Mindspace is a movement for change in the mental health and wellbeing of people in the professional consulting sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.   

Launched by ACE New Zealand and supported by the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, Mindspace is designed to help our sector understand how workplaces and the work we do influence wellbeing.  

Professional services work is by nature complex and non-routine, which makes it interesting and stimulating. It brings out the best of our problem-solving skills to tackle challenges with the clients and communities we serve. The sense of wellbeing we get from being healthily engaged in purposeful work is part of what attracts people to our industry. The flip side is that the pressure created by those same complex conditions can become unhealthy and unsustainable.  

Fluctuating workload, the perceived expectation of being available around the clock, and long-standing cultural expectations that people working in professional services will always come through in a crisis can combine to create unhealthy pressure. In the ongoing competition for great talent, our industry has an opportunity to differentiate in this area, to be the place where our mental health is truly understood and nourished.  

Mindspace is a place for live conversation, guidance, training and structure to support and enable our members to make a change in the mental health and wellbeing of our people.   

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The Diversity Agenda

The Diversity Agenda supports engineering and architecture firms in Aotearoa New Zealand to become more diverse and inclusive through awareness, empowerment and action. It’s a joint initiative by ACE New Zealand, Engineering New Zealand and Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects. 

Its vision is for our industry to be inclusive, respectful and representative of society – where everyone feels safe and valued in their workplaces, and young people want to be engineers and architects. 

The Diversity Agenda is here to make better professions for all – women, Māori, Pacific Peoples, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodiverse and other minority groups. 

It encourages engineering and architecture firms, and firms that work within these industries, to sign up as members to show they’re serious about diversity and inclusion, and to benefit from access to resources, events, tools and tips. 

It also encourage business leaders to take a step further and sign the Diversity Agenda Accord, which is a clear set of principles that they commit to and a key tool for achieving change. Chief executives and business owners must submit data annually for the Accord Industry Impact Report, making them publicly accountable for achieving truly diverse industries. 

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Being a consultant at the top of your game means being aware of market trends and solutions. We need to have strong business acumen and cultural competency. We must be aware of the latest innovations and ideas to elevate our people and our businesses. To do this, we need to meet the right people, have the right conversations and immerse ourselves in the right environments to challenge ourselves. 

That’s why we’ve created the annual ACE New Zealand conference Futurespace. It’s an opportunity for c-suite, up-and-coming leaders, innovators, designers and consultants at the top of their game to enhance their professional repertoire. It’s about being in the room with other curious creatives to provoke the brains of some of the best consultants in Aotearoa. 

We’re investing in international and transformative speakers to flex your brain and designing the attendee experience to flourish with a mix of keynotes, mini-masterclasses, rapid fire discussions, abstract presentations and ample networking – allowing you to work on the business, not in the business. 

People are at the heart of the experience we design each year at Futurespace. We strategically cap attendance at 200 to ensure you can network effectively and have quality time to build and strengthen relationships. Our partners can showcase their expertise and values on stage and make real and genuine business connections. We aim to create experiences our attendees will remember. 

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The Pillars Competency Framework  

In an ever-evolving landscape, where technology and business processes are constantly advancing, it's vital we equip ourselves with the skills necessary for the future of work.

Developed in consultation with ACE members in response to the rapidly changing landscape of our industries, The Pillars Competency Framework identifies the most critical non-technical skills and competencies required to thrive as a professional services consultant. The framework is underpinned by a commitment to te ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in recognition of our local heritage and context as a bicultural nation and Treaty partners.

The framework has been designed for: 

  • Individual practitioners to identify their current level of capability and plan their development
  • Leaders as a development and planning tool, to identify their teams' strengths and areas to grow their capability
  • Recruiters and hiring managers to identify the key capabilities, create clear and realistic role profiles, assess candidates and build job descriptions
  • Business owners to understand what expertise they may need when recruiting new talent to deliver on operational and strategic outcomes

Find out more about The Pillars Competency Framework