About Emergent

Forging Connections Between Business and Talent

Who are Emergent?

Emergent are a specialist team of talent seekers. We know how to seek out, nurture, and retain the highest quality professionals out there. We also know that our reputation is only as strong as the people we work with.

That’s why we go the extra mile. Not just by forging long-term relationships with clients and professionals across a wide range of industries, but by making smart connections which allow both sides to grow to their full potential. We are dedicated to finding that “perfect match” – to help businesses and professionals become the best that they can be.

Top Candidates

At Emergent, our candidates are our backbone. By working only with the highest quality talent, we ensure that our clients only ever receive the best. We make it our business to seek out candidates who are not only keen, focused, and outcomes-driven, but who are also highly adaptable and will actively add value to your business. We also receive many high-caliber candidate referrals from other senior search agencies.

It’s not just about finding top candidates. At Emergent, we want to make sure that the individuals we provide really fit in with the needs of your particular business. This means really getting to know our people – understanding their niche, their personal strengths and the type of working environments in which they thrive. We never take a “one size fits all” approach – we know that every business is unique, and how important it is to ensure compatibility.

Top Clients

The quality of our candidates is matched by the opportunities that we provide. We work with many top performing and high profile clients across a wide range of industries – and we get to know them well. This means that we can offer our candidates opportunities to get involved with leading players within their sector, allowing them to develop, grow and really make an impact within their niche.

Getting Out There

At Emergent, we don’t sit around waiting for candidates to come to us. We take a proactive approach to the market – we’re always out there networking and keeping up to date with current developments and needs within each of our specialist fields. We develop long-term relationships with both candidates and clients, really taking the time to understand their ongoing needs.

Nurturing Connections

We want to make sure that the relationships we create with both clients and candidates are nurtured. There is no passive approach by our recruiters, who you never hear from until you are needed. We keep in regular contact, checking in and providing you with tailored market expertise to make sure we get you where you want to go.

At Emergent, we believe that communication is everything when it comes to building a professional relationship. We take a consultative approach, making sure that we are continually staying up to date with your skills, experience and priorities.

Meet the team


Carmen Bailey

Director and Executive Recruitment
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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.


Diane Foreman

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Debbie Tuck

Consulting Director
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Debbie has 27 years’ experience in the recruitment arena, with 9 years with Emergent. Starting her career in 1997 in London in a national agency, quickly progressing through success to launch a new agency in the UK in 2004

Debbie serves on the board as a shareholder and actively works in the day to day running of Emergent, Debbie guides the wider team, including contracting, middle management permanent hires and all of business support. Her ability to look at new and innovative ideas around recruitment strategies for both candidates and clients have been a key success factor of Emergent.

Contact Debbie directly today on +64 9 353 2007

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Rachael Lewis-Green

GM Operations & People
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Rachael is an experienced operations and HR generalist with over 20 years’ experience across recruitment, health, education and professional services, from start up to corporate.

Believing people are at the core of all business success, Rachael is passionate about developing and motivating high-performing, agile teams, that deliver results.

Coming full circle – having been involved in start-up and first five years operation of Emergent, Rachael re-joins the team in this leadership role to ensure operational and HR excellence within the business, supporting the high levels of service delivery Emergent is known for.


Jane Wimsett

Executive Recruitment
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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 21 507 606


Anna Pomeroy

Recruitment Manager
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Anna is a seasoned recruiter who has worked in New Zealand and the UK, in both internal and agency settings. She has over eight years experience in identifying top talent across various roles and industries. Anna loves playing matchmaker for her client and candidates!

Starting her career with a Bachelor of Education (in primary school teaching), Anna is passionate about helping others succeed. Managing the Emergent team of consultants was an obvious fit, with Anna’s natural and proven leadership experience. She thrives on mentoring and coaching, ensuring her team reaches their full potential. Whether you’re seeking the perfect job opportunity or the ideal candidate, reach out to Anna and the team today, they’re ready to make the perfect match!


Sukhy Le Prieur

Principal Consultant
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Originally from London, Sukhy has been working at Emergent for more than seven years. She has a solid business support background and specialises in various industries and roles; everything from Team Coordinators to Executive Assistants to Team Leaders. She loves to help her candidates discover their ideal jobs and build trust and honesty with her clients. Sukhy always goes above and beyond to ensure a positive outcome.

If you are looking for a recruiter who can not only find you the best talent but also support you throughout the process, Sukhy is the consultant to help. You can reach out to Sukhy on LinkedIn or by calling Emergent.

Outside of work Sukhy likes to have fun with her family and her furry friends, and she also has a passion for travelling and seeing new places whenever she can.

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Rachel Swann

Senior Consultant
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Originally from Manchester, UK, Rachel moved to New Zealand as a graduate in 2018. She joined Emergent after a period of internal recruitment across health, government, financial and professional services. She also has experience in agency recruitment and so understands recruitment from both a client and consultant perspective. Rachel is passionate about people and thrives off building relationships by truly understanding her clients and candidates.

Rachel recruits at the mid to senior level and is always on the look out to talk to professionals looking for permanent, fixed term or contracting roles in this space, recruiting across HR, L&D, Recruitment, Finance, Marketing and Procurement roles to name a few. If you are looking for your next opportunity, Rachel is always open to having confidential conversations, online or over a coffee.

Outside of work Rachel loves to bake, attend concerts and travel. She is also planning her wedding for 2025, so you will often find her at bridal fairs or buried in her Pinterest board (watch this space for a name change mid 2025).


Jessica Amey

Senior Consultant
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Jess joined team Emergent after working in the FMCG industry for a few years, where she was in charge of moving beverages around the world and designing and marketing the businesses product portfolio.

Jess can help you source, screen, and select the right candidates for your needs, whether you need permanent, temporary, or contract staff – she even considers herself the marketing guru! Jess has over ten years experience in business support herself, working for various industries, such as hospitality, construction, FMCG, and now recruitment.

Jess is always ready to go the extra mile for both candidates and clients, meaning she is proactive, flexible, and solution oriented. She has a passion for helping others, creating networks, and building strong relationships. If you’re looking for a reliable, professional, and passionate recruiter who can help you achieve your recruitment goals, Jess would love to hear from you. Connect with her on LinkedIn to keep an eye on her recent and upcoming roles!

When she’s not at her desk Jess enjoys spending time with her pug Frank, trying out the newest restaurants in Auckland or planning her next overseas holiday.

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Megan Beattie

Senior Consultant
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Megan, originally from Ireland, is a dedicated recruiter who derives immense satisfaction from assisting individuals in discovering their dream roles. She collaborates closely with hiring managers to devise customized recruitment plans, aiming to attract highly skilled professionals across diverse positions.

With seven years experience spanning various industries in Australia, and New Zealand, she has earned the trust of hiring managers. They rely on her expertise to craft effective recruitment strategies and identify qualified candidates for challenging roles.

Megan specialises in the recruitment of business support roles, with a particular focus on Personal and Executive Assistants. She understands just how fit plays a crucial part in this professional relationship. She strives to go above and beyond to create a collaborate and effective partnership.

Beyond her professional life, Megan’s passion for Irish dancing shines through. When she’s not at her desk, she follows football, dancing, hiking, reading, and cherishing moments with her family.


Danielle Rainbow

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Danielle has a strong background in customer service and business support, having worked with people from different parts of the world. Her experience has allowed her to hone her skills in these areas working with people from diverse cultures globally. As a Business Development Manager, she built strong relationships with clients, managed sales, and handled various administrative tasks successfully. Danielle is a versatile professional who also has over 12 years experience in the aviation industry and other sectors, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Emergent family.

Danielle has gained specialised knowledge in volume roles, both temporary and permanent, since joining the team. She manages a diverse portfolio of office-based roles, including high-volume call centre positions, administration, and EA and PA positions. Her enthusiasm, drive, and passion for connecting with people and understanding what fulfils them in their career paths make her a valuable member of the team.

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Lauryn Davenhill

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Lauryn has a passion for supporting individuals on their career journey. She is a Graduate from the University of Auckland, majoring in Management and Marketing. With a background working in various business support roles, Lauryn is a strong believer that for a business to succeed, prosper and live up to its potential, the right people must be at the heart and forefront.

Lauryn prioritises understanding the needs and wants of candidates and clients to ensure she can do her best in finding the perfect fit for them and their situation.

Throughout her time at Emergent, Lauryn has worked across various industries recruiting for a diverse portfolio of temporary and permanent positions. Lauryn specialises in recruitment for contact centre and administrative roles, gaining expertise in these areas from several large recruitment projects.

Outside of the office, Lauryn enjoys music, seeing loved ones, getting competitive in board games, and is a keen snowboarder!

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Jasmine Roberts

Associate Consultant
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Jasmine is the newest member of the consulting team, having progressed internally from our admin team. She started with Emergent as a Recruitment Coordinator at the beginning of 2023 and swiftly moved into the Associate Consultant position six months later.

Prior to this she worked in the public sector helping vulnerable New Zealander’s and then moved into the L&D space. This is where she built meaningful connections with staff members and helped them in their career journey which sparked her interest in pursuing recruitment.

Outside of the office, she likes weightlifting, spending time with family and friends, and watching a good rom-com.

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Monica Ellmers

Recruitment Coordinator
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Monica joins Emergent after recently completing her bachelor’s in Human Resource Management, Management and Sociology at Victoria University, Wellington.

Currently pursuing her masters in Employment Relations on a part-time basis, Monica is eager to delve into the recruitment industry and leverage her previous experience in office administration and client-centric roles.

Outside of work, Monica enjoys exploring new restaurants with friends and volunteering at her local theatre, both on-stage and behind the scenes.

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Tanisha Maniam

Recruitment Coordinator
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Tanisha started her journey in the recruitment industry after graduating University with an Exercise Science and Psychology degree. She has worked in customer service, in retail and hospitality, for six years and has a passion for working with people.

In her spare time Tanisha loves to spend quality time with friends, likes to stay active, or occasionally enjoys quiet nights in with her family.

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Jazmin Pirie

Recruitment Coordinator
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Jazmin embarked on a path in the recruitment industry after earning her postgraduate diploma in Physiology from the University of Auckland. While her academic background is rooted in science, over the past seven years she has honed her skills in the fast-paced worlds of retail and hospitality, cultivating an outgoing and driven personality. With a genuine passion for building strong, meaningful relationships, Jazmin takes pride in helping people achieve their goals and pursue their dream careers. It is this desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others that ignited her interest in the recruitment industry. Outside the office, you can find Jaz in the gym, with family and friends or curled up on the couch reading a good book!

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Neesha D’Lima

Management Accountant
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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.

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Samira Nikkhahjou

Finance Coordinator
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Sami, originally from Iran, has called New Zealand her second home for the past 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and brings a wealth of experience to the Emergent Finance team.

With expertise in Accounts Payable, invoicing, and financial administration, Sami excels in managing financial tasks with meticulous attention to detail.

Outside of work, Sami enjoys spending time with her family and friends and playing Squash, maintaining a balanced and active lifestyle.

Careers at Emergent

Emergent are a growing team of specialist talent seekers. We offer a supportive and collaborative environment to help talented individuals achieve success within this industry.

We are always keen to hear from individuals with the skills to deliver outstanding outcomes for our clients. For the right people, Emergent offers opportunities at various levels:

Recruitment Leadership

Consulting Director

Consulting Manager

Team Leader

Recruitment Support

Candidate Resourcer

Recruitment Coordinator

Recruitment Administrator

Recruitment Delivery

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Recruitment Consultant

Ass. Recruitment Consultant

Our Values

At Emergent, nothing is more important to us than making sure we get it right for our clients – first time, everytime. To keep us on track, our team works to 5 simple values in everything that we do.

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We are here for the community too

For many years Emergent has been involved with these worthy charities and their quest to improve lives. We encourage other businesses and individuals to join us to support these charities.

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