Executive | Specialist Search and Consulting

Welcome to SWR Group. We find leaders.

As one of New Zealand’s most experienced Executive 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.

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Featured Roles

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Chief Executive

Wellington Based
Opportunity for a professional empathetic to NZ’s environmental challenges, recognising the positive part that Fish & Game NZ plays…

Chief Executive

Auckland Based
You will see the value this organisation brings to New Zealand and be driven to take a lead in…

Chief Executive

Wellington Based
An inspirational and visionary CEO is sought, to lead Greater Wellington Regional Council in its ongoing mission to build…

Chief Executive

Wellington Based
Lead the team at Hikoikoi Management Limited to support the Trustees in the ongoing and effective management of the…

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.

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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. 

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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

REANNZ is New Zealand’s Crown-owned digital infrastructure, services and support provider that enables New Zealand to be at the forefront of digitally-advanced research, education and innovation. It is part of a global system of Nation Research & Education Networks (NRENs) that facilitate the flow of data between researchers, educators and innovators. Dianna Taylor was appointed to this critical role in mid 2019.

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Diabetes NZ is a representative body, passionate about its membership base. This opportunity presented for a professional who exhibits that same passion, alongside an inherent empathy for those members.  Through an exhaustive search process, the Board were presented with a shortlist of high quality candidates with Heather Verry being appointed to the role.  Heather has extensive experience at CEO level.

General Manager Strategy & Finance

‘Unique’ is a word that genuinely applies to Fairway Resolution, given that they are one of the few organisations of their kind in New Zealand, that also holds a rare place in the global market with a highly specialised area of expertise.  Having restructured for the future and having strategies in place in order to achieve their goals they recognised that strategy is an ever evolving business foundation and this role will have responsibility for ensuring their organisational strategies are constantly revisited, changed and developed in order to retain their market place effectiveness and achieve growth targets.  Murray Pugh was appointed to the role following our search process.  Murray bought the right mixture of skills to this role which included his time with NZ Post, as CEO of Stephenson & Turner Architects.

Chief Executive

The Industry Training Federation (ITF) represents all of New Zealand’s Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) and provides the collective voice of sectors’ and industries’ vocational education and training needs. The role of CEO was to advise and provide “intelligence” to the Council/Board re what is happening at the highest levels so that they are aware of the impacts on their businesses and are able to formulate strategy relevant to their sectors. Another key part of the role is to feed opportunities to the CEO’s of the various ITO’s, requiring them to have a strong level of confidence in the CEO and the credibility of the information supplied, as it will often have a significant bearing on their own decision-making.  Josh Williams was appointed to the role.

Chief Financial Officer

Within an organisation at the core of ‘NZ Inc,’ this rare opportunity was presented for SandriWalsh to identify  a highly qualified CFO to work closely with the CEO and be expected to take a critical leadership role across the Senior Management Group in a complex commercial organisation. Through a thorough search process, we were thrilled to assist with the appointment of Nicky Nicol who returned to New Zealand after a long period of time in Australia with BP.

General Manager Competition

This role had substantial breadth in terms of subject matter and market(s) involvement, across New Zealand. It involved the management of two key areas, those being Competition and Consumer, at all levels and in all markets. With a responsibility for a team of 90 across a number of key disciplines, including Legal, Economics, Investigation and Advocacy it required a leader with a proven capability across multi-discipline teams. Given the person will be developing, managing and further developing relationships with key stakeholders, this knowledge was required in terms of credibility, both external and internal. Through our search process, we were pleased to be able to identify Antonia Horrocks, a New Zealander based in London, to agree to come back to New Zealand to take up the role.

Executive Leadership Team

The CEO requested SandriWalsh to assist in the identification of appropriate leadership talent that will assist her in implementing a new organisational strategy, assist in realigning and enhancing BRANZ’s capability, and significantly contribute to the achievement of both organisational and industry goals. Roles successfully recruited were General Manager Corporate Services, General Manager Industry Research, General Manager Corporate Services and Human Resources Manager.

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.

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.

Nicole Walkinshaw

A professional and passionate recruiter with a successful track record in attracting top executive talent, Nicole adds strongly to our ability to provide reliable advice, market insights and recommendations. With many years in the industry in the UK and New Zealand, Nicole has grown a trusted network of business clients and candidates. For SWR she offers a wealth of knowledge in best practice recruitment, talent acquisition, candidate relationship management, plus candidate sourcing and screening, and she provides detailed research on candidates and the business environment.

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.