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About Us

Denise Hartley-Wilkins, Director of Shine People Consulting, has over 25 years business experience in human resources, management consulting and organisation development.   After living and working in the UK and Canada she moved to New Zealand in 2004.  With extensive coal facDenise Hartley-Watkinse experience, Denise is known for her practical down to earth approach, professional knowledge & expertise and for being easy to work with.  She brings broad and diverse industry experience across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors including health, government, forestry, education, manufacturing, care, disability  and consulting.

Combining her strong commercial awareness with a focus on organisational performance, areas of expertise include employee attraction & retention, employee engagement, performance management, leadership development and change management.  Denise has a reputation for  being able to quickly get to the root of the problem, to identify and implement solutions and deliver great results.   

Her consultancy firm focuses on partnering with organisations  and their leaders to create workplaces where people are inspired to come to work, where they want to give their best.  Where  people and organisational performance is part of the organisational DNA.  When people shine so do their workplaces and the organisation.  Everyone wins.

Denise has written a range of articles for journals and magazines.  Click here to read some of them.


Denise holds a BA (History & Humanities)  from the Open University, UK  and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Anglia University, Cambridge, UK.

She is a Fellow (FHRINZ) of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and a chartered member (MCIPD) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (UK)  and an accredited  Business Mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand.  She is a qualified Investors in People Assessor and Advisor , is accredited in MBTI® and ExtendedDISC® tools, a certified Intercultural Awareness and Communication trainer with the Office of Ethnic Affairs New Zealand .  Denise is also accredited in the internationally recognised Lominger Leadership Architect and Interview Architect research-based assessment and development methodologies and is a certified NLP practitioner, using these frequently in her individual and team development work.

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Contact Denise today to find out how Shine People can help your business with it's expert, tailored and flexible service!

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Born in Singapore, Denise grew up in a multilingual environment and can converse in French, English and German.  Her formative years and her early career were spent in the United Kingdom. She has travelled extensively and held senior management roles across the manufacturing, not-for-profit and public sectors. 

She is passionate about what she does, combining a natural affinity for problem solving with excellent people, planning and analytical skills, is technically highly skilled, motivational, friendly and approachable.

Denise also gives her time in a volunteer capacity to her local community.  She offers her services free to  Nelson Multicultural Council and is active in her professional community,  HRINZ.  She is the immediate past President  of the Nelson Branch of The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ)  and is an elected Director on the National Board of HRINZ.

Outside of work her interests include tramping  with her husband, travels in their '66 Kombi splitty (aka Rosie), the beach, music and friends,  and trying to keep her French up to speed. Her friends would also whisper “you forget the red wine and chocolate.”

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