Everest People work with all sized businesses across New Zealand to provide workplace advice, recruit new staff, and provide training and coaching solutions. The team is made up of 15 highly skilled practitioners who are experts in people and culture, recruitment, training, coaching and conflict resolution. We asked Senga Allen, Managing Director and Executive Recruiter at Everest People, a few questions.

How do you help business owners through the Regional Business Partner programme?

Business owners receive significant benefit from the RBP programme and working with Everest. We are accredited to run a wide variety of programmes that help manage resources – in particular your human ones! Business owners can receive of up to 50 per cent funding for programmes such as HR Essentials which teaches non-HR people all our tricks (well not all of them!), leadership development, emotional intelligence, and resilience building to name a few.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  

Well, our tagline is 'Everest – all about people', and that is what I love about my job – the people. It’s a huge privilege to be invited into a business by the owners to help make improvements. After nearly 30 years in this industry, I still get immense pleasure out of it. I’m a problem solver and I get to do that every day.

What or who inspires you?    

Anyone who can get out of bed at 5.30am every day and exercise. Mornings are not my friend.

What three things can’t you live without?  

My fur babies, a great book and a selection of good wine!

Best book, tv show or podcast you’ve enjoyed recently?

At the moment I’m re-binging Friends and I have to say it’s a great laugh and only requires a 20-minute attention span at a time. Humour makes the world go around.

Favourite holiday destination?  

Anywhere warm with a beach! I’ve recently been to Aitutaki and I can highly recommend.

What would you bring to a bbq?  

My famous seafood salad.