Sheffield is pleased to announce the recent hire of Katy Anquetil, who will join the North Island team, working as General Manager in the Wellington office. Katy brings a wealth of local and international experience, having worked in recruiting roles for a number of iconic firms including Manpower, Expedia, Amazon and Microsoft. We asked her some questions to learn more about her, and to get her thoughts on the New Zealand business landscape. 

Where are you from?

Seattle, WA by way of a few other countries.

Tell us about your background

I was born and raised in Seattle, WA home of Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft.  All of which conveniently, I have worked for at one point in my career.   I was fortunate enough in my mid-20’s to have the opportunity to relocate for work first to Montreal, Quebec and then to London where I worked across EMEA.  Following about 4 years of living abroad, I returned to Seattle to be closer to family only to meet my husband from Wellington just 6 months later at a work conference.  The rest they say is history.  

How is the NZ market different from overseas markets?

In every market, I have worked in globally you hear conversations about talent shortages.  However, NZ is quite special in my experience in how talent short it actually is.  This is a challenge I have found unique to this country despite recruiting across nearly 15 other countries and several regions.  There are quite simply not enough people enough in NZ to perform the jobs that we as a country require.  This means that employers must be deliberate and forward thinking in their talent strategy and partner with firms who can assist them to identify candidates who are a great fit for the job at hand and for the organisation as a whole.  By forward thinking, I would challenge organisations to be thinking about not just who you need this year but who do you need 3-5 years from now and how do you best position yourself as an employer of choice for that talent.  

What are you most looking forward to about working at Sheffield? 

Working with exceptional people who inspire me to do great work every day.  The reason I joined Sheffield is because of the quality of the individuals I met throughout interview process.  They set the bar incredibly high from a quality and integrity perspective in addition to being lovely humans, so it is no wonder they work with some of the best clients and candidates in NZ.

Biggest accomplishment?

My happy healthy family.

What's something that more businesses should start doing?

I think being aware of unconscious bias in the interview process is critical.  Again, looking at a market that is incredibly talent short, it is even more important that employers are able to leverage the full complement of the workforce.  Being aware of organisations and interviewers unconscious bias and actively challenging it will ensure that firms are able to hire the best people for both the job and their organisation.  We are fortunate that in 2017 we have a tremendous amount of data and research that clearly demonstrates that businesses perform better with a diverse workforce.  So now, not only do we know that it is the right thing to do to eradicate unconscious bias, we know it is better for business to do it.

What's something that more businesses should stop doing?

Hope is not a strategy when it comes to talent, succession, retention and leadership development.  Organisations needs to stop hoping that everything will just work out and create a clear and deliberate strategy around total talent as this will shape the future of their businesses.

Favourite business book

Good to great, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & Lean In.  Sorry couldn’t choose just one!

Where is the most exciting place you've ever lived?

Gaza Strip for 1 month.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to do yoga and spend time with my husband and 3.5 year old son Finn.

Favourite food?


What drives you crazy? 

Average recruiters and people chewing ice.   Honestly, most people who know me will say that I don’t accept average in our industry under any circumstances.  This applies to internal, external and executive recruiters.  If you cannot commit to doing excellent work for your candidates and clients you have not found your calling and are actually damaging the industry.  I think as leaders in this industry it our responsibility to ensure that we maintain the highest of standards for recruiters entering or staying in this industry to main integrity in the profession.  


Beer or wine?

Wine or cider in the Summer.


Beatles or Elvis?



What's playing on your car-stereo?

Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.


Three words to describe you

Fearless, loyal and curious.


What advice would you give to your 20year old self? 

Trust in the process, you will be exactly where you are meant to be at every step of your life and career.  Enjoy the ride!


Favourite Quote

“If you want to go fast go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb)

Katy's details can be found here. She can be contacted on 04 471 0122
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