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  • The best leaders are not interested in who is right, but
    what is right

    “Identifying and attracting leaders requires a thorough understanding of different industries and functions, and a keen sense of the right ‘fit’ of objectives, people and culture,” says Graeme Sandri, director of SandriWalsh. The right executive can make or break your business. “I know how high the stakes are for your business. I can help you find the right leaders and increase the performance of your business.”

    Graeme Sandri, Director
  • New Zealand – a great place for entrepreneurship

    “In the 2013 Doing Business report, the World Bank ranked New Zealand number one in the world for ‘Starting a business’. Tony Walsh, director of SandriWalsh, knows what it takes to attract leaders with the drive and determination to start a business or grow a business. “I can help you search the best of New Zealand (and the world) to find the right directors and a chief executive to create that vision, and a senior leadership team that can bring that vision to life and deliver results.”

    Tony Walsh, Director




The quality of a company’s board is an important evaluation factor
for success


The quality of a company’s board is an important evaluation factor for success

Balancing short-term pressures and longer-term considerations, stakeholder interests and a company’s own requirements is no easy task. Our clients are looking for directors with entrepreneurial drive, balanced with a prudent perspective to monitor progress and manage risks.

We need directors to provide leadership, strategy and direction to some of New Zealand’s most dynamic businesses. Talk to us about what’s right for you.



Leadership is about inspiring the team to achieve more than they could as individuals


Leadership is about inspiring the team to achieve more than they could as individuals

Finding those leaders is what we do. The leaders who dream big and deliver results. Leaders with a track record for success built on hard work and team effort. They’re busy getting on with what they do, not necessarily looking for their next move. That’s where we come in – we find them, we inspire them and get them excited about you.

Talk to us about finding (and developing) your next top leaders.



To win, you have to believe you can do it


To win, you have to believe you can do it

In a forest of trees, there are mighty Totara’s out there. Our job is to help you find them. A CEO has to be a leader, not a pied piper. Entrepreneurs are pied pipers. They play seductive melodies and entice people into following them. Leadership is different. It calls for keeping a watchful eye on the business and making sure everyone understands what must get done. And creating a sense of urgency about that.

We can help you find that special CEO that can problem solve and see around corners - that is, to recognise well in advance what has to be done for the good of the business - so that the company is always leading the industry rather than trying to catch up. And no CEO can do this alone – it takes a committed leadership team. We can find the right team to drive change.



Help where you most need it


Help where you most need it

We can help you deploy interim management leadership or consulting specialists to effect your most critical change and transformation business initiatives

We often find our clients use this staffing strategy for high impact and flexibility.



Manager - Practice and Policy


As part of a broad remit, The Pharmaceutical Society plays a central, critical role in providing both clinical and regulatory leadership and advice to Pharmacy, and aligned stakeholders.

You are the primary repository and conduit of this crucial advice and insight, which has been performed most effectively by the incumbent. His contribution has been recognised by appointment to the Australian equivalent.

In order to be effective and successful, you will have:

  • Formal tertiary qualifications in Pharmacy or a directly related discipline. This is mandatory and ideally will be complemented with a business or public policy post-grad qualification
  • Proven research background and capability, providing the requisite insights emanating from such research. Proactivity is a genuine expectation in relation to this competency.
  • Confident and effective communication, with the ability to represent the Society/Sector across a breadth of forums, including governmental, legislative, technical and media
  • Superior relationship management skills in enhancing strong relationships that have been developed across the various stakeholder groups.


Chief Financial Officer


With proven and successful experience as CFO of a publicly listed company, you will inspire confidence with the Board, CEO and your Senior Leadership peers. Fundamentally this will be evidenced through your achievements and provision of valued advice as a commercially astute senior finance professional who innately understands and contributes to, both organisational and market imperatives.

Your leadership skills ensure that you "take people with you," as you proactively develop systems and processes that deliver results exceeding the expectations of your internal and external customers and “stakeholders.”  With the NZX embarking on a comprehensive review of its business and market strategy, you must have the confidence, drive and desire to actively lead and collaborate on this initiative.

Overseeing the development of NZX’s financial strategy and business plans is an integral function, ensuring that they are robust and practicable, with the structures and measurements in place to meet requisite obligations. 

CA qualification and understanding how capital, risk and commodity markets work is required. Ideally you will have a background in the Financial Services sector, but critically, you must have experience as a CFO (or equivalent) in a large and complex commercial organisation, having worked closely and effectively with a CEO, and as a trusted advisor to the Board.

Applications close 5pm 11th August 2017.


Executive Director


This is an exciting new role within Freemasons NZ, a 125 year old membership based organisation that is determined to maintain its core tradition and values, while seeking improved alignment to modern New Zealand society, for which it can and will play such a positively influential role in the lives of so many.
Freemasons NZ has a large footprint across New Zealand that is measured by over 6500 members and 224 physical sites, and delivers to its membership fellowship, benevolence, self-development, life balance and family support.
The Executive Director role has been created to give a focus to the organisation that delivers a robustness of operation, while exploring strategic change and delivery so that Freemasons NZ maintains a relevance to a greater audience, and hence grows the quantity and quality of its membership.
This is a role that has a wide brief covering all operational facets of the business, and hence a knowledge and understanding of finance & legal, marketing & communications, human resources and operations support is important. A commercial mind-set would be of undoubted benefit.

This opportunity will utilise your proven experience in organisational management, but in also leading a team required to deliver a reinvigorated vision and purpose. Critical to this role will be the ability to work with numerous senior stakeholders in the wider business, particularly those on the Board, and key stakeholders within the New Zealand wide regional membership base.


  • You will be recognised as an exceptional relationship manager with a track record of strong stakeholder engagement both internally and externally, plus experience in business development
  • You will have experience operating in a senior management role in a complex non-for-profit organisation, including a focus on membership growth strategies via retention, reactivation and acquisition.
  • You will have a strong commercial ethic and be able to demonstrate highly developed interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

A tertiary qualification relevant in membership, marketing and communications or a business-related field is preferred. 


Head of Communications & Administration


Freemasons NZ is a membership based organisation, and is seeking an individual who wishes to take the next step in their career as a communications and administration professional. This role will be critical in assisting this organisation, with 125 years of history in New Zealand, create and cement a future position within New Zealand society of relevance and progression. 
Freemasons NZ has a large footprint across New Zealand that is measured by over 6500 members and 224 physical sites, and delivers to its membership fellowship, benevolence, self-development, life balance and family support. 
The Head of Communications and Administration role has been created to give appropriate focus and resource to developing a communications strategy that engages key stakeholder's and enhances and protects Freemasons NZ's interests and reputation. Additionally, reporting to the Executive Director, the role provides administration and support duties to several key leadership groups and roles - many who are volunteers and in need of concise and efficient service.
A commercial mind-set that can manage end to end communications and administration tasks would be of undoubted benefit, but primarily this organisation is seeking someone with an established record within a membership based organisation. 


  • You will have an established record working in the areas of communications and administration with a membership based organisation
  • You will have experience operating in a management position in a non-for-profit organisation, where a clear majority of initiatives are completed by volunteers
  • You will be a person with a strong team ethic and have a collaborative working style, who has good project work skills, and has an ability to build strong working relationships across a variety of persons and groups, in this largely volunteer based organisation.

A tertiary qualification, or relevant equivalent experience, in communications, administration and a business related field is considered a key requirement.


Manager Strategy


The CEO has a vision for this entity that includes assuming genuine leadership for future-state thinking across the critical sector in which it operates, one that is unquestionably “front of mind” both nationally and globally, a key role in the ‘NZ Inc story’…exciting, and assuming significant responsibility.

However, there is also another major developmental role you will play, determining and leading strategy that broadens the organisations current remit and cross sector penetration, the aforementioned CEO having no doubt of the potential for considerably broader reach and influence.

Such is the undoubted potential, this new role has been created to give strategy ‘clear air,’ utilising the considerable specialist capability across the organisation, to focus on delivering relevant, sophisticated future thinking. Your strategic leadership style of facilitation, engagement and collaboration, would ensure proactivity in relation to its broad stakeholder engagement functions.

A commercial mind-set that can fast-track innovation and creativity in strategic directions, would be of undoubted benefit.

This opportunity will utilise your proven experience in leading organisational strategy. You must be able to quantifiably show that you have shifted organisations to be better placed on an identified long term landscape. While reporting to a General Manager, success would confirm you as a trusted strategic advisor, with significant access to, and interaction with, the CEO, Board and the Senior Leadership Team.


  • You will be a proven strategist who influences organisational transformation and/or directional change, and helps drive the associated ownership and accountability of such work
  • You will be a leader – not only in terms of people development and growth, but concept leadership in helping set the organisational direction, and by default, that of a high profile, critical sector. You will ensure that internal and external stakeholders are fully engaged and informed so they actively play contributory roles.
  • As an influencer, you must be able to also understand competing agendas, and when to absorb, change, or isolate to create an agreed strategy.

A tertiary qualification is required. Your track record of success is the fundamental requirement.


General Manager Marketing

Wellington or Auckland


Leading a team that has at its core the goal of adding value across such a broad and complex business is nothing less than a challenge, albeit a significantly positive one. However, the most critical part of this leadership role lies in the value you will deliver, through the business(es) to their extraordinarily diverse customer bases, all of which are involved in delivering to NZ’s broader infrastructural framework.

Reporting to the CEO you will drive this functional capability through inspired leadership, and your substantial Marketing experience developed to the most senior levels. Further, that experience and confidence will ensure significant marketing and general business contribution as part of the Company’s Executive Team.

Other key elements include:

  • Proven inspirational leadership experience and valued contribution at the executive table.
  • A background in the steel, construction or manufacturing sectors, coupled with appropriate business qualifications
  • Exceptional business acumen with proven background in delivering marketing and related strategies to quantifiable/measurable outcomes.
  • Experience across the full “marketing mix,” including branding along with developing & commercializing strategic business solutions to customers.
  • Leading the Company’s team of technical experts responsible for product (category) management and pricing
  • Experience in large and complex distribution environments, this distribution being at the core of effective and timely delivery to Steel and Tubes customers.

A unique opportunity to stamp your mark on one of NZ’s significant and successful organisations that is a major contributor to the growth of the nation. Being a successful, publicly listed company, there is “nowhere to hide,” something that will appeal enormously to, and motivate, the right person. 


Auckland Manager - Reinforcing & Wire Products


Proven, outstanding leadership in a production environment and delivering to, or exceeding customer expectations, is non-negotiable. Substantial investment in plant and machinery will arm you with the "tools" to achieve outcomes in the greater Auckland market, one that is at the core of both present and future growth for the company. 
As a high performing professional, you will lead an experienced team to maximise operational capability and drive market growth/superior customer delivery.
Reporting to the National Manager, Reinforcing & Wire, you will have relevant industry/sector background, in steel and/or aligned construction environments. Experience managing sub-contractors on major construction sites, would be highly advantageous.


Research & Innovation Manager


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• New Position, reporting to CEO
• Supporting NZ's primary industries
• Science/Research background
Great new opportunity for the professional who is genuinely motivated by contributing to applied primary industry research investment and oversight and working closely with partner agencies in industry and Government to ensure program delivery is underpinned by sound science. 
You will report to the CEO, and work closely with the Executive Group, overseeing the companies research and development project investments and managing the delivery of a balanced research portfolio. This role will contribute to the management and effective delivery of applied and fundamental research designed to underpin the Company’s business programs.   
This will involve operating as both a standalone function as well as working closely with associated research provider agencies, industry and Government bodies  and stakeholder groups driven to achieving similar outcomes.
Your experience will include:
• Demonstrated involvement in experimental design and project methodology
• A track record of research and project-focussed portfolio(s) and contracts management
• Knowledge of &/or affinity with, animal health and ideally, a background that includes research into animal health or related discipline such as biosecurity, ecology or other biological science
• Formal involvement management and/or administration of Commercial or applied R&D 



Team Talk

Chief Executive


Chief Executive

SandriWalsh worked exclusively with the TeamTalk Chair and Board to identify quality candidates for this critical role, resulting in the appointment of Andrew Miller to the position.

Pharmacy Guild
of New Zealand

Chief Executive

Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

Chief Executive

SandriWalsh were appointed the exclusive search agents for this critical assignment.  Advocacy for the members was a key focus for this critical role, resulting in the appointment of Andrew Gauldin to the position.

New Zealand
Racing Board

Executive Leadership Team

New Zealand Racing Board

Executive Leadership Team

With the appointment of John Allen as CEO in March 2015, SandriWalsh were appointment to work exclusively with John to identify and appoint a number of his new senior leadership team.  In all, five critical General Manager positions (Customer, Services, Finance, People and Broadcasting) were appointed through our process.

of Health

Executive Leadership Team

Ministry of Health

Executive Leadership Team

The Ministry embarked on a transformational journey that would see them step up and work more closely with the health and disability sector.  To lead through the transformational change required, the Director-General appointed SandriWalsh to work exclusively with him to identify a strong, highly effective Executive team, with the right accountabilities, capabilities and mind-set, that opts into the challenge of creating sustainable change.  We are proud of the work undertaken both nationally and internationally to help identify and appoint eight new Tier 2 positions. 


Executive Leadership Team

The CEO requested SandriWalsh to assist in the identification of appropriate leadership talent that will assist her in implementing a new organisational strategy, assist in realigning and enhancing BRANZ’s capability, and significantly contribute to the achievement of both organisational and industry goals. Roles successfully recruited were General Manager Corporate Services, General Manager Industry Research, General Manager Corporate Services and Human Resources Manager.

Commerce Commission

General Manager Competition

This role had substantial breadth in terms of subject matter and market(s) involvement, across New Zealand. It involved the management of two key areas, those being Competition and Consumer, at all levels and in all markets. With a responsibility for a team of 90 across a number of key disciplines, including Legal, Economics, Investigation and Advocacy it required a leader with a proven capability across multi-discipline teams. Given the person will be developing, managing and further developing relationships with key stakeholders, this knowledge was required in terms of credibility, both external and internal. Through our search process, we were pleased to be able to identify Antonia Horrocks, a New Zealander based in London, to agree to come back to New Zealand to take up the role.

NZ Rugby

Chief Financial Officer

Within an organisation at the core of 'NZ Inc,' this rare opportunity was presented for SandriWalsh to identify  a highly qualified CFO to work closely with the CEO and be expected to take a critical leadership role across the Senior Management Group in a complex commercial organisation. Through a thorough search process, we were thrilled to assist with the appointment of Nicky Nicol who returned to New Zealand after a long period of time in Australia with BP.

Industry Training

Chief Executive

The Industry Training Federation (ITF) represents all of New Zealand's Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) and provides the collective voice of sectors' and industries' vocational education and training needs. The role of CEO was to advise and provide “intelligence” to the Council/Board re what is happening at the highest levels so that they are aware of the impacts on their businesses and are able to formulate strategy relevant to their sectors. Another key part of the role is to feed opportunities to the CEO’s of the various ITO's, requiring them to have a strong level of confidence in the CEO and the credibility of the information supplied, as it will often have a significant bearing on their own decision-making.  Josh Williams was appointed to the role.

FairWay Resolution

General Manager Strategy & Finance

'Unique' is a word that genuinely applies to Fairway Resolution, given that they are one of the few organisations of their kind in New Zealand, that also holds a rare place in the global market with a highly specialised area of expertise.  Having restructured for the future and having strategies in place in order to achieve their goals they recognised that strategy is an ever evolving business foundation and this role will have responsibility for ensuring their organisational strategies are constantly revisited, changed and developed in order to retain their market place effectiveness and achieve growth targets.  Murray Pugh was appointed to the role following our search process.  Murray bought the right mixture of skills to this role which included his time with NZ Post, as CEO of Stephenson & Turner Architects.

Department of Corrections

Director Property

Steel & Tube
Holdings Ltd

General Manager Infrastructure

Accident Compensation Corporation

Head of Provider Service Delivery


SandriWalsh Premises

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P.O. Box 25-594, Featherston St, Wellington 6146
Ph: +64 (0) 4 978 1824


We are an executive search and recruitment consultancy, specialising at the top end of the market. With Graeme and Tony having a combined fifty plus years of experience, we have been instrumental in helping hundreds of New Zealand clients build leadership capability.

We build long term relationships with our clients. We’re in it for the long haul and we work in partnership with our clients to help them bring their vision to life.

We help raise productivity by finding the right leaders to help businesses like yours grow and thrive. Talk to us and together we’ll find what’s right for you.