Head Office

Geoff Densem

Managing Director

Geoff is the founder and Managing Director of Advanced Personnel Services Ltd and is based at the company's Head Office located in Christchurch.

Geoff's association with the personnel industry goes back to Jan 1986 when he started the industrial temp staff division for Key Personnel, before founding Advanced Personnel in late October 1987. Now over 2 & 1/2 decades on and he remains the navigator/strategist behind the company that employs more than 25 permanent staff and 300 temporary on-hire personnel weekly.

Geoff considers the company's investment in a web based interface as early as 2000 has helped to keep it at the forefront of its development maintaining strategic size, a major advantage in our New Zealand market; versatile enough where we can make a decision quickly and yet reputable and big enough to provide confidence and security to our candidates and clients. Recruitment in today's market is for us about aligning ourselves with our clients and candidates utilising leading edge communications more than ever before.

With so many options around it is about adapting to change and remaining at the cutting edge in terms of technology, efficiencies, respect and offering a service second to none.

In his spare time Geoff is involved with his family, football and Motorsport.

Paula Densem

Director

Dear Optimist, Pessimist and Realist: While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of water I drank it, sincerely The Opportunist

I consider myself the Opportunist.

Opportunity is what drives me - I love working in the recruitment industry, each door you open is a door to opportunity

My daily work tasks revolve around credit control, processing new account applications and building relationships with our clients.

I also cover the HR portfolio. Outside work I love my rugby and league.

Travelling is a passion of mine which I always have on my agenda.

Ryan Densem

National Operations Manager

Ryan first joined the recruitment industry in 2001. For the first seven years of his career he lived and worked in some of New Zealand's greatest cities supporting, building and growing the Advanced Personnel nationwide branch network before settling in Auckland in 2008.

"I have had the pleasure of working with and being mentored by some exceptional people in the recruitment field; some of the most intelligent, highly motivated people I have ever met. At the other end of the scale I have come across a number of people who wait morbidly on the recruitment industry death row, having very little commitment to the industry. My wish is to combine my knowledge and experience gained from working with those at both ends of the scale and collaborate with our permanent staff to deliver the best partnerships to our clients and candidates alike".

Ryan has trained managers, recruiters and support staff, communicated with hundreds of clients surrounding strategic workforce plans, legal and policy related matters as well as interviewing countless candidates about their dreams, careers and employment opportunities moving forward.

In his spare time Ryan enjoys mounting biking, martial arts, supporting the Crusaders and spending time with family and friends.

Clint Densem

IT Manager

I joined Advanced Personnel in July 2008 as a Trainee Computer Technician, after 2 years of living in London and travelling around Europe.

In September 2012 I was given the IT Managers role encompassing the overall view and strategy of the company's technology focus. In this role I am responsible for leading and covering all IT related activities including installing and maintaining computer hardware, software and networks while running and maintaining the helpdesk, training and consultation, future planning and development of resources.

I love the ability in the role to use ever changing technology to improve internal efficiencies and delivery of services to our clients and candidates.

In 2013 I completed a NZIM Certificate in Management and the following year began a Degree in Business Majoring in Management.

In my spare time I love to travel, car race and work on property investment and online e-commerce opportunities.

Robin Duthie

Health and Safety Manager

Robin Duthie is the company's National Health and Safety Manager. Prior to joining Advanced Personnel Robin worked with Fonterra as their National Health and Safety Manager for Distribution & Farms as well as some time in H&S Management roles within Fonterra Coal Mining, Fonterra Effluent Spreading and their fertiliser operations/factory.

He comes with a wealth of experience in the construction and infrastructure sector gathered while working within the corporate H&S team of major projects at Genesis Energy. Previous to his roles in Health and Safety Robin spent a number of years in the recruitment industry working firstly as a Recruitment Consultant and then Branch Manager in Hamilton.

Having a widespread hands-on Health, Safety and environmental experience working for both New Zealand SMEs and corporates,

Robin is the driving factor behind Advanced Personnel's continuous improvement and dedication towards all things Health & Safety.

Michael Jones

Candidate Resourcer - Head Office

I moved to New Zealand from the Emerald Isle 14 years ago and class New Zealand as my home now.

I have worked in recruitment for a few years both as recruitment consultant and as a temp so have been on both sides of the fence.

I have two girls who are my world and in my spare time I love cooking, movies, reading and training my girls in martial arts which I have done for the last 25 years.

Rashmi Mule

Candidate Resourcer - Head Office

My journey with New Zealand began the same way as it does for many migrants.  I thrive on working in an extremely fast paced and demanding environment.  When the opportunity arose to join the team at APS as Candidate Resourcer for Overseas recruitment, I jumped at the chance.

Today my role at APS allows me to put my skills and previous experience into play working with a wide range of people on a day to day basis. I pride myself on ensuring  my candidates can count on me for information and feedback.

In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends & clubbing with them and watching movies

Invercargill

Caitlin Boyd

Recruitment Consultant - Invercargill

I am a born and breed Southland girl with a passion for customer service. I pride myself on providing the right people solution for my clients and believe in building long lasting relationships.

I have had the opportunity to work in different aspects of recruitment in the past, as a resourcer and as a temp, which gives me a valued experience from all players in the recruitment industry.

I find working in recruitment extremely satisfying and my priority is to always deliver the best quality service to clients and candidates.

Lynley Watson

Recruitment Consultant - Invercargill

I am a born and bred Southlander, my background is finance and sales - I was a mortgage advisor most recently and before that I worked for a large finance company in Invercargill for 7 1/2 years.

In my previous roles I have learnt to communicate with people from all backgrounds and nationalities. My passion is meeting and helping clients to overcome the business challenges they face today.

Really looking forward to the challenges this new role will bring and feel my customer service and sales experience will give me a real advantage.

I am married to Iain and have two grown up daughters Jessie & Amber and a super energetic dog called Skye.

Christchurch

Brent Tyler

Branch Manager - Christchurch

I am originally from a telecommunications background, with 12 years in leadership, management roles for Spark/Telecom in Consumer and Small Business and 10 years in account and key account managers roles for Gen-i/Telecom Corporate.

I have been in the recruitment industry since November 2015 and have found it to be extremely satisfying when we connect the best people with the right business needs and know agility is often required with our business to business dealings.

My focus is to lead and support our team to deliver quality people for our clients as well as assisting Advanced Personnel's do deliver recruitment strategies to ensure our clients receive quality service and see this as value to their own business.

Ed Heald

National Business Development Manager – Industrial - Christchurch

I have over 35 years' experience in the Engineering industry. I trained as a Plastics Engineer dealing with product manufacture, processing and tooling before moving into tool and product design.

I then moved into sales, management roles, servicing, and liaising with existing customers on a regular basis and developing new business. This also encompassed technical advice with respect to materials and design and the preparation of formal quotations.

I joined Advanced Personnel in October 1996 as an Industrial Consultant in the Engineering and Manufacturing Sector. My understanding of the industry brings excellent service to both clients and candidates.

Have now moved into Management roles but still keep regular contact with both clients and candidates.

Jeanette Beatty

Senior Recruitment Consultant - Christchurch

Initially invited into recruitment (now in my 14th year) to specialise in hospitality covering the South Island with temporary cover for establishments and permanent recruitment where needed. After 4 years I made a move to Advanced Personnel where I maintained a large hospitality portfolio for a further 6 years.

Since then have been on contract to one of our major manufacturing clients working in-house recruitment, worked with Health & Safety / ACC / Permanent Recruitment in various industries.

Late 2015 I moved back to a Hospitality portfolio along with some administration / sales and also permanent recruiting.

My hospitality background started in the mid 80's in hotels, moving to motels, restaurants/ cafes and back to hotels.

Covering most of New Zealand in my hospitality employment I have lived & breathed the industry in fabulous places such as Hanmer Springs, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Picton, Taupo, Auckland + more... any job in the industry I have ticked the box!!

I understand the industry extremely well and the requirements needed to recruit professional, skilled and well-groomed staff for your establishment.

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Cliff Cooper

Recruitment Consultant - Christchurch

I have spent the majority of my working life in and around the freight, logistics, manufacturing, and transport sectors, and have combined this knowledge with 6 years experience in recruitment.

In previous roles I have been the sole Recruitment Consultant tasked with sourcing and processing Aircraft Maintenance Engineering contractors for the aviation sector throughout New Zealand, and also been a Branch Manager for a well-known national labour hire group.

I am married with twins, and an avid ice hockey fan, a sport I have been associated with for almost 20 years either in a playing or coaching capacity. I have been lucky enough to be an assistant coach for Canterbury Senior, head coaching roles for Canterbury U16 and U19 squads.

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Eli DaCruz

Recruitment Consultant - Christchurch

I joined Advanced Personnel Services in October 2016 coming from a management position in the construction industry. I am originally from Brazil and have moved and settled in NZ in 2008.

My priority at APS is to always deliver the best quality service to clients and candidates, matching excellent employers with exceptional employees.

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Gary Condon

Recruitment Consultant - Christchurch

Coming from a sales/account management background, I decided to take the leap into recruitment, joining Advanced Personnel in late October 2016.

Originally from London, moved to Christchurch in 2003 with my cantab wife who I met in the UK. We made a decision to settle in a this beautiful country was for us.

I see the role as a new challenge in my career path and want to provide the best possible client/candidate matches. Making sure it is a successful partnership for all.

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Mark Wilkins

Recruitment Consultant - Christchurch

After deciding to down tools as a carpenter and move into the labour hire business, I joined Advanced Personnel as a Recruitment Consultant in April 2012.

As a carpenter I prided myself on quality of work and I ensure the candidates I find for my clients predominately in the construction industry have quality, reliability and old fashion work ethics.

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Paul Wallis

Recruitment Consultant - Christchurch

Originally started work in the pneumatics industry designing and selling automation control systems before moving to the bakery industry doing maintenance along with organising production schedules and staff. For the last 25 years I have been involved in the plastics industry which involved advising the best plastics for the application along with quoting and organising machined items to meet customers requirements.

I am married with two children. Have a passion for yachting and over the years have won national championships and match racing competitions.

Nelson

Tate Ulsaker

Branch Manager - Nelson

Tate is a new Kiwi, born in India from American parents.

Having founded a market research company in Russia, he served hundreds of multinational Clients from his office near Red Square since 1996.

Tate is passionate about continuous business systems improvement, popularized by the Japanese word: "Kaizen" because he saw what this mentality can do for his market research efforts in Russia. Tate believes that Kaizen can enhance Client deliverables for recruiting markets to the same effect.

As the Branch Manager for Advanced Personnel in Nelson, Tate enjoys continuous improvements of his business and lifestyle experience and he encourages others to do the same at every opportunity.

Reagan Poynter

Senior Recruitment Consultant - Nelson

Originally from the Westcoast I am from a long line of underground coal miners and have been dragged up on a diet of coal and rugby.

I have experience in a wide variety of employment relations and resolution from the perspective of recruiting, management and as a business owner.

There aren't many situations that catch me off guard and am always keen to learn more.

When I'm not looking after our clients or candidates, you will find me behind my guitar or at the river white baiting.

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Sean Davies

Recruitment Consultant - Nelson

Sean brings ten years of recruiting experience to the Nelson Branch.

In the past Sean has recruited and managed hundreds of people for a large orchard in the area. The intensity of high volume labouring requirements on tight schedules in a competitive market like apple orchards has taught Sean to appreciate reliable workers and the employers who need them.

As a recruiter, Sean brings a solid understanding for what is required of the Nelson area trades and labouring markets.

When not at work, Sean can often be seen fishing or riding his Harley.

For competitive fast efficient friendly service give Sean a ring to discuss your requirements.

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North Shore

Marko Ferreira

Branch Manager - North Shore

Marko, joined Advanced Personnel in June 2016 after moving to New Zealand. He spent 18 years in middle and senior management within the Telco and ICT industry, working for MTN SA (Pty) LTD, the largest Telecommunication provider in Africa.

His industry experience, stretches across global, multinational, key and strategic accounts, within the enterprise business space as well as Small & Medium enterprises and the Retail environment.

Marko, finds the recruitment space and industry very rewarding as it enables him to contribute towards the growth and development of people.

Blake Crowson

Recruitment Consultant - North Shore

From Auckland and still here.

I graduated in 2015 from AUT with a business degree: Double major in Human Resources and Employment Relations and Marketing.

I have worked across the big smoke in many different roles from truck driving to Entertainer to recruitment.

I pride myself on being able to connect with a wide array of people identifying needs and then working towards solutions.

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Niece Persson

Recruitment Consultant - North Shore

Niece is a newbie to recruitment but is no newbie when it comes to dealing with clients and employees both on the frontline and behind the scenes. She has a wide range of experience and broad knowledge in Customer Service, Administration and Operations and HR Management. She is a small town girl who has now settled in the big smoke!! Niece has also lived abroad (Canada and Melbourne) and loves to travel when she gets the chance. After taking some time out from the work force to take on the hardest job in the world (motherhood) Niece has now joined our team and is a force to be reckoned with.

In her spare time she is out on the water, at CrossFit, hiking through the bush trying to keep her shoes as clean as possible or singing a bit of karaoke. She is an avid baker and secret master chef (not so secret now) and loves spending time with friends at family at every opportunity. She is always up for a chat and will be the first to put her hand up for a soy flat white - especially if it comes with cake!!

Never ending life changes and experiences has meant that Niece strives under pressure and in any circumstance will bust her butt to find the best candidates available in your specified industry!! Likewise she will ensure to find the best placement for you.

Swipe right for your perfect staffing match now...or give us a call!!

Omar Youssef

Recruitment Consultant - North Shore

Omar graduated in 2013 from AUT with a Business degree, double majoring in Human Resources Management and Employment Relations and International Business.

Since then he has worked in accounts management roles until moving to Advanced Personnel in 2015.

He originally started as a support person but quickly moved his way up to Recruitment Consultant, learning a lot about the industry and the company during this time from his mentors, Scott and Dale.

In his spare time he is a big Football fan (Soccer, the real football) and loves travelling whenever he can get the time off work.

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Tom McKenzie

Recruitment Consultant - Hamilton

Tom started with Advanced Personnel in 2011.

Prior to starting his recruitment career he worked in the Transport & Logistics sector for over 20 years.

In this time he built up extensive knowledge and understanding of what is 'really required' to successfully assist clients with HR and recruitment needs.

Tom grew up in Hamilton, however spent 15 years living in Auckland.

He has now moved back to his beloved Chiefs country to continue his career.

In his spare time you can find Tom at the driving range or on the golf course hitting some balls.

Veronique Flowers

Recruitment Consultant - North Shore

Yes, that is her name real name, if confused on how to pronounce try repeating very unique 3 times quickly. Oh, & if she gets a chance she'll tell you her unique rabbit joke... an oldy & still funny?! Veronique cites if she didn't get into Recruiting over 12 years ago she'd either be an actor, lawyer or race car driver.

Veronique returned permanently home to New Zealand late 2016 after approx. 8 years residing in Perth, Western Australia. Whilst there she recruited for large projects within a variety of industries including; mining, lng, civil construction, rail, maintenance & hospitality. Prior to that she was recruiting locally in Auckland for a boutique agency.

Veronique's career commenced in Corporate accounts becoming a self employed Bookkeeper / MYOB consultant with a break to work in Residential Construction (her Dad is Bob the Builder). She moved into the Finance and was head hunted into Banking specialising in Mortgages before "falling" into Recruitment.

Veronique loves people & life, volunteering for at least 3 different community organisations' her motto is "work hard, play easy".

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