Postal Address: PO Box 1373, Pukekohe, 2340
Mark is the President of ELINZ.
Mark’s first foray into employment law was in the 1970s when, as a young sharemilker, he formed and chaired the Sharemilkers Association in Northland before going on to chair the Sharemilkers Sub-Section of Federated Farmers for the same region.
Throughout his career Mark has held a variety of positions including in management roles with Feltex, the Petrochemical Corporation of New Zealand and Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd. Mark has also been a successful business owner. However, his interest in employment law and employment relations has never waned.
In 2000 Mark was offered the opportunity to work as an Advocate in employment law. The laws were evolving quickly at that time and the introduction of the Employment Relations Act 2000 created a surge of interest in ‘lay practitioners’ who, unlike lawyers, could offer their services on a contingency basis. Two years later, Mark joined forces with a national employment relations company in Northland until his relocation to Auckland in 2004 where he joined Employment Relations Consultants Limited.
In early 2006 Mark and his wife Rosemary purchased the company and built it to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and most recognised employment advocacy services. The company’s brand, 0800 WE HELP, has become iconic in the field of employment dispute resolution.
In 2009, Mark was invited as guest speaker to the Lexis Nexis “Industrial and Employment Relations” Conference held at the Heritage Hotel, Auckland. He addressed the subject of “Pathways to Resolution” and conducted a short workshop on the same subject.
A long standing member of the Employment Law Institute of New Zealand, Mark was elected to the board of ELINZ in 2009. He was elected Vice President in 2011 and has been President since.
For more information about Mark, please visit https://www.wehelp.co.nz/index.htm