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

Pati Bloor Consultant Positive People

Pati Bloor


Pati’s background is as an HR generalist and change manager. Her areas of expertise include leadership, change leadership, systems and processes, reorganisation/restructuring, employment relations, talent management, remuneration and benefits, business insights, and culture and engagement. She likes to think strategically and deliver operationally.

Pati has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, completed the University of Auckland GM HR executive programme, is certified in DISC, Motivators, and EI assessment tools, and is a certified coach.

As an HR Consultant she understands what makes a business tick and how to work across the full People remit to help businesses perform better.

Creating success for businesses is what inspires Pati. She doesn’t see herself simply as an HR consultant, but rather as a genuine partner to bring value and make a meaningful difference. She enjoys partnering with leaders and businesses to truly understand their needs and provide proactive and pragmatic solutions to assist them to thrive.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 021 425 024

Kāren Baird Positive People Consultant

Kāren Baird


Kāren has extensive experience in HR consulting and in-house HR across a range of businesses and industries. She has a B Com in Management & Employment Relations from the University of Auckland and is certified in Opra assessments. She is a trusted advisor, implementer and facilitator, supporting and partnering with organisations and their people to achieve their goals.

Her experience includes organisational design and development, leadership training & development, HR systems & processes implementation, recruitment, employment relations and remuneration & benefits.

Kāren is personable, collaborative and pragmatic in her approach with a systems thinking approach and a future/long term focus. She is genuinely passionate about organisations and people being the best that they can be. She will work with you to add value that produces positive results, making a real commercial difference to your business.

Telephone 09 445-1077 and 021 265 4655

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.