Welcome to Tradie HR

Tradie HR is a unique service, providing Human Resource support tailored to Kiwi Trades businesses of all shapes & sizes.

Leigh Olsen, Director

I created Tradie HR because of my energy and passion for HR, small businesses and trades. Im also about doing things right and helping people enjoy what they do.

Leigh Olsen, Director

I created Tradie HR because of my energy and passion for HR, small businesses and trades. Im also about doing things right and helping people enjoy what they do.

With a Masters degree in Human Resources & Organisational Development and over 25 years experience, working in many industries and companies both in NZ and overseas – I have seen pretty much everything in HR. I have a proven track record of knowing what works and what doesn’t especially in motivating and engaging employees.

Having grown up in forestry headquarters around NZ and having family involved in the construction, agricultural and automotive industries, I understand Trade industries and have a passion for working with staff, managers and owners.

What drives me is my desire to make a difference and add value by helping business owners build workplace environments where employees and managers work together to create a winning culture and winning results. I’m often asked how to do this. We do this by providing employees opportunities to grow and develop, have meaningful work for them to do in a positive and safe work environment with managers that are hands on and skilled in how to get the best from them.


I’m here to make it simpler for you to grow your business. If your staff aren’t your greatest business advantage – they should be. Give me a call for a free discussion about how Tradie HR can help you.

I recently sought advice from Tradie HR Director Leigh Olsen. I absolutely love working with Leigh. Her passion for her industry, is to an extremely high standard. I would highly recommend Tradie HR to anyone seeking professional advice in HR. Thankyou Leigh for all your help 🙂

Mary-Kate Coles

Director, Elderberry & Kate

Having used Tradie HR's services for employment matters, I found Leigh to be exceptional at making difficult times seem easy and straight forward. She has a real passion for H.R. and helping business owners, answering calls promptly and supplying quick turnarounds with solutions to any issues I had. She is a great listener, I felt she had my back at all times - a great feeling when dealing with tricky situations which could prove costly to a business if not handled correctly. Leigh has built a robust set of employment documents for my company's use in the future, ensuring a much more compliant and simple process around staffing and employment law. I have no hesitation is recommending Tradie HR to any business looking for a high quality, professional HR solution provider

Bevan Goodhue

Director, Premium Painting Solutions

We had the pleasure of having Leigh Olsen, Director of Tradie HR come into our business to go over all our current HR, Health & Safety and policies to ensure we are up to date and compliant. Leigh was a delight to have in our workplace and the guys thoroughly enjoyed the workshop she held for them. Highly recommend Leigh for any HR, Health & Safety and policy requirements within any trade industry.

Raymond Beveridge

Director, Martin Beveridge Ltd

Many small businesses in NZ start with two or more people, over time they may grow to have many more employees and all the complexities that go with that. A lot of small business owners don’t have the skillset or the time to handle Human Resources or give it the attention it deserves. With 14 employees and a few contractors Chamlang Ltd found ourselves in that position. We got Leigh Olsen from Tradie HR to come to Christchurch for a couple of days to go through our HR operation. She also ran a workshop for our team which was fantastic. We've now outsourced our Human Resources to Tradie HR, probably the best decision we've made in a long time.

Grant Midgley

General Manager, Chamlang Painters & Decorators

"HCD employs approximately 85 members of staff across 9 branches throughout NZ. Our staff are our single biggest asset but if not managed or cared for correctly, can become our single biggest challenge. We required the services of an experienced HR Contractor to assist with HR project work and day-to-day issues, someone that could guide and help us. In working with Leigh Olsen, we found a wealth of knowledge and experience that we could tap into, as required. Her work is detailed, informative and overall she’s great to deal with."


Dave Gulliver

CEO, HCD Flow Technology, Onehunga

“Leigh is extremely service oriented and was exceptional at ensuring that the business’s needs were met to the highest service levels. Leigh is proactive and business focused, and ensured that her team was always dedicated to providing the highest quality service to the business. I personally enjoyed my experience working with Leigh and consider her as the benchmark to which I compare all other HR Managers.”

Desh Edirisuriya

General Manager Business Excellence

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

“When you enter into collective bargaining situations and other issues pertaining to businesses, it is preferable that you have good partnerships with the company HR specialists so you are able to sit down together and nut out the problems. It was so easy working with Leigh Olsen as she listened with no judgement and was able to work with us to achieve a common goal. Leigh is very solutions focused and committed to doing the right thing and this makes for a great partnership”.

Les Waimotu

Lead Organiser E tū

“Leigh is a highly experienced HR leader. We worked as close partners and her advice and deep knowledge of the People and Culture arena was invaluable. Leigh is passionate about great culture and has deep integrity that radiated throughout the organisation. A real proponent for employee engagement and career development and who is a pleasure to work with”

Dr Elizabeth Cox

Head of Client Experience

Triton Hearing

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