Although you may work directly with a single consultant, you will be supported by the wider Niche team as we share skills, knowledge and our networks to deliver.
Kaiwhakahaere Matua | Managing Director
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Kaiwhakahaere Matua | Managing Director
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Carl (Kāi Tahu) is the Kaiwhakahaere Matua and a co-owner of Niche. Carl is a natural connector and is committed to the building of diverse and inclusive organisations. He has a passion for looking at innovative ways of identifying and attracting talent, and recognises the benefits of skills developed locally, regionally, and internationally.
Carl has had a wide-ranging career covering financial and professional services, energy, recruitment, consulting, and technology. He has built out services practices for Deloitte in the UK and Asia Pacific, and has been focused on the governance, strategy and day-to-day operations of specialist and disruptive Australasian businesses. His time as a COO and CFO has given Carl considerable experience in running successful recruitment, finance, legal, IT and operational delivery teams. Carl is proud to serve as an elected member of his Rūnaka executive.
Carl is a Chartered Accountant and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand. Of Kāi Tahu descent, his tīpuna whakapapa to Ōraka Aparima, and he has lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
Kaiwhakahaere | Director
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Kaiwhakahaere | Director
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Jane (Ngāruahine, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou and Pākehā) has been a co-owner of Niche since 2010 and she has led the diversification of the business from legal into other specialist fields. This included the development of our Public Sector and People Culture and Capability portfolios, as well as managing executive appointments, especially for some of Aotearoa’s leading charities and NGOs.
Jane has been involved in recruitment in the UK and New Zealand since 1996, with roles including NZ Manager for the IT and Executive division of a global recruitment firm and General Manager for a large NZ-owned business. She has led large-scale recruitment campaigns for public sector clients, including reorganisations at the senior management level.
Jane completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at Victoria University of Wellington and she maintains a strong interest in the arts. She has been a parent Trustee on primary and secondary school boards and currently serves on the Board of Management at the Rock church and on the RCSA All-of-Government Working Group.
General Manager Auckland
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General Manager Auckland
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Jenny has more than 13 years recruitment experience in New Zealand and London, most recently having built a market-leading risk and compliance team. She has identified talent for many sectors including government, financial services, healthcare, and industrial businesses. She is passionate about finding the right people to help organisations thrive and about helping individuals further their careers.
Jenny moved to New Zealand in 2015, having spent a period in Kenya consulting to conservation organisations and impact investors on innovative ways to sustain conservation funding. A head-hunter in London before that move, she started her career at JPMorgan in London and New York, working across mergers and acquisitions and healthcare advisory.
Jenny completed a Master of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and has long been involved with various not-for-profit organisations including as a mentor at the Prince’s Trust and more recently running a corporate social responsibility programme in partnership with the Graeme Dingle Foundation.
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Cindy has been working as a specialist public sector recruiter since 2016. A problem solver and a collaborator, Cindy is passionate about finding the best “fit” talent for her clients and working proactively with candidates in their career journeys.
Cindy has established an amazing pool of talent and is well-networked across the public sector. She has recruited a wide range of contract and permanent positions including policy, advisory, communication, strategy, planning, performance, governance, research, evaluation, business programme/project and business analysis. She takes pride in providing a smooth, fuss-free recruitment experience to both clients and candidates.
Graduated Master of Commerce with Distinction, Cindy is a member of RCSA recruitment network. She speaks English, Mandarin, French and is in the process of learning Te Reo Māori along with the whole Niche whānau. A strong believer of diversity and inclusion, she also values the balance between family and career.
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Simone has over 15 years Human Resources experience, covering employee relations, reward and recognition, recruitment, selection and induction, change and performance management, training delivery, organisational development, vocational and career services. Her career spans both the private and public sectors in NZ and overseas in a range of roles from consulting to managing teams.
She has a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Human Resources and a Diploma in Career Services.
Simone prides herself on her collaborative approach to bringing together a successful unity of candidates and clients. She welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your career journey or to identify talent across the People, Culture and Capability portfolios.
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Eva’s passion for people led her to establish her career in recruitment. Eva’s whānau connection to the law, and her academic history with Jurisprudence is what drew her to legal recruitment and made her a natural fit for the Niche team.
This background allows Eva to reach, and build relationships with a wide range of candidates for every role.
Eva holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Philosophy from the University of Auckland.
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Ashna is a specialist Legal Recruitment Consultant within our Wellington whānau. She has over 7 years of experience, working mostly in the public sector in legal and litigation.
Ashna is passionate about the legal industry and is keen to establish great working relationships with her clients and candidates. Her aim is to make sure the experience is positive and managed effectively to ensure both parties are a great match.
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Bel completed her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Auckland. She worked in the Banking sector for 5 years, with a prominent focus in Line 2 Compliance. Bel’s previous role included consultancy duties such as providing guidance and advice on relative regulation, company policy and ad hoc queries. This first-hand experience enables Bel to understand client needs more thoroughly and relate to candidates better. Joining the Niche whānau has allowed for an amazing opportunity to bridge Bel’s interest of law with her love for helping others.
Bel is motivated to deliver great recruitment services for her clients and candidates and focuses on legal and compliance roles.
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Tessa (Te Arawa) has a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Film and Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to joining Niche, Tessa honed her customer service and administration skills within the technology sector where she supported a large sales team.
A self-proclaimed people person and media enthusiast, Tessa applies these passions as a consultant specializing in media, marketing and communications roles. Tessa prides herself on her ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of individuals and she is enjoying the opportunity to further her Te Ao Māori journey within the Niche whānau.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Adam brings substantial experience in business support roles within the legal and public sectors. Prior to joining Niche, he was a consultant with a global recruitment firm in Wellington.
Adam is a qualified Dive Master and his love of the ocean and water sports has seen him relocate to Auckland where the climate is more conducive to these pastimes.
Having travelled widely, Adam enjoys meeting people from all walks of life. He is passionate about matching great candidates and clients together and ensuring a smooth process for both parties.
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Cassie is a graduate from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management, Employment Relations & Management. While interning with one of Aotearoa’s largest dairy companies, she enjoyed gaining L&D experience within a large Human Resources group. Cassie is a firm believer of leaving people better than you found them and this assists her throughout the recruitment process. Cassie strives to make a real difference and is passionate about the benefits of a more diverse workforce.
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Serene has worked in Fesco Adecco (a recruitment outsourcing company) in China for 6 years. She moved to New Zealand in 2014. Having a passion for Human Resources, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma of HR Management at Massey University in Auckland.
Serene believes the most important asset for any industry are people. She is passionate about finding the right person for the right position. Before joining the Niche Whānau, she has looked after Chinese clients in a Kiwi company for 5 years. She has wide knowledge of both Kiwi and Chinese culture and gained rich experiences of connecting people from different cultural backgrounds.
Serene speaks English and Mandarin and is in the process of learning Te Reo Māori.
Senior Talent Sourcing Consultant
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Senior Talent Sourcing Consultant
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Katherine leads our Talent Sourcing team and has experience across all of our portfolios. She is particularly interested in process improvement and is always looking for ways to enhance our search methodology.
Prior to joining Niche, Katherine worked in tourism and logistics roles in New Zealand and Europe and has recruitment experience in the voluntary sector. She graduated from Victoria University with a BA in International Relations and German and a Graduate Certificate in Commerce specialising in Marketing.
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Talent Sourcing Consultant
Ilie graduated from The University of Auckland with a BCom and BA conjoint in Management and Media Studies. Before joining the Niche whānau, Ilie was exposed to the real estate, education software, healthcare and non-profit sectors in her career though she has always had her eye on recruitment. Her history of working alongside a variety of different backgrounds and natural interest in people motivates her to connect great candidates to great jobs as a Talent Sourcing Consultant.
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Ngaire is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Sciences at the Unviersity of Waikato, double majoring in Māori and Indigenous studies and Pacific and Indigenous studies, with a minor in Te Reo Māori.
Having Samoan and Māori heritage has contributed to Ngaire’s passion for creating opportunities for her community, and is reflected in her choice of studies, personal values, and employment interests. This passion has led Ngaire to an intern position at Niche Recruitment, where she can help create opportunities that encourage success within her community.
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Nicky has a substantial background in recruitment, working in the high volume temporary and permanent business support space in Brisbane and Wellington. While raising a family, Nicky has worked in part time administration roles, including supporting an executive recruitment team with verbal reference checking, and providing office support in a large Wellington school.
Nicky’s recruitment experience and customer service focus make her the ideal person to keep our Wellington office running smoothly.