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. Below are a selection of search assignments SWR have successfully completed.

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

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

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

The Property Institute of New Zealand (“PINZ”) has over 2,000 members throughout New Zealand and the world. It now represents the interests of Valuers, Commercial Property and Facilities Managers, Property Advisors and Plant and Machinery Valuers.  Viv Gurrey was appointed Chief Executive after an extensive search process.

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. 

Chief Executive

SandriWalsh were appointed the exclusive search agents for this critical assignment.  Advocacy for the members was a key focus for this critical role, resulting in the appointment of Andrew Gauldin to the position.

Chief Executive

SandriWalsh worked exclusively with the TeamTalk Chair and Board to identify quality candidates for this critical role, resulting in the appointment of Andrew Miller to the position.