Retained Executive Search is the highly involved, strategic process of identifying, engaging and appointing top executives and other senior personnel. Founded and situated in Tauranga, Executive Search specialists Ryan + Alexander lead the way in recruiting New Zealand’s best senior management to leadership positions throughout the regions.
Bernadette has extensive experience in Executive Search and works in close partnership with a diverse client base throughout the appointment process. We are proud to have a track record for recruiting the highest performing candidates across a range of disciplines in Finance, Sales and Marketing, IT, HR and other professional services. Some of these include:
- Chief Executive Officer
- Global Sales Manager
- General Manager
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
At Ryan + Alexander our Executive Search team are experts in sourcing senior and middle management talent. We utilise our extensive networks and deep knowledge across different industry sectors, and of course our discretion. Our Tauranga based executive search team clearly demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality.
We support our clients in making their key appointments, not just through the immediate hiring process but at a long term strategic level. Reliable and credible, the Ryan Alexander team work hard to build trusted relationships with our clients. We are genuinely interested in you and your business. Discuss your requirements with us and take advantage of our market understanding, particularly in Regional New Zealand, our industry contacts and our experience in specialist Executive Search services.
As head of Ryan + Alexander’s executive search function, I run a rigorous recruitment process. Over the past three years, we have placed recruits of the highest calibre in to a number of impressive roles across regional New Zealand. Our clients include Robotics Plus, Hancock Forest Management and Comvita.
Executive search is my speciality. I have developed a keen instinct for recognising individuals with international-standard expertise who will fit, and thrive, in regional New Zealand. Throughout my 16 year career, I have helped large corporates fill senior roles in London, Singapore, China, Italy, the US and various points between. I have specialised across a number of sectors, including financial services and agribusiness, and been tasked with responsibility for placing senior executives in roles such as CEO, operations and general management.
I was born in Invercargill and raised in Rotorua but have lived and worked around the world – from Japan, to the United Kingdom, to Holland. I returned to the Bay of Plenty in 2013, with my husband and two boys in tow, to work for Zespri International. I managed the company’s mid- to executive-level global recruitment and further honed my instinct for the attributes which set outstanding candidates aside from the pack. In 2016, I left Zespri, and Kiri and I founded Ryan and Alexander Consultancy.
Examples of local clients I have worked with:
- Zespri International
- Planttech Research Institute
- Addiction Foods
- Jace Group
I have worked both in New Zealand and the UK, and am a qualified librarian with several years of experience in research, information and library roles across different sectors, including law and higher education.
During my time in London I worked in the research division of a global Executive Search firm, specialising in finance and investment banking. My husband and I then had the opportunity to follow our roots to Scotland and work at the University of St Andrews.
Upon returning to New Zealand, I spent five years working at the University of Auckland Library. This included working with colleagues on developing and providing new services for researchers. Following parental leave, I embarked on some contract and part-time roles, including librarian for a barristers’ chambers, and research and sourcing for Convergence Partners in Auckland. I have always had an interest in supporting and enabling people to develop their careers and completed a postgraduate certificate in career development through AUT in 2016.
I’m originally from Auckland but moved to the beautiful Bay of Plenty in 2018 with my husband and son. Since moving to the Bay I am enjoying discovering more about industry in the region and working with the team at Ryan + Alexander.