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Kirsty is the joint Director and owner of McLaren Associates and recruits across all industry sectors, for roles up to and including Chief Executive and Board appointments.

Recruitment is in Kirsty’s blood and growing up she looked up to her father, Peter McLaren, who worked extensively in the industry and established McLaren Associates in 1989.  

It was during Kirsty’s OE in the UK when Peter asked Kirsty to join the business upon her return, which she did in January 2010. Prior to travelling to the UK, Kirsty recruited for a large New Zealand owned recruitment agency and also gained a wide range of experience through her previous HR roles at KiwiRail, Vector and IHC.

Kirsty is committed to providing the highest level of service to her clients and candidates and to achieving positive outcomes for both parties.

Kirsty juggles a busy life between work and home, where she has two young kids, a giant black Labrador and beautiful British Blue cat.

Professional Membership: MRCSA

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Business Psychology), Massey University

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Nikki is the joint Director and owner of McLaren Associates and recruits across all industry sectors, for roles up to and including Chief Executive and Board appointments.

Nikki and Kirsty date back to school days and having lived, worked and travelled together in the UK, Kirsty jumped on the opportunity to have Nikki join the team when she returned to New Zealand in October 2011.

Nikki has an extensive recruitment background having commenced in the industry in 2004. After spending two and a half years working for an Auckland based global recruitment company, she moved to London where she was employed as part of a managed service solution for Morgan Stanley; a large American Investment bank and latterly as a Commercial/Bid Manager in the recruitment industry.

Nikki is passionate about providing a high quality and consultative service where she is viewed as a trusted advisor to her clients and candidates.

Nikki is our resident ‘foodie’ and can be relied upon to suss out and provide an opinion on the latest newcomers to Wellington’s ever changing food and wine scene. To counter this, she also enjoys regular walks up Mt Kaukau with her Japanese Spitz!

Professional Membership: MRCSA

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Education), Bachelor of Tourism Management, Victoria University of Wellington

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Ali Ward


Ali joined McLaren Associates in August 2016. After spending 9 years working for a large energy company where she was responsible for recruitment in all areas of the organisation from general administration through to senior leadership roles, she decided to make a return to agency recruitment.

Ali commenced her career in recruitment back in the late 1990's as an administrator at a small agency in Tauranga. After a brief break to embark on her OE, Ali re-joined the same agency in Wellington as a consultant in 2001. She has since worked in a number of roles both in-house in the public and private sector as well as agency recruitment.

Outside of work, Ali has a busy life running a cherry orchard with her husband in the sunny Wairarapa, is Chairperson for the Board of Trustees at one of the local schools and has two young children to keep her on her toes!

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Peter is the Founder of McLaren Associates and is Chair of our Advisory Board.

Prior to establishing McLaren Associates Peter had been a Senior Consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Human Resources Manager at Data General, Deputy National Director for IHC, Corporate Personnel Manager with Lion Corporation and Senior Personnel Manager with International Computers Limited.

Peter is a well-known face in the Wellington marketplace and can’t go 500 metres down Lambton Quay without having to stop and say hello to numerous people along the way! 

Present & Past Directorships
Chair - McLaren Associates
Advisory Board Member - Wellington After-Care Association
Past Trustee - Wet Hostel for the Wellington Homeless People, Chronic Alcoholics and Drug Addicts
Past-Vice President - New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
Past Chairman - Wellington After-Care Association
Immediate Past Chairman - Residents & Friends of Kinloch Association Inc.
Past-Board Member - SPCA Wellington
Past-Committee Member - Variety Club of New Zealand 
Past-Board Member - Workplace Support - SEED
Past-Chairman HR Committee - Workplace Support - SEED
Past-Board Member - Rotary Club of Wellington

Qualifications: A.F.N.Z.I.M., A.N.Z.I.P.M.

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Georgia joined McLaren Associates in 2015 as the Recruitment and Office Coordinator, and quickly worked her way up to the role of Para Consultant. She ensures a high level of service is provided to all our clients and candidates as well as providing consultant support.

Georgia graduated from university in 2008 and has since worked in a variety of fields with a strong background in communications and administration. A two year stint living and working in Japan saw her return to New Zealand in 2011 with a newly acquired husband and baby.

Despite coming from sunny Nelson, windy Wellington is now home and Georgia is looking forward to progressing her career within the recruitment industry, where she can make the most of her keen eye for detail and can-do attitude.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Communications (Media Studies), Massey University

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Jessica is our newest member at McLaren Associates, joining as our Office Coordinator in 2016.

Jessica has been busy raising her four children after traveling Europe and returning home to New Zealand to start her family with her husband.

Before joining the team at McLarens Jessica was working at a yoga studio in Wellington, but has always been very interested in recruitment as a career, so jumped at the chance to be involved in an environment she feels very passionate about.

Jessica also enjoys mountain biking and holds a black belt in TaeKwonDo. She is an outgoing person who enjoys a challenge. 

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