About Our Trainers
Kerry Phillips – Trainer
Kerry has extensive leadership and management experience at a senior level, including advertising, budgets, buildings, manufacturing, planning, pricing, purchasing retail, staff, and stock-control.
He has lead large successful teams of operational and retail staff, and has been responsible for training, investigations on incidents/accidents, health and safety, and disciplinary meetings. Kerry enjoys developing his team and influencing a positive change in workplace culture.
Kerry’s other roles have included managing the biz Information service for the Wellington region, and he was also the Wellington Coordinator of the Young Enterprise Scheme.
Ken McLean – HR/Employment Law Trainer
Ken has extensive experience as a human resource and employment practitioner. As a former employment relations consultant with Business Central he was responsible for providing advice to employers on a range of issues including the interpretation and application of employment agreements and information pertaining to employment related legislation. He also assisted employers in the processes of performance management, discipline and personal grievances up to and including representing employers at mediation.
Ken now brings his wealth of knowledge and experience in management and employment to his training role with Business Central in the areas of holidays and leave, wages and employment law as well as recruiting, performance appraisal and leadership.
Martin Laurs – Health & Safety Trainer
Martin began his health and safety career as a business consultant and trainer with ACC. His brief was to help "at-risk" industry sectors e.g. meat processing, forestry, wood processing, supermarkets and hospitals – build their health and safety capability specifically in terms of the ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices (WSMP) programme and the ACC Partnership Plan. His clients varied from NZ's largest corporations through to small family businesses.
Martin particularly enjoys learning about individual business needs and how health and safety can become an integral part of, "how we do things here" and even add value to your bottom-line.
Martin has also worked as a practitioner for labour hire businesses, Meridian Energy and several Government departments setting up health and safety systems and undertaking independent audits to tertiary level.
Martin enjoys training and working closely with both management and employee representatives to make sure your approach to health and safety, health reforms and a drive for continuous improvement is compliant, sustainable and ultimately both morally and financially rewarding!