About US



In a nutshell we’re passionate about empowering people and building next level workplace performance through leadership and culture consulting.

01. Empowering People

Our mission is to help you and your team be the best version of yourselves that you can be, so you can flourish, thrive and operate in your zone’s of genius.

02. Accountability

If we say it, if we do it, we own it.

Accountability breeds response-ability.
~Stephen R.Covey


03. performance

Individual, team, and organisational performance is our passion, we strive to make it your reality.



Rich Bennetts

Rich brings over 15 years’ real-world experience in leadership and management roles across a variety of sectors, making him well placed to share his knowledge and facilitation style to get you the results you need.

Rich has a strong focus on building positive, productive, performing teams; creating the environments in which people can flourish and thrive.

As a People, Capability and Culture consultant, Rich focuses on helping people develop practical skills based on their personal context. The ultimate goal is to enhance workplace culture, which in turn improves workplace wellbeing, performance and engagement. Rich create bespoke solutions based on your current situation and goals.

With a lived experience of mental illness, Rich has an in-depth understanding of the potential impacts a workplace that doesn’t create the right environment for people to succeed can have. Conversely, Rich also knows how an employer who supports their team can have a significant impact on not only workplace wellness but individual wellness as a whole.

With a passion for learning and an ability to turn my hand to anything, Rich has amassed an eclectic selection of qualifications, including:


  • Masters of Science majoring in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology
  • Certificate in Health and Wellbeing
  • Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • National Certificate in meat retailing with strands in boning (I am a qualified butcher by trade).

Irene Bennetts

Irene is a globally recognised and award-winning bookkeeping and virtual assistance expert who has successfully developed solutions across key areas for growth-driven entrepreneurs and businesses to focus on their goals, rather than their back-office operations.

Founder of Admin Army, which offers agile, proactive business support services, Irene has led her team to employ the most effective combination of personal connection and modern technological automation. 

With a number of “accolades” to her name, Irene considers her two greatest business successes to date to be spearheading the highly successful merge of Admin Army into the Streamline Business Group and the subsequent cohesive global culture she’s built with her rapidly expanding team.

Relationships are everything to Irene, and nothing makes her tick more than learning about and guiding other entrepreneurs and their business strategies.

Kelvin Tantrum


Associate Consultant

Kelvin brings a truckload of real-world experience in leadership and management positions in dynamic multifaceted work environments (over far too many years!) to the mentokc consulting team.
His background includes not only business leadership roles, but also an in-depth knowledge of what makes teams tick from years of coaching rugby (up to and including professional levels).
His work with high-performing teams has always included a strong focus on building great cultures, along with growing and developing people – so his work with mentokc’s clients is a perfect fit.
Like Rich, Kelvin is a butcher by trade and actually the one responsible for taking Rich through his butchery apprenticeship 100’s of years ago. If you ask, Kelvin will be more than happy to share the story with you about how Rich’s Nana got him the job working with Kelvin.
Kelvin’s underlying values and beliefs around people, capability and culture are strongly aligned with mentokc’s given the long-lasting shared history he has with Rich.
When he’s not working towards seeing the next team succeed, Kelvin can be found out on his motorbike, diving or pretending he’s good at playing music. To be fair, he is actually pretty good on the guitar and if you’re ever lucky enough to jump on a Zoom session with him, he’ll usually be plucking away at the strings while he waits for you to join.




Associate Consultant

Meet Brendon, a remarkable member of the mentokc ensemble with a notable academic background that includes a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, a BCom in Management, and a BA in Psychology.

Brendon’s professional trajectory boasts a broad spectrum of experiences. He has worked in the disability sector , delved into intricate policy work, and led Health and Safety Management. His experiences have been anything but monotonous, with a life lived in organisations spanning across public, private, community, and arts sectors. Brendon’s journey also encompasses significant personal experiences, from dealing with mental and men’s health issues to emerging resilient as a Family Court survivor.

In the realm of People, Capability, and Culture, Brendon’s passion ignites at the prospect of organisations taking up the mantle of social responsibility, contributing to the creation of sustainable, enriching life experiences, and providing leadership within the community. He champions leadership as a professional competency, reinforced but not limited by practical experience.

Off duty, Brendon relishes the joy and challenge of parenting and partnership, the creative indulgence of writing and performing music, and the simple pleasure of sipping a cold beer.

The mentokc team is his chosen tribe, for it sparks curiosity, provides a supportive and understanding bond with Rich, and offers the freedom to be creative and holistic in crafting the mentokc kaupapa. Brendon deeply believes in the power of authentic leadership and management as catalysts for human achievement.

As for the fun part, Brendon has a secret identity: he is Batman! And when it comes to culinary preferences, he’s perplexed by sour cream chips. They bear no resemblance to sour cream, and according to Brendon, they’re far from enjoyable.




Social Media Superstar

Francine is mentokc’s little helper who has been a part of the team since pretty much day one.

Her background involves hotel management, marketing and human resources making her fit right at home with our team at mentokc.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management and a Certificate of Professional Development in Human Resource Generalist, both of which she received from the University of the South Pacific.

Being a member of the mentokc team has allowed Francine to expand her skills while learning new things, gain more insight and contribute in any way to mentokc’s vision and goals. Francine plays the crucial role at mentokc of keeping the team on track and making sure the marketing stuff is happening, it can’t all be extended reality and artificial intelligence! Sometimes the function is described internally as “politely stalking”!. You can also find Francine making some pretty sweet microlearning content!

Francine’s passion lies in creating interesting and helpful information centred around the workplace culture and individual development overall.

In her spare time, Francine enjoys outdoor activities or exploring new restaurants with her husband and friends. (and exploring her passion for Moscato!)




HR Superstar

I hold a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations & Management and Public Administration), Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce (Management and Public Administration) and Master of Commerce (Management and Public Administration) from University of the South Pacific.

I have worked as a HR personnel for more than 5 years and one thing that I love about HR is that it is constantly growing and changing. I find HR to be never boring as it is always challenging.

My passion lies in looking for strategic and innovative ways to contribute value to mentokc and our clients. I enjoy interacting with people and consider every interaction is a learning opportunity for me.

In my leisure time, I love watching movies, traveling, and listening to music.




Explanatory Video & Social Media Superstar

Devin is Rich’s spirit animal and mentokc’s mascot. He is well known by clients and followers for his explanatory videos about improving workplace performance and culture on mentokc’s social media platforms. He is always ready to lend a helping hand to those seeking assistance.

In short, Devin simplifies complex information relating to work environment growth and individual development. Devin’s experience of previously working in stressful environments with little or no motivation and growth has allowed him to be a sound guide for all who would like to improve their work-life overall.

Being part of the mentokc team has drastically changed Devin’s life for the better. The guidance, support and endless learning resources provided by the mentokc team appealed to Devin. As such, he is more than happy to share positive change allowing teams and individuals to experience sound leadership and workplace culture guidance.

Devin’s passion lies in helping create positive and productive team connections in a transparent and motivating environment using the latest technology for transformation.

When it comes to food, his favourite thing to eat is peanut butter on toast because it makes his inner child happy and is his comfort snack.

In his spare time, Devin enjoys DJing at clubs or partying it up with neon glowsticks as party accessories.

Giving back


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What We Do Best

Leadership development

Get the best out of you and your people.

Workplace culture audits

Lets explore how you go about doing what you do.

Change Management

Change is inevitable and constant. An objective view can help to clarify the muddy waters.

Building high performing teams

Combining competent, capable and driven people: forming teams producing superior results.

Organisational structure reviews

We look at your rules, roles, responsibilities and information flow to improve functioning. 

Facilitated group sessions

You and your people are the experts on your business, sometimes you just need a hand to capture those gold nuggets. 

Get In Touch

Hastings NZ
027 463 4217