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Human Resources and Workplace Advice - Part 1/4

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Te Waka and Everest – all about people™, would like to invite you to a series of webinars offering Human Resources and Workplace Advice during Covid-19.

In these difficult times, employers need clear advice and direction. It is important to understand what you can and can’t do as an employer and how to make the best use of the Government assistance that is available.

Our first webinar in the series of four will offer practical advice on how to prepare your organisation for change and how to navigate the associated employment related challenges.

Please join Everest and LesleyAnn Thomas from People In Mind in a discussion about how to make sense of the Government subsidies and the implications are for your payroll, how to manage employee attendance and how to approach potential restructures. The discussion will be followed by an open Q&A.

The questions and topics raised from the Q&A will play an essential role in forming the content and direction of the next webinar in the series. This ensures that we are addressing the relevant and real-time issues you and your business may be facing.

Listen to the Webinar here.


Our specialists are:

Senga Allen - Everest Group

As a Human Resource Specialist and founder of Everest Group in 2006, and currently Managing Director of Everest, I have worked in the industry for over 20 years. Having worked both in many private and public sector organisations in New Zealand I enjoy using my expertise to lift capability in businesses.

I firmly believe that business excellence comes from excellence in leadership. I regularly work closely with executives and managers to diagnose performance gaps and develop strategies to improve productivity. Being an advocate of promoting clarity and accountability in businesses I can quickly identify ways to increase profitability through the better use of human resources.

My career pathway has included administration, training, consultancy, management and senior executive roles in human resources. I am a professional member of HRINZ, a member of the Institute of Directors and RCSA. I hold qualifications in psychometric profiling, emotional intelligence and business.

Greg Cateley - Everest Group

I joined Everest in November 2013 with over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resource practitioner having been previously employed in the financial and dairy sectors with ANZ Bank, LIC, Fonterra and PwC.

As a Human Resource Specialist I’ve worked with a mix of small, medium and large organisations ranging from not for profit to large corporations to ensure their businesses are managed profitably and efficiently.

My qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Organisational Psychology). I have been a member of Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) for over 20 years. I am also an accredited Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) facilitator, MayerSalovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) certified and People Centred Implementation (PCI) Change Management accredited.

Meredith MacKenzie - Everest Group

Leadership development and coaching have been my passion for 25+ years, in agribusiness, corporate, SME and volunteer organisations. My style is practical, enthusiastic and informed, with the flexibility to assist managers at all levels of their career. I help business leaders build teams they love, that everyone is proud to be a part of.

My senior management experience has been in Veterinary, Finance and Not-forProfit sectors, complemented by an MBA (dist), Vet Degree, HR training and I am a certified Gallup Strengths Coach. I am a member of HRINZ and constantly seek to bring the best of current thinking into practical reality for my clients.

LesleyAnn Thomas - People in Mind

LesleyAnn is the principal consultant and founder of People in Mind, a Cambridge-based HR consultancy business. She strongly believes that organisations should hire, train and develop, and retain good people - after all it's good business sense to have the best people working for you.

LesleyAnn takes immense professional pride and satisfaction in developing strategies and innovative solutions which reflect the vision, values and uniqueness of the organisation she is working with, and she has a strengths in governance, commercial activity and in the not-for-profit sector.

Time away from work is often spent hanging out with her nieces and nephews, or LesleyAnn can also be found searching out a new subject to photograph or planning her next travel escape.