Helping your people, your workplace and your business to... shine!

About Us

Denise Hartley-Wilkins, Director of Shine People Consulting, has over 25 years business experience in human resources, management consulting and organisation development.   She is a  skilled facilitator, trainer and qualified, accredited  executive coach.  With extensive executive and coalface experience she is know for her deep professional knowledge along with her ability to translate strategy into action. Working with individuals and teams at all levels; governance, CEO, senior management, operations and administration, clients value her engaging, professional, friendly and down to earth approach.   

Combining her strong commercial awareness with a focus on organisational performance she specialises in creating high performing teams and workplaces.  She believes 'you don't have great organisations, you have great workplaces'.  Her areas of expertise include preventing workplace bullying & harassment, developing great leaders, building great teams, employee attraction & retention, employee engagement, performance management, resetting struggling teams, culture 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 rapid results.   

She brings broad and diverse industry experience across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors including health, local and central government, forestry, seafood, education, manufacturing, care, disability  and management consulting.  She has lived and worked in the UK, New Zealand and Canada.   

Her consultancy practice  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 the National President, Elected Director and Chartered Fellow (CFHRNZ) with the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and a Chartered Member (MCIPD) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. 

A trained Executive and Team Coach, she holds an Executive and Organisational Coaching qualification, is a Foundations Certified Coach with the Global Team Coaching Institute, an EMCC Global Accredited Team Coach (Foundation)  and an ACC credentialled coach with the International Coach Federation.  

Denise is accredited in a range of tools including, Lominger Leadership Architect suite of tools, the MBTI® and ExtendedDISC® tools and is a qualified NLP practitioner.  She is also an accredited  Intercultural Awareness and Communication trainer with the Office of Ethnic Affairs New Zealand .  

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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.  She brings enthusiasm,  humour and a friendly, open minded, approach to life and work.

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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