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

Marian Gooder
Finance and Commercial Manager

Neesha D’Lima
Assistant Accountant

Nicole Breukink
Recruitment Administrator

Carmen Bailey
Consulting Director

Nick Logan
Consulting Manager – Contracting

Jane Wimsett
Senior Consultant

Will Brown
Senior Consultant

Rhonda Maxwell
Senior Consultant

Ishmeet Kaur
Associate Consultant

Debbie Tuck
Consulting Manager, Company Director

Melissa Coope
Team Leader

Sukhy Mander
Recruitment Consultant

Lauren Hetaraka
Recruitment Consultant

Sally Smith
Recruitment Consultant

Hattie MacLennan
Associate Consultant

Alice Markham
Senior Administrator

Brodie Mulcahy
Recruitment Coordinator

Zaynab Mangera
Recruitment Coordinator

Louise McLean
Consulting Manager, Company Director

Victoria Dobbs
Recruitment Consultant

Julie Runciman
Associate Consultant

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 - 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.

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 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.

RHONDA MAXWELLSenior Consultant
Rhonda brings a wealth of experience in organisations going through transformational change and has strong skills and experience in Sales and…
…Distribution, Marketing, Customer Experience, Call Centre and Channel Management. With insights, behaviours and networks from a senior leadership career in Financial Services, she has proven background in building and nurturing client and partner relationships.

Rhonda joins Emergent from Southern Cross Travel Insurance where she managed the Inbound Distribution portfolio. She has also held senior leadership roles at AMP, IAG and American Express, with experience in project management, governance and compliance. Rhonda has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Auckland.

Contact Rhonda directly today on +64 9 359 9033.

ISHMEET KAURAssociate Consultant
Ishmeet, known as Ish to all at Emergent, joined the team upon completing a Graduate Diploma in HR Management. Originally from…
…India, Ish studied English before turning her focus to HR.  She has a keen interest in education and personal development and is always at the ready to learn a new skill.

Ish may come across quiet at first, but she loves to have a laugh with the team. In her spare time, she enjoys creative endeavours and DIY projects.

Contact Ish directly today on +64 9 353 2003.

Business Support & Legal – Auckland

DEBBIE TUCK Consulting Manager - 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.

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.

LAUREN HETARAKARecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
Lauren has recently joined the team at Emergent as a Business Support Consultant. Lauren is no stranger to recruitment and has…
…gained several year’s experience recruiting in Property & Real Estate and Business Support. She was approached with an opportunity to help develop an Australian recruitment company’s first venture into the Auckland market and quickly became a trusted name in a niche field of recruitment. Thriving on building relationships and creating trust with both clients and candidates alike, Lauren is excited to be joining the Emergent team.

Lauren has recently moved back to New Zealand after residing in Sydney for several years. Although she picked up an Australian accent, Lauren says she’s happy to be back as Aotearoa will always be home.

After hours Lauren really enjoys seeking out New Zealand’s best beach spots. Lauren also enjoys spending weekends with friends, family and especially her cat Hector.

Contact Lauren directly today on +64 9 366 3886.

SALLY SMITHRecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
Sally joined Emergent following a career in Executive Support for an international financial services firm. She has worn…
…many hats in her work journey, including travel agent, and was a highly recognised recruitment consultant for many years before her corporate career.

Her unique experience allows her to understand our clients’ needs and work environments, as well as the changing landscape candidates,  face while seeking new challenges.

Fit as a fiddle, you can find Sally tramping the NZ countryside, mountain biking, practising yoga, or planning her next overseas trip.

Contact Sally directly today on +64 9 366 3885.

HATTIE MACLENNANRecruitment Consultant - Business Support & Legal
Upon graduating from Otago University, Hattie took off on a European adventure as a Stewardess on superyachts. However…
…New Zealand called her home, and she’s now using her client services skills in providing an exceptional experience for both clients and candidates of Emergent.

Hattie’s unique skills are in developing a quick empathy and understanding with everyone she works with. She’s an excellent listener, who always has the best for client and candidate at the front of all her decision-making.

She’s a multi-talented individual, who can be found playing the guitar, tinkering with DIY projects, or competing in feijoa-eating competitions in her spare time.

Contact Hattie directly today on +64 9 353 2006.

BRODIE MULCAHYRecruitment Coordinator - Business Support & Legal
Recently returning from her travels in the U.S, Brodie has joined emergent with a passion for working with people. She has recently…
…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.

In her spare time, Brodie is found spending time with friends, families, her dog Moose and listening to Broadway hits.

Contact Brodie directly today on +64 9 353 2001

CHARLOTTE SKINNERRecruitment Administrator - Business Support & Legal
Charlotte is a Canadian currently working in New Zealand. She is the newest member of the admin team…

..She graduated university with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics in 2014.

After graduation she moved to British Columbia, Canada to start working at a ski resort where she worked for 2 years before moving to New Zealand.

In her spare time, she loves to ski (when there is snow!), hike, and explore what beautiful New Zealand has to offer.

ALICE MARKHAM Recruitment Coordinator - Business Support & Legal
Originally from the UK, Alice was a world traveller before falling in love with New Zealand and making it her home.
..Alice brings broad administrative experience to the team at Emergent, having pretty much covered most roles in the administrative spectrum in the UK and around the world. Her overseas experience also helps her relate to our diverse candidate base.


When not at work, Alice is a social butterfly who enjoys sampling New Zealand wines, and has become somewhat of an expert in the products of New Zealand’s viticulture industry.

Emergent Waikato – Hamilton

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 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.
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.

Head Office & Support

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’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.
NICOLE BREUKINKAdministrator/ Accounts Assistant
Nicole joined Emergent after completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and International Business) at the University of Auckland in 2019. Nicole moved to …
…New Zealand 12 years ago from The Netherlands. A keen traveller, she recently returned from exploring South America. In her spare time, Nicole loves being creative, playing netball or planning her next adventure.

Board of Directors

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 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.