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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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.

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 Stevenson

Managing Director

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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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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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.

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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.

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Jules Scowcroft

Principal Consultant | Commercial Construction

When it comes to recruiting for the Commercial Construction sector, Jules is your go-to Consultant. With over 5 years’ experience in NZ 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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Vamsi Manniam

Senior Consultant | Building Services

After starting out as an Engineer, to then expanding his career and becoming a recruitment consultant, there’s no better person to speak to regarding your Building Service’s recruitment needs. Vamsi’s invaluable industry knowledge combined with his work ethic and exceptional interpersonal skills make him an indispensable member of Grada team and an asset to clients and candidates alike.

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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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Dennis Webb

Principal Consultant | Commercial Construction

With over 10 years of recruitment experience in NZ alone, Dennis is one of our most experienced consultants within the Grada team. This experience coupled with his ability to forge long lasting relationships with clients and candidates means Dennis is a powerhouse in the Commercial Construction space.

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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.

Mackenzie is currently on maternity leave and will be back in August.

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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.