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

Senior 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

Principal Consultant | Engineering

Lucy is a dynamic and experienced principal 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 engineering, 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. Georgia was nominated for and won the 2023 RCSA Rising Star award a testament to her enduring commitment and leadership in recruitment.

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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, and now over 2 years working in civil construction recruitment – 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 graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Ella jumped straight into recruitment world and took it by storm. After honing her skills for over a year, she is now an experienced and integral member of Grada’s engineering team. Confident, dynamic, and incredibly hard-working, Ella brings energy, focus, and fresh perspective to our Grada team.

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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 exceptional interpersonal skills and his impressive understanding of the industry, Rob has all the knowledge and experience required to source the perfect talent for your business.

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James Brownlee


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.

Jules Scowcroft

Principal Consultant | Construction

When it comes to contract or temporary assignments in the Civil Construction sector, Jules is your go-to Consultant. With over 4 years’ experience in Recruitment, as well as international experience in a range of sales roles, Jules’s knowledge of the sector, his communication skills, and his desire to find solutions for clients are what set him apart.

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Rosa Caisley

Office Manager

Drawing upon more than 6 years of hands-on experience in health and safety, as well as project and HR administration within the Construction industry, Rosa brings a wealth of knowledge to the Grada team. Her extensive expertise, coupled with her unwavering eye for detail and strong work ethic, has made her the go-to lady in the Grada office!

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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

Recruitment 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


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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Branyn Bellaney

Recruitment Consultant | Surveying

As a qualified builder, Branyn has over 7 years of construction experience, from renos and new builds to site management for large-scale residential and commercial projects. Once sites started shutting down during COVID Branyn pivoted to property sales giving him the sales and people skills needed to thrive in recruitment. It’s not often you find a recruiter with such extensive industry knowledge, making Branyn an absolute powerhouse for Grada’s Surveying clients and candidates

Head shot of Grada dog whose name is Mac


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.