Kavita Khanna is the Executive Leader - People and Workplace for Tonkin + Taylor Group. She leads teams that are focused on creating great workplace experience, keeping people safe, and ensuring that Tonkin + Taylor attracts, retains, and develops talent. This includes an extended portfolio of People, Capability, Workplace experience, Health & Safety, Administration, & Internal communication functions.
Kavita brings a wealth of governance experience to her role at Tonkin + Taylor, having served as a Board member and as an advisor to boards on People, Culture and HSW governance matters. She brings a focus on building positive relationships in the workplace through a restorative practice. She believes that a positive and healthy work environment is critical to people’s well-being and performance and is committed to creating a culture of collaboration and support.
Kavita's leadership empowers her teams to achieve multiple key objectives – from ease of doing business, commercial goals, strategy, and risk management. Kavita’s passion for simplified management processes, allows teams to focus on practicality, workplace experience, and managing risk.
Furthermore, Kavita cares about equitable compensation for employees and is an advocate for appropriate investment in skill development. Kavita frequently brings ‘outside-in’ thinking into the company – backed by global research. Importantly, she plays a crucial role in helping Tonkin + Taylor Group navigate intricate people and culture-related risks, utilising her executive position and participation in the Ethics Committee.
Kavita is the National President of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRNZ). She is also the Vice President for Oceania for Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM) an international network of human resources and people management associations' representative of countries in the Asia Pacific region: branch of the World Federation of People Management Associations.