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.

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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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Josh Hallberg

Recruitment Consultant

Josh is beginning his recruitment career with Presto as it was a natural progression from his former roles in sales and IT. He has always been a people person building natural rapport and thoroughly enjoying getting to know all kinds of people.


During his previous roles he found his passion was tailoring the right solution for his customers through a consultative process he finds very gratifying, which is largely a natural part of the recruitment process. He is looking forward to applying these skills to help find rewarding solutions for both Clients and Candidates.

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Ryan Cole

Recruitment Consultant

Ryan recruits across the entirety of the Digital and Tech space particularly for companies within the Auckland market. With a specialist approach to providing end to end recruitment solutions and a passion for technology, Ryan has a track record of delivering with a consultative and tailored approach.

Beginning his recruitment career specialising in Sales & Marketing in the UK. He is now taking the plunge into the world of IT Recruitment providing tailored resourcing solutions for start-ups and global outfits.


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Drew Lemmerick

Client Manager

Drew has been working in the recruitment industry for the last 5 years in Wellington. Originally from Canada, he spent years travelling around Europe, South East Asia, and the South Pacific. It was in these years travelling that Drew realized his love of meeting new people from all different walks of life and the satisfaction it brings him to be able to develop a rapport with different types of people.

He began as an admin support recruiter for permanent and fixed term placements and has since grown adding IT contracting roles to his skill set.

Helping the right candidates find the right jobs is a tremendously rewarding experience for Drew.  

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Craig Parsons

Delivery Lead

Craig works for Presto as our Auckland based Delivery Lead for both Presto & our parent company Optimation Group.  Craig has a passion for IT and has worked for a number of Information Technology & Software Development companies prior to commencing his career in Recruitment and Talent sourcing.  Leveraging off this experience, Craig is quickly able to respond to his clients needs and always ensures a professional and friendly experience, coupled with top level candidates who consistently exceed expectations.  Outside of work Craig enjoys exploring the outdoors, travelling, tramping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Persia Plaza

Talent Resourcer

Persia is a resourceful individual with a proven track record in customer service, communications, and technical support. She has a wide range of skills with a background in Journalism and Information Technology. Her experience in both fields helped her in finding passion to leverage on communications and technology to innovate business solutions.

Prior to joining Presto Resourcing, she was a Senior Technical Support Specialist and was responsible for taking complete ownership of diagnosing and resolving technical enquiries and requests. This experience built a strong foundation for her customer service skills.

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Nigel Sloley

Resource Management Consultant

Nigel has over Thirty years of experience in both private and public sectors of the IT industry. He has managed various facets of Government and Commercial application systems development and systems integration projects along with complex application support and maintenance environments while employed with major information technology organisations in New Zealand and the UK.

While at EDS and latter HP, Nigel was the resource/capability lead for the Project management, Programme management and the Architecture practice. In this role, Nigel formed part of the SLT and focused on the forecast, planning, assignment and hiring of resources to satisfy the need of HP’s demanding customers both locally and off-shore

Nigel is self-motivated and has strong inter-personal communication skills. He has led many and varied multi-disciplined teams and possesses the ability to work effectively with clients and delivery teams at all levels.

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Gwen Chu

Talent Delivery Lead

Gwen is a versatile Recruitment expert who has worked in the IT, Manufacturing and Offshoring/Outsourcing industries in Asia, NZ, and AU. She has broad experience in doing end to end recruitment for various roles and has proven that she can collaborate effectively to fill in the critical vacancies of her clients. She finds dealing with people from different cultures very interesting and highly engaging, hence her career goal of joining a multinational firm and connecting talents across the globe and find their matched skillset/jobs. Apart from these, she is also trying to perfect her skills in becoming a resource who can influence her colleagues and the organization positively.

Gwen loves to travel with family and friends, or  watch movies; give her a book and she will finish reading it in no time as well.

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Czarinna Cortez

Resource Coordinator

Czarinna is a well-rounded professional who has almost 3 years of work experience in Recruitment and HR combined. She was previously connected with a US-owned outsourcing company in the Philippines and is responsible for the end-to-end recruitment process for various vacancies such as Marketing, Finance, HR, and IT. Aside from Recruitment, she has an in-depth understanding of the local HR and Administrative works which give her an edge in dealing with potential candidates and clients. She has a vision of making talents stand out by finding them the job, company, and culture that would best suit them.

She spends her free time hanging out with her family and friends and engages with people who can further enhance her professional skills. Czar also enjoys writing essays for her personal growth, watches documentaries, and TV series whenever time permits.

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Junie Lalic

Resource Coordinator

Junie is a dedicated Recruitment professional with a demonstrated history of working in the outsourcing/offshoring industry mainly catering to clients from New Zealand, Australia, and the US for a variety of roles – be it technical or non-technical. She has been in the Recruitment industry for 4 years with experience in the end-to-end recruitment process from sourcing up to onboarding. She is passionate about helping individuals land a job where they will thrive and drive meaningful impact.

 Outside of work, Junie enjoys traveling to new places, trying out cafes/diners, and spending time with family and friends. She is a very open individual who is always down to try new ideas and experiences that would also help her grow as a person.


Angelica Ellaga

Resource Coordinator

Dedicated and goal-oriented recruitment professional with almost 8 years of experience encompassing volume and corporate full-cycle recruiting in the BPO and Logistics industry. Proven track record of attracting the best talents for our organization and numerous clients across different industries. I believe that recruiting is building and nurturing relationships while finding the perfect candidate in a competitive talent market.

Outside of work, I enjoy going out on hiking and outdoor trips with my friends. To keep my sanity, I spend time with my mom, niblings and my dog Ulap.

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Isha Ronquillo

Resource Coordinator

With a positive work attitude and enthusiasm, Isha has been thriving in the Recruitment industry for the past year now. She has a good deal of experience in headhunting both Technical and Non-Technical roles for various clients. Having been involved in end-to-end recruitment, Isha has provided impact both on candidates and customers by staying committed to finding the right talents for the required critical positions. Moreover, she is regarded by her colleagues to be a proactive and reliable team player who readily takes challenges head on. She is assertive and is not afraid to ask questions when needed. Plus, she exudes a can-do attitude and simply does things as best as she can.

 Being the coffee person that she is, Isha needs to start her day with the right dose of caffeine to function. But when not working, she enjoys taking a run outdoors or being a home buddy, you can find her absorbed in movies, series, or documentaries. To add, she would always find ways to improve her skills or learn new things outside of work. 

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Kendrick Liwanag

Talent Delivery Lead

Being a graduate of Business Administration with units in Master’s Degree under Business Management, he is an experienced Human Resource in Business Process Outsource, Contingent Workforce and IT Field Industry, catering to APAC Region. With 11years of work experience under Recruitment, Kendrick is well-versed in all phases of recruitment and hiring, including defining job roles, assessing needed skills and qualifications, and evaluating candidates. He has a proven strong sales background and a perfect attitude in Customer Service ensuring satisfaction, and ability to partner across departments to meet the needs required. This gives him consistent positive feedback from Clients, Managers and Colleagues.

 Outside of his work schedule, Kendrick loves watching his favorite TV Series and is a music lover. He always finds time to pick up his guitar and play his favorite punk rock songs as a way for him to let loose.