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.

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.

James Brownlee

Director | Architecture

James, also a director, 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.

Rob Groves

Principal Consultant | 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.

Zac Collington

Senior Consultant | Engineering

Senior Consultant Zac brings a wealth of technical knowledge to the Grada table. From his background in UK law, to his time spent in Australian sales, Zac has acquired a range of interpersonal skills perfectly suited to the world of recruitment. Since 2018, Zac has focused his attentions on the engineering sector – matching candidates with roles, with great success.

Georgia Barr

Consultant | 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.

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.

Hector Lantos

Senior 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.

James Gillanders

Principle Consultant | Commercial Construction

Senior Consultant James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Grada’s commercial construction team. Since 2012, James has been making a name for himself in the construction recruitment sector – delivering on mandates, time and time again, across all levels of business. Professional, approachable and highly successful – James is one of New Zealand’s leading recruitment consultants.

Rob Slaughter

Senior 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.

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.

Paige Burton

Senior Consultant | Architecture

Paige is a highly motivated and experienced senior recruitment consultant in Grada’s architecture team. Having worked in construction recruitment since 2018, she has an in-depth understanding of the industry and everything required to succeed. Passionate, driven and intuitive, Paige is highly skilled in bringing together great people and great roles, to create great opportunities.

Tom Hulme

Principal Consultant | Architecture

Tom is an experienced Principal Consultant in Grada’s architecture 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.

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.


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.


We’re always on the lookout for good people to join our Grada team.
Sound like a bit of you? We’d love to talk.

Grada. With you every step of the way.