Meet the team: Our talent is sourcing your talent

At Emergent our talent really is finding, cultivating and retaining ‘talent’. We are aware that Emergent’s reputation will always be judged by the quality and talent of the candidates that we can offer our clients. It’s what drives all of the team here at Emergent and why you’ll always find us out in the market, networking and developing long-term relationships with the best people in their fields. Each of our hand-picked team bring a genuine desire to provide the ‘best fit’ for both candidates and clients.

Diane Foreman
Emergent Director

Carmen Bailey
Emergent Director

Debbie Tuck
Consulting Director

Neesha D’Lima
Management Accountant

Aamir Patel
Finance Administrator

Carmen Bailey
Consulting Director

Nick Logan
Consulting Manager – Contracting

Jane Wimsett
Senior Consultant

Debbie Tuck
Consulting Director

Sukhy Mander
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Kate Corkery
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Brodie Mulcahy
Recruitment Consultant

Mikaela Davenhill
Recruitment Consultant

Samantha Lee
Recruitment Consultant

Jess Amey
Recruitment  Consultant

Emma Amey
Recruitment Resourcer

Courtney Robinson
Recruitment Coordinator

Shelbie MacGregor
Recruitment Administrator

Executive & Senior Consultancy – Auckland

CARMEN BAILEY Consulting Director
Carmen established Emergent in 2002. Leading the way in quality recruitment, Emergent quickly acquired a reputation for quality client and candidate engagements in contracting…
…and permanent roles—for corporate and professional organisations.

Emergent has come a long way and grown significantly since those early days. A Board and management team oversee the company, yet Carmen loves being actively engaged with clients’ businesses and advising some of New Zealand’s top talent. Carmen’s client and personal relationships include CEOs, Chairs and senior HR Executives across New Zealand’s commercial and NFP sectors.

Drawing on close to 30 years’ experience, Carmen also coaches and develops our team and actively mentors and provides career advice to New Zealand’s future business.

NICK LOGAN Consulting Manager
Nick joined Emergent in 2005, armed with significant experience from working in the UK recruitment market and a desire to develop long-term relationships with clients. Nick has established…
…a significant reputation across a number of positions. He has managed key accounts for several Fortune 500 companies specialising in the provision of SAP contract consultants on a global basis. He also played a large part in staffing one of London’s largest ever SAP implementations for a leading professional services organisation.

Immigrating to New Zealand and joining Emergent has afforded Nick the opportunity to develop much stronger and more in-depth relationships with a number of key clients. As a Senior Consultant, Nick is responsible for contract placement in all core business areas as well as industry sectors. He says Emergent has given him the opportunity to broaden his knowledge across all the key disciplines and he is equally competent in providing contractors in Project Management, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources.

Known for his sense of humour in the office, outside of work Nick is a proud, doting dad to his four children.

Contact Nick directly today on +64 21 748 544.

JANE WIMSETT Senior Consultant
Jane holds a Diploma in Business in Human Resource Management from Auckland University. She started her career working for one of the largest global recruitment…
…companies, specialising in permanent appointments. Recognising her calling early, Jane was ranked number one internationally after just 18 months in the industry.

Throughout her career she has held management positions at branch level and in sales. Jane’s decision to join Emergent in 2004 was driven by her desire to find a company which reflected her business values. Jane’s client service philosophy revolves around knowing her customers’ businesses intimately and striving for operational excellence with a personal, responsive touch.

“Emergent is a brand I am proud of. I have colleagues who I really trust and can depend on. The structure allows me the room to be myself. I’m very resourceful and tenacious, I never give up, and it’s therefore very rare that I can’t find the right solution.”

Contact Jane directly today on +64 21 507 606.

HANALI CURTISHead of Contracting
Hanali started her recruitment life in agency in the late 90’s working on a temp desk when most of the systems were manual and used candidate cards to fill temp roles.
…After 6 years in agency, she moved inhouse and have worked for not for profits and corporates across different industries including health, emergency services, media, engineering and R&D.  When Hanali first started in recruitment someone said to her – “it’s something you will either love or hate;  I love it”.  She is really interested in peoples motivators and drivers and believes it’s fundamental to being able to connect people to the role and company where they will thrive.

When Hanali’s not working her favourite thing to do is spend time with friends and whanau.

“Over the last 6 years I have been a candidate and client of Emergent and I’m really excited to join the team as Head of Contracting.”

Business Support Team – Auckland

DEBBIE TUCK Consulting Director- Business Support & Legal
Debbie joined our team in 2014 as our Business Support & Legal Consulting Manager. She has over 22 years’ experience working…
…as a recruitment consultant specialising in temporary and contract recruitment in both London and New Zealand. Her speciality is business support and legal recruitment across all sectors. Loving the flexibility and intimacy of a boutique agency, Debbie both leads the division and is responsible for recruiting our incredible Business Support talent.

Having always worked in a demanding and ever changing environment Debbie’s team are particularly good at accommodating and adapting to clients requirements.  They look ‘outside the box’ to offer innovative solutions for recruitment challenges.

Debbie says “Emergent is small enough to provide a really personal service, yet has the infrastructure to service our larger clients’ sizable recruitment requirements.  The Emergent reputation with both candidates and client alike is all about providing an exemplary and personal service – perfectly matching talent and business need.”

Debbie is very passionate about working as a recruiter and this comes across in her work.

“I have always had very strong values and ethics when it comes to recruitment, my customers know they are always going to get a candid opinion and a proficient, reliable and honest service”. ‘I really hate to hear from clients that they have had a bad experience when using an agency to recruit, I enjoy restoring their faith in recruiters and show how effective using an agency to recruit can be when done the right way”.

Debbie moved from London to New Zealand in 2009.  She loves spending time with her 2 boys and enjoys everything ‘outdoors’.  Debbie loves mountain biking, kayaking and SUP.  In quieter times she also enjoys Yoga, reading and food.

Contact Debbie directly today on +64 9 353 2007.

Lauren De Witt
Lauren De WittCEO
Lauren is an experienced executive with a background in Commercial, Business and Project environments, she has a proven ability to operate at both a strategic and operational level.
Lauren has spent 15 years as in executive management consulting for tier 1 dual stock exchange listed companies with global footprints. Lauren has a focus on business strategy and optimisation.

She brings to Emergent the operational business structure that supports the recruitment delivery that we are known for. Lauren has a passion for people and cultural integration with strategy and delivery, Emergent with its intimate team and strong work ethic has been a superb match for her skillset.

Business Support & Legal – Auckland

SUKHY MANDERSenior Recruitment Consultant & Administration Team Leader
Originally from London, Sukhy has travelled extensively. She has a diverse career background covering many different roles in…
…multiple countries. Now a permanent NZ resident, in her words, “as soon as I arrived in New Zealand I knew this had to be home.”  With her background and qualifications (Legal Secretary) Sukhy understands first-hand the requirements of many business support roles, as well as the benefits and challenges of working in them as a permanent or temp employee.  Outside work Sukhy loves Yoga, running, reading, movies and of course travelling.  She has a Legal Secretary Diploma, is a qualified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, and holds a certificate in Chakra Healing.

Contact Sukhy directly today on +64 9 353 2004.

KATE CORKERYRecruitment Team Leader – Business Support
Kate has been recruiting roles across the Business Support space for the past 2 years and has built…
…a trusted name in the market with both candidates and clients. Prior to recruitment, Kate worked in advertising as a Senior Account Manager for 3 years. She has a passion for working with people, building relationships and finding solutions. Kate she is proud to be a part of the Emergent team and work within a culture is so focused on building strong client and candidate relationships.

Outside of the office, Kate plays prem netball and in a past life was a cheerleader for New Zealand and has won 2 world championship titles. Off the court, she loves to brunch at a café with her friends, dog and a great flat white!

MIKAELA DAVENHILLRecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
Mikaela is an enthusiastic, passionate Recruiter who lives to provide solutions and assist in making a positive impact in peoples’ career moves.
Mikaela comes with 2 years of experience within agency, Business Support recruitment. She has built herself up as a reliable consultant who takes pride in understanding both her candidate and client needs.

She has a love for psychology, her degree giving her that insight for joining the dots and matchmaking for a ‘best fit’ solution.

You will find Mikaela out and about, spending time with her friends and family, growing her network and engaging in the Auckland buzz

SAMANTHA LEERecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
Samantha comes into our team with a background in business support, talent acquisition and compliance in both corporate and agency recruitment.
She has a passion connecting with people and understanding what fulfils them in their career paths. As a graduate in Human Resources Management, she has a vision for supporting businesses to succeed while ensuring that employees are valued. Samantha is collaborative and cheerful in nature and she is excited to be part of a team driven to build rapport with clients and candidates alike.

In her downtime, she loves to explore the Auckland dining scene. She has a travel bug, is a keen tramper breaking loose on getaways to the Southern Alps as well as eating her way around the country.

BRODIE MULCAHYRecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
Brodie has a passion for working with people. She graduated with a Bachelor of Communications and Business with a major in Human Resources and completed an internship focusing on recruitment and learning and development.
Brodie initially joined Emergent as a recruitment coordinator and soon found her love for recruitment, building relationships and problem-solving. In her spare time, Brodie is found spending time with friends, families and keeping up to date with all the latest films and music.
JESS AMEYRecruitment Consultant - Emergent Business Support & Legal
Jess joins team Emergent after a few years focused on moving wine around the world as an Inventory Manager!

Along with a fresh perspective on recruitment, Jess is meticulously organised and brings creativity to the team.

As one of the first faces you will see when you walk through the door, Jess welcomes everyone with a friendly smile. No matter how big or small the task, Jess is ready to give anything a go.

Her effervescent personality brings an energy to the office, coupled with the frequent sounds of her enthusiastic singing and pitch-perfect whistle, keeping us forever entertained.

Out of the office, you can find Jess with friends, at the gym or spending time with her pug, Frank!

SHELBIE MACGREGORRecruitment Administrator
Mikaela comes with 2 years of experience within agency, Business Support recruitment. She has built herself up as a reliable consultant who takes pride in understanding both her candidate and client needs.

She has a love for psychology, her degree giving her that insight for joining the dots and matchmaking for a ‘best fit’ solution.

You will find Mikaela out and about, spending time with her friends and family, growing her network and engaging in the Auckland buzz

COURTNEY ROBINSONRecruitment Coordinator - Business Support & Legal
Courtney recently joined Emergent earlier this year.
Courtney thrives in a fast-paced and people-focused environment like Emergent. With a love for helping people and a passion for problem-solving, Courtney has found her perfect home at emergent.
Outside of work Courtney can be found browsing clothing stores and spending time with friends and family.
EMMA PUGHRecruitment Resourcer - Business Support & Legal
New to the recruitment world, Emma has a strong background in business support, people skills and stakeholder management.
Emma brings a can-do attitude and is always willing to go the extra mile for candidates and clients.
She has a passion for helping others, creating connections and building strong relationships within recruitment.

Prior to working at Emergent, she lived in Amsterdam for a few years, forming a love of travel and exploring new cultures. In her downtime she enjoys a quiet night with her Kindle, spending quality time with family and friends and loves a Pilates class on weekends.

Head Office & Support

NEESHA D’LIMAManagement Accountant
Neesha joined Emergent in 2015 after more than 8 years with one of New Zealand’s iconic international companies. Having previously been a ‘specialist’ accountant in a large corporate…
…Neesha relishes the variety of work in a fast paced company like Emergent – where no two days are the same. Neesha is an all-rounder who keeps the business humming and takes care of the business critical systems such as payroll, accounts and contracts, invoicing and general administration. After-hours she enjoys a quieter lifestyle with her wonderful family.
AAMIR PATELFinance Administrator
Aamir joined Emergent as an experienced Finance Administrator in late 2020…
assisting the Management Accountant in its various tasks and responsibilities. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business double majoring in Accounting and Business Information Systems and is pursuing his CA qualification.

In his spare time, Aamir likes to go to the gym, play cricket, football and other sports. He also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.