About Tyler Wren

We are recruitment specialists with decades of experience recruiting exclusively for Australia and New Zealand.

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Our people

Lisa Gray

Founder and Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 973 5470
E: Email Lisa Gray

English-born, but now a proud Kiwi, Lisa has worked in recruitment for over 20 years, during which time she’s always been a hands-on recruiter. She set up Tyler Wren in 2017 to establish a recruitment business based in New Zealand with particular expertise in Design & Build, Law, Accountancy & Finance and Banking & Financial Services. All areas where she has experienced a famine of candidates in New Zealand.

Lisa has trained and successfully managed many recruitment teams, but continues to work closely with candidates and clients to provide the best opportunities available.

She believes in qualifying and understanding her candidates’ skills, personality and aspirations in order to carefully match these with her clients.

Having spent 14 years with a large corporate recruiter across Britain, Lisa has a strong understanding of the UK recruitment market. This, together with 8 years recruiting in New Zealand, means Lisa has a deep understanding of how and why New Zealand is a great opportunity for both local and European-based candidates.

Having personally placed thousands of people into new roles, she has established herself and Tyler Wren as the premier New Zealand career experts.

And, like most life-loving Kiwis, Lisa loves a game of golf, wine, hiking, barbeques and spending time at the pristine, sandy beaches that surround New Zealand.

Gary Bloxham

Director and Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 974 9072
E: Email Gary Bloxham

Originally from South Africa, Gary has worked in the Insurance and Financial Services sector for 20+ years in South Africa; the Rest of Africa and Switzerland to then developed a career in recruitment in New Zealand since 2015. He has led teams in the Insurance & Financial Services sectors including his most recent roles in recruitment in New Zealand. Gary is joint Director of Tyler Wren and heads up the Financial Services and Design & Build teams.

With his passion for Insurance & Financial Services, he works closely with candidates to understand their career aspirations and with his background knowledge in this sector, coupled with a strong NZ network, is well placed to make great employer/employee relationships.

Gary moved to New Zealand with his partner in 2015 with the good fortune of having a softer landing as they have a wide family and friendship support circle, which “kiwi-fied” him to make New Zealand home! Having taken the decision to embrace a complete change in career direction into the world of recruitment the transition was smooth taking into account his broad background in Insurance & Financial Services, he quickly developed a solid network in this space. 

On the weekends’ Gary and his partner can be found enjoying the outdoors and are keen foodies who enjoy entertaining both at home or be it a new dining experience with a few cheeky wines.

Natasha Toehemotu

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 930 9827
E: Email Natasha Toehemotu

Tasha has taken an interesting route on her way to a career in recruitment. Starting out in an accounting firm, Tasha then moved into insurance sales before finding her calling as a passionate recruiter. Her favourite moments in recruitment is when a candidate is absolutely overjoyed to accept a great job offer – one that will elevate their career and enhance their lifestyle. 

Since 2016 she has specialised within the CA space and has long standing relationships with Big Four, Mid Tiers, large, medium to boutique sized firms across New Zealand. She covers roles within business advisory services, tax, audit, corporate finance, forensics and a few cross over roles. She works with local candidates, Kiwi returners and those who want to relocate the the land of the long white cloud.

Auckland born and raised, Tasha loves indulging in cuisine (and the odd drop of wine) as well as ticking off countries on her bucket list with her other half. From time to time, her two adorable pooches (Panda and Kobe) make an appearance in the office, creating plenty of ooohs and ahhhs!

Stevie Doubleday

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 930 9828
E: Email Stevie Doubleday

Stevie has worked in recruitment since 2015, both in the United Kingdom and now back in New Zealand. Originally from Auckland, Stevie completed a Bachelor of Business and then gained a couple of years experience in marketing before doing the typical Kiwi OE to London.

Two years working and travelling abroad made Stevie realise how much she loved New Zealand and she made the decision she was ready to come home and settle back in Auckland, although it did take her five months, with three months backpacking in South East Asia, to get her here.

Stevie has recruited in a number of industries, including Office Support, Accounting and Finance and now Legal – in both the permanent and temporary job space. Her passions lie with matching candidates to their dream roles, ensuring the right culture fit in order to further their careers. Since making the switch to the Legal market she has found her niche and clicks with Lawyers, Legal Executives and Secretaries alike. 

Stevie understands how daunting it can be to move jobs, cities and countries and to come home, so is always available to lend an ear or give advice. Just don’t get her started talking about travel!

Out of the office, Stevie enjoys spending time with friends and family, whether that’s hiking in the great outdoors or having a cheeky wine – although her next travel destination (Country number 46) is never too far from her mind.

Scott Stapleton

Scott Stapleton

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 869 7279
E: Email Scott Stapleton

Born in Dunedin, raised in Christchurch, 10 years in Auckland, and now calling the Waikato home, there isn’t much of New Zealand that Scott hasn’t seen. Which is great for new Kiwis wanting to know the lie of the land but also for Kiwi Returners who want to partner with someone with an extensive network. 

With close to 8 years recruitment experience, and over 5 years within the Building Consultancy, Engineering, and Architecture sectors, Scott has a strong technical knowledge and relationships right across the Building and Design industry in New Zealand.

With a passion for detail, and understanding how things work, Scott is our go-to when sourcing for highly technical roles, whether that be understanding the complexities of projects you’ve worked on, or assessing a candidates’ skills on behalf of our clients. So don’t be shy, but he does have a memory like an elephant – which also means you probably want to be in his team if there is a general knowledge quiz. 

Further to this, Scott loves to listen, and take it all in, which means he’s really good at understanding the needs of our candidates and our clients, and matching the right opportunity or candidate to them…OR he’s there if you just need to vent after a bad day.

Out of hours, Scott shares his time between training in his home gym, playing with his two mischievous English Pointers; Nala & Brutus, and planning his impending wedding with his much better half.

Ben Holloway

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 3 244 0258
E: Email Ben Holloway

Ben found his way into the world of recruitment after many years in sales and management.

With five years experience under his belt, he understands how life-changing the right role can be for a candidate and how valuable the right candidate can be for a business. He has also built an ethical, transparent way of working with his contacts to ensure that expectations are met for both parties.

In the UK Ben worked in construction before backpacking across Australia. Unable to bring himself to return to the cold winters in England, he found himself settling in Auckland. After a decade in Aotearoa, he understands the way NZ businesses work and considers himself a Kiwi.

Ben loves all things football and is a devout Manchester United fan. When he is not playing football, or supporting his team, you will find him spending time with his two young daughters.

Jenny Gallagher

Jenny Gallagher

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 972 9988
E: Email Jenny Gallagher

Jenny has had a successful career in Relationship Management, Sales, and Business Development in the Education, E-commerce and Travel industries. Jenny is all about people; she has built a reputation for cultivating positive lasting relationships. She works with integrity and is committed to achieving the best results for her clients.

A proud  Kiwi who was born in Albania to a Maori and Albanian family, she grew up on the North Shore of Auckland. In 1998, Jenny travelled to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.  Here Jenny discovered her passion for people and travel. Jenny loved working and living with people of different cultures and diverse backgrounds. In 2003 after travelling the world and getting married to her Irish husband Bob, Jenny and her husband moved to Dubai, where they had their three children Cole (18), Kayla (13), and Jake (10).

As Jenny’s children grew older it became evident that they needed to be raised in New Zealand, so in 2016 the family made the decision to move home. Jenny now calls Birkenhead her home. Out of the office Jenny and her family love exploring the local beaches and bush walks. Jenny volunteers at her children’s schools and manages her daughter’s netball team. She loves catching up with friends and family over a delicious meal and a few cheeky beverages.  

Sarah Innes

Sarah Innes

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 3 666 0015
E: Email Sarah Innes

Based in the ‘Garden City’ Christchurch, Sarah is recruiting across the South Island and Australia for legal professional roles.

Sarah has been working alongside law firms for over 12 years across the legal content space. This gives Sarah a deep understanding of the legal profession and both our clients and candidates.

Sarah’s background enables her to exclusively partner to match the right candidates to the right firm. Sarah’s core focus is to ensure that the best cultural fit is achieved with candidate placements to ensure career progression. Sarah recruits across the legal industry locally in the South Island and can also provide career-changing opportunities for locally based Kiwis and internationals keen to pursue a career path in Australia.

Out of the office, Sarah is kept busy with her 3-year-old son Harry and an energetic Labrador Lilly and loves a good walk up the Port Hills or a cheeky glass of wine at the local vineyard.

Alec Hay

Alec Hay

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 3 666 0016
E: Email Alec Hay

Alec is a proud New Zealander, born and raised in Wellington where he studied History and Philosophy at VUW. After studying, he was drawn to travel and work in Scotland where he began his journey in the whisky industry, following that passion to Christchurch.

Alec comes to Tyler Wren from a career in Business Development, Brand Management, and sales in the Premium Liquor industry. His passion is interpersonal communication and he takes pride in building relationships based on trust and understanding. Alec recruits across the Banking Insurance and Financial Services industries locally in the South Island and can also provide career-changing opportunities for locally based Kiwis and internationals keen to pursue a career path in Australia.

Having lived in Christchurch for more than 7 years now, Alec is loving South Island life, however, he still doesn’t understand the one-way system and supports the Hurricanes. Alec’s first passion is food and drink, he’s a keen cook and loves a wee dram of whisky. In his spare time, he enjoys getting out in the great outdoors, tramping and clay bird shooting.

Vikki Cox

Vikki Cox

NZ Recruitment Specialist – Based in UK
T: +44 (0) 741 913 0546
E: Email Vikki Cox

Vikki has over 10 years’ hands-on experience in recruitment and candidate sourcing with the UK’s largest specialist recruitment agency, 9 years of which were spent working alongside Lisa Gray. She has worked within different sectors, including Accountancy and Finance, and Office Support, covering the temporary, permanent and contract markets.

As a recruitment consultant she understands how the right role can change someone’s life, and as an army wife she understands how intimidating an overseas move can seem.  This combination of professional experience and personal empathy makes her the ideal person to work alongside candidates interested in exploring the possibility of moving to New Zealand.

Vikki has travelled across New Zealand and appreciates what an amazing country it is, and what life is like there. She has a fond appreciation for the wines of Marlborough, the beauty of Waiheke and the calmness of Lake Pukaki.

Having recently returned from a Cyprus posting, she is once again enjoying life in the UK with her two young children and husband. When she is not in the gym, you will find her in the kitchen cooking up a storm for her family, who would describe her as loyal, committed and outgoing.

Sarah Kennerley

Recruitment Consultant – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 869 7180
E: Email Sarah Kennerley

Sarah has been in the recruitment industry for 3 years both in Australia and New Zealand. Originally from England, Sarah completed both a Bachelor and Master’s of International Business Management at universities in England, Scotland and America.  After a number of years travelling to various parts of the world, Sarah was ready to settle, fell in love with New Zealand and decided to make this wonderful country home.

Sarah enjoys connecting with new people and loves working closely with candidates to fully understand their goals and how she can help them to achieve them. 

Her recruitment industry experience involves sourcing office support roles, government positions, call centre roles, and now the legal sector. Sarah is focused on making her mark in the legal recruitment market helping candidates find their best fit company in the legal world. 

Out of office hours Sarah enjoys exploring New Zealand’s beautiful hikes, running, visiting a new brunch spot and nice glass of red.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Recruitment Consultant – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 930 8521
E: Email Chris Jones

Chris is originally from the UK, after spending a few years living in Australia, he briefly moved back home and then quickly decided to make a permanent relocation to the Southern Hemisphere. He has now been living in New Zealand since 2018 and considers Auckland to be home.

Chris has a background involving many years of experience in sales & client management as well as gaining vast knowledge from working within the telecommunications and technology sectors for some of the largest organisations in the UK. He takes pride in his ability to build rapport and relationships with a range of people by being an expert in his sector and enjoying a yarn.

In more recent years Chris has thrived being involved with the recruitment, training and coaching of individuals, this is something that he has found to be challenging yet ultimately rewarding. He loves to see people blossom into strong confident high performers in their respective teams and is keen to implement this into Professional Services working closely with Ben and Tasha.

When not at work Chris likes to keep himself busy with his other passion which is music. He plays multiple instruments including guitar, bass, piano and drums and he also loves to write and produce his own music as he has a fascination with audio engineering. Chris is also fanatical about movies and loves to travel and explore new places.

Jaz Locke

Jaz Locke

Recruitment Consultant – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 3 260 5103
E: Email Jaz Locke

Originally from England, Jaz has spent over half her life learning, inhabiting and celebrating the vibrant Kiwi culture in New Zealand. Jaz completed a Bachelors in Psychology and during her internship fell in love with recruitment, which has led her to gain valuable experience recruiting in volunteer, medical, childcare and accounting/financial environments. Like a true Cantabrian Jaz has lived, studied, worked and happily settled in Christchurch, which goes hand in hand with her love of helping fellow Kiwis gain the experience and career progression in their specialised field of work.

Jaz enjoys connecting with people over a good cup of coffee, or cheeky glass of wine, and has both the work and personal drive to help others achieve great heights and be the best that they can be. She has previous experience talent scouting, recruiting, training and onboarding candidates for hard to source areas, during candidate shortages, through earthquakes and a pandemic. Jaz prides herself on being hardworking, empathetic and personable – which has helped flourish her lasting relationships and connections throughout the South Island.

When Jaz is not working she enjoys going camping, hiking and travelling New Zealand with her fiance, socialising with friends at local restaurants and bars, or snuggled up with a good movie, snacks and her partner and two cats – Minxy and Bella.

Dotty & Boon

Dotty & Boon are our entertainment experts, always on hand to meet and greet our visitors with particular expertise in cuddles and sitting on laps.