Our Team

Alan Pettersen

Director and Consultant

Coming from a successful HR career in large organisations, Alan founded Positive People in 1994 and since then has assisted and supported a range of different sized companies across many industries. Alan’s strengths lie in his experience and ability to identify the specific HR interventions needed for each organisation to optimise their people contribution. This may take the form of organisation development, cultural change, performance improvement, employment relations or conflict resolution. He has the knowledge and experience to help organisations be successful.

Alan drives the quest for client satisfaction through Positive People always delivering a quality service with urgency and commitment.

Alan is a chartered member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 0211845661

Toni Jacka

Lead Consultant

Toni’s background is as an HR generalist, with a strong focus on organisational development. She has her Graduate Diploma in Strategic HR management, and is a qualified NZQA workplace assessor. Toni has worked in both green-fields HR roles, as well as with medium and large NZ businesses in both operational and strategic roles. This breadth of experience has helped her develop an ability to support managers to build high performing teams and workplaces, understand workplace dynamics and introduce people initiatives that produce results. She enjoys working alongside business leaders to help them align their people to their vision, and getting in on the ground floor to support managers and their teams to do their jobs well.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 027 455 4715

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Chanel Finnigan


Chanel has over 12 years’ experience leading projects and day-to-day management across Human Resources, Learning & Development, Supply Chain and Logistics, in the UK and New Zealand. Coupled with a Bachelor of Business Management Studies, she brings her practical HR generalist and line management capability to any organisational issue or opportunity.

Chanel’s strengths lie in her ability to listen and tailor solutions to her clients’ needs. She is naturally drawn to performance management, learning & development, and coaching and recruitment. She gains huge satisfaction seeing organisations and individuals grow to realise their true potential and the flow on effect to the business’s bottom line.

She works with Managers in a collaborative style to get the best results for both the individuals and the business.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 022 153 6110


Alfrey McMillan


Alfrey has over 10 years of HR generalist experience, with a strong focus on Employment Relations. She has worked in both public organisations and private companies, for both large and medium sized businesses. Alfrey has a Bachelor of Management Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management and she has trained as a LEADR mediator. Her experience in both operational and strategic HR roles makes her well equipped to assist you with any of your HR requirements. Alfrey’s main driver is to help organisations draw the very best out of their people and build confidence within management teams. Her goal is to provide you with HR solutions that are simple, user friendly and that fit your unique requirements.

Telephone 027 543 4367

Casey Armstrong


Casey has a strong HR generalist background in both sole charge roles as well as larger HR teams in Ireland, London and New Zealand. She has also worked in senior operational and people management roles in New Zealand. Casey enjoys building strong, collaborative working relationships with clients, focusing on identifying and resolving issues and adding value to organisations. She has a wide breadth of experience across employee relations, performance management, change programmes, leadership development, training design and delivery, recruitment, policy work and employee wellbeing. Casey is particularly passionate about nurturing highly engaged and high performing teams and delivering long term, cultural change.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 021 401 456

Samantha Moore


Samantha is an HR Professional with solid experience in both the UK & New Zealand and has Chartered Status in both their professional bodies. She has worked across the Retail, Technology & Insurance industries in both stand alone and large HR teams.

Samantha enjoys learning the business she works with quickly and developing strong relationships with the aim of delivering professional yet pragmatic solutions to enhance the business. She has always worked in HR generalist roles and has experience in performance management, employee relations, recruitment, learning and development, organisational change and leadership development.

Samantha thrives when given the opportunity to add value to the business through people initiatives and to partner with leaders to deliver tangible results.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 021 912 460

Kelly Goodacre Consultant-Positive-People

Kelly Goodacre


With a background in both HR consulting and internal HR business partner roles, Kelly brings comprehensive generalist experience spanning professional services, SMEs, engineering, not-for-profit and regulatory environments.

Approachable and a good listener she enjoys building relationships and working collaboratively to find solutions to her clients’ unique challenges. Kelly’s strengths lie in Employee Relations, from talent development and performance improvement through to change management and disciplinary processes, and in advising, drafting or reviewing policies and procedures to make them a best-fit for the culture and needs of an organisation.

Additionally, Kelly is a Myers & Briggs (MBTI) Qualified Assessor, enabling her to conduct individual or team assessments and also run workshops within organisations.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 021 150 2628

Belinda Pedersen Consultant Positive People

Belinda Pedersen


Belinda has over 14 years of HR generalist and Business Partner experience, working with Oceania leadership teams across diverse industries. She holds a Bachelor of Hospitality Management and a PostGraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Human Resources). She is skilled in using business analytics and working with a wide range of professional tools to support HR strategy such as DISC, Gallup Strengths, Hogan, and Leadership Architect.

Belinda provides a calm and practical approach to provide people and culture actions that are tailored to meet the current and future needs of the business. She enjoys building relationships at all levels of the organisation to add value, create positive results and make a real commercial difference to your business. Her strengths lie in employment relations, performance management, change programmes, leadership development, building engaged and high performing teams, Diversity/Wellbeing/Social Responsibility actions, and identifying and developing top talent. With an eye for detail and a thorough approach, Belinda takes pride in delivering high quality outcomes for her clients.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 021 298 0736

Nicola Robertson Consultant Positive People

Nicola Robertson


Nicola is passionate about people, believing that a business thrives when it has the right people doing the right things for the right reasons. She has solid experience across the full HR remit, including recruitment, retention, remuneration, employee relations, organisational development, cultivating culture, and HRIS design and implementation. Nicola delights in learning about each business she works with and has worked across the full organisational spectrum, including SMEs, non-profits and with large corporates. This gives her a rounded perspective and she is adept at tailoring her People approach to suit the needs of each business and its employees. Nicola is also committed to giving back to the community and volunteers in a number of roles. These roles enable her to connect with people in the community and develop skills in areas outside of HR.

Nicola brings positive energy, sound reasoning and compassion to everything she embarks on.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 022 1950 850

Linda – Ann Scholtz


Originally qualifying as a Materials Scientist, Linda-Ann uses her natural bent for logic and reason to provide steady and reliable administrative back-up and support to the team across the full spectrum of what we do.