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 30 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 started Corp HR in April 2020 after repeated requests from corporate companies to help them manage their company restructures. Demand also came from businesses wanting an external HR professional to take the lead for their workplace investigations.

I am delighted to have a small team of highly qualified and experienced HR contractors who help both businesses – Tradie HR & Corp HR deliver top quality care, advice and support to all our wonderful clients.


“Recently we were faced with a problem we had no idea how to solve. We contacted Leigh from Tradie HR for advice. Leigh gave us professional advice and managed us through the right procedures, to ensure our staff were fairly treated. Leigh is an absolute pleasure to work with and is fantastic at her job. Leigh is now our only point of call for ongoing work and advice.”

Victoria Grant

Director, Balance Electrical

"Leigh was such a pleasure to work with. Thanks to her guidance and advice she helped us update all our employment agreements, put more policies in place that our company needed and even came out on a Saturday morning to talk to our employees! Above and beyond is what she does. Never a hassle when we had questions or queries. Always explained documents thoroughly to us. Communication was awesome, always replied promptly via email or phone. Thank you so much for all your help and we look forward to getting together soon to do team building!"

Kruz & Liz Spyve

Directors, Prestigious Plumbing & Gas

“Our partnership with Leigh and Tradie HR has changed the game for our national membership group. NZTG now works with over 200 electrical business across New Zealand and predominately deals with young business owners who initially feel overwhelmed with the changing landscape of HR especially in recent times. There is a legitimate need to provide the very best support for their changing staff needs, contract support, disciplinary or policy changes and we only want to work with like-minded partners who can relate to these challenges. Leigh provides a personal, customised and expert service that takes all that stress away and it’s so clear that she genuinely cares for her clients. We’ll continue our strategic partnership well into the future and recommend her services to all of our members and industry partners.”

Tait Grindley

General Manager, Sales and Membership

“At this time in business dealing with COVID-19, it was such a relief to have Leigh from Tradie HR on our team. She brought a calm and positive approach to something that is extremely stressful. Having to release team mates is never easy and the processes and systems that Tradie HR helped to implement aided in the whole unpleasant situation. At all times Leigh had empathy for my team and ensured their self esteem wasn’t any way compromised. Thank you for your expertise and at a cost that was extremely reasonable.”

Terry Bluck

Director, Laser Electrical Auckland Central 

“Leigh has worked with Master Painters New Zealand for a number of years as our go-to person with respect to HR matters. She is trusted by the MPA team and the members that have engaged her services all report to be very pleased with Leigh and her approach to their HR needs.”

Brian Miller

CEO, Master Painters New Zealand 

"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, 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

"I had not used an HR consultant before dealing with Tradie HR. Leigh was recommended to me by another fellow business person in the same field. Being a small business, I had limited time to allocate to some of the tricky HR issues all businesses encounter these days. Leigh's experience and professionalism in handling HR issues, especially in the trades field, which can be different to others, was invaluable in ensuring we followed the right procedures when dealing with our staff to obtain the right results for all concerned. I would have no hesitation in recommending Tradie HR for the HR services Leigh offers. Excellent!"

Jeff Sawall


Speedy Signs Takapuna

“Don't look anywhere else! Leigh is the best in the HR business! She is so knowledgeable and never made me feel like a nuisance (when I’m sure I was). Leigh is always there to help and if she can't answer a question, she will do everything she can to make sure she finds the answer for you. We would be lost without her! Leigh is one of those incredible people that can see the positives in any situation, it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Leigh and I'm looking forward to dealing with her in future! “

Cyndie Finnie

Smith and Sons Motueka

Golden bay team

"Smith & Sons has partnered with Leigh and Tradie HR for the last couple of years and she has been an awesome addition to our group, with 26 offices across NZ we had a need for help in support in this vital area of business. Leigh has presented at both our national and international meetings and has engaged with several of the business owners in the group. Having someone on our team that specialises in the Trades and is relatable to our guys has been great. I highly recommend Leigh Olsen and Tradie HR!”

Reon Paterson

Master Franchise NI NZ

“We recently approached Leigh Olsen, Director of TradieHR, for some advice and guidance with our HR matters. I am very happy to say that Leigh is fantastic at her job and makes all the processes extremely fair and easy. Her knowledge and passion for this industry is endless. We have since engaged with Leigh to assist with contracts and policy documents required to ‘up the standard’ of our business and she has helped and guided every step of the way. Her service is outstanding and I would recommend TradieHR to anyone. We will continue to work with Leigh for the foreseeable future. Thank you so much Leigh!”

Richard Featherstone

Operations Manager

"We are so grateful to have found Tradie HR. With Leigh’s guidance and recommendations of policies and contracts we needed to have in place as company to protect us and our workers has been invaluable. She makes all the policy and contracts stuff easy to understand and explains the reasoning for putting these in place. Start to finish we couldn’t recommend Tradie HR more highly."

Mark & Mandy Rutledge

Directors, Black Wolf Masonry

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