About CareerEQ Specialists

Our career specialists are based in Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Their experience is extensive, covering career counselling, personal and professional development, career management coaching, job search support, HR and organisational change consulting.

All CareerEQ consultants are members of a professional body, CDANZ (The Career Development Association of New Zealand) or HRINZ. This ensures we follow clearly defined Codes of Ethics and Professional Standards of Practice. CDANZ Code of Ethics and HRINZ Code of Practice.

Principal Consultant/Practice Manager, Kaye Avery, coordinates the CareerEQ support services. Find out more about Kaye.

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Suzanne Perrin
Suzanne PerrinPMCDANZ
Careers Consultant and workshop facilitator; key expertise in career decision-making and understanding ‘best fit’ next career role, redundancy support, CV writing, job search, interview coaching and workshop delivery.
Robyn Bailey
Robyn BaileyPMCDANZ
Careers Consultant and professional supervisor; key expertise in career decision-making, transition and redundancy support, professional supervision, designing, and facilitating training groups in career development and supervision.
John Butters
John ButtersHRINZ
HR Consultant, Leadership Development Coach: key expertise in organisational development, change management, senior-level redundancy support, performance development coaching and employment relations.


Pat Cody
Career consultant, career decision-making, redundancy support, workshop facilitator, transition, and professional development coaching.


Claire Oehley
Claire OehleyPMCDANZ
Career Consultant, Career Development Specialist, Outplacement and Transition Support


Lis Whyte
Careers Consultant, career decision-making and workshop facilitator; key expertise in strategic career management, redundancy support, workplace well-being, and resilience.


Michelle Staples
Michelle StaplesHRINZ, PMCDANZ
Careers and People Development Consultant, specialising in career coaching, career transition, training and facilitation.


Jude Mackwell
Jude MackwellHRINZ
Career, Organisation and Change Consultant Jude draws on extensive corporate and private enterprise experience to provide insightful training and coaching.

Southland District

Johanna Budai
Johanna BudaiPMCDANZ
Careers Consultant; Key expertise in career coaching and counseling, career decision-making, facilitating career development, managing change and building resilience workshops.
Kaye Avery
Kaye AveryFMCDANZ and Member of HRINZ
Principal Consultant, Practice Manager, People Development Specialist. Provides supervision and development for professionals, senior managers, and works with employees around behavioural change and development.

CareerEQ Principles

  • Manaakitanga: We care and are people-centric: We believe that our holistic approach to coaching delivers the best outcomes for the people we work with.
  • Hanga rerekētanga: We make a difference. The people and the businesses we work with matter to us – as does the world we all live in.
  • Ako: We are committed to our own learning: All practitioners who work with CareerEQ are committed to their on-going learning and professional development.
  • Whakahoahoae: We like to participate as partners and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
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