OUR STAFF

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BEN KINGI

Ngati Porou, Ngai Tuhoe

Owner, Trainer and Consultant

Ben is an energetic and passionate Trainer and Educator. He is our qualified Instructor of Security and Hospitality training and also holds a Level 5 Qualification in Adult Literacy and Numeracy. Our students thoroughly enjoy his interactive and engaging teaching style and his extensive knowledge of his topics.

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LESLEY MAXWELL

Ngaitai, Rongowhakaata

Owner, Trainer and Consultant

Lesley is a very experienced trainer and runs a variety of short courses in areas such as Health and Safety, Employment Skills, CV Preparation, Communication Skills and Work Ethics. She sets up and maintains many of our business relationships and is well respected for the broad knowledge and passion she brings to her training. Lesley is a qualified Adult Educator, Workplace Assessor.

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TONE TE AHURU

Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Hikairo

Training Coordinator

If you are ever wondering about the face behind the friendly voice on our Freephone, this is Tone our Training Co-ordinator extraordinaire. Tone manages many of our training relationships and liaison with all of our valued clients. He organises our course bookings and coordinates operations on training days. Tone is a qualified Adult Educator and Assessor and most important of all he organises our course catering which everyone enjoys!

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TARYN MCDONALD

Employment Consultant

Skilled and experienced in recruitment, caseload management, employment skill development, CV preparation, personal coaching and mentoring, employment placement and pastoral care.
Taryn joined the Sapphire team after a 2 year stint as a Real Estate agent and previous experience in the retail and sales environment and we immediately benefitted from her energetic and infectious personality. Her youthful enthusiasm and commitment to helping others has helped her to forge strong working relationships with her clients to achieve results that are beneficial to all parties. Taryn is also a wonderful mum and treasures every moment with her 3 children.

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MOANA HEPBURN

Employment Consultant

10 years experience in Human Resources in the corporate and public sectors.
Skilled and experienced in recruitment, caseload management, employment skill development, CV preparation, personal coaching and mentoring, employment placement and pastoral care.
Before becoming one of the newest members of the Sapphire team, Moana forged a successful Human Resource career within the NZ Ministry of Defence. She is also a talented young sportswoman and loving mother to her two beautiful children.

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TAYLA LANE

Office Manager

After graduating Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy, Tayla joined the Sapphire team as our new office star in early 2020. Tayla takes care of much of our day to day administration to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. Her fun personality and youthful energy helped her to fit easily into our vibrant team.