Family Business Central is a world-leading consultancy, advising family businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Family Business Central is a world-leading consultancy, advising family businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Conference Workshop Presenters

We are thrilled to have Steve Davey, Regan Thomas, Rachel Shepherd and Ron Schalkwijk joining us at the upcoming New Zealand Family Business Conference.

They will each present a professional workshop with valuable information to help you on your family business journey.

New Zealand Family Business Conference

Join us this April for the New Zealand Family Business Conference. You will gain practical information that is easily translated to your business.

With guest speakers, Garry Beard and Tony Beattie, and a great range of workshops to choose from, this is an event not to be missed.

Garry Beard,
A.H. Beard

"Philip has facilitated dramatic generational changes and been instrumental in keeping the lines of communication open.”

Proven process for resolving disagreements & growing the business

Family businesses are the backbone of New Zealand and Australia’s economy, accounting for at least 50 per cent of all jobs.

They bring the owners financial and lifestyle rewards and the opportunity to leave a meaningful and lasting legacy.

In short, family business is wonderful when it’s all going well…

…but often, tensions between business priorities and family relationships can lead to disagreements which have the potential to damage the business and the family.

Growth, succession planning and leadership change are particularly difficult areas to navigate successfully without arguments or rifts.

We act as trusted advisers to family businesses, guiding them through difficult transitions using a proven process that delivers improved relationships and a clear path forwards.

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About the CEO

Philip Pryor is a specialist family business adviser. He has forged a career creating better managers, leaders and businesses across the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Philip works with family businesses to create sustainable solutions for succession planning, business governance, family charters and dispute resolution.

Philip believes that every family business is a valuable legacy. To help business owners protect their asset, he devises practical strategies based on the family’s goals.

“Experience has shown me that for a family business to be successful … the family must be aligned with the business and the business aligned with the family.

If business and family values and goals are in line and if the relationships are transparent and honest … the business prospers.” Philip Pryor, CEO.

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Family Business Events

Don’t miss the New Zealand Family Business Conference
Thursday 4th April 2019
Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North

This exciting and unique one-day conference is for anyone who is involved in a family business or farm. It provides practical, down to earth information as well as a chance to share ideas and experiences with other family businesses.

Find out more about the Conference and all our upcoming events.

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client testimonials

Philip also ensured that our change management process was as transparent as it could be. His one-on-one meetings with the various family members prevented conflict from arising … there’s a heap of emotion involved in our business.”


Garry Beard, Director, A.H.Beard

“At the end of the day, it’s not so much about the business but about the family. Philip has enabled us all to speak our minds about the business and walk away as a loving family. There would be a number of us who wouldn’t be talking to one another if we hadn’t had Philip working with us for the past five years.”

Anthea Hammon, General Manager, Scenic World

“Our issues were not so much about the business, they were centred around the relationship between the seven family members: my parents, myself and my four younger sisters. Philip’s biggest achievement was bringing our family together.

Philip is now helping us step up to the succession plate through leadership and business training. He’s teaching us how to communicate with each other in order to make informed, intelligent business decisions. He continues to raise the bar!”

David Hammon, Director, Hammons Holdings

“As our Family Business Adviser, Philip has provided us with ongoing support and guidance in developing the knowledge and taking the right steps to a successful succession plan. His professionalism, knowledge and quality of work have allowed us to progress with ease into the next levels of succession and in doing so he has become an invaluable member of our team.”

Michelle Corby CA, Company Accountant, Mangan Logging

“Philip has worked with our family since 2012. In that time he has provided valuable facilitation and guidance to the family, which has enabled us to resolve some significant issues leading to much improved family relationships. He has also worked closely with our other advisers and Chairman of our board to resolve family and ownership issues that impact both the family and the business. He is now helping the next generation get ready to take over as owners of the business.”

Anthea Hammon, General Manager, Scenic World

“Phil quickly understood the drivers of our business, which allowed him to ask the hard questions and to cut through any tensions or silo based issues that often confront a sales/project delivery oriented company.”

John Hewitt

“Phil is a professional, urbane, free thinker who quickly gains the confidence of executive management and staff alike and is also very prepared to make the ‘touch calls’ when required. In my view Phil is not your typical consultant and actively becomes a part of, and understands, your business so his input and advice are commercially sound and business focused.”

Steve Booth Directory, HR Yokogawa

“It became apparent to me that  I needed more help managing the family than managing the business. The forum group run by Philip is far and away the most valuable component of my involvement with the organization. My experience in forums is that it is all about the people. The other family business owners need to be able to dig deep and give as much as they can whist at the same time taking some heat as well. The other component of a successful forum is the facilitator and Philip is the best I’ve ever had. He knows when to be visible and keep us on track but every more so, he knows when to be invisible. In my humble opinion, this is an art not a science and he does it brilliantly.”

Kevin Smaller

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