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Debbie le Cren

Debbie le Cren

Career Transition Consultant

Debbie has over 19 years experience working with organisations and people from a wide range of industry, seniority and cultural perspectives in the areas of managing change due to organisational restructure and the associated career transition. 

Debbie provides on-site support, individual programmes and facilitated group workshops to staff and managers, offering practical information on managing change, dealing with stress and practical job readiness skills.

She is passionate about supporting and encouraging her clients in more effective future advancement by up-skilling their job search techniques, assessing their personal strengths, identifying their values, motivators and skill sets, boosting confidence and engendering a more positive outlook. 

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Emma Evans

Human Resource and Organisational Transformation Manager

Emma is an experienced Solution Architect and Organisational Transformation Consultant.  She has worked closely with Leadership teams in India, China, Singapore, and Australia to design, develop and facilitate organisational transformation programs that include Leadership Development, Organisational Transformation, Competency Development and Knowledge Transfer.  

She has worked in Senior leadership positions both locally and regionally and has worked intensively with Leadership teams to build and execute business strategies from Sales, Resourcing and Logistic and People Management.

Her experience in Organisational Transformation and Culture Change also extends to coaching and mentoring. 

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Fiona Meehan

Financial Controller

As Financial Controller for Lee Hecht Harrison Australia and New Zealand, Fiona is responsible for financial reporting, compliance and process improvement.

Fiona joined LHH in 2015, moving from her role in the Adecco Group as Accountant for Ajilon Consulting. Fiona is originally from Ireland, is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.

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Francisca Davis

Marketing Manager

Francisca is a high performing Marketing and Communications Consultant who has transitioned a career from science to consulting. Francisca has over 6 years experience in marketing and communications field; where she served a number of clients across various sectors - chemical, resources, human resources, healthcare just to name a few. 

Prior to Lee Hecht Harrison; Francisca was with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, the consulting business of DuPont where she worked with clients and DuPont Senior Leaders as the Marketing and Communication Manager. Francisca has proven success in life sciences research, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, where she served in R&D and Clinical Operations/Management. She has a strong problem solving and decision making background with the ability to engage cross-functional teams to create and implement effective process improvements and business solutions under tight deadlines. Francisca is driven, motivated to succeed and thrives on executing complex projects.

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

Senior Consultant

Kate is passionate about inspiring people to identify and leverage their unique strengths to stimulate individual and team success, and maximise potential. Her coaching style is friendly and supportive, as well as practical, positive and focused on results. 

Kate has extensive experience in a range of senior HR and consulting roles within large organisations, including team leadership, coaching, organisational change, performance and talent management, recruitment, remuneration and benefits, and process improvement.

Megan Jenkins

Megan Jenkins

Senior Organisational Psychologist

Megan has 15 years experience as an Organisational Psychologist, bringing in-depth understanding of human behaviour, organisation design and maximising talent.  Megan is commercially astute, having designed and conducted effective recruitment and talent systems to meet the organisation's strategic direction.  She has significant coaching and career management experience to a senior executive level.  She quickly assesses individuals to make succinct recommendations that are valued by them and the organisation.  Megan is passionate about helping organisations and their people to achieve better HR systems, decreasing employment risk, and optimising performance and motivation to ensure business excellence.

Nirmala Solanki

Nirmala Solanki

Senior Consultant

Nirmala is an experienced Registered Psychologist, Career Coach, Career Transition, Human Resources and Change Management Lead with over 15 years of experience in professional consulting, HR and recruitment based businesses. Expertise within the psychometric assessment field and with development centre design and facilitation. 

Nirmala is an expert and has accreditation in a wide range of assessment tools, such as OPRA Consulting Tools - GeneSys Products including 15FQ, AdaptGRT and GRT2; accredited in Saville Consulting tools - including WAVE and SWIFT ability assessments, accredited in Saville & Holdsworth (SHL) products - including OPQ, SHL (Verify), MQ and Assessment Development Centre Materials.

Ritika Singh

Ritika Singh

Senior Client Partner
Ritika moved from India to New Zealand in 2008 to study and proceeded to work in the NZ aviation industry. She is an experienced Business Development professional having spent time in the aviation, education and not for profit sectors. Her business acumen along with relationship management, strategic planning and sales skills enable her to provide customer focused solutions and help deliver high quality outcomes. She is currently studying a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in International Relations and Leadership Management. Ritika also holds a Commercial Pilot Licence, continues to fly recreationally and loves to travel.
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Sake Hitman

Country Manager

Sake is a globally experienced executive in the areas Business Transformation and Change Management, Organisational Restructuring and Business Process Outsourcing. He has a successful track record leading the execution of various HR Transformation projects. Sake operates with a strong focus on the customer experience and partnership integrity, whilst creating a work environment that empowers team members to achieve their professional and personal goals. 

As Country Manager for Lee Hecht Harrison in New Zealand, Sake works with Managing Directors, senior HR managers and other key stakeholders to plan, negotiate and implement large scale restructures, downsizes and career management projects spanning the public and private sectors, covering all industries. He is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to improve the customer experience, whether that is through leading edge reporting solutions or new innovations which enhance the employee experience.

Before joining Lee Hecht Harrison as Country Manager, Sake worked for American Express Advisory Services, providing a mix of management consultancy and e-commerce solutions. In his 9 years with American Express, Sake worked for the business both in EMEA as well as the Asia-Pacific area.   

During his time with LHH Sake has worked with a large number of organisations including Fonterra, BNZ, Hewlett Packard, Unilever, SAP, PepsiCo and Sanford. His partnership with the HR community has ensured that the best possible outcome was delivered to both the organisation and the employee, whether it be for a small or large scale project.

Sake is a Graduate from the Maastricht School of Management in Maastricht, the Netherlands. 

Tanya Colgate

Tanya Colgate

Associate Coach

Tanya is an established Career Development and ACC qualified Management Coach with over 20 years of experience including HR Management and Consultancy. Tanya's key expertise includes executive coaching, health and wellbeing, career transition, performance development, talent management, recruitment and assessment.  As a Career Transition Coach Tanya's expertise spans areas including on-site project management, executive career coaching, design and delivery of career transition learning events, business start-up and supporting managers during challenging times of change.

Tanya works across Board level executives to support staff and graduates across all functional areas. As an accredited management coach and wellbeing specialist, Tanya's expertise in stress management, confidence building and personal empowerment, adds depth and value for more vulnerable transition clients.
 
Tanya's portfolio includes clients from both private and public sectors including IT and Telecommunications, Ecommerce and Online, Banking and Finance, Utilities, Media, Travel, Publishing, Pharmaceutical, Property, Charity, Local Government and Retail  

Before joining Lee Hecht Harrison New Zealand, she worked in executive search for the media industry and developed into HR management across telecommunications, media and online sectors. 

Vicky Tang

Vicky Tang

Project Manager

Vicky is an experienced Project Manager with a diverse range of project management experience gained in production, training, learning and development, logistics and quality departments.

Vicky is recognised as a talented consultant and project manager who is always focused on client outcomes and delivering quality results. Vicky has gained cross-cultural experience working across sites in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Her strong consulting background brings extensive experience in the areas of operational excellence, business and process improvements, resource management & allocation and quality control.

 

 

Barbara McLay

Barbara Mclay

Senior Consultant
Barbara is a Career Transition Executive and business coach with over 22 years’ experience, and a graduate of Coach U International.  She works at senior levels with members of executive committees, senior managers, middle managers and team leaders. In addition to her coaching experience, Barbara has been involved in Career Management and Organisational Development consulting and her experience extends across a range of industries in both Australia and New Zealand including; Science and Research, Mining and Engineering, Education, Tax and Audit, Marketing and Export, commonwealth agencies, local and state government and Not-for-Profit. 

She has experience in change management, performance management, workplace harassment, career, team and leadership development, conflict resolution, strategic and workforce planning facilitation, development of KPI’s with senior management and mentoring at all levels with Australian and New Zealand national and international companies. 

Barbara has previously held senior management roles in ESR (Environmental Science and Research Ltd), EAP Services NZ, Relationships Services NZ, and consulted to a variety of organisations in both the public and private sector.
Denis Gianoutsos

Denis Gianoutsos

Executive Coach

Denis is a professional with 28 years’ experience successfully working in the Business and Human Resource space. A strong leader and communicator that has the ability to articulate, connect and work with all levels of an organisation.

At Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Denis held the role of Asia Pacific Japan Regional Lead, Change Management - Leadership and Professional Development. 

Denis was one of 1,800 leaders selected globally out of 320,000 employees to be a HP Pride builder as someone who has built high performing teams. The program is one of the world’s largest culture, change and engagement programs that helped turn HP around over a 5-year period.

He has extensive experience as a Coach working with Executives across the globe. Denis is also the co-author of a book called ‘Secrets of Inspiring Leaders Exposed’ and currently writing another book on Leadership.

 

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