Mathew Bosher is an HR leader and musician

Senior HR Business Partner at a world-class airline. Writing and recording music in Domes. Find me on Twitter, LinkedIn or subscribe to my newsletter.

Talent, leadership and culture

I'm an HR professional with an acute focus on talent.  My current role is Senior HR Business Partner to the Digital Group at Air New Zealand—New Zealand's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad Award), most respected company (Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index) and of Airline of Year ( My key areas of focus are supporting our vision of digital excellence through strategic HR transformation; accelerating talent, leadership and culture.

I previously held the Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management position at the airline. It was a privileged to lead our global talent function, delivering executive search, lateral and volume recruitment as well as talent management and succession planning of our Senior Leadership Team. I was also accountable for the company-wide talent strategy and cyclical Talent Review, orchestrating the career experiences to develop high-potential senior leaders to take the airline into the future.

During that time, key work included growing and protecting Talent Acquisition's culture, capacity and capability to sustainably achieve operational goals while building an innovation product roadmap across platforms (AI, automation, analytics), process (speed, simplification) and programmes (agile, Future of Work, Diversity & Inclusion). Together, we built diverse pipelines of leaders through strategic sourcing, succession planning and data-driven talent insights. I'm proud of our contribution to the organisation's achievement of great commercial results through career opportunities that transformed people's lives and company performance.

My career goals are: Head of HR, GM HR, Chief People Officer.


I'm also a vocalist and guitarist (Domes, Decortica). I've worked independently and on a major label. My latest project was to create a new band from scratch, working remotely using agile principles and recording on a 1939 lightship moored on the River Thames 18,000 kilometres from home. I've toured internationally through Japan, South Africa and Australasia.

Here's a growing sample of books, TV and music I've loved this year—not necessarily of this year. I'd welcome any suggestions on things to read, watch or listen to that have moved you.