Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - Employment Relations Consultancy

Employment Relations Consultancy

Employment Relations can be a difficult area to navigate. When you need close support you can rely upon our Employment Relations Consultants.

When you need close guidance on employment matters you can rely upon our seasoned ER Consultants to be there to help. Having someone able to help you do the work can take the stress out of a tricky situation.
Our consultants have a wide range of experience and are prepared to help. Our consultants can do the lot with employment relations. Whether you need to update your agreements or policies or embark on performance management they have the experience to make a difference. You never know what they can help out with; it may be union issues and managing a difficult relationship or it could be confirming a restructuring selection matrix.  

Meet our consultants

Auckland & Northland
  • Bruce Lotter [BA/LLB] is an experienced human resources and employment relations professional with 26 years experience.
  • Ian Davidson has been an ER Consultant with EMA since 2002.​ Ian is experienced in Employment Relations, Human Resources and Health & Safety and frequently represents employers at mediation and the employment relations authority.
  • John Hansen has been working in human resources for 29 years - half in New Zealand and half in Australia. He has broad experience across the HR function obtained through practical application, management of the function, and consulting.
  • Keith McConnell has worked for a large service organisation in a senior Human Resources position for 13 years.
  • Mark brings with him over 28 years experience in Human Resources. For the past five years Mark has worked as a Senior Human Resources Consultant undertaking a variety of assignments for many clients.
  • Max McGowan [Dip Bus PMER, Cert PMIR] Max has had many years as a successful practitioner and consultant in the Human Resources and Employment Relations field.
  • After completing a BA, her entry to Human Resource management was recruiting and training volunteers for a not-for profit organisation. Her primary HR roles have been with Trustbank (2.5 years) and Fisher & Paykel (8 years) before independent HR contracting for the last 5 years in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Peter Elder [BA, BSoc Sc (Hons), Dip IR] is an experienced human resource professional who, between 1976 and 1986, worked in the IR Division of the Ministry of Transport.
  • Denis has more than 30 years experience in the New Zealand environment as a HR practitioner, including holding senior HR management positions and providing HR consulting services to senior executives and line management.
  • Russell’s employment relations expertise has seen him work both as an independent mediator and as advocate for the employer in all forums from the workplace and mediation services to the Employment Authority and Employment Court.
Bay of Plenty
  • Amanda is part of the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato team. She has held senior HR advisory roles in various industries including health, wood processing and agriculture.
  • Clive has been our HR and Employment Relations consultant in the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato regions for 11 years and has built a well-respected team that gets the job done. Clive provides practical, efficient and cost effective advice and service across all employment matters.
  • Tarrin is part of the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato team. She has held senior HR roles in New Zealand and overseas in manufacturing, forestry and local government.
  • Lou has worked in senior HR positions across a range of industries including science, finance, health, hospitality and retail.
  • Chris is part of our HR and Employment Relations team in Tauranga supporting businesses within the Bay of Plenty. Chris has over 12 years' experience working within human resource management in the public and private sector.

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