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Kay Chapman

Intrigued by how people tick, passionate about helping employers solve their employee ‘challenges’, and a keen tramper …it was a winding and varied path that brought Kay Chapman to the point of founding Chapman Employment Relations in 2011.

Kay’s OE lasted several years. She has held international senior management positions, has a BA majoring in Chinese; did a stint in the Army; has been presented with some awards and worked for years in consulting, human resources and employment law. These are some of the experiences that have shaped the pragmatic and effective approach Kay uses to help her clients reach a resolution.

“I focus on the people and what motivates them. There are processes to follow and they are very important, but never as effective for getting the outcome needed as understanding the psychology that drives behaviour.” Kay Chapman

Donna Scholfield

Donna is described by clients as their saviour when they find themselves short of HR capability or capacity. With over 20 years of experience in HR, payroll and systems, it is Donna’s attention to detail and incredible work ethic that makes her so invaluable.

Donna attributes her work ethic and compassion for small businesses to her parents experience as business owners. Donna recognises the endless hours, effort and stress that comes with owning and managing a business.

It is that understanding of small business that gives Donna the satisfaction she has in her role. “An employer has plenty of other things to do. I can help solve some of the things that keep them awake at night.”

Working for 17 years in the public sector, ultimately leading an HR team before moving into the private sector, Donna is detailed focussed, a team player and has an endless supply of positivity.

Claire Chambers

With a background in education, Claire developed her resilience and extraordinary skills in managing challenging situations while working in East London schools dealing with strategic and team management, compliance, & child protection. 

She entered the world of Employment Relations and Human Resources after completing a Graduate Diploma Business and Administration – Human Resources. Claire has worked across many industries, and when she isn’t reading employment case law for fun (seriously-she does this), she is hanging out with her beautiful girls. 

As an experienced educator, Claire is our key training presenter and coaching specialist.  After seeing the results of Claire’s work with individuals and in team leadership development, our clients keep coming back for more. Her expertise is in improving workplace culture and standards development through culture surveys, coaching, people and capabilities planning and customised workshops. She is a certificate approved independent private investigator undertaking investigations for both local and national organisations.  

Kaye Lawrence

Kaye comes from a legal background, having been both a litigation lawyer and a community lawyer for nearly 20 years.

She is passionate about employment relations and unraveling tricky situations within the workplace.

She genuinely enjoys guiding her clients through complex legal processes and empowering them to be confident to make sound and well-thought-out decisions.  Kaye is motivated by a desire to see disputes resolved as early as possible so that relations and integrity can be preserved as much as possible for all concerned.

Kaye was born and bred in Nelson.  She came back to Nelson 24 years ago to raise her family in, what she thinks, is the best place in the world.   If not in her garden, Kaye and her family will regularly disappear into the blue in their wooden retro caravan.

Katrina Carson

If the number of clients who have asked us to clone Katrina is anything to go by, then we have ourselves an absolute diamond.

Katrina is our everything in the office. There is no position title that adequately describes all she does. As well as business development and admin, Katrina also provides many of our recruitment services, an area she particularly enjoys after a number of years working in the industry.

A representative softball pitcher in the past, Katrina continues to demonstrate those key attributes of tenacity and analytical skills. She is a supportive, caring and empathetic colleague and supporter of our clients.

You get reassurance that your employment matters are dealt with professionally, so you can go back to doing what you do best.

Help with anything in the employment life cycle from recruitment and employment agreements to disciplinaries and disputes and anything else in between.


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