At Grada, we’re all about the people

Our talent, our clients and our top-shelf team. Here at Grada, we’ve put the right people in the right roles – and we will do the same for you. We are good at what we do, and we’re proud of how we do it. Welcome to our team. Welcome to Grada.

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Mackenzie Dalton

Recruitment Consultant | Architecture

From being a ski instructor, to flying long haul as a flight attendant, to being a clinic manager at a physio clinic – it’s fair to say Mackenzie has a breadth of experience to call on. Mackenzie’s outgoing personality, and highly organised nature means she excels at forging relationships across all levels of business within the architecture industry.

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Thomas Hulme

Associate Director | Architecture

Tom is a highly experienced architecture consultant within the Grada team. With his extensive background in construction, both as a recruiter and on the tools, Tom has a unique understanding of the industry – allowing him to source the right talent for the right roles, right across New Zealand.

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Lucy Lyttelton

Senior Consultant | Engineering

Lucy is a dynamic and experienced senior recruitment consultant in Grada’s engineering team. Having worked in recruitment since 2013, Lucy brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the table. With a proven background in retail, operations and executive recruitment, Lucy has a varied and in-depth knowledge of what is required to consistently source the right talent for the right roles.

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Rob Groves

Associate Director | Civil Construction

As well as being the man in charge of civil construction, Rob is one of Grada’s most experienced consultants. Since 2010, Rob has been an integral part of the recruitment industry, and now – with his passion for civil construction and his deep-seated industry knowledge – he is one of New Zealand’s leading consultants within the sector.

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Georgia Barr

Associate Director | Architecture

Georgia is an essential member of the Grada architecture team. Having previously worked in construction and design recruitment in the UK, Georgia now specialises in architecture recruitment with a particular focus on interiors. Georgia’s other work experience – including being on the tools in the construction industry and operating in high-end hospitality environments – enables her to understand the needs of her clients and candidates alike, resulting in great outcomes for all.

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Ash Gray

Senior Consultant | Civil Construction

When it comes to civil construction recruitment, Ash is your man. With his industry-focused background – four years’ experience in civil construction sales in Auckland, as well as five years’ industry experience back in the UK – Ash is one of our most knowledgeable senior recruitment consultants, and a real asset to the Grada civil construction team.

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Ella Moore

Recruitment Consultant | Engineering

Having recently graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Ella is here to take the recruitment world by storm. After excelling in previous legal, hospitality and arts roles, she’s now ready to hone her skills and make her mark as a recruitment consultant in the Grada engineering team. Confident, bubbly and incredibly hard-working, Ella brings energy, focus and fresh perspective to our Grada family.

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Rob Slaughter

Principal Consultant | Engineering

Rob is an essential member of the Grada engineering team. Having worked in recruitment since 2017, Rob’s focus is now on geotechnical/ground and civil engineering recruitment. With his background in sales, and his impressive industry knowledge, Rob has all the skills and experience required to source the perfect talent for your business.

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James Brownlee

Director | Architecture

James, a director at Grada, leads the architecture and design side of the business. Having recruited across a range of disciplines in his early years, James found his niche in architecture and has now established himself as one of the nation’s leading architecture recruiters. Highly respected in both the architecture and recruitment industries, James is known for his honesty, integrity, and unwavering work ethic.

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Jess McLaren

Office Manager

Jess is no stranger to the recruitment industry. Since 2018, she excelled in a fast-paced operations coordination role – laying strong foundations for her current position as Grada’s office manager. With her extensive background in service and coordination, and her experience as a para consultant, Jess is intuitive to people’s wants and needs, and is the glue that holds Grada together.

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Hector Lantos

Principal Consultant | Civil Construction

Since 2016, Hector has worked and excelled in the field of civil construction recruitment – identifying and matching talent with roles across the Sydney and Auckland markets. Originally from Sydney, Hector has a real passion for the civil construction space – a passion that enables him to really understand the needs of candidates and clients alike.

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Mark Robinson

Principal Consultant | Commercial Construction

Mark is a leader in the commercial construction recruitment sector nationally, as well as leading the industry for Grada. Utilising over 20 years of experience within the construction space, Mark’s expertise sees him as a preferred partner for both candidates and clients alike. He works on roles from entry-level to senior appointments, so if you are in the construction industry and need recruitment assistance, give him a call today.

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Raj Sandhu

Consultant | Construction

From playing professional cricket, to extensive experience as an account manager, Raj brings a lot to the commercial construction team here at Grada. His work ethic and exceptional interpersonal skills enable him to connect with individuals from all walks of life making Raj indispensable to candidates and clients alike.

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James Stevenson

Director | Engineering

James, a director at Grada, leads the engineering side of the business. Professional, approachable and highly successful, James is a big believer in leading by example. As one of the country’s leading engineering recruitment consultants, he has a proven history of delivering the goods across all levels of business – a feat made easier thanks to his extensive, wide-reaching network.

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Leah McDonald

Marketing & Operations Coordinator

Leah brings a wealth of experience to Grada’s operations team. From being a super yacht stewardess in Greece, to marketing, sales, and management roles in the wine industry on Waiheke, Leah’s creativity, energy, and enthusiasm is a fantastic addition to the team.

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Culture Coach/Floor Cleaner

Mac, our smallest and fluffiest recruit, heads up Grada’s culture division. When he’s not catching a few z’s or keeping the team entertained, you’ll find him moonlighting as the cleaner – with a specific focus on the floor.

Grada. With you every step of the way.