Meet the team

Kate Major
HR Consultant
 

Kate is a senior HR practitioner with 10 years’ experience across a range of public sector, multi-national and small private organisations. She has a strong interest in modern HR practices, in particular those related to change, performance and development, and culture transformation.

 

Kate has worked with many start up and growth companies, and ensures their people strategies and processes meets the organisation's goals and culture.  Kate builds strong working relationships, and loves being able to support and encourage the employers she works with to achieve strong relationships within their own workplaces.  She is always looking to new and future workplace practices and technologies and for ways her clients may be able to introduce them.

 
Caitlin Foley
Business Support
 
Caitlin is the one who keeps Hive buzzing.  She provides all operations and business support, which she manages to do whilst also studying full time for her Masters in Software Development at Victoria University.  Caitlin has experience in a range of different HR teams and businesses, meaning you may also come across her providing HR administrative support on work for our clients.
 
Jamie Gallocher
HR Consultant
 

Jaime is one of our partners based in Auckland. She runs her own HR consultancy, but we come together to support Auckland based clients when they need it. 

 

Jaime has over 10 years experience working in London and Auckland in both leadership and specialist HR roles. She now supports SME employers across multiple sectors in Auckland – supporting them to have best practice HR and employee experiences that align both business and people strategies.  

 

Jaime quickly builds strong working relationships with those she works with, meaning she has particular strengths in coaching and supporting leaders to manage their staff.  Her clients appreciate her straight talking and pragmatic approach.

 

Ainsley Benefield

Founder & Director

 

Ainsley founded Hive to bring to life her passion for achieving positive working relationships through communication, feedback and flexibility.

 

She spent much of her career working as an employment lawyer in Wellington, Dublin, and London. This included time as an in-house lawyer at a global company going through a significant period of HR issues and transformation.  When returning to New Zealand, she balanced her role in London remotely with a more hands-on role for Humankind (an HR consultancy).

 

This experience has meant Ainsley has worked with a variety of employers across most industries around the world. Her legal background paired with her HR experience means she has a pragmatic, people-focused approach to getting HR and people management issues right.  She is also a qualified mediator and specialist in independent reviews and investigations.

 

Wendy Li 

OD and HR Consultant

 

Wendy Li is an experienced workplace practitioner with over 15 years' experience in employment law and employment relations.  She has held leadership roles in both private practice and public sector organisations, and has worked New Zealand, Australia, United States and France.

 

Wendy has advised on the full range of employment relations issues, and always used her understanding of the employer’s commercial and strategic needs to provide pragmatic advice on workplace issues.

 

This desire for pragmatism led her to doing further training in organisation development and design while she was in Paris and she now loves working in this more proactive space. Wendy has a strong interest in working with organisations to create a positive work culture where people feel engaged and work effectively together. She is skilled at working with all parties to address any potential issues in a timely and considered manner while being alive to the legal context at play.

 

 

Kate Major

Senior HR Consultant

 

Kate Major is a senior HR practitioner with 10 years’ experience across a range of public sector, multi-national and small private organisations. She has a strong interest in modern HR practices, in particular those related to change, performance and development, and culture transformation.

 

Kate has worked with many start up and growth companies, and ensures their people strategies and processes meets the organisation's goals and culture.  Kate builds strong working relationships, and loves being able to support and encourage the employers she works with to achieve strong relationships within their own workplaces.  She is always looking to new and future workplace practices and technologies and for ways her clients may be able to introduce them.

 

Harriet Riley 

HR Consultant

Harriet Riley has a varied work background, from corporate HR teams to internal communications, change management and recruitment. She’s interested in modern ways of working, organisational development and helping to resolve employment disputes.

Harriet's work across both HR and comms roles in the public and private sector means she is comfortable in working across the full range of people and culture issues, but her real strength is in working alongside stakeholders to find creative solutions and support deliverables.

Harriet is passionate about Human Resources and is actively involved in the HR community. She was a founding member of the not-for-profit programme Summer of Biz which helps tertiary students interested in a career in HR or marketing sharpen their professional skills and gain paid internships in those industries. She has also volunteered time on the Wellington branch committee of HRINZ and mentored students aspiring to HR professions.

 
Caitlin Foley
Business Support
 
Caitlin is the one who keeps Hive buzzing.  She provides all operations and business support, which she managed to do whilst also studying for her Masters in Software Development at Victoria University and now working as a developer.  Caitlin has experience in a range of different HR teams and businesses, meaning you may also come across her providing HR administrative support on work for our clients.
 
Jaime Gallocher
HR Consultant
 

Jaime is one of our partners based in Auckland. She runs her own HR consultancy - the People Project, but we come together to support Auckland based clients when they need it. 

 

Jaime has over 10 years experience working in London and Auckland in both leadership and specialist HR roles. She and her team now support SME employers across multiple sectors in Auckland – supporting them to have best practice HR and employee experiences that align both business and people strategies.  

Jaime quickly builds strong working relationships with those she works with, meaning she has particular strengths in coaching and supporting leaders to manage their staff.  Her clients appreciate her straight talking and pragmatic approach.

 

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