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Listen to an Interview between Robyn Pearce of Getting a grip and Lisa Mackay talking about HRtoolkit how it came about, and some practical examples of where HRtoolkit has added value to our clients.

HRtoolkit employs a team of HR experts and employment issue specialists ensuring that you get the most up to date and best advice.

Managing Director

With 18 years HR experience across the UK and New Zealand, Lisa has a wealth of knowledge and skills in this sector. She is responsible for the launch of HRtoolkit as an online resource and personally signs off every document in the HR toolkit library. Lisa’s approach to HR is one of practical common sense and she is continually striving to not only resolve the immediate issue, but also train the managers she is working with to ensure that they are able to do it themselves in the future.  Lisa’s employment law knowledge is extensive, and it is through this knowledge that she is able to ensure any solution is not only legally compliant, but is also delivering the best possible solution for the company.

Lisa has an excellent proven track record. Despite having restructured thousands of people, and made hundreds redundant, she has never had a case go to tribunal.

Lisa’s expertise is achieved through a wide range of skills, experience and qualifications including:

  • MCIPD - Qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management 
  • International Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • NZQA in Telephone Counselling
  • 2 years’ experience specifically focused on managing strategic restructuring of SME businesses in New Zealand

If you would like to discuss an HR issue with Lisa or need further guidance on using HRtoolkit, please get in touch.


 Lisa Mackay

Contact Details

021 741 544

(09) 3029 933


John Camilleri

Contact details

(09) 3029 935

022 059 5020


John has gained more than 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional both in New Zealand and overseas. He has worked in advisory, management and consulting roles mainly in manufacturing but also in IT, call centre operations, small businesses and the not-for-profit sector.

Throughout his career John has worked with many team leaders, line managers and senior managers, helping them to deal with people-related issues more effectively.

John is a Professional Member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (MHRINZ) and his hands-on HR experience is complimented by a solid foundation of UK-based academic study including a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.


Melanie Potter

Contact Details

09 302 9934

022 059 5021 


Melanie is a highly regarded HR professional with an HR honours degree and over 10 years’ hands on experience internal recruitment and HR.  She has supported the HR functions for some of the worlds top consulting companies, having worked at McKinsey and Company in London and Deloitte in New Zealand as well as a range of smaller companies and public sector organisations.  Melanie is excited to be part of the growing team at HRtoolkit and brings with her a wealth of global experience.  She is looking forward to working with HRtoolkit’s diverse range of clients and adding value to their businesses.

Frances Carlisle has over 20 years business experience both in the private and not for profit sectors.  She holds a Post Graduate Human Resources Degree, and has a special interest in Occupational Health and Safety.

Having worked predominantly in small to medium enterprises Frances understands the need for a pragmatic approach HR issues.

As our newest member to the HRtoolkit team, Frances is a real people person, who brings her business acumen and HR skills to each situation and is enthusiastic about the positive effects Human Resource Management performs in supporting business growth.  

Frances Carlisle

Contact Details

09 302 9931

022 059 5022 


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