Our Career Specialists

Our career specialists are based in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, and Christchurch – and are all passionate about people development and career coaching. Their experience is extensive, covering coaching, career counseling, personal and professional development, career management coaching, job search support, HR, OD, and organisational change consulting.

They are highly experienced in working with people from all occupations, industries, and levels of seniority and do their best to retain current with the world of work and the job market.

All CareerEQ consultants are licensed in the use of our Career Intelligence and CareerSmart assessments.

Professionalism is key to CareerEQ’s success so all CareerEQ consultants are members of a professional body, ICF, CDANZ, CDAA, NZPB or HRINZ . This ensures we follow clearly defined Codes of Ethics and Professional Standards of Practice.

Hilary Tomkins
Hilary TomkinsPMCDANZ
A career and leadership coach with experience working across all levels and stages including students at college to senior executives. Experience in People and Culture roles enables a strong understanding of corporate work settings, change, and people development.
Kirsten Earnshaw
Kirsten EarnshawProfessional Member CDANZ
Career development coaching for all ages and levels of seniority. Specialises in supporting people through redundancy and job transitions, having insightful career conversations, and providing job search support and interview preparation coaching.
Nirmala Solanki
Nirmala SolankiCareer coach and registered Psychologist (NZPB)
People and career development, change coaching, executive outplacement / job search and redeployment specialist. Competence in facilitation of resilience, well-being and helping people to grow into their leadership potential.
Debbie Le Cren
Debbie Le CrenAMCDANZ
Career specialist, specialising in career change, redundancy support, career coaching and workshop facilitation.
Miriam O’Connor
Miriam O’ConnorPMCDANZ
Career specialist, outplacement support, career coaching and resume and LinkedIn development.
Kaye Avery
Kaye AveryPrincipal Consultant and CareerEQ Director.
Kaye is a specialist in career development, professional supervision, and development coaching for professionals and senior managers.
Phone: 0064 21474765
Jon Avery
Jon AveryCommercial Manager, Contracts and Partnerships.
CareerEQ’s business strategy, commercial contracts and partnerships are in the capable hands of Jon who runs two ‘social good’ businesses.
Phone Jon: 0064 21 2202200

CareerEQ Principles

  • Whaka Whanaungatanga – Developing relationships that are mutually respectful, understanding, and trusting is important to us.
  • Manaakitanga: We care about the people and organisations we work with.
  • Hanga rerekētanga: We aim to make a difference to people and the world we all live in.
  • Ako: All practitioners who work with CareerEQ are committed to their ongoing learning and professional development.
  • Whakahoahoae: We aim to participate as partners and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.