We believe that skilled people
create business success.

Let your business be a place where people are encouraged to grow and succeed.

Chalkbox Story

Our Story

We have been working with leading Nelson businesses since 2010. In 2018 the company rebranded to 'Chalkbox', and at the same time expanded into Wellington as Business Development Company. Our long history of delivering training programmes to leading Nelson businesses gives you surety.

When your business and your people achieve their goals through training, we are happy. We operate with integrity and honesty and always strive to deliver to a high standard. Just as respecting people and the planet is your priority, it is ours too.

As Managing Director, these are my personal values too. I apply them to all aspects of my life.

Who we are

Chantell Bramley

Managing Director

Since graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2005, I’ve held marketing and communications positions in various industries in both New Zealand and London.

In London, I worked in the fast-paced West End. I managed all out-going communications to over 300 businesses and played an integral role in preparing retailers for the 2012 Olympic Games.

These skills, together with a knowledge of Nelson businesses, training programmes, and identifying employee’s needs have equipped me for my role at Chalkbox today.

Outside of work, I have a young family, and I love to travel, read and exercise.

Louise Crowe

Resilience and Wellbeing, Mindfulness & Change

I am an experienced trainer with over 20 years of experience across various industries and global regions. I’ve worked within small, family-run businesses, through to global organisations within NZ, UK and Malaysia.

My passion is to help people achieve their personal goals through learning. In my workshops, you will get an opportunity to learn practical, thought-provoking and meaningful practices which you can integrate into your day to day lives. I deliver professional development, management and leadership skills in classroom situations, one-on-one or via webinars.

I am a trained mindfulness facilitator (accredited through Mindfulness New Zealand, IMMA (International Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance)) and Insights facilitator (similar to Myers Briggs).

After living overseas for 10 years, my husband and I returned to Nelson in 2014 for the lifestyle and beauty this region has to offer.  I enjoy travelling, sailing, reading, exercising, and good coffee. I volunteer my time to read to the aged, which is very rewarding.

Dr Pip Lynch

Computer Skills

I have spent over thirty years in teaching and research in New Zealand and Norwegian universities. I have a keen interest in computer technologies that make complex tasks easier and work more productive and enjoyable.

I thrive on developing and delivering effective teaching. In 2003, I received a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in the category ‘excellence in innovation’. This demonstrated my commitment to learners’ needs and to creative problem solving to enhance learning. I always bring these aptitudes and enthusiasm to computer skills training.

For fun, I like to be on a mountain somewhere. Most of my adult leisure time has been spent enjoying kayaking, canoeing, tramping, caving and rock climbing in New Zealand and overseas. Now I enjoy exploring the top of the South Island on foot and bike.

Jenny van Workum

Time Management

For more than 20 years I have worked in human resources, management and coaching roles in the public and private sectors in New Zealand and the UK. Before becoming HR Consultant and Career Strategist for my own business, I was HR Manager for NZ Fire Service, Prudential Assurance and Exterior Construction. I also have a Masters degree in Human Resources. I am passionate about developing and facilitating training.

I love to ski, read and travel. One day, I’d really like to visit the Borneo Orangutan Sanctuary. I unwind by hanging out with friends, but it is my children that I have the most laughs with.

Angelika Barnes

Customer Service

Angelika is an experienced facilitator and coach, delivering highly engaging workshops and one-on-one sessions for personal and professional growth.

With over 30 years of professional experience in working with both customers and staff, she is looking forward to sharing the gems that help others to succeed.

“Providing ‘outstanding customer service’ was instilled in me early on in life. This ability has equipped me to seek, form and maintain strong relationships, and has given me the tools to enrich these.

People continue to fascinate me and I am genuinely interested in co-creating great interactions.

I believe life is so much better when we truly care about each other.”

Helena Merschdorf

Business Writing & Storytelling Marketing

Language is my passion, and I’ve been in the industry of helping people sharpen up their writing since 2011. In this time, I’ve helped hundreds of clients whip their message into shape, and write clear, compelling, and concise prose to connect with their readers.

I teach, mentor, and consult with entrepreneurs, companies, and institutions around the world, showing them how they can craft strategic words that work.

With Master’s degrees and professional experience in both science and linguistics, I understand the challenges faced by various industries in today’s fast-paced information society. My professional background allows me to combine the science and art of language, to help you simplify your message, create great content, and convert clients through story-driven marketing.

Julia Shallcrass

Managing Performance and Misconduct

Director Julia Shallcrass is a qualified employment and privacy lawyer with a passion for training.

She brings more than 12 years’ experience as a lawyer, and ability in lecturing in Human Resources for tertiary institutions, to her corporate training.

A thought leader in HR, she is an employment columnist for the New Zealand Herald.

So, she knows her stuff. But what sets her apart is her style of delivery.

Julia speaks in plain English, so she is easy to understand. She presents with empathy and humour, and is engaging, fun and friendly.

Her participants feel like they can ask her questions, and her answers are clear and concise.

Julie Varney

Leadership and Communication

I began my working life as an occupational therapist and it’s only now that I fully appreciate how well this equipped me. Building relationships, identifying problems and coming up with inventive solutions are great skills to have in any industry.

I am a certified practitioner of the HBDI whole brain thinking tool, hold a Commerce degree and have held management roles in the health and not-for-profit sectors. I’ve also lectured at Otago Polytechnic.

I’m the very proud mum of two beautiful, intelligent, strong young women but also enjoy the fridge being full again now that they have left home.  I enjoy riding my mountain bike on the local forest trails followed by a dip in the sea on hot summer days. Pure luxury.

Liz Crawshaw

Business Writing

After beginning my career in journalism in the UK, I worked as Senior Press Officer for the Mayor of London and was Head of London Communication and Head of Press and PR during London’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. I achieved two Public Relations Consultants Awards for ‘best campaign’ and ‘best team’ during this time. Before moving to New Zealand in 2013, I worked with UK’s Royal Mail for over six years.

I won two global PR awards (International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Awards) in 2019.

As a communications strategist, I have particular specialities in change communications, integrating campaigns, working with the media and relating with stakeholders. I have a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of London and have worked as a sub-editor for publications including the Sydney Morning Herald.

Since settling in Nelson, I have found time to volunteer which I really enjoy. I also love riding horses and discovering new places.

Denise Hartley-Wilkins

Cross-Cultural Awareness & Communication

Denise Hartley-Wilkins, has over 25 years of business experience in HR, management consulting and organisation development. She is a skilled facilitator, trainer and qualified, accredited, executive coach.

She is accredited in MBTI®, DISC® and Lominger Leadership Architect tools and is a certified  NLP practitioner. Denise is the National President, Board Director and Chartered Fellow of HRNZ (Human Resources Institute of New Zealand). She is an accredited Business Mentor and writes for Employment Today, People Management and Management magazines.

With extensive executive and coalface experience, she is known for her deep professional knowledge along with her ability to translate strategy into action. Working with individuals and teams at all levels, clients value her engaging, professional, friendly and down to earth approach.

Outside of work her happy space is the beach and ocean, hiking with her husband, peeking around the corners of the world and chilling with family and friends.

How we work

we listen

Your needs are important to us. We want to know what the issues are and your business story. We strive to understand exactly what skills you need to gain and why, and what success will look like.

we identify

Identifying your training needs is a vital part of our process. Your business vision, mission, goals and culture underpin the training goals and outcome. We capture everything discussed into a written proposal.

we deliver

Training is skills-based and focused on being relevant and useful. Your team will be inspired and equipped to be more effective and efficient in their work. Training is delivered to a high, professional standard. Your team are supported before, during and after training.

we review

After training, we ask participants if they gained the business skills they need and the confidence to apply these skills to their work situations. We measure progress against challenges and objectives and identify any follow-up training. You receive a full feedback report.

we follow up

New skills need time to be implemented and practised in the workplace. You receive a follow-up call or email to feedback on how things are going post-training. We are on standby for the next part of the journey.