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Kevin Chappell - Principal Director

0295 974739
kevin@talentnow.co.nz

Prior to setting up talentnow, I spent nearly fifteen years as Managing Director of a high profile and respected group of recruitment companies, Executive Taskforce, which had a strong market presence. I sold the company in 2006 and under this new ownership, the company went into liquidation in 2009.

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I spent many years with recruitment organisations in Australia and New Zealand, a total of more than 30 years industry experience. In the mid-1980's, I saw a gap in the market and pioneered the concept of professional contracting (then called executive leasing) in New Zealand and led a strong market change to adopt a new way of staffing organisations with flexible resource.

I think "outside of the square" - it is one of today's requirements to be successful - and through this type of thinking, introduced new services such as recruitment on a time and materials basis and other innovations that have now become mainstream in the recruitment sector. I utilised radio as a medium to promote my previous company very successfully. People still remember years later some of the stories and the message.

In an industry usually plagued by high turnover, I was able to establish relationships that endure today - John for one. I also recognised that there are two "customers" - clients and candidates - and introduced general registration of candidates well in advance of what is now standard industry practice.

I established talentnow! in recognition of the increasing skill shortage in New Zealand's fast growth regional areas (and because I couldn't operate in Auckland post sale), with the view of developing it into a fully fledged national recruitment business with North and South Island representation. We have achieved this and introduced a new philosophy to recruitment - fair value supported by highly experienced and "aligned thinking" Associates. This has been instrumental in our success in securing a place on the All-of-Government panel.

I'm very proud to have some of New Zealand's most experienced recruitment professionals to work alongside.


John Keesing - Consulting Associate

021-649920
john@talentnow.co.nz

I entered the recruitment industry in 1997 with a specialist professional contracting firm established by Kevin. I'm a qualified Accountant with a Diploma in Business (Finance).

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On being accepted into the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand I joined KPMG in London for a two-year stint doing auditing work mixed with the compulsory overseas experience. Accepting a senior accounting role for Ford Motor Company in Bermuda, I had responsibility for the co-ordination of a major part of Ford's worldwide insurance coverage. After several years I joined an independent management company on the island and managed the insurance, reinsurance, and treasury functions of several large captive companies for large US corporations - including a pool of Fortune 500 companies with difficult to insure casualty risks.

Returning to New Zealand I enjoyed a 10-year period with major New Zealand office equipment companies Fuji Xerox and Blue Star Group. My roles included National Administration Manager at Fuji Xerox with special responsibility for the finance company. I was then approached by the owners of Blue Star Group and became General Manager of the Groups finance company - a position I held until early 1997 when I joined the recruitment industry.

My focus is on providing relationship based solutions to the recruitment process and to seek to ensure lasting outcomes for both clients and candidates. I am a specialist in the recruitment of both permanent staff and professional contracting talent in the areas of HR, finance and administration, logistics, sales and marketing, project and general management. And I believe I'm effective in the range of positions from support staff to GM/CEO.


Amanda Scott - Consulting Director

021-784483
amanda.scott@talentnow.co.nz

I am an Interim and Executive Recruitment specialist of long standing in NZ with 24 years professional consulting experience. This tenure adds value to the recruitment of roles at the management and executive level (permanent) and for programmes, projects or caretaker resources (interim executives, independent professional contractors and consulting services), across the broad business functional areas.

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In the early-1990s, Kevin Chappell recruited me to the fledging team at Executive Taskforce - my first foray into recruitment - so I was taught by the best! Since then I have earned an excellent service delivery and relationship management reputation in NZ. Initially with Executive Taskforce Ltd as a Senior Consultant - Executive Leasing, then Co-Founder, owner and shareholder of a successful interim and executive recruitment agency. After an agreed buyout with this firm, I was headhunted by Madison Recruitment in August 2009 and established the very successful contracting division Interim Taskforce, which, as part of a publicly listed group, was renamed in 2015.

Having a desire for a seachange, I moved to Blenheim in June 2017, but still passionately wanted to continue my work in the NZ recruitment market. On a commuting basis and to strike that work-life balance - with so many strong business relationships - I wanted to support my clients as I have done for so many years. With technology, regular commuting flights, Skype and great phone coverage, regardless of where my office is based, I can provide accurate, appropriate and timely service delivery - the bedrock of my reputation. Enter my relationship with talentnow!, the pioneer of innovative and "remote" recruitment solutions!

Luckily for me Kevin Chappell had the foresight (again) to see the benefit of having a high performance Consulting Director on the team, regardless of domicile! Now I am able to support my clients and extensive talent network in Auckland, Wellington and across the South Island.

With a proven contemporary business model plus a pedigree and high performance as a strong generalist recruiter, my depth of expertise includes the sourcing, engagement and management of independent contractors across industry sectors as well as strong performance in permanent recruitment at mid to senior management and executive level. I will continue to support organisations in the main metro areas (Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Christchurch) and regional locations including but not limited to corporates, financial services, local and central government, utilities, healthcare and aged care, SME's, manufacturing, and management consulting.

As a strong generalist recruiter, I have delivered successful placements in both contracting and permanent roles across business functions including: Portfolio, Programme and Project Management, HR and Change Management, Supply Chain, Procurement, Property (acquisitions and disposals, property development, property, facilities and asset management), Finance and Accounting, Information Technology, Business and Data Analysis, Transformation and Process Improvement, Marketing and Communications and General Management and C-Suite engagements.

To stand out in this fragmented recruitment market, I wanted to ensure that I provided the best possible consulting experience to clients and contractors; that quest led me to becoming accredited and now I hold the global hallmark as a Certified Management Consultant [CMC] - the highest level of accreditation from the Institute of Management Consultants and a Member Institute of Management Consultants NZ.

When not recruiting I am also a Director of an equine and farming business and am an active participant in the equestrian community competing at National level in both Dressage and Riding Horse Showing.


Inge Chappell - Director, Strategic Projects

029-5622511
inge@talentnow.co.nz

I began my career in the recruitment industry in 1996, working as a Marketing Consultant to Morgan & Banks.

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After gaining my degree in marketing and international business, I extended my experience in the professional services sector working in the non-for-profit, telecommunications and travel sectors as a Marketing Services Specialist before joining Kevin in his group of recruitment companies, where I held the position of Marketing Manager and subsequently Marketing Director.

Today, I'm responsible for strategic projects related to the development of the business. These include areas such as web development and related services to the business. Alongside this, I am an established Jewellery Designer and Glass Artist developing a completely new area of business.


Fiona Hewitt

022-1539443
fiona.hewitt@talentnow.co.nz

Having launched my recruitment career in my early 20's I think we can safely assume I have a bit of experience. But success isn't all linked to longevity, it's what we learn along the way and how we respond to the one constant in business - change - that differentiates those who are in the game and those who are just playing.

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When your chosen vocation is reliant upon the economic climate you have to swiftly adapt, be nimble, develop knowledge of multiple industries, their needs and their challenges.

I have maintained a successful recruitment career through the heydays, recessions and a sharemarket crash. Shifting my expertise to service the needs of the times, I've sourced and placed a multitude of diverse candidates from my early days in office support, the very first incarnation of call-centre, finance and accounting, sales, marketing, production and engineering - to name but a handful. I'm a quick study and have a very extensive, multi-disciplinary network.

I play the long game - building and maintaining respectful relationships with both candidates and clients is absolutely key to my success. I'm not afraid of the honest or difficult conversations - and will recommend industry colleagues if I feel it would be beneficial for you to talk to them.

Teaming up with the wise heads at talentnow! was like inhaling a massive breath of fresh air. The remote/virtual office model gives me not only working flexibility - but also the ability to tailor recruitment/fee solutions specific to the size and/or budget constraints of businesses I work with. And with my home office being so central, I can meet candidates at venues/times to suit them.
I'm always available for a chat - whether it's about your business needs or your career options and I'll probably buy the coffee!


Helen Burns - Associate UK/Europe

Contact Kevin, 0295-974739
Contact Kevin, kevin@talentnow.co.nz

I'm based in London and provide a unique opportunity for talentnow! clients to connect with the largest relevant talent pool in the world! And I know this business, having been in it predominantly for the last 23 years.

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I started my career as a Temporaries Consultant for a leading private New Zealand business. After a break to travel, and trying a couple of other sectors, I returned to the recruitment industry in 1993 in the role of Major Accounts Manager for a major international, working with preferred supplier and key clients, prior to being promoted to Auckland Branch Manager.

Following this role, I met Kevin Chappell, joining Executive Taskforce as a Professional Contracting Consultant, before moving to the sister company, The Recruiters as General Manager, specialising in executive level permanent work.

Personal circumstances took me to Wellington, where I joined New Zealand's largest independent Finance and Accounting specialist recruitment company, in a variety of roles, culminating in running a branch for them.

For the past 10 years I have owned New Zealand's largest specialist business placing recruitment professionals into both agency and corporate HR teams. The business was successfully licenced out some years ago and sold to the licence holder.

In 2011, I moved to London, to undertake a Masters in Acting at East 15 Acting School. Recently I followed a dream and qualified as an actor, and alongside this sporadic work, I am now working as a specialist Executive Recruiter on a project by project basis.


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