Executive | Specialist Search and Consulting

Welcome to SWR Group. We find leaders.

As one of New Zealand’s most experienced Executive and Specialist Search teams, our focus is to have a real impact on New Zealand’s leadership demand.

Established and grown from merging the skills, experience and resources of SandriWalsh, Rosenberg Executive Search, our shared passion for finding and appointing leaders is now matched by our ability to generate exceptional results, nationwide.

SWR are also the New Zealand Partners to the global search Group – The Taplow Group which is represented in over 24 countries.

Experience | Team | Research | Technology | Global reach

Featured Roles

Browse the latest job openings and discover your next career move.

Rail Asset Engineer

Wellington based
Involved in managing Metlink’s rail rolling stock fleet to ensure levels of service are maintained throughout the assets lifecycle

Senior Legal Counsel

Wellington based
Seek a well-qualified lawyer, with a minimum of 5 years PQE, either in-house or, ideally, private practice. A background in contract law advantageous.

General Manager – Engagement and Partnerships, Poururuku Rāngai Pārekareka

Wellington or Auckland based
Proven senior leader with exceptional relationship management skills able to build strong relationships across the sector, Government Agencies, and iwi stakeholders

Director Catchment / Hautū Manaaki Wai

Wellington based
Establishing GW’s presence and profile as one unified entity across the region and within each catchment.

Success Stories

Our point of difference is that with SWR Group, you deal with the partners of the business. We are proven performers – we know how to find you the right leader to continue (and evolve) your vision and deliver results.

The Team

Mike
Wills

ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Suzannah
Moller

RESEARCH CONSULTANT

Sandra
Valentine

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

M: +44 (0) 7711 863702
E: sandrav@artichokepartners.com

Mark
Chote

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Stay Updated

Next Steps Coaching offers an innovative approach to corporate coaching for organisations.
At SWR Search is not just about CEO, Tier 2 and 3 roles. Using our search methodology and resources, we have assisted many of our clients with the hard to fill roles that exist in a tight labour market.
SWR GROUP have successfully worked with Boards to place Chief Executive positions.

Chief Executive

The Child Cancer Foundation has been providing family support services in New Zealand for over 42 years. After an extensive search process, Monica Briggs was appointed by the Board to lead the organisation who bring enormous value to families affected by child cancer.  Monica commences in in the role on the 8th June 2021. 

General Manager Restructure - Four Roles

In early 2021, The Commission created an expanded Senior Leadership Team by establishing five new General Manager roles.  SWR were asked to present suitably qualified candidates for four of the new roles namely GM Credit, GM Fair Trading, GM Strategy, Governance and Engagement and GM Legal Services. Through our search process, we were pleased to be able to identify quality candidates with placements made for all four roles. 

Chief Executive

Bus and Coach Association is the membership representative body for the of organisations, large and small across New Zealand, that transport over 150 million passengers each year, operating at the core of New Zealands transport infrastructure.

The Chief Executive plays a critical role by connecting with, relating to, and influencing a large and highly divergent set of “stakeholders,” including the membership base.

Following an extensive search process, Ben McFadgen has been appointed by the Board to the role.

Chief Executive

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) are the leadership body which advocates for, represents and supports the water safety sector to reduce the drowning toll and water related injury in New Zealand. WSNZ educate for the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

Water Safety NZ is an organisation that has strong vision and strategy and one that very much believes in measurable and tangible outcomes are delivered from strategic initiatives.

An extensive search was undertaken to identify a proven Chief Executive with a background in the not-for-profit/NGO sector and with a good understanding of how it operates.

Daniel Gerrard fitted the criteria perfectly bringing extensive experience in the sector in leadership roles most recently as Head of Member Services at Surf Life Saving (Northern) and has previously held Chief Executive positions at Sport Auckland and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

Chief Executive

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners develops and delivers education programmes in order to continually enhance quality service delivery across its NZ wide base of 5,500 members residing at the core of the health system, General Practice. After an extensive search, Lynne Hayman was appointed to the role commencing in mid 2019.

Chief Executive

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network is a membership and support organisation for rural health professionals. Dr Grant Davidson was appointed by the Board to lead the organisation to drive visibility and connection with the membership, stakeholder and rural New Zealand base.  Grant commenced in the role right on Level 4 lockdown. 

Graeme Sandri

With a reputation for successful CEO, C suite and GM appointments, including several specialist and technical roles, Graeme’s Human Resources background includes senior roles for one of NZ’s largest banks. Prior to setting up SandriWalsh and now SWR, Graeme held various senior consultant and then general management roles within the Momentum Group over a period of 12 years. Graeme brings significant experience recruiting CEOs and senior level roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has developed strong relationships across our client and candidate base nationally.

Tony Walsh

An experienced executive search consultant, Tony has a wealth of experience working with boards, CEOs and senior leadership teams to identify leadership talent across many different organisations. With a background in Sales, Marketing and Management in national and international blue chip organisations, Tony has extensive networks across a wide variety of markets, commercial and governmental.

Tim Rosenberg

With a background in the property and finance industries, Tim is well known in the Auckland and property markets as a senior executive search professional with a remarkable talent for helping leading organisations to locate talent for top-tier and specialist roles. Supporting national and international clients in their quest to source talent across a wide range of management and leadership roles across public and private sectors, Tim has an extensive network and experience in matching client needs with outstanding professionals.

Mike Wills

Mike in his role as a company director has been involved in corporate governance, cross border negotiations of joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, memoranda of understandings and asset sales and acquisitions.
Mike has also undertaken numerous consulting roles assisting company owners and CEO’s in organisational restructures, exit strategies and “trouble shooting” assignments.
He brings this experience to SWR in assisting clients in their Executive and Specialist Recruitment needs as well as being able to aid clients with their short or medium term requirements for skilled contract personnel.

Suzannah Moller

Suzannah provides The SWR team with accurate research around candidates and the business environment. A key output Suzannah provides is the ability to add further depth to our ability to provide reliable advice to clients with market insights and recommendations. Suzannah has over 12 years of experience in the recruitment industry backed up by time within the hospitality, accounting and legal industries. She has a wealth of knowledge in best practice recruitment, particularly in the areas of talent acquisition, candidate relationship management, and candidate sourcing and screening.

Sandra Valentine

Having been involved in the executive search market since 1987, Sandra brings a wealth of experience spanning multiple industries, functions and countries from the perspective of both a Researcher and Consultant.

Based in the UK, Sandra’s sole focus is now the New Zealand marketplace where she supports SWR Group in their local and international searches.  She has recruited for a diverse range of highly specialised to C-suite roles for New Zealand-based corporates. She has a deep love and knowledge of New Zealand, a country she regularly spends substantial time in each year both for business and pleasure

Mark Chote

With 30 years in the recruitment industry founding, leading, scaling and creating exits for companies, Mark plays a non-executive role for SWR and is an investor. As the founder – and non-executive director – of many successful Technology focussed Recruitment businesses, Mark is an expert in building great companies through co-investment and/or collaboration. With experience including non-exec roles with The Mitchellake Group, Novon Consulting and Technology People Group he continues to invest in start up and growth opportunities. Mark is Founder and Chairman of XG, a human capital ventures group for inspiring growth and innovation through the collaboration of founders in the executive search and recruitment space.

Peter de Boer

With a background in General Management in the recruitment industry and latterly in Digital Marketing, Peter has gained significant people and business leadership experience. He now runs his own Consultancy focused on delivering Leadership and Management Coaching and Business Advisory work. We are delighted to engage with Peter as an Associate, providing our clients and candidates with access to a considered, practical and down-to-earth Coach/Advisor.