New Zealand's No.1 Investor in Recruitment


Recruitment Entrepreneur New Zealand is at the forefront of empowering recruitment professionals to not only build businesses but to create lasting value within the industry. With a strategic focus on supporting individuals at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey, from inception to expansion and exit, they provide comprehensive guidance and resources tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities of the recruitment sector.

Our investment team, including Country Manager, Jason Walker and Regional Managing Director, Tony Davies are all ready to provide expert guidance and support with the country's most ambitious and talented recruitment professionals.

Together with our partner and market-leading recruitment business, Tribe, we help ambitious individuals to launch, scale, and develop a recruitment business with real value.

 

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Our Investment Team

Divisions

JAMES CAAN CBE

Chairman

JAMES CAAN CBE

Chairman

As Chairman, James takes an active role in the investment process, working closely with the Recruitment Entrepreneur team to support you and your company. His hands-on approach enables entrepreneurs to learn from his considerable experience in founding and scaling recruitment businesses.

Tony Davies

Regional Managing Director

Tony Davies

Regional Managing Director

Tony brings 30 years of international experience across Europe, the United States and Asia, establishing successful partnerships and cross-border recruiting operations.

Tony began his career as an electrical engineer and then transitioned into contracting in 2001 when he founded and expanded his own business. He subsequently joined Cordant Recruitment Group in London and created a global recruitment function for an Italian engineering company operating in China, the US and Europe. He then worked with Belcan, a large US engineering and contracting services company, leading their international contracting team to a successful restructuring.

Tony's strengths lie in executing sales and financial strategies, negotiating business deals, advising business founders and partners on leadership, and participating in multiple sales and acquisitions throughout his career.

James Brooke

Local Partner - Co-Founder & Tribal Chief @ Tribe

James Brooke

Local Partner - Co-Founder & Tribal Chief @ Tribe

A passionate entrepreneur hailing from the Manawatu, who founded two of New Zealand's most successful search and recruitment agency brands before Co-Founding Tribe. James has a reputation for building innovative recruitment and Search methodologies that exceed expectation. With connections and friendships amongst the most influential leaders in New Zealand, James has over 25 years' experience and brings his unrivalled network, commercial capability and creative thinking to the search work Tribe does with our partners.

Jenny Jones

Local Partner - Co-Founder & Tribal Chief @ Tribe

Jenny Jones

Local Partner - Co-Founder & Tribal Chief @ Tribe

A West-Coaster from Karamea, Jenny is an HR and Search Industry leader who brings specialist knowledge from Consumer, FMCG, Food Service, and Food Manufacturing and Processing Sectors. Jenny has helped found 3 successful talent sourcing and Search agencies, and been instrumental in the talent sourcing strategies for many of New Zealand's leading brands. Jenny is incredibly down to earth, and is a confidant to many New Zealand Executives when it comes to organisational structures, culture, and diversity. She brings a pragmatic, commercial common sense to the work we do, and her engaging style will allow us to present opportunities where strong value propositions exist, even when we have challenges to overcome (as we do from time to time) with the client employment brands we work with. 

Jason Walker

Country Director

Jason Walker

Country Director

Jason, a seasoned recruitment professional, began his career at Adecco NZ in 1994 and quickly became a top Temporary Consultant. In 1996, he moved to the UK and excelled at Hays, rising to Director and contributing significantly to their first major RPO win. Returning to New Zealand in 2002, he transformed an underperforming Hays division into a market leader with 95+ consultants, generating $90 million in revenue. In 2012, he joined the Australia/NZ Hays Operational Board, overseeing a $2 billion business. Jason pioneered the Hays Centre of Excellence in NZ, offering MSP and RPO services. 

In 2018, he launched his consulting business, specializing in coaching and training with RecruitmentSuccessCoach™. Jason, a certified HBDI WholeBrain Practitioner, also conducts leadership workshops. As of September 2023, he serves as NZ Country Director for Recruitment Entrepreneur, supporting local founders in their success.

Emma Scott

Local Partner - Chief @ Tribe

Emma Scott

Local Partner - Chief @ Tribe

With 20 years recruitment experience in the NZ and UK market, Emma has built and led many recruitment teams. Most recently, as EGM People and Culture at the New Zealand Racing Board, Emma led the people and capability function looking after all things people, from HR Delivery, Capability and Talent, Remuneration and Performance (including Payroll) and Health and Safety. Emma’s extensive leadership network allows Tribe's partners to tap into an additional layer of capability.

Richard Pucci

Operations Director

Richard Pucci

Operations Director

Richard, with two decades in recruitment, turned loss-making accounts profitable and saved the BBC £50 million at Reed. As Operations Director, he introduced vital systems, ensured compliance, and at Manners Maclean, his strategies and system overhauls doubled revenue.

Sandra McGowan

Head of Marketing - Tribe

Sandra McGowan

Head of Marketing - Tribe

Sandra, based in Auckland, New Zealand, is renowned for her knack for storytelling and brand building. With extensive experience in recruitment and brand management, she excels in creating authentic narratives that resonate with audiences. Sandra is passionate about driving brand engagement and crafting go-to-market strategies that support long-term marketing objectives.

Kathy Walker

Head of Marketing

Kathy Walker

Head of Marketing

With over two decades in recruitment, Kathy excels in recruitment marketing, boasting strategic initiatives that bolster growth and branding. Her career spans REC, ITHR Group, and roles like Global Marketing Director at i-Pharm Consulting, culminating in her current position with Recruitment Entrepreneur since October 2023. Kathy also holds a Business and Marketing degree and a CPD-accredited Mini MBA.

Chelsi Clifton

Head of Technology - Tribe

Chelsi Clifton

Head of Technology - Tribe

Chelsi is a Technology Champion based in Auckland, New Zealand, brings nearly six years of experience in the recruitment industry. As the Head of Tribe Technology, Enablement & Experience at Tribe Recruitment, she leads digital transformation initiatives, prioritizes investments, and fosters internal capability through training and development.

Jacqui McKenzie

Head of Finance - Tribe

Jacqui McKenzie

Head of Finance - Tribe

Dedicated to accuracy, consistency, and timeliness, Jacqui ensures a reliable and secure financial platform for the Tribe family. Her passion for her work is evident in her commitment to providing top-notch financial support, making her an integral part of Tribe's success.

Jamie Lusk

Investment Director

Jamie Lusk

Investment Director

Jamie architects the framework for entrepreneur support systems, preparing to replicate these across new markets. With deep organisational insight and a focus on optimisation, Jamie's international experience and cultural acumen, honed by positions at EY and projects in the US, fuel his expertise in scaling operations globally.

Sophie Morris

Learning & Development Manager

Sophie Morris

Learning & Development Manager

Sophie advanced from Recruitment Consultant to a pivotal L&D role, crafting eLearning solutions. At Reed Talent Solutions, she aligned learning with business goals, enhancing retention. As Head of L&D at Hamlyn Williams for EMEA & APAC, she established the L&D function and implemented a global strategy, significantly improving recruitment metrics.

Supported by Tribe

Tribe, based in New Zealand, a strategic partner of Recruitment Entrepreneur New Zealand, redefines recruitment excellence through innovative solutions and advanced technology. Together, we offer comprehensive support and resources to empower recruitment professionals, enabling them to start, scale, and succeed in New Zealands's dynamic market. With Tribe's cutting-edge tools and our industry expertise, we're shaping the future of talent acquisition and driving unparalleled success for our partners.

Find out more about Tribe

What our partners say...

Partnering with Recruitment Entrepreneur has complimented our credibility and capability.

Our expansion and success to date has been strengthened and supported through our collaborative partnership with Recruitment Entrepreneur.

Sathya John, CEO/Founder, Pronto Recruitment, Spain

What our partners say...

What our partners say...

As a CEO, I feel I have the ability to make the decision and shape a business in my own vision whilst benefiting from the advice and guidance of the highly experienced financial and strategic advisory teams.

Elaine Tyler - CEO of Venatrix

What our partners say...

What our partners say...

The development and expansion of Diverse Resourcing in the Middle East was significantly enhanced by the invaluable support of Recruitment Entrepreneur and Local Partner, Wayfinders.

Their combined knowledge of the region's unique business landscape and strategic insights were crucial in navigating the challenges we faced. The guidance from the board and their expertise were instrumental in refining our business plan, ensuring a solid foundation for launching and growth. With their help, we've been able to establish a robust operation, tailored to the complexities and opportunities of the Middle Eastern market.

Jamie Marland, CEO/Founder, Diverse Resourcing, United Arab Emirates

What our partners say...

What our partners say...

Being part of the RE portfolio has truly allowed us to launch quickly and focus on the key parts of the job, generating clients and candidates and hiring the key people.

The burden of on setting up an LLC, HR, accounting, technology, and building commission schemes would’ve taken so much of my time from building the operation part of the business.

Tom Willis, CEO/Founder, Placed Recruitment, USA

What our partners say...

What our partners say...

We accelerated our growth, and launching the business was considerably smoother with the support of Recruitment Entrepreneur.

The guidance from the board and their expertise proved invaluable in securing our business plan. With their strategic insights, we navigated challenges effectively, fostering a robust foundation for sustained success.

Peter Kratochvíla, CEO/Founder, Needle Recruitment, Slovakia

What our partners say...

What our partners say...

With RE’s astute offerings, deep expertise & essential resources, we will be able to drive impact, innovation, and longevity in overall returns.


The varied experience of our mentors has given us insights in marketing, operations and more; One-on-one coaching whether it’s working on your Business Plan, Marketing Strategy or building a Sales Funnel. We look forward to reaching new heights together and celebrating the milestones we accomplish as a team.

Roopa Sharma, CEO/Founder, Grok Search, India

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