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

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

Diane Foreman

Director

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Coming soon

Debbie Tuck

Debbie Tuck

Consulting Director

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Debbie has 25 years’ experience in the recruitment arena, with the last seven and half at 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

Rachael Lewis-Green

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

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

Anna Pomeroy

Recruitment Manager

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Anna joins the Emergent team with a strong recruitment background, having recruited both in New Zealand and in the UK.

Starting her career with a Bachelor of Education (in primary school teaching), Anna is passionate about helping others succeed. She has worked in both internal and agency recruitment with over 6 years’ experience. Anna loves playing matchmaker for her client and candidates!

 

Sukhy Le Prieur

Sukhy Le Prieur

Principal Consultant

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Originally from London, Sukhy has travelled extensively. She has a diverse career background covering many different roles in multiple countries.

Sukhy has been working with Emergent for over five years’ and has a strong business support background. With her background and qualifications Sukhy understands first-hand the requirements of many business support roles, as well as the benefits and challenges of working in them as a permanent or temp employee.

Contact Sukhy directly today on +64 9 353 2004

Tony Tung

Tony Tung

Senior Consultant

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Tony has a background as an HR Generalist for the past 9 years, 5 of which involved internal recruitment, Tony has built his network across professional & financial services as well as the transport & logistics industries. Having been both a client and a candidate, Tony has now come full circle and joined the Emergent team as a Recruitment Consultant.

Tony is passionate about connecting people to the right roles by gaining a deep understanding of the businesses’ needs as well as well as the candidates’ desires.

When Tony isn’t busy connecting with people, he is out connecting with nature. Whether that be embarking on a multi-day hike or a gentle float down the river.

Rachel  Swann

Rachel Swann

Senior Consultant

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Originally from Manchester, UK, Rachel moved to New Zealand as a graduate in 2018. She joins 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.

Outside of work Rachel loves to bake, go to 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 in Mid 2025).

Jessica Amey

Jessica Amey

Senior Consultant

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Jess joins team Emergent after a few years in the FMCG industry, she was responsible for moving beverages around the world, and executing the design and marketing for the businesses product portfolio. Jess is always willing 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. She is a professional who helps businesses find suitable candidates for their vacancies and helps job seekers find their ideal roles. When she’s not her desk she enjoys spending time with her pug Frank, eating her way through the newest restaurants in Auckland or planning her next overseas holiday – Japan 2024… here she comes! Connect with Jess on LinkedIn to keep an eye on her recent and upcoming roles!

Megan Beattie

Megan Beattie

Senior Consultant

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Originally from Ireland, Megan comes from a strong recruitment and leadership background across New Zealand and Australia.

She is passionate about building strong relationships, understanding stakeholder needs and helping her candidates secure their dream role.

In her spare time, Megan enjoys catching up with football, hiking, reading as and making memories with her family.

Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee

Senior Consultant

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Samantha has a background in business support, talent acquisition and compliance in both corporate and agency recruitment. She has worked in varied roles within the hospitality and retail sectors before joining the world of recruitment two and a half years ago.

She has a passion connecting with people and understanding what fulfils them in their career paths. As a graduate in Human Resources Management, she has a vision for supporting businesses to succeed while ensuring that employees are valued. Samantha is collaborative and cheerful in nature.

Watch this space..

Watch this space..

Consultant

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Coming soon!

Danielle Rainbow

Danielle Rainbow

Consultant

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Danielle is the newest member of the team, she joins us after her experience as a Business Development Manager, she has worked in a range of industries including 12 years in aviation working in client relations, sales management, and administration.

 She comes from a strong customer service and business support background, working with people from all over the world. Danielle is enthusiastic and driven, she brings to the Emergent family a breath of experience, which has made her well rounded and versatile addition to the team.

Lauryn Davenhill

Lauryn Davenhill

Consultant

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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.

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

Jasmine Roberts

Jasmine Roberts

Associate Consultant

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Jasmine joins Emergent after working in the public sector assisting vulnerable New Zealander’s. She soon grew into the learning and development space where she built meaningful connections with people and helped them in their career journey which sparked her interest in pursuing recruitment.

 Jasmine has always had a passion for helping people which is why she completed her degree in Psychology and Sociology, she likes understanding people on a personal and societal level.

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

Monica Ellmers

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.

Tanisha Maniam

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.

Jazmin Pirie

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!

Neesha D'Lima

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.

Lezanne Brink

Lezanne Brink

Finance Coordinator

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Originally from South Africa, Lezanne has been calling New Zealand home since 2016 and recently joined the Emergent finance team.

Lezanne brings a wealth of expertise in finance with over 7 years of experience working in financial and administration management roles for both Global Corporates as well as SME’s.

She has always had a natural feel for numbers and very strong attention to detail, which is an absolute must for anything finance.

With her tertiary qualification in Bcom Industrial Psychology and Labour Relations, Lezanne understands firsthand the importance of relationships and the human resource function in any business, allowing her to make sure the financial side integrates well with the other aspects and that our clients and candidates have a positive experience from onboarding to payroll and billing.

In her spare time Lezanne devotes her time to her family and her piano with her two biggest passions in life being animals and music.

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

Snr. Recruitment Consultant

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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