Meet our team

Presto's seasoned professionals have a collective 100+ years of experience in recruitment and resourcing, as well as extensive local and global networks. It's safe to say we've honed an effective approach to finding IT talent fast, within flexible resourcing models that align with your operational and strategic goals.

As IT experts first, we keep our knowledge of the technology and business landscape current. That means we're able to accurately read the market and anticipate shifting talent demands to keep you ahead of the pack. 

Cherrie Wheeler

National Delivery Manager

Cherrie has a passion for IT developed over 15 years in IT talent management and recruitment roles. She builds strong professional relationships and introduces the best talent and resourcing solutions to Presto clients, with a focus is on bringing together the right people at the right time with the perfect role. Her proactive approach ensures a seamless experience for Presto candidates and clients.

By matching skills and culture accurately and selecting only the very best talent and opportunities, Cherrie simplifies the process of selection. Whether you are a candidate looking for your next role or an organisation in need of resourcing expertise, her goal is to deliver a thorough and professional experience.

Natasha Gray

Business Support

Natasha is a skilled Business Manager with 20 years of commercial experience. She has worked with a number of international businesses managing specialist projects across domains including Contractor Management, Administration Management, and Payroll. 

Natasha has led multifaceted teams to success and attributes this to her strong interpersonal skills, collaborative approach and tenacious drive for results.  

Desiree Thomas

Client Manager - Wellington

Desiree knows that there is a need for a personal touch within the IT industry that places a greater emphasis on service excellence. She thrives on understanding her clients’ needs thoroughly to ensure that the perfect candidate is delivered for each role by going beyond to make a difference.

With years of exemplary service in diverse IT, sales and business development roles, Desiree has a strategic mind-set that facilitates the formulation and implementation of strategies that have significantly improved customer relationships.

Desiree has been recognised as a builder and leader of high performance teams, created by engendering a culture of trust and collaboration and by valuing ongoing partnerships. 

Connie Lee

Client Manager - Auckland

Connie has over ten years experience in IT, working for a range of solution providers in resourcing, talent acquisition, and account management roles. Her passion is working closely with Presto clients to understand their business environment and their resourcing needs and challenges, and to find great people that are the perfect fit for their needs.

Connie is able to provide clients with strategic resourcing and capacity planning services, as well as project-driven recruitment for permanent and contract roles. She is committed to providing excellent support to both candidates and clients throughout the talent acquisition, recruitment, and on-boarding process.

Dhruti Desai

Talent Consultant

Dhruti  has worked in India, Singapore and New Zealand delivering resourcing solutions as well as in-house and agency IT recruitment. She has worked on concurrent requirements across multiple technologies and locations, including South East Asia and the USA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in IT and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources.

Dhruti is an expert in sourcing, selecting and securing top-notch candidates using LinkedIn Recruiter, and has been recognised as one of the Top 40 social recruiters in Australia and New Zealand in both 2016 and 2017. In her current role as a Talent Consultant, she delivers exceptional end-to-end Candidate Management including talent sourcing and shortlisting, interviewing, coordinating and tracking applicants, reference checking, and building strong referral networks.

Dheeraj Deshmukh

Talent Consultant

Dheeraj is a talent acquisition professional with extensive recruitment and resourcing experience in domains including Technology, Sales, Consulting, Customer Service, Accounting & Finance, and Analytics. He has been a part of the talent acquisition team for Infosys BPM in India and the Philippines. He is a Competency Based Interviewer, certified by Development Dimensions International. He also has an experience in project management, SAP implementation and training delivery.

Dheeraj believes that effective stakeholder management is key to building strong relationships with Presto Resourcing clients and candidates.


Teodora Bear

Talent Manager

Teodora has over 10 years’ experience in the consulting and recruitment space. As the Talent Manager for Optimation and Optimation's clients, she is dedicated to providing excellence in talent sourcing.

Teodora’s experience includes acting as a Recruitment Management Consultant for the global recruitment consultancy Mercuri Urval, where she was responsible for sourcing talent for clients across Europe. After moving to New Zealand in 2006, she worked for Madison Recruitment, Lansgate Ltd and Beyond Recruitment. Teodora's career background also includes experience in Audit and Business Process Outsourcing for PwC.

Hassana Kirkwood

Recruitment Consultant

Hassana brings extensive Candidate Management experience where she works collaboratively with both the client and contractor to ensure all expectations and needs are met. 

She has worked with a number of different contractors and clients across IT throughout her time in Melbourne and recently in Auckland upon her return. Hassana really connects with people on a personal level and is determined to provide the best service to ensure quality throughout the process.

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