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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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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Kellie Rosson

Recruitment Consultant

With a strong background in sales, business development and account management, Kellie’s passion lies within building and maintaining relationships to gain an in-depth understanding of client’s needs.

For the past 3 years, Kellie has worked across all industry sectors sourcing candidates for a wide range of opportunities with a keen interest in IT.

Kellie’s genuine interest and understanding in both people and technology makes her a unique addition to the Presto team in Wellington.

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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.


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!

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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.

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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.

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Gwen Chu

Resource Coordinator

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.