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Leanda Gibson

Executive Consultant | Auckland

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Tell us a little about yourself

I’m originally from the UK and have lived in New Zealand for ten years now. Prior to moving to New Zealand, I lived in Abu Dhabi in the UAE for a year before moving to pastures greener. All my immediate family had emigrated to New Zealand, so it was an easy decision for me to follow suit.

I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled the world extensively and I still love to travel as often as possible and experience new places and cultures.

Tell us about what you have achieved in your personal and/or work-life

One of the proudest times of my life was moving to the UAE from the UK. I packed up my life into 60kgs of luggage and started a whole new life and career in a new country not knowing anyone there. The second was moving to New Zealand and again, starting a whole new career.

Tell us about your career to date

The travel bug kicked in for me at a very young age and I dedicated my early career and study to the airline industry. This enabled me to see the world (cheaply) and discover places I may never have had the opportunity to see.

What drew you to recruitment?

I was one of the rare ones who didn’t ‘fall’ into recruitment, I knew early on that I wanted to explore a career in the industry. Shortly after arriving in New Zealand, I decided to set out and find that recruitment job and let’s just say, I haven’t looked back a decade on.

Having worked in challenging people-centric roles for 20 plus years in the airline industry, recruitment was an easy transition for me.

Why is recruitment important to you?

I get a genuine buzz from helping people make the right career choices and assisting them along the journey. Equally, I enjoy helping my clients grow their team and see how my candidates are making a positive impact on the business.

During my career in recruitment, I have been fortunate to gain experience in all areas of Business Support, Healthcare, Construction, and Accounting & Finance. Having a wealth of experience across different disciplines and industries has enabled me to deliver better results.

I am driven by the satisfaction that comes from problem-solving, working to tight deadlines, and facing new challenges every day. I’m genuinely invested in my clients and candidates and delivering the best outcome for all parties.