Cecilia Burgess

Chief Executive Officer | Cooney Lees Morgan

Cecilia is a powerhouse of professional services, especially in the legal sector. She is currently the CEO at Cooney Lees Morgan and has been the COO of two prestigious firms, PwC and Bell Gully, and the Global Head of Client Development at Linklaters, one of the top law firms in the world. She knows the ins and outs of practice teams and partnership models like no one else. Cecilia is a master of building consensus and inspiring people to follow her vision.

Cecilia is the Chief Executive Officer at Cooney Lees Morgan.  She has extensive experience in leading and managing professional services firms across different countries and regions including COO in New Zealand for Bell Gully and for PwC, Business Development Director at Minter Ellison in Australia, and Business Development Head for Linklaters in Hong Kong and London. She also worked as the New Zealand COO at PwC. 

Her broad range of skills include building and managing teams; creating and implementing strategy alongside boards and management teams; working with client teams to help manage their client relationships, working on diversity, inclusion and sustainability initiatives; and in the operational management of professional services firms.  

As part of their long-term plan, Cecilia and her husband, along with their pup Mabel, relocated to the Bay of Plenty in 2021, and lives at Waihi Beach near most of her whanau.

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