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

Louise McLean
Emergent Waikato

Debbie Tuck
Emergent Business Support & Legal

Ashley Smout
CEO

Marian Gooder
Finance and Commercial Manager

Neesha D’Lima
Assistant Accountant

Kelli Strong
Administrator

Qi Lim
Administrator

Carmen Bailey
Consulting Director

Jane Wimsett
Senior Consultant

Will Brown
Senior Consultant

Nick Logan
Consulting Manager – Contracting

Estee Venter
Senior Consultant – Contracting

Lucy Bell
Associate Consultant

Debbie Tuck
Consulting Manager, Company Director

Melissa Coope
Team Leader

Ronny Bilkhu
Recruitment Consultant

Sukhy Mander
Recruitment Consultant

Ashley Ualesi
Recruitment Consultant

Lauren Hetaraka
Recruitment Consultant

Gemma Hill
Recruitment Coordinator

Abbie Gavin
Recruitment Coordinator

Brad Wright
Senior Consultant

Edineia Silva
Sourcing Consultant

Louise McLean
Consulting Manager, Company Director

Victoria Dobbs
Recruitment Consultant

Brad Wright
Recruitment Consultant

Julie Runciman
Associate Consultant

Executive & Senior Consultancy – Auckland

CARMEN BAILEY
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.

JANE WIMSETT
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 9 359 9037.

WILLIAM BROWN
WILLIAM BROWNSenior Consultant
Will’s background encompasses internal and external recruitment services. As he’s worked ‘on the inside’ as well as agencies, Will knows how…
…an external partner can really add value to a business. He has worked across some of New Zealand’s largest commercial and government entities and enjoys solving his clients’ challenges; responding quickly to deliver quality contractors and permanent employees – finding the ‘needle in the haystack’.

He is well tuned to the market, connects with candidates, and is relied on to provide frank and honest advice, as well as market insights, to his clients and candidates. Most importantly, Will is supported by the excellent team at the Emergent, whose collective knowledge and position in the market ensures a service that is second to none.

Originally from South Africa, Will has lived in Wellington and Auckland. As a keen outdoors enthusiast and modern-day MacGyver, he is currently working his way through all of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’.

Contact Will directly today on +64 9 973 4483.

NICK LOGAN
NICK LOGAN Consulting Manager - Contracting
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 9 353 2005.

ESTEE VENTER
ESTEE VENTERSenior Consultant - Contracting
With significant experience in the Accounting and Finance market, Estee is the newest member of the Emergent team. Following six years with the New Zealand office of a multinational firm, Estee…
…has an exceptional network of talented finance contractors across the Auckland market.   Applying her wealth of knowledge and insights from a recruitment, employment market and career development perspective, Estee welcomes any opportunity to provide guidance to those seeking a new career challenge, and to companies looking to source top talent.

Originally from South Africa, Estee has a passion for fine wine and great food and loves to explore the ‘great outdoors’.

Contact Estee directly today on +64 9 359 9033.

LUCY BELL
LUCY BELLAssociate Consultant
Lucy joined the Emergent team in early 2018 with a business degree from the University of Auckland majoring in international business and commercial law. Lucy felt recruitment would be a great move…
…combining her customer-centricity along with her business acumen.

Once Lucy decided recruitment was for her, she knew Emergent was the only place to be. After coming to us initially as a candidate she started temping via Emergent and she could immediately see the difference in our approach. ‘I could tell immediately that the candidate came first at Emergent, they actually wanted to hear about me and what my ideal role was and I really felt that the team would strive to get me a role I really wanted’.

She’s a city girl with a passion for all things beauty and fashion. She loves travelling, yoga and hanging out with friends and family.

Contact Lucy directly today on +64 9 353 2003.

Business Support & Legal – Auckland

DEBBIE TUCK
DEBBIE TUCK Consulting Manager - Business Support & Legal
Debbie joined our team in 2014 as our Business Support & Legal Consulting Manager. She has over 16 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.

MELISSA COOPE
MELISSA COOPE Team Leader – Business Support & Legal
Melissa joined our team as Team Leader for our Business Support & Legal division in 2018. With 10 years recruitment experience Melissa has a…
…natural drive for building strong relationships, from both client and candidate perspective. Melissa has come to Emergent energised to have found a business that speaks the same language and has a high focus on relationships and delivery.

Melissa has worked in both London and Auckland recruiting a wide range of roles from Risk and Compliance, Business Support, Finance and Graduates. Melissa’s experience includes working as a Team Leader in international recruitment agency and managing over 800 temps a week during her time working as Consultant in London, where she worked for many years.

Melissa believes that working with empathy, patience, respect and passion are key ingredients that are important regardless of your business or location.

Her role at Emergent is to manage the exceptionally driven and professional Business Support and Legal team while enhancing client relationships. Spending dedicated time with each client to truly understand their needs and working with the Emergent team to exceed our client’s and candidate expectations. Melissa is very passionate about recruitment and in particular offering a superior experience to all. She is always transparent and candid and knows how to recruit great talent.

When not at work, Melissa can be found at the side of her son’s rugby field, daughter’s gymnastics lessons, or pretending to use the treadmill. A city girl at heart, she loves to travel, food and wine which she enjoys with her family and friends.

RONNY BILKHU
RONNY BILKHURecruitment Consultant - Business Support and Legal
Ronny joined the Emergent team in 2016 as a Recruitment Consultant for our Business Support division. Ronny has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Human Resources Management and Services…
…from Unitec Institute of Technology (Auckland) College and has worked as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator/ Human Resource Administrator prior to joining the Emergent team.

A great listener and super ‘multi-tasker’, Ronny’s role involves finding exceptional talent and connecting them with opportunities in both permanent and temporary capacities, coordinating and completing interviews, reference and other checking as well as completing contracts.

Fluent in Japanese and having lived most of his life in Kenya, after-hours Ronny’s usually off to the gym at the end of each day; burning up his remaining energy with a little boxing and weight training.

Contact Ronny directly today on +64 9 973 4482.

SUKHY MANDER
SUKHY MANDERRecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
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.

ASHLEIGH UALESI
ASHLEIGH UALESIRecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
Ashleigh has recently returned to NZ after spending 2 and a half years working in the hospitality and business support recruitment industries in London. Specializing in temporary staffing she worked with…
…renowned client service providers such as Compass Group, ISS, Mitie, and Aramark – just to name a few. Ashleigh succeeded in a very competitive and fast-paced industry by providing an honest and personable service to her clients and candidates and was awarded for her services in both 2016 and 2017.

However, there is no place quite like home! The Emergent Business Support Team captures Ashleigh’s values and work ethos of honesty, efficiency and a personable approach within recruitment, and she is looking forward to transferring her skills and developing further in her recruitment career alongside such a vibrant team.

Ashleigh has a passion for travelling, dancing and coffee making. She enjoys swimming and scrapbooking in her spare time and has studied at Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media, Film and Theatre.

Contact Ashleigh directly today on +64 9 353 2008.

GEMMA HILL
GEMMA HILLRecruitment Coordinator - Business Support & Legal
Originally from UK’s West Midlands (or the “Heart of England” she tells us), Gemma travelled extensively before falling in love with New Zealand. As well as believing diamonds are forever, ‘Gem’ has a diverse career…
…background covering many different roles in multiple countries.  Gemma is the voice of Emergent, keeping our community up-to-date using various social media channels, conducts searches and places advertising, as well as being the Business Support team’s ‘go-to person’ when things need to get done.

Contact Gemma directly today on +64 9 353 2001 – if she’s not out saving the world, then Gem will take your call.

ALEX EDMEADES
ALEX EDMEADESRecruitment Coordinator - Business Support and Legal
Originally from the UK, Alex recently joined Emergent in 2018 as a Recruitment Administrator to support the growing needs of the Business Support and Legal team. She has previously worked in a …
…general support role which has allowed her to gain a good understanding of the demands of business support positions. Alex is passionate about working with and for people, having received a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from AUT. The combination of these two things made recruitment an obvious choice for Alex.

Alex supports the team with recruitment administration and is very excited about the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about this exciting industry.

Outside of work, Alex enjoys travelling, movies, spending time with family and friends and exercising (when she can find the time).

Emergent Waikato – Hamilton

LOUISE MCLEAN
LOUISE MCLEANConsulting Manager - Emergent Waikato
Following more than two decades in the industry Louise founded Emergent’s Hamilton and Waikato presence. A Director and shareholder in the company, Louise and family have lived and worked in Hamilton for many years, and as small entrepreneurial business owners, understand the challenges of…
…finding good people in a skill-shortage environment.  Yet Louise has a knack for finding good talent to help local businesses and large companies move from good to great.
VICTORIA DOBBS
VICTORIA DOBBSRecruitment Consultant - Emergent Waikato
Victoria launched her career in human resources and recruitment when she left Waikato University in 2007. Victoria is a driven, down to earth, motivated person who strives to meet expectations, someone who welcomes challenges. As well as one of our leading Hamilton-based consultants…
…Victoria is a part-time dance teacher, teaching Jazz and ballet dancing, designing costumes, staging and lighting for shows, as well as choreographing.
BRAD WRIGHT
BRAD WRIGHTRecruitment Consultant - Emergent Waikato
Brad kicked off 2018 by joining the Emergent team in Hamilton, keen to help build on the technical recruitment market. After spending 10 years working in London’s financial and technical markets, he decided to…
…swap the crowded city life for a new experience, working in New Zealand.  Brad has experience working for both agencies and in-house teams, giving him a well-rounded view on how the market operates.

“I see a lot of potential in Waikato for growth in the technology sector, particularly by attracting talent nationally and from overseas.  The forward-thinking communications infrastructure, diverse economy, growing technical sector, and Global Impact Visa are just some of the items that can really help the market boom over the next few years”.

Preferring his bike over the Aston Martin on weekends, Brad is a keen cyclist and spends most of his spare time travelling the amazing countryside finding new places to ride.

JULIE RUNCIMAN
JULIE RUNCIMANAssociate Consultant - Emergent Waikato
After 5 years recruiting accounting and finance roles in the Auckland market, Julie and her husband swapped the busy city life for a more relaxed lifestyle on the shores of Lake Karapiro in the Waikato to raise their family. More recently she…
…has worked in various contract roles within Internal Recruitment teams recruiting a wide variety of roles across a number of different industries.  Keen to be part of a team who are passionate about what they do and uncompromising in providing a good candidate experience, Julie joined the Hamilton team to provide administrative support and expertise in identifying and sourcing the best talent within the Waikato market.

Emergent Digital & Technology – Auckland

BRAD WRIGHT
BRAD WRIGHTRecruitment Consultant - Digital & Technology
Brad kicked off 2018 by joining the Emergent team in Hamilton, keen to help build on the technical recruitment market. After spending 10 years working in London’s financial and technical markets, he decided to…
…swap the crowded city life for a new experience, working in New Zealand.  Brad has experience working for both agencies and in-house teams, giving him a well-rounded view on how the market operates.

“I see a lot of potential in Waikato for growth in the technology sector, particularly by attracting talent nationally and from overseas.  The forward-thinking communications infrastructure, diverse economy, growing technical sector, and Global Impact Visa are just some of the items that can really help the market boom over the next few years”.

Preferring his bike over the Aston Martin on weekends, Brad is a keen cyclist and spends most of his spare time travelling the amazing countryside finding new places to ride.

EDINEIA SILVA
EDINEIA SILVASourcing Consultant - Digital & Technology
Originally from Brazil, Edineia came to NZ having spent the previous 11 years identifying and developing the best talent for numerous businesses across the private sector and agency in specialist IT Recruitment, HR, and sourcing roles. She has also worked in an …
…enterprise RPO model as project leader.   She is adept at talent pooling and ensures that the right talent is on hand in advance of client demand, as she works closely with the consulting team to keep her finger on the pulse of future requirements for talent across the Emergent Digital client base.

Edineia enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends and has a keen interest in writing short stories.  She also enjoys going to church and is also involved in many local community initiaves to support people less fortunate than herself.

Being Brazilian, she is understandably a die hard football fan.  She watches all Brazil games and she follows the Corinthians Football club from Sao Paulo.”

Contact Edineia directly today on +64 9 320 4697

Head Office & Support

ASHLEY SMOUT
ASHLEY SMOUTCEO
Ashley has had senior leadership roles in both the private and public sector, in New Zealand and overseas in a variety of industries including manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics. He has….
…led large and complex change projects in both NZ Post and prior to that in Airways.

“My passion is helping companies get the best out of their people by building great teams. Obviously, this starts with making the right hiring decisions; Emergent is a fantastic partner in that regard.

Having worked in large organisations including multinationals, Ashley has found the ability to make a difference and the speed of decision making to be refreshingly different at Emergent.

“It’s a fast-paced environment where we pride ourselves on finding quality talent within a tight time frame. Our clients call on us not just for placement enquiries but for advice on how to set up their organisations for success.”

With two adult children living overseas Ashley likes to spend as much time surfing as he can. Together with his partner Celia, they sponsor Live for More a programme that helps at risk kids in Tauranga and helps reset their lives through surfing and counselling.

MARIAN GOODER
MARIAN GOODERFinance and Commercial Manager
Marian joined Emergent in 2018 and has worked in Media and the Transport and Tourism industry where she held the role of Finance Manager. As Finance and Commercial Manager at Emergent, Marian is…
…responsible for all the operational, financial and legal functions within the business and brings considerable calm to what is often a chaotic environment. In her spare time, Marian enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
NEESHA D’LIMA
NEESHA D’LIMAAssistant 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.
KELLI STRONG
KELLI STRONGRecruitment Administrator
Kelli joined Emergent in 2015 after coming to New Zealand from Oregon, USA. With a Bachelor of Science (Sociology) from the University of University of Oregon (2012), Kelli has experience in…
…journalistic writing including researching and interviewing. Accomplished in content marketing for website and social media, having worked previously on several large projects in Sydney, after-hours Kelli enjoys the outdoors, music (a practised flutist), keeping abreast of social trends, and is an ‘avid coffee taster’.
Qi Lim
Qi LimRecruitment Administrator
Originally from Malaysia, Qi joined Emergent in June 2018 as a Recruitment Administrator after she graduated with a conjoint Bachelor in Business and International Hospitality Management from AUT. She has previously…
…worked in the hospitality industry as front of house and as an HR intern, putting her passion for helping people to use. Outside of work, Qi enjoys baking, travelling and hanging out with friends and family.

Board of Directors

DIANE FOREMAN
DIANE FOREMANDirector
Named New Zealand’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, and appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business in the New Year Honours List…
…in 2011, Diane Foreman is a co director of Emergent. Diane wholly owns The Emerald Group, and as one of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs, has many years experience running and growing successful businesses in health, property, and of course, award winning icecream. Diane is also a Director of a number of private and public companies in New Zealand.
CARMEN BAILEY
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.