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.

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

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.

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

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.

Executive Leadership Team

The Ministry embarked on a transformational journey that would see them step up and work more closely with the health and disability sector.  To lead through the transformational change required, the Director-General appointed SandriWalsh to work exclusively with him to identify a strong, highly effective Executive team, with the right accountabilities, capabilities and mind-set, that opts into the challenge of creating sustainable change.  We are proud of the work undertaken both nationally and internationally to help identify and appoint eight new Tier 2 positions. 

Executive Leadership Team

With the appointment of John Allen as CEO in March 2015, SandriWalsh were appointed to work exclusively with John to identify and appoint a number of his new senior leadership team.  In all, five critical General Manager positions (Customer, Services, Finance, People and Broadcasting) were appointed through our process.

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.