Meet the Team

Directors - Recruitment Search Leaders


Clare Turner

Managing Director, Auckland based

Clare established Red Consulting Group in 2003. Armed with over 20 years of HR and recruitment expertise, she has a huge breadth of professional experience in recruitment, HR and management in the corporate and private sectors in NZ and the UK.

Clare has a highly regarded reputation in the recruitment industry.  As the Managing Director and Leader of the Auckland team, Clare has been both coach and consultant.  Although she has become a specialist in her Executive search capacity, she still remains hands-on and is involved in recruiting for roles at all levels of business.  Her finely tuned people skills, commercial focus, integrity and passion for excellence in recruitment have secured Red Consulting Group’s place as a recognised leader in the recruitment landscape of NZ.

Clare's initial study through Victoria University gave her the platform for her HR career pathway, but more recently she has completed the Owner Manager Programme with The ICEHOUSE, which is reflected in her huge passion for commercial enterprise and her drive to see excellence and success throughout New Zealand businesses.


Contact the Auckland team 09 366 7662


Rachel Cornwall

Managing Director, Hawkes Bay based

Rachel joined the business in 2003, and within two years took the lead to launch Red Consulting Group into the Hawkes Bay market.  From there Red has spread widely. 

Rachel is an Otago graduate and has completed ongoing postgraduate studies through Massey University.  Her corporate career has spanned project and programme management,  business development, sales and marketing strategy.

She brings a strong people focused approach and real strategic commercial acumen to recruitment.  Rachel has recruited across a broad range of industries. She is lucky enough to call Hawkes Bay home, although like the other key players at Red, her reach is not restricted to her geographical home base.  From Hawkes Bay Rachel has developed a particularly strong knowledge of the primary, agribusiness and infrastructure sector. Like Clare, executive search dominates the majority of her work but Rachel also plays a lead role in managing a team of consultants who recruit across all levels of business. 


Contact the Hawkes Bay team 06 877 6637

 Introducing Our Recruitment Team

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Tori Pearson

Consultant, Auckland

Attracted by Red's focus on building lasting client and candidate relationships, Tori has been a valued member of the Red team since April 2006. Prior to working for Red, Tori worked in Education recruitment, both in London (on the desk and in International Recruitment Management) and also managed an Education Recruitment team in Auckland.

Tori works closely with clients across a wide variety of industries. She is passionate about understanding client and candidate expectations and ensuring the right fit between organisation and employee. Tori values every call with clients to ensure she gains the best insight possible into each role she recruits so she can get it right every time.



Mardi Thompson

Consultant, Hawkes Bay

Mardi joined the team at Red mid-2014. She is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with a long track record as both the hiring and recruitment manager. Mardi feels akin with Red’s strong people and performance focus culture and in finding the right people to help local, domestic and international clients drive their business forward. Mardi has a track record in cultural and organisational change as well as a background in design, implementation and review of incentive and compensation plans.
Mardi has a Masters in Human Resource Management from Macquarie University. She has sat on Ethics advisory boards and government task forces in Australia. Professionally she understands multiple industries and business unit disciplines including healthcare, manufacturing, retail and the primary sector.   A people person and lover of the outdoors, Mardi may never shake the green and gold hues of her Australian homeland but now calls Hawke’s Bay home – she is learning to love the All Blacks like they are her own!




Gemma Newland

Kate Williams 

Consultant, Auckland

Kate Williams joins the Red team with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in marketing with a minor in communications, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources from the University of Otago. 

Kate has worked in a variety of industries prior to and during the course of her studies, including the government sector, banking and private healthcare.  Her diverse background and experience working with people from all walks of life has helped her develop a passion for recruitment and human resources.  



Gemma Newland

Recruitment Coordinator, Hawkes Bay 

Welcomed to Red in July 2012, Gemma spent the previous nine years as a Theatre Nurse in a private hospital, which was a highly stimulating career. However a brave career move lead her to Red. She has an established base of systems, communication, and people interaction skills which is of great value to the Red team.

Gemma is responsible for running the Temp assignments and provides full administration support to the Hawkes Bay team.  Gemma has a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and is enjoying the change of career into recruitment.


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Karen Hawn

Consultant, Auckland

Karen Hawn is an experienced senior recruitment professional who is passionate about developing long term, strategic business partnerships.  Karen has a strong candidate focus and the ability to understand client organisational needs and key business drivers.  Karen strives to deliver effective talent sourcing.  Her experience in both national and international markets has given her the opportunity to work across a wide range of business sectors in both the private and public sectors.  These include FMCG, Retail, Financial, Professional Services, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Education, Energy / Infrastructure, Digital and Media.



Kim Matthews

Financial Controller, Hawkes Bay

A fully qualified Chartered Accountant Kim works part time providing financial expertise to the Hawkes Bay business.  She is also a great sounding board when we are recruiting accounting and senior finance appointments. A long standing member of the Red team, Kim's expertise is appreciated by both her fellow team members as well as our wider client base.



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Lucy Carroll

Recruitment Coordinator, Auckland

Lucy Carroll joined the team at Red Consulting Group as a Graduate from the University of Auckland having studied a Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Media and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing.  Lucy’s key focus within the Auckland team is supporting the Consulting team with the various recruitment assignments they are working on together with providing exceptional care and support to candidates.

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Ashleigh Hope

Recruitment Coordinator, Auckland

Ashleigh Hope graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, completing a double major in Psychology and Criminology.   Ashleigh joined Red as a Recruitment Coordinator after a two year stint teaching English while living in Japan.  In addition to her ESOL skills, Ashleigh has worked as an Administrator and Skills Coordinator / Developer.