About Tyler Wren

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

Our Team

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 Kiws, Lisa loves a game of golf, wine, hiking, barbeques and spending time at the pristine, sandy beaches that surround New Zealand.

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 bucketlist 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.

Kirsty Ballot

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

Kirsty specialises in the multi-disciplined Civil Consultancy space with a core focus on water, environmental, transport, geotechnical and civil engineering roles across New Zealand. With a recruitment career that started in 2008, she has extensive in-house and agency-based experience in South Africa, London and NZ, she’s worked at both ends of the table, and strives to make the recruitment process as efficient and smooth as possible.

Whether you’re an offshore candidate or a local Kiwi based Civil Engineer, Kirsty is passionate about changing lives by matching you with exceptional opportunities, and finding talented individuals to add value to her client’s businesses! 

Having emigrated to New Zealand a few years back, she understands the enormity of the decision and how vital it is to ensure it’s the right career move and lifestyle change for you and your family.  

In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and exploring new parts of Auckland, travelling around NZ and finding the latest spots to visit and of course spending quality time with her young family.

Gary Bloxham

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; Rest of Africa and Switzerland to then developing 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. 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 of 9 years 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.

Ben Holloway

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9 930 8520
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.

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.

Elliot Drury

Elliot Drury

Partner – Based in New Zealand
T: +64 (0) 9869 7279
E: Email Elliot Drury

Elliot is originally from the UK and he decided to take matters into his own hands when it came to fulfilling a life-long dream of his to spend a Christmas day on a sunny Australian beach. 5 years later, he has set up camp in New Zealand with his Kiwi partner and now calls Auckland his home.

Elliot’s journey into a recruitment career has been interesting having had 8 years of experience in sales and account management for both Telco and leadership development focused organisations across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His ability to digest and use technical information to understand requirements and provide a solution is second to none and he now specialises in the Civil Consultancy space with a core focus on water, environmental, transport, geotechnical and civil engineering roles across New Zealand. Elliot also has a selfless passion for helping individuals and organisations achieve their respective goals and all round ‘be better’.  

When Elliot isn’t at work, he enjoys exploring new beaches and bush walks with his partner and cavoodle dog (Jinx) as well as waking up in the early hours of the morning to watch his beloved football team, Liverpool FC. He is also a musician having the ability to play a variety of instruments including the piano, drums, saxophone, bass guitar and more.

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 enjoy’s 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.

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.