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 professional member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Tel: 445-1077 and 021-1845 661

Toni Jacka


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.

Tel: 445-1077 and 027-455 4715

Leonie Balle


Leonie has a background in generalist HR, having spent time in HR roles across a variety of fields in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has a Social Sciences degree and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology. While having experience across the full spectrum of HR, Leonie has particular interests in employment relations and the challenge of helping businesses recruit employees who are right for their business. She is skilled at asking the right questions to establish the root causes of problems and provides innovative and workable solutions to your people problems. She is an expert in providing the right support to managers so they draw the best out of their teams.

Tel: 445-1077 and 021- 377 660

Emma Parker


Emma comes from a background which includes generalist HR, in-house and agency reruitment, and internal and external communications. With a Post Graduate Diploma in HR and a Bachelor of Business, Emma brings technical HR knowledge paired with a practical, customer-focused approach.

Emma’s experience has seen her develop an in-depth understanding of organisational change management and a proven ability to partner with managers to support their business through these processes. Emma also has a special interest in helping businesses to attract, select, retain and develop high potential and high performing team members.

Tel: 445-1077 and 021-884 843

Kirsty Mortensen


Kirsty has spent the majority of her working career working in Human Resource Management.  With over 12 years experience in a variety of roles across different industries, she has operated predominately at an HR operational and delivery level, with a blend of both corporate and public sector, medium to large organisations, and domestic and international experience.

Her main focus has been on recruitment, change management, employee relations, project management and organisational development.  Kirsty is committed to bringing people together to design and implement solutions that fit the environment and provide successful business outcomes for customers.

Tel: 445-1077 and 027-251 8307

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.

Tel: 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.

Tel: 027-543 4367

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.