About us

Helping you achieve your full potential


Over 40 Years of Teaching

Teaching People Governance, Business and Strategy.

Where did it all begin?

Stellaris was established in 2005 in Tauranga.

Our team has presented business advice and training to some of the largest organisations in the country and we have also worked with many of the smallest.

Stellaris team members have worked with more than 6000 entrepreneurs and trained middle and senior management in some of New Zealand’s largest companies including AMP, ACC, Fonterra, Fletcher Building, Zespri, Holcim, Powerco and Trustpower.

Our people are highly qualified and have vast experience in the public and private sectors. The Stellaris team brings together a unique range of skills and expertise. We are passionate about working with people to help them realise their goals and be successful in the community and business world.

Governance Workshops

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Strategy Development

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40 Years of Excellence

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Why Learn With Us?


Established for Over 40 Years

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Over 10,000 Graduates

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Located in the Heart of San Francisco

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World Class Educators

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About the Directors

Ron Scott

Ron Scott

Chief Executive JP, B Soc Sc (Econ), BA, CMInstD

Ron Scott JP is an economist with additional tertiary qualifications in Adult Education and Business. He also holds a degree in History and Geography.

Ron is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors and sits on the Boards of a number of organisations including the Bay of Plenty District Health Board where he is currently the Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee.

He is, or has been, a Board member of several not-for-profit entities including TECT, SILC Charitable Trust and Volunteering Bay of Plenty (where he is Chair), the University of Waikato and Age Concern. He is currently a member of the AA Bay of Plenty District Council, and Chair of the Establishment Board for The Suzanne Aubert Catholic School.

Ron is the author of “The New Director” an internationally published book for aspiring and new directors. He has spoken at conferences in New Zealand and internationally. His special expertise is in assisting directors and trustees who are new to their governance roles.

His real world governance experience combined with his academic qualifications make his workshops and exciting experience for all involved.

In addition to his expertise as a professional director Ron is skilled in Adult Education including workplace assessment and learning techniques.

Frances Denz

Frances Denz

Executive Director

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), Senior New Zealander of the Year, Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award

Frances has received considerable recognition in New Zealand.

Frances received: The MNZM for Service to Business and the Community.

Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award –  for forty years of innovative teaching that has helped numerous individuals create successful futures in business, further education and the workforce.

Senior New Zealander of the Year – Frances’s impact on New Zealand is undeniable, having dedicated her life to improving the lives of others in the world of business, education, women’s rights or fighting for social justice.

Frances is author of a number of books including: The Change Makers, Women at the Top, Hope and Rehabilitation and Able to Do Business.

She has produced innovative solutions to difficult problems. These include establishing loan funds for disabled people to start a business, and another for disadvantaged women who were unable to receive assistance from the traditional banking system.

Frances has been a director on several larger organisations, as well as small community organisations and has an excellent practical understanding of the issues of governance in New Zealand.  

Monique Edlinger

Monique Edlinger

Administration Manager

Monique is our talented administrator.

Her skills are widely varied offer a diferese range of skills to our organsiaton.



What Our Clients Say

“Ron Scott has been a presenter at several BOP branch Institute of Directors events.
Ron has the capacity to talk to a large crowd without difficulty, being knowledgeable, informing and often witty about his topic.
Ron is both motivational and thought provoking and a real asset to have available as a speaker. As a presenter for our Governance Development Programme, Ron’s extensive business pursuits and local board positions have given him knowledge that is vast, relevant and timely”.

Jo Perry

Branch Manager, Institute of Directors

“Ron provided Zespri with advanced financial training last year. He was professional at all times and took full responsibility for the quality of the programme.
Ron was careful to tailor his content to suit the varying ability levels of the participants and he remained open throughout to feedback/cues from his audience as to pace, level of delivery.
Extensive written material was provided. Ron also took some time before the programme to gain a deeper understanding of our business before coaching staff”.

Holly Brown

Manager, Zespri

Book A Course Today!

We developed the ‘The Directors Chair‘ Course, a series of workshops designed to further your knowledge and skill set in all areas of governance. 

Register for a Certificate in Governance today.


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