Meet the team

Generalists we are not. With a deep understanding of both IT and strategic talent acquisition we know how to design the right solution from the front line to the executive suite.

At Presto, our seasoned professionals have a collective 100+ years of experience across the entire talent solutions landscape, as well as extensive local and global networks. More importantly, we bring 15 years of invaluable experience in the design and deployment of strategic talent acquisition business models that remove cost and create significant efficiencies to allow you to do what you need to do with the right skills available to do it. 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 acquisition trends and demands to keep you ahead of the pack.

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Craig McGrory

Executive Director, Talent Supply Solutions

With a background in all things Talent Supply Chain related, from recruitment delivery to workforce strategy, Craig is a Talent Acquisition expert. As a career recruiter, his recent experience outside of New Zealand allows him to bring back thought leadership at the forefront of the TA debate. Craig gets to work with our clients on the big picture around effective talent acquisition methods, but more so, what it means for their employment brand and the nature of the engagement experience candidates can expect. Craig has a very natural and knowledgeable communication style that will help decipher the current TA noise and craft a deliberate and pragmatic pathway to the right solution for the right problem.

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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.

Leigh MacKay

Leigh MacKay

Practice Lead, Professional Services

With a background in Recruitment and Professional Development, Leigh is a trusted advisor to both client and candidates.  She has in-depth knowledge of the Wellington Market - government and private. Originally from Scotland, Leigh brings a certain type of humour and flair to her interactions and builds genuine relationships.  Leigh is the co-organiser of #wellyrecmeetup and is very well networked around town, this enables Leigh to find just the right fit for candidate and client.   When Leigh is not at work, she can be found hanging out with her family and friends and pestering her husband about buying her that horse he promised her if she moved back to NZ!

Saskia Mendez

Saskia Mendez

Senior Client Manager, Talent Supply Solutions

With 9+ years’ experience in IT Recruitment, Consulting and Delivering talent solutions, it was in IT Recruitment that he's found his passion. For the last 6 years, Saskia has immersed himself in the technology-related roles, working for a number of large IT recruitment companies in New Zealand.

He is an excellent addition to the Presto team, with an extensive existing network in Wellington and a broad vision of global issues after setting up an IT recruitment agency in London.

Saskia is motivated by solving a puzzle, he is passionate about understanding the business challenges and placing niche tech people to their dream jobs. His taste for coffee, meeting new people and having a good chat makes him a perfect fit for the team and the Wellington market. As a Senior Client Manager, Saskia will work with key clients in both the private and public sectors.

Connie Lee

Connie Lee

Senior Consultant, Talent Supply Solutions

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.

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Teodora Bear

Practice Lead, IT Security Talent

With a diverse ethnic background, Teodora has developed a well-rounded career incorporating sales, business development, talent recruitment, workforce planning, process re-engineering and alongside that a strong understanding of cultural diversity and adaptability. She is very personable, consultative and especially skilled at understanding her clients resourcing needs.

While living in Europe, Teodora worked for a global recruitment consultancy Mercuri Urval, recruiting talent for clients across the continent. Her professional background also includes experience in Business Process Outsourcing for PWC.

In New Zealand since 2006, she’s worked for Madison Recruitment, Lansgate Ltd and IT Beyond Recruitment. Overall, Teodora  - aka Teds (known by her colleagues) brings 15 years of IT recruitment, 5 of those recruiting in the IT Security space. She is currently leading the IT Security resourcing practice within Presto.

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Alana van Staden

Operations Support Coordinator

Alana brings a wealth of experience in managing relationships, identifying process improvement, and organisational planning across many industry sectors. She has a very strong work ethic and commitment to ensuring that everything is done with accuracy and professionalism. She thrives learning new skills and refining existing ones. As an individual Alana is always looking to innovate and add value to her role by challenging existing processes that could be improved for all concerned. With a meticulous attention to detail and love of operational improvement, Alana prefers working in a busy and dynamic team culture that has many pressure points requiring a high tolerance for stress. Originally from South Africa she and her family are enjoying their new lives in beautiful New Zealand.


Anneke Kuypers

Delivery Lead

Anneke is a great addition to the team here at Presto, she has worked within the Recruitment industry for 5 years where she has successfully resourced candidates in a variety of roles spanning business / change transformation and information technology, in both permanent, fixed term and contracting roles.

Anneke is committed and passionate about ensuring the candidate has a positive recruitment experience, and the hiring manager feels that they have engaged the very best person available.
When Anneke is not at work, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, dining at some of the amazing eateries / restaurants Wellington has to offer or just road tripping around our beautiful country Aotearoa!