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Our Team

The recruitment process is only as good as the link between candidate and client. Every member of the Scientific and Technical Recruitment team has had hands-on experience working in technical and scientific industries. We know our clients’ businesses and their business needs. We have also been job candidates ourselves, and understand the types of roles most suited to people looking for positions in these exacting fields.


Gareth Robertson – Managing Director (Cert. Social Science, B.Com.)

Gareth joined STR on the back of a career which spanned Australasia, the United States and Europe with a major global manufacturer of FMCG, Nutritional supplements & Healthcare products. During this time, Gareth led its Regional Innovation Strategy and Development from New York and sat on the NZ Management team in Auckland, amid various other senior roles. Prior to this, Gareth worked in multiple positions within various Food manufacturers. Gareth offers a unique understanding of the industries we serve, a love of people and a genuine ambition to enable our partners to thrive.


Linda Ford – Relationship Manager

Healthcare, Engineering, Operations, Medical

Linda joined the STR Team in 2014 as Senior Consultant/Relationship Manager. Linda brings with her 16 years of focused recruitment experience across all areas of sales including Account Management, Business Development, Key Account Management and all other specialist technical and non-technical positions.


Pavan Benepal Consultant  (B.Vet.Sc.PhD)

Veterinary, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Operations/Management

Pavan has over 18 years’ professional experience in Veterinary/Animal Sciences, Agriculture, Pharma, Lab and Medical Diagnostics. She specializes in recruiting highly technical and Senior Level Management & Operations positions across  Biotech, Primary Industry, Supply Chain and Engineering Sectors. Her valuable experience lends itself well to supporting and assisting the STR team, clients and candidates in recruiting across challenging areas.


Jonelle Koia – Consultant (BSc Microbiology)  

Manufacturing, Quality, Laboratory 

Jonelle has a strong background in the production sector specialising in GMP environments and contract research. She has worked for global organisations in both NZ and the UK. She works across the manufacturing, laboratory and quality portfolios.


Viv Slade  – Temping Consultant

Viv leads STR’s Temping division. With over twenty years’ experience in advertising, assisting both key clients and the general public, gaining office/administrative experience, Viv now brings her skills and experience to recruiting and managing temping staff in all facets of industry.


Oliver Saltmarsh – Associate Talent Manager (MSc)


Oliver specialises in maintaining a fantastic level of quality across our pool of candidates in order to ensure we provide great opportunities to great people. He combines his ability to build relationships and understand people, with skills in data analytics to provide the best possible outcome for everyone. Before joining STR, Oliver held a variety of positions in Logistics, Customer Service, Biology Tutoring and even had time as a special care provider to those with disabilities.


Agustina Esmerado – Accounts & Insights Manager (BBA, CB) 

Agustina has a Business Administration Degree and is a Certified Bookkeeper. She has over 8 years of experience in finance, administration and accounts, acquired over her time spent in Australia, Argentina and NZ. On top of leading our accounts, she provides data insights internally & (where requested) externally.


Jacqui Lee Croft Marketing Associate  

Jacqui brings over 18 years of marketing and design expertise to the team. With a passion for all things digital, she helps us leverage technology so that we can provide our customers with huge amounts of value. From assisting with branding projects for our partners to coordinating and implementing marketing initiatives across a wide variety of channels. She is always looking for opportunities to help move our business forward and believes finding meaningful work plays a huge role in building thriving communities and successful businesses.


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