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About Us

The Founders

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The company has developed this series of online performance tools for mentors, coaches, trainers and individuals. There are tools for the workplace, for students and families, sports performers and business leaders.

Douglas B. Cowie (BA Dip ED. Dip Tchg.)

Through Frontline Solutions Ltd., Doug Cowie has acquired the research-based developments in mentoring and coaching resources begun by Louis J. Thompson at NZCNA. Following further testing at UNITEC in Auckland, and with the advent of online technologies, the mentoring / coaching profilers have come alive. And they continue to evolve as contributors and associates provide feedback of further effective strategies from the field.

Doug's management career includes international high performance management systems (International Cricket Council); research and performance development (NZCNA, Frontline Solutions); SME business and financial management (Apple Computer's NZ distributor CED; Sealcorp; PSC; & Logical Systems).

Doug is a former international cricket umpire and former manager of umpiring for the International Cricket Council (ICC) where he applied his skills and tools to establish global support systems for elite officials. After four years in international high performance sports management with the ICC based in Dubai he is now back managing Frontline Solutions Ltd.  Doug understands personal performance and the factors that impact on people's development at all levels.

With a training background in teaching, coupled with a career in business management and recently in performance management, Doug recognises the importance of structured development for personal improvement.

Thompson LouisLouis J. Thompson (MA Hons; Dip Ed; Dip Tchg)

The cornerstone of these easy-to-use tools is many years of practical, international research conducted by Louis J Thompson.

The tools reflect Thompson's personal development model based on his research into self-esteem, resilience and self-belief, and their impact on personal development. Lou Thompson is often regarded as the founder of youth mentoring in New Zealand.

Cowie GillianGillian L. Cowie (LTCL Music Teaching)

Gillian is a trained music teacher with twenty years experience. She is also qualified in Health and Natural Rebalance Therapies.

Gillian has recently completed studies in life coaching and personal development. Her role involves testing the content of each of the Frontline Solution tools through practical experiences in supporting others.

Gillian manages customer support and content editing.


Dr. Lewis J.O. McGill

Another recent contributor to the strategies offered in the performance tools. His particular expertise is in coaching and his recent works on coach mentoring are particularly appropriate in today's professional sport. He has assisted individuals and groups in a range of business and non-sport fields to apply the mental skills of world champion athletes to their role in business.

Has been involved in the delivery of mental skills services to a wide range of sports and athletes for more than 25 years. These have included world champions. He has worked in New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. His emphasis has been on assisting individuals to realise the skills they already possess, to learn new skills and then select the most appropriate one to use in a specific situation. He has had the privilege of working with regional, national and international representatives.

He also has a strong affiliation with health and wellness and the role a healthy active lifestyle plays in an individual's ability to function effectively. He assists people to make informed decisions with regard to exercise, diet, recreation and managing stress.


Robin Cox, B.A., Higher Diploma in Education Robin

Several providers, like Robin Cox, have added experiences in mentoring from South Africa, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Robin's mentoring techniques that included using the FSL tools have been recently published and are now widely used.

He has been an educator in multicultural environments for over 30 years - Secondary School Principal for 8 of these years, sports coach and life skills facilitator. Robin has mentored over 1000 young people, trained over 700 adult volunteer mentors as well as written and developed mentor training programmes and manuals and a high school peer mentor programme.

At the end of August 2006 he accepted a position as Career Transition Manager with the Schools Industry Partnership in New South Wales, Australia, which serves over 40 Secondary Schools in the Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury areas of Outer Western Sydney. Here he set up three school-based youth mentoring programs under the GR8 MATES banner. A Blog about these programs can be found on his website. Robin used the tools with mentors and students in these programs.

 Robin recently returned to NZ from Associate Head at St Paul's School in Brisbane, a co-educational school of 1500 students. He was, amongst other things, responsible for the pastoral care programme in the Middle and Senior Schools. He is looking at running professional development with a coaching, teaching and mentoring focus for staff.

See Robin's own website at yess.co.nz

Dr Phil Coogan

While director of eLearning at UNITEC  in Auckland, Phil Coogan, with expert technical help from Raewyn Smith, assisted making the Student Performer available online to schools in New Zealand. This was a milestone in technical product development that has eventually lead to global access to all Frontline Solutions tools.

Schools and Training Providers tested the suitability for access and use in one-on-one mentoring and teacher-pupil relationship building for both at-risk and high performance students.

Phil has been a Principal Consultant at Cognition Education Limited. Now a private consultant, Phil is an education professional with international experience in educational reform, teacher professional development, educational project management, the development and exchange of educational resources and educational communities of practice.

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