Essential HR

Our Principles

Essential HR prides itself on maintaining the following values:


About Us

Our company was founded by our Director, Mike Johnson, in 2006, to provide specialist HR advice to small to medium sized companies with little or no people management function of their own. Now with a team of four staff, Essential HR continues to grow, working with a current client base of around 200 companies.

Our Team

Essential HR’s team of four are ready to assist you in meeting your HR needs. Together, with our varied knowledge and experience in the HR space, we act as a seamless team. We’ll provide you with the best possible professional information and service, quickly identifying your needs and following up in a way that best suits you and your business.

mike johnsonMike JohnsonMA (Econ)(Cantab), DIP ACC, ATM - Consultant and Director

Mike has been providing people management advice to small and medium sized businesses for over eleven years, and is a senior HR practitioner and HRINZ Chartered Member. Mike originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant, working for Deloittes for sixteen years. From there he moved into senior HR management resulting in a broad HR knowledge and sound business acumen.

Mike is passionate about his work with people as individuals - Essential HR doesn’t sell products or provide a “one size fits all” approach. He believes that Essential HR allows owners and managers to get on with what they are good at with the knowledge that their people are being properly looked after.

Mike also works as an independent impartial investigator under the brand of Independents.  This is specifically in situations of alleged bullying or of serious misconduct (by any party in an organisation. 

Beccy WarwickDipMgt(adv) NZIM - Advisor & Business Support

Beccy joins us following many years in general leadership positions. She has a wealth of experience in performance management, staff development and retention. Beccy also has a great deal of experience in recruiting.