We pride ourselves on our people

Meet the team

People are at the core of our organisation. Dedicated to enhancing the way organisations operate and bringing the best out of their people, we are proud to call them our team.   

Together we bring a diverse skill set, years of experience and a passion for helping organisations and their people.  

We are trusted advisors to a diverse range of businesses throughout New Zealand, understanding the challenges that managers face in today’s competitive environment.

Sound practical advice coupled with a genuine and authentic approach is the EQ difference.

Steve Kennedy
Steve Kennedy
Principal Consultant | Managing Director 

Steve is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant with EQ Consultants.

His background includes 15 years as NZ Country General Manager for an international HR and Recruitment company, responsible for 1,000 staff and significant annual revenues.  

Prior to working with EQ Consultants, Steve led operational and sales teams in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Steve is active within the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (NZ) having held the role of President and a committee member for a number of years. Steve is a member of the Institute of Directors and has recently undertaken formal Governance training.

Steve has a strong interest in working with businesses, sharing his knowledge to ensure that they acquire, develop, and manage their most important resource, their people. 

Viv Patterson
Viv Patterson
Principal Consultant | Founding Director 

Viv is a Principal Consultant with EQ Consultants. As the founding director, Viv has extensive operational HR experience in both the public and private sectors. A tech-savvy and creative thinker, Viv's experience spans a range of industries and government departments, including the Ministry of Health.

Viv thrives on innovative HR and how organisations can benefit from the 'respect for people' philosophy underpinning the way that they conduct business from day-to-day. She is well experienced in managing mergers and acquisitions from a people management perspective through the sale and transfer of businesses.

Proficient in workforce planning, collective negotiations and dispute resolution, Viv's strengths in cultivating environments of high employee engagement and solving organisational problems make her a trusted advisor to the executive leadership within many organisations.

Craig Atkinson
Craig Atkinson
Principal Consultant | Founding Director 

Craig is a Principal Consultant with EQ Consultants. Along with the outdoors, Craig’s passion is working with senior management to positively influence business outcomes.

With over 25 years of highly successful general management roles with market leaders in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, Craig has extensive strategic and operational experience.

Whether scaling mountains worldwide or providing assistance to his clients, Craig understands the need to implement and maintain solid 'best practice' procedures and policies in order to remain competitive, safe and market leaders.

Malissa O’Malley
Malissa O’Malley
Senior Consultant | Queenstown

Malissa is a Senior Consultant for EQ Consultants representing the Queenstown, Lakes District & Southern Regions. A long-term resident of the district and active member of the community, Malissa has gained a sound understanding of the unique market challenges businesses face to ensure that they stay ahead of their competitors.

Malissa is a passionate advocate of 'the value of people' as an essential component to maintaining a competitive edge in the market. She has a talent for establishing an accurate and thorough understanding of 'best fit' for organisations, contributing to Malissa's successful track record in 'matching people to businesses'. 

Jenny Barr
Jenny Barr
Senior Consultant 

Jenny is the go-to person for the organisation. With planning, management and organisational experience in a range of industries from education and accounting to conference management and human resources, she is well placed to wear many hats within the company.

Jenny has experience in mentoring individuals to achieve international recognition in a variety of fields from the visual arts and small business management to the health industries and national online presence enhancement. 

Josh Winter
Josh Winter
HR Advisor 

Josh is an HR advisor at EQ Consultants and joined the team after beginning his HR journey at the University of Canterbury (UC).

Josh’s passion for working with people was recognised when he was appointed as Student Ambassador for Human Resources New Zealand (HRNZ). Through his experiences at Citycare Group and Marlborough District Council, Josh brings knowledge of workplace culture and a sound understanding of how organisational design contributes to building high performing teams.

Josh gets a real buzz from uplifting others and thrives on new challenges. In his spare time, you’ll either find him on the football pitch, ski field or on the water reeling in the catch of the day.

Charlotte Whitaker
Charlotte Whitaker
HR Advisor

Having recently accomplished a Bachelor of Laws, Charlotte joins EQ Consultants as an HR Advisor.  
Charlotte’s interest in the field of human resources grew during her studies at the University of Canterbury. 

Believing that people are an organisation’s most valuable resource inspires her to help businesses preserve this through sound HR practice. With experience from the legal and health and safety industries, Charlotte is well placed to interact with clients, and she is looking forward to engaging across a range of HR and employment law matters.  

Originally from the deep south, Charlotte loves Christchurch for the climate and the vast number of activities on offer. You will find her spending much of her free time enjoying an active lifestyle and exploring the sunny outdoors. 
 

Courtney Collins
Courtney Collins

Courtney is a skilled digital marketing professional with industry experience in the fields of, social media, promotions, public relations, and marketing. Previously operating in the events and pop culture entertainment industries, 2020 saw Courtney make the move into the Recruitment and HR marketing sector. She values quality communication and is passionate about sharing stories and helping brands connect authentically with their clients and customers. In her spare time you will find her scouring thrift stores for vintage treasures or at the cinema!

Tineke McNeill
Tineke McNeill
Finance Manager 

Tineke is our Finance Manager for EQ Consultants. 

With over 20 years’ experience in bookkeeping and payroll, Tineke has worked in a variety of companies from retail, to corporate international companies and accounting firms. This has given her a sound knowledge of the legislative and process requirements to run a business. Tineke is used to working to very tight deadlines and managing payrolls; anything from one employee to more than 5,000. She has a solid working knowledge of the Human Resources and Accountancy legislation, IRD procedures and requirements. 

Tineke's background includes several years as Payroll and Billing Manager for an NZ/AU Recruitment company, before moving onto running her own small business in bookkeeping, helping small Christchurch business with their accounts, payroll, budgeting, forecasts and standard procedures. 

Tineke is process-driven, with a keen eye for detail and paperwork and a love of coffee.

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