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About Stapleton Consulting

Who We Are

At Stapleton Consulting, we know that in our industry, understanding is essential and clarity is power. We also know that many organisations just don’t have the resources for a full time HR team dedicated to creating that clarity and understanding for their team. 

That’s why, over the last seven years, we’ve built an employment, capability, and development business which specialises in recruitment, consultancy, and HR tool kits. 

The Stapleton Consulting Team has a depth of recruitment expertise gained from working across a range of industries in New Zealand and Australia over the previous 15+ years. We would be hard pressed to find an industry we haven’t done any recruitment for. 

As a team, we are an awesome mix of personable and practical, and we pride ourselves on our ability to be a step ahead of the curve when it comes to employment trends. We are constantly looking to the horizon and seeking out what is coming next before it becomes a topic for discussion in mainstream media.


creating clarity, removing barriers

Our mission is to make HR services simple, clear and accessible, helping you understand the big picture of your organisation and the people in it, and create strategies for you to succeed.

At our core, we’re your partners and guides through the HR forest (which can at times be hard to find your way through!). We work with you to remove obstacles, create clarity, and provide a clear pathway forward.

The most successful businesses take a strategic approach to HR, manage change effectively, and create positive employment experiences.

If you’re asking yourself the big questions like, “how do we grow more from what we have, but also keep what we have for as long as we can?”, then let’s talk.

Seeking sustainable growth?

Rapid business growth is exciting – but it’s also a danger zone for many businesses. What got your business here, may not necessarily take you there.

More than anything, you need a plan for your business to grow sustainably and effectively. We can help you strengthen your systems and processes, make sure your business has the right mix of people and skills, and work out a solid strategic growth plan.

And if your end goal is to step back or move on, we can also help you plan for succession and continuity, so your business can carry on with someone else’s guidance.

need to develop effective leadership?

Moving from being a ‘doer’ to a ‘leader’ – or from a team member to a team leader – usually means you need a new set of tools and techniques.  The most effective managers are ones that are well-supported, and who are always ready and willing to develop their skills.

We can help you – and members of your team – understand more about the true role of a team leader, the impact they can have, and how to lead in a way that inspires the people around them.

Muddled strategic HR plan?

The business world has been shaken up, and many businesses are adapting to a different future. If your board or leadership team are considering making significant changes, our team of strategic HR consultants can help to support your organisation as you plan, prepare and design for the future.

Our team can also help you deliver on your HR strategy and guide your organisation through change, taking care of the big projects while also managing the day-to-day.

meet us

Our team

Our Waikato based team delivers HR support at all levels, including HR strategy, organisational development, change management, recruitment, employee relations and day-to-day HR administration. We work across the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Auckland regions, and support businesses outside of these regions virtually.

Visionary thinkers

Thinking small just isn’t for us. We take in the big picture, and springboard off our insight and ingenuity to discover solutions where others would find none. We don’t limit ourselves to traditional problem solving – if a creative, outside-the-box solution is the best one to fix your problem, you can trust that we’ll figure it out.

Clarity creators

We create clarity between people and teams, remove barriers to growth, and take in both sides of any issue to craft satisfying resolutions. Our outside perspective allows us the objectivity to help you find a path forward in any situation, and empowers us to provide clear, adaptable processes and roadmaps.

Intentional achievers

Everything we say and do is for a clear purpose – we’re here to help, not to waste anyone’s time. Our specialist team has the experience and professional resources to get to the heart of what your organisation needs, and we are constantly seeking out new tools and methods that will help us clear your way to success.

Catherine Stapleton

Principal Employment and Capability Consultant and Managing Director

Intentional, strategic, quick-thinker, listener, advisor, unorthodox.

Catherine leads the team at Stapleton Consulting. She’s passionate about extending the capabilities of her clients, their business and their teams, and helping them see what they can achieve through their employment journey. Catherine is always open for a thought-provoking, insightful conversation about employment, culture and how to help businesses realise their potential.

HRNZ, IOD, Mental Health First Responder

021 069 1913

Samantha Frederick

Business Support Lead

Pragmatic, calm, open, smart, witty.

Samantha is an experienced and efficient executive assistant, project manager and system admin who ensures Stapleton Consulting runs like a well-oiled machine. Samantha is passionate about partnering with clients as their strategic HR support system, adding value at every level. For Samantha, the buzz comes from seeing clients realise the results that can be achieved through good systems and workflow, and great communication

021 852 985

John Brosnan

Employment and Capability Consultant

Calm, quick-thinking, friendly, astute, engaging.

John is an experienced HR consultant and business mentor, and an accredited primary industry consultant. Supporting clients across a range of HR challenges, John brings an assertive and calm approach to facilitating outcomes for employers and employees. John is a quick-thinker with a knack for identifying risks and potential pitfalls before they arise.

NZIPIM Certified
People Management Consultant

021 508 128

Pip Bickerdike

Employment and Capability Consultant

Approachable, knowledgeable, pragmatic, curious, outcomes focussed.

Pip has a broad range of HR Consulting experience across a range of industries in NZ, Australia and the UK. She loves to build relationships with clients and to see their businesses succeed through people. Pip brings a calm and pragmatic approach to problem solving, and is a trusted advisor in the businesses she works in.

07 2420 447

Ashlea Murphy

Legal Consultant

Knowledgeable, questioning, organised, attentive, cheerful.

Ashlea is an experienced lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience in both in-house and private practice law. She’s an incredible multi-tasker as she juggles law, farming, and parenting. Ashlea brings a wealth of legal and employment knowledge to Stapleton Consulting, and loves to apply her knowledge to solve clients’ employment challenges.

07 2420 447

Connected and resourceful

Our service providers

We work with a network of HR service providers,
providing you with seamless access to specialised expertise and tools, when you need it.

Part of the community

We give back

We are proud to call Waikato our home, and we love getting involved in community groups, sporting groups and organisations outside of the HR world. 

Helping job seekers

We know that securing a meaningful job can have a huge impact on someone’s health and wellbeing. That’s why we often help job seekers and employees access recruitment support at minimal or no cost. 

Sharing our knowledge

We also believe in sharing our knowledge and experience with young people as they prepare to enter the workforce. Our team often speaks to young people about the ins and outs of HR, what it means for them as an employee, and how to navigate the recruitment process.


We’ll help you find the right path

Our team of energetic, understanding, and straight-talking HR experts will help.  We can help you find new ways to get the best team members, solidify your vision, and take care of the day-to-day as well.

Let’s have a free, no-obligation chat about your HR challenges and how we can help your business succeed through its people.

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