Case Study

Security | Information Services

The Future Looks Bright for Gallagher

Gallagher Group is one of New Zealand’s most innovative private organisations, leading global markets in Security and Animal Management Solutions. Gallagher Security operates at the highest international levels of security, protecting the world’s most critical assets in over 160 countries around the world.

Gallagher has plans to triple in size over the next five to seven years. However, their structure and ways of working could not support this level of growth.  The Gallagher team felt they were losing their entrepreneurial spirit, and that it was becoming increasingly slow and difficult to deliver to customers. There was a gap between the people making decisions on a day-to-day basis and the needs of the end users. Gallagher decided to rethink how they might organise themselves for scale.

It was clear from that very outset that the values of both companies matched. Both are strongly committed to a better tomorrow and have a passion for always learning. They also believe in treating others with integrity and take deep pride in developing deep, long-term relationships.

Gallagher engaged Radically and together they customised a transformational journey called “BWoW” (Better Ways of Working). The focus was on creating better ways of working and developing end-to-end customer value streams.

We weren’t interested in a textbook approach with a whole lot of acronyms, jargon and rules. That’s why Radically was the perfect partner for us.

Mark Junge, Global General Manager (Security)

From a customer perspective, we wanted to make sure that we could deliver more regularly and faster. From an internal perspective, we wanted the teams to feel like they were connected to a clear “why” and have better days at work.

Helen Camilleri - People & Brand Executive


To ensure the transformation has the right level of visibility, sponsorship and support, Radically ran a series of workshops for the executive leadership team. This established a clear set of principles for the work and aligned the executive on how they could best support it. Together, they then co-created a transition plan for the BWoW journey. 

This involved 

  • Helping the Chief Product Officer design and set up the value streams (Gallagher’s “Tribes”)
  • Establish the implementation teams, which included senior leaders who role modelled adaptive leadership and practices 
  • Designing and implementing new ways of working for all product teams
  • Upskilling all teams on the new ways of working
  • Providing hands-on delivery coaching to embed the new approach and build internal capability. 
They explained that nothing is a formula. They asked us what challenges we faced and observed how we work on a day-to-day basis, and then walked beside us they helped us continually improve. They're very much a “walk alongside you” partner. I was surprised at how easily they slotted in with our culture.

Meredith Palmer, Chief Product Officer (Security)


One of the first challenges was the sheer volume of work in progress. People were working hard, but spread across too many things to be truly effective. Radically helped Gallagher learn and apply portfolio prioritisation techniques, resulting in a sharp focus on value. Teams now have a clear mandate to only work on what truly matters. 

The cultural change Gallagher went through was profound. As in any change, people needed to understand “the why” in order to support “the how”.  There were a number of things we implemented to achieve this, some of which were: 

  • Establish a clear North Star
  • Ensure leaders were highly visible and accessible during the change
  • Maintain clear, frequent communications throughout 
  • Provide targeted support, training and coaching for the ELT 
  • Develop frequent sync sessions between squads to share lessons and support one another 
  • Support Gallagher to hire internal Delivery Coaches for Radically to hand over to.
  • Assist staff with role transitions, helping them understand what good looks like and how they progress. 
  • Bespoke training, coaching and mentoring. 
Great people to work with - people that were willing to listen to our needs, adapt and build capability rapidly inside the business. They’ve been a fantastic team to work with.

Rob Heebink, Research and Development Executive


Gallagher has made huge leaps forward and has created real momentum right across the business. Senior leaders have learned new techniques that will help them continue the journey. Delivery teams have undergone significant professional and personal development, building powerful new skills for a better future. Gallagher has ambitious growth plans, and thanks to their partnership with Radically, they are now in a prime position to achieve that.

This is absolutely a way of working that has set us up well for scale. Our teams have more autonomy, and more ability to work directly with people in-market. The future looks very bright for Gallagher.

Andrew Scothern, Chief Architect (Security)


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