Who are we?

Jan Samuel - Founding Director

Jan Samuel - Founding Director

Jan has worked in human resource management internationally for over 30 years, the last 25 years in New Zealand.  Jan is now working permanently at Sane Solutions.  In 2015 Jan became an Accredited Mediator with the Resolution Institute and is able to assist with mediation and facilitating conflict resolution processes.

Her strengths in the areas of are:
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Change management
  • Strategy development, policy and procedures
  • Leadership coaching
  • Organisational Culture Audits
  • Performance management
  • Personal Grievances and Disputes

Previous employment history

Prior to setting up Sane Solutions Ltd, Jan spent four years as the HR Director of Presbyterian Support Otago with 1200 employees, managing the HR, capability and development, payroll, health & safety, culture and change management.

In New Zealand Jan has also held senior HR advisory roles for the Otago District Health Board, Acting HR Manager for Southland District Health Board. HR Advisory roles and Acting Area Manager for Department of Conservation and HR Advisory position with the University of Otago.

Professional Qualifications:
  • Accredited Mediator- Resolution Institute
  • Graduate member of the Corporate Institute of Personnel and Development, UK
  • Degree in Management - Open University, UK


Tom Samuel - Director, Training Assessor/Moderator, Health & Safety Specialist

Tom Samuel - Director, Training Assessor, Health & Safety Specialist
Tom joined Sane Solutions Ltd over six years ago as Director after a 28 year career with the Department of Corrections in a range of roles. Tom has been working with clients establishing health and safety systems and processes, accident investigations, change management, employment investigations, remuneration and bargaining, providing assessment and moderation.

Tom has loved the last six years and has significantly added to his 12 years management experience and 8 years in health and safety, even completing a Level 6 Diploma in Health and Safety Management.

His key skill areas include:
  • Health and safety management
  • All aspects of HR and change management
  • Performance management 
  • Policy reviews and development
  • Adult learning, training assessment, moderation of unit standards and coaching
  • Training design, presentation and facilitation

Previous Employment History

While working with the Department of Corrections Tom was involved in: leadership and management of staff, health and safety, security, prosecution, employment issues, and contract negotiations.

In the last 6 years of his time with Corrections he has focused on adult learning, training design, delivery and NZQA assessment up to level 5 on a wide variety of subjects, throughout New Zealand.

Qualifications and Professional Learning:
  • Currently studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources (level 7)
  • Diploma in Health and Safety (level 6)
  • Certificate in Adult Learning in an international environment (level 5)
  • Certificate in Health and Safety (level 3)



  • Sane Solutions Limited
  • 759 Highgate
    Maori Hill
    Dunedin 9010


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