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Board Profiles

Denise Hartley-Wilkins

CFHRINZ / National President

Director Shine People Consulting Ltd, Denise is a people and OD consultant, executive coach and trainer with over 30 years experience in a diverse range of organisations and roles, inc. sales & marketing.  Her career spans the public, private, central government and not for profit sectors in New Zealand, the UK and Canada.  As well as a Chartered Fellow with HRNZ she is a Chartered member of the CIPD UK.

Lisa Oakley

CFHRINZ / National Vice President

Lisa is a commercially oriented senior generalist people and performance leader with 10+ years’ experience in Human Resources and Health, Safety and Environment in large scale service environments in a range of industry sectors. She sees her role as providing leadership with respect to people strategy, organisation design, transformation and change, talent management and development, industrial and employment relations, and organisation culture. She works with other business leaders to achieve outcomes for customers and stakeholders by maximising engagement and achieving the best from their people. Lisa particularly enjoys working in fast paced environments and seeing the results.

John Baillie

CMHRINZ / Board Chair

John Baillie is the Managing Director of Dalmatian Consulting, a specialist agile IT transformation consultancy.  He has held Executive HR and IT roles in NZ, Australia and the UK.  He has a passion for helping organisations transform the way the way they work.  He lives in Waikanae with his three daughters, one very barky dog and numerous chickens.

Matt Carter


Matt is currently Group Head of Human Resources with Silver Fern Farms based in Dunedin. Matt has a strong HR and Business development background through previous experience as Director: Organisational Development, and Director: Business Development both with Otago Polytechnic. He also has wide consultancy experience in people, leadership, strategy and technology practices through previous roles including with Ernst & Young. Matt’s leadership and HR experience was recognised in 2011 with NZIM Young Executive of the year (Southern Region) and in 2007 as HRNZ Young HR Practitioner of the year. Matt is passionate about the success of people and organisations, and is proud to be the current National Vice President of HRNZ.

Diane Edwards


Diane is the General Manager People, Foresight and Innovation for the Ports of Auckland.  She is a Chartered Fellow of HRNZ and has won both the HRNZ HR Specialist of the Year Award (2010) and the HR Generalist of the Year Award (2015) as well as the SSON  Australasian Culture Creation Award (2016), Gender Diversity in Leadership Award from Governance NZ (2016) and NZATD L&D Person of the Year (2018).  She has had an eclectic background spanning HR, training, finance, process reengineering, ICT and change management.  Diane is a Life Fellow of NZATD, a Fellow of both FINSIA and IMLA and a member of Global Women.   She has considerable board experience in NZ and internationally, is a member of the Institute of Directors and sits of the Advisory Board of the Futures School (USA).  She also presents occasionally on TVNZ and on Radio NZ on the Future of Work.

Kavita Khanna


Kavita Khanna has over two decades experience in leadership roles, having worked in professional services, construction and technology sectors in New Zealand and in India. In her current role as Director of People & Capability in Tonkin & Taylor, she is responsible for shaping the people strategy and leading complex, transformational projects for the business. She has a broad skill set and expertise covering governance, leadership, strategic planning, managing a consulting business and people and culture. She managed her own consulting business and has been a board intern on the Regional Facilities Auckland Board. She is a chartered member of HRNZ.

Jo Martell


In an HR career spanning over 25 years in New Zealand and the UK, Jo has led both business partnering and specialist portfolios within global organisations. 
Her recent experience includes leadership positions within Fonterra, Air New Zealand and Fletcher Distribution as well as Marsell Holdings Limited, as a Company Director.
Jo is passionate about how organisations empower people to fulfil their potential by creating learning opportunities; supporting career development; encouraging diversity of thought and voice; and building the confidence of people to be well prepared for the future of work.  
While at Fonterra, Jo has been particularly instrumental in helping people across the co-operative build their careers through initiatives such as Women @ Work, The Millennial Council and the Finance Talent Forum. Jo has recently been appointed as a Board Director of the HRNZ.

Marcus Waters


Marcus is an experienced Human Resources professional and the General Manager of People, Culture and Communication at PowerNet.  He is passionate about influencing and shaping the way NZ businesses and organisations think about and manage their people, now and into the future.

Baubre Murray


Baubre is a Chartered Accountant, an independent director and professional trustee.  She worked as a partner in public practice for more than 15 years and as an elected representative for a member based organisation for 15 years.

Lance Walker

Lance is an Independent Director of HRNZ.  He is the Chief Executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) - the organisation changed with making the Wellington region wildly famous. Lance’s prior roles included being Chief Executive of Cigna Insurance and Chief Executive of Loyalty NZ (the company that runs the Fly Buys programme). He has also been the Managing Director of several marketing agencies.  Lance’s other current governance roles include being a Director of innovation company CreativeHQ and a Trustee for Sport Wellington.  He is also a past Chairman of the NZ Marketing Association and former winner of the HRNZ Supportive CEO of the Year Award.