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

Shary Vargo, managing 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

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).

Contact Kirsty directly  on +64 21 999 506

Dr John Vargo, Director


John is a director of Vargo + Lewis Ltd, Management Consultants, and possesses a wide range of business experience and expert research skills. He specialises in organisational resilience. His work includes in-depth research into what makes organisations more resilient in the face of natural disasters as well as strategic change management and leadership development.

Recent work has focused on the resilience of organisations in the face of Christchurch earthquakes, including measuring the resilience of local organisations and their recovery following this series of devastating extreme events. His experience also includes senior executive roles at the University of Canterbury, including Dean of Commerce, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Pro Vice Chancellor for International. These roles have honed his strategic change management, leadership and operational skills during a time of substantial change. As well as his comprehensive practical experience, John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, an MBA in International Business and a PhD in Information Systems. He is a member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS).

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