based workplace coaching and career coaching, as well as the TTI Insights suite of tools. Kirsty is a Member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and recently became a Certified Change Management Practitioner with PROSCI.

Contact Kirsty directly  on +64 21 999 506

Helen O’Neill, Director + Senior Consultant


Helen is a Management Consultant and Career Coach with extensive experience as a human resource professional. Her background includes providing change management expertise and staff support within complex, ever changing multi-national companies. Helen’s support of people and organisations include training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring and managing strategic initiatives. She has a passion for motivating individuals and businesses toward higher achievement and offers a positive, practical and caring approach.

In addition to her practical experience, Helen holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a BA Honours (First Class). Helen is a Certified Professional Member of the Human Resources Institute of NZ (CMHRINZ). She is qualified to work with several psychological instruments including: Certified Behavioural Analyst (CPBA), Certified Motivators Analyst (CPMA), Certified Emotional Quotient Analyst (CPEQA).

Contact Helen on +64 29 981 4930

Shary Vargo, Director + Senior Consultant

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Shary is a management consultant and leadership coach, designing and facilitating human resource management and organisation development initiatives, including: change management, culture change, career management, leadership development, reviews, mentoring and customer service strategies. Her background includes previous employment as a consultant with KPMG and with Right Management, as well as being the Managing Director of a nationwide company. She is experienced in the private and public sectors, large businesses, SMEs, NGOs and the tertiary education sector. Currently, she is a recognised Capability Mentor for MSD’s “Capability Investment” programme, supporting strategic planning and operational initiatives over a wide range of community based organisations.

In addition to her practical experience, Shary holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies, Bachelor’s Degree and an Associate Arts Degree in Education. She is a Certified International Career Transition Coach, a Certified Behavioural Analyst (CPBA) and a Member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ).

Contact Shary directly on +64 27 498 2614

Vargo + Lewis are also supported by a strong team of experienced associates who are well-qualified within their areas of expertise. Consultants' knowledge and skills are kept current through international and national journals, the Internet, membership of professional bodies and through active participation (speaking and attendance) at conferences and seminars in specialist areas.


Our clients say...

"Vargo + Lewis has worked in partnership with our organisation creating a number of successful change management and organisational development initiatives. The consultants have impressed us with their ability to relate to people from all walks of life. They are always looking for new ideas and practical improvements that benefit our organisation and people. Vargo + Lewis has greatly contributed to developing the current "employer of choice" culture we proudly hold."

Human Resources Manager