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Our Experts

"I have found EMA Learning to be a fantastic environment and would happily recommend their services to colleagues
and friends. The facilitators are outstanding and the quality of content is brilliant."
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Our Trainers are some of the most experienced practitioners in the country.

Andy Evans

When it comes risk, investigations and management, Andy Evans has done it all for many of New Zealand’s largest organisations. 
His practical experience intersects with his unending enthusiasm for transforming business performance through outstanding education and training to provide top notch content for learners.
Andy’s style is informative, engaging, and authoritative, and he prides himself on bringing everyone in the room on the learning journey. 

Ash Dixon

Passionate about people and their businesses, Ash brings that enthusiasm to his training and facilitating. His aim is to help people in Kiwi companies big and small to grow their management capability and profitability. Ash’s background includes senior management, national sales management and finance roles in Australia and New Zealand over 20 years. He is also an experienced board director with governance experience across a wide range of sectors. Ash’s desire to impart his knowledge saw him move into training and facilitating to empower people to grow their businesses.



“Our staff and Managers have grown and developed from training facilitated by Ash. He is very engaging and knowledgeable across all aspects of business. We have experienced seeing our people grow and we value working with Ash into the future.” Pacific Environments Ltd

Brent Sutton

Brent is well regarded as a safety coach and for taking organizations on a learning journey to understand how people are seen as the solution, how to engage people and leverage their skills so that worker participation becomes a normal way of running an organization, where everybody benefits.



Carley Nicholson

With a background in Human Resources and small business management herself, Carley knows the importance of leadership, resilience, and effective communication. She has worked across a broad range of industries and business functions in small, medium, and non-profit business and corporate environments. Carley helps organisations drive performance through care, by helping teams build knowledge, awareness, and capability so they can be more effective in achieving organisational goals.

“Carley is engaging, enjoyable, so knowledgeable I could listen and pick her brain all day!! She’s non-judgemental and so friendly and relatable. She is super positive and full of energy. Carley was a great facilitator who was extremely engaging, fun and creative. She delivered a fantastic course that was very informative and useful for us all.” Honda New Zealand

Chris Longman

Chris is held in high regard for his ability to understand a business quickly, and to design bespoke solutions to their people needs. With a solid background of more than 15 years’ experience in both business partnering and organisational development in both the public and private sector, Chris enjoys helping companies with their People Strategies. This includes Union Relationships and Collective Bargaining, as well as leadership and performance coaching; employment investigations and disciplinary processes; personal grievances; conflict resolution; and organisational change and restructures. Also working as a facilitator for EMA Learning, Chris regularly delivers Human Resources and Employment Relations training both on public courses and in-house. He ensures attendees walk away feeling confident that they can manage processes in a fair and compliant manner, protecting themselves and their company from unnecessary risk. As a certified independent investigator, Tauranga-based Chris is also a trusted lead to navigate complex workplace matters such as bullying and harassment claims and other tricky workplace issues.

"Just love dealing with Chris / the team. Always easy and never an issue. Much appreciated." Pelco NZ

Clive Thomson

Clive is passionate about achieving quality outcomes for businesses when they are dealing with Unions. As our main Collective Bargaining Specialist, he is currently the lead negotiator for more than 50 Collective Agreements across New Zealand. The significant majority of these are in private sector manufacturing. He has also led our Bay of Plenty and Central North Island HR/ER consulting team for the last 20 years. Clive is well respected for his work with businesses on their IR Strategy, and for his calm and constructive approach when dealing with Unions. This ensures that quality outcomes are delivered in often challenging situations.

"Clive is such a great consultant. Super pragmatic. Just love dealing with him." Vet Plus

Craig Bleakley

Craig Bleakley is an accredited health and safety professional and award winning trainer who delivers his classes with an engaging and highly effective energy and insight. Craig has run a nationwide health & safety consultancy for many years and is currently working with enterprise sized clients to help them best meet their H&S goals.

Debi Higson

Debi thrives on an interactive learning environment and brings her outgoing and engaging nature to every situation. She takes a creative approach to problem-solving and simplifying complex subject matter, and delivering skills training that can be implemented in the workplace. She has been adding to her own skills and experience in people management, coaching and mentoring and learning and development for more than 20 years in different industries both in UK and New Zealand.



"Doing the leadership training with Debi was a breeze. It wasn't your stock standard book work in silence which can be hard to focus on, instead it was an interactive group environment where everyone could chime in with their thoughts and experiences and have a laugh along the way. Each week we were given the opportunity to integrate what we had learnt on the course back into our own working groups which has proved invaluable to making that next step to becoming a valued leader." Thermosash

Donna Hemsley

Donna Hemsley is an Organisational Development Specialist, Certified Master Coach and Coaching Supervisor as well as an experienced management consultant, facilitator, and executive coach. Tauranga-based Donna has a German business and economics degree as well as first-hand experience in banking, key account management, marketing, and sales. She is also a qualified facilitator and speech and presentation trainer, all of which she brings to EMA learners.



Helen Mason

Helen brings a pragmatic approach and her passion to educating and helping businesses understand why and how health and safety is a top priority for everyone. She has more than 20 years as a health and safety consultant in both the private and public sector and relishes her tailored, in-house training roles. Canterbury-based Helen has helped to educate and supported businesses with their health and safety from a variety of sectors throughout New Zealand, including SMEs, large multinational corporates, and not-for-profits.

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