The Sheffield Legacy

Established in 1961, Sheffield is a trusted adviser to a diverse range of New Zealand’s private and public companies, local government entities, public sector organisations and the not for profit sector.

We combine our consultants' experience and expert judgment with proven methods to ensure you get the best talent and the best out of your talent. 

Having placed many of New Zealand’s top executives for six decades, Sheffield is a market leader, connecting leadership talent with a diverse range of organisations. With Consultants in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, we offer a seamless national service to clients and candidates.

Our commitment is to inclusivity and diversity. We deliver a first-class service to clients and candidates that demonstrates this and ensures long-lasting business partnerships.

With our integrated leadership development and executive search and selection offerings, we are uniquely positioned to work with your business to attract, retain and develop exceptional leadership talent.

Local Knowledge with a Global Reach


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Featured Staff
Mike Stenhouse
Jane Cotter
Project Coordinator
Asita Bhimani
Support and Finance Assistant
Steffan Brunner
Lenna Taylor

Sheffield is proud to support our community

We offer sponsorships and pro-bono contributions to New Zealand enterprises that are making a positive impact.

We liked having a team appointed to look after us. Having two recruitment processes, the follow-on and consistency was important. Jane and Gina were a great team, keeping us updated and in touch with how the process was progressing. Jane was a very good interviewer and the calibre of the Search candidates with the second process was outstanding.

Karen Price, Chair, Aotea Electric Auckland

I would have to say that Sheffield is the most professional well run recruitment agent that I have ever encountered. From a candidate perspective, the prompt communication all throughout the process was fantastic and the thing that stands out the most for me. There is nothing worse as a candidate than waiting around wondering when you might hear about each step in the process. It was the same when I dealt with Mike on a position a few years ago. Absolute gold standard!

Joanne Soderlund, Candidate, Grey District Council

Engaging with Sheffield and having Louise as our lead on the recruitment for our CE position was a great decision. Louise listened to our requirements, focus areas, our communities values/challenges and was extremely professional. Her knowledge and experience guided and advised us throughout this process to a fantastic outcome. I would highly recommend Louise and her team for the recruitment process. Their vast experience and knowledge in the local government sector helped us through this process to a positive outcome for our council.

Tania Gibson, Mayor, Grey District Council

We had used Sheffield before in the search for a Trustee and we felt we could rely on Sheffield to get the job done. We knew Sheffield would get out into the market and the search would be thorough. It was a very pleasant and professional experience.

Rebecca Lindo, Chair, The Piano

We partnered with Sheffield to recruit our new Executive Principal because they are second to none at recruitment in the independent school sector. Ian Taylor is the doyen of recruiters in this sector. His experience in the industry and his knowledge of the market and Christ’s College was invaluable during the process. Sheffield’s astute and thoughtful analysis of the candidates was extremely beneficial as the process reached the business end of short list selection and we appreciated the team approach Sheffield adopted. We are extremely grateful to Sheffield in guiding us to such a good outcome for our School.

Hugh Lindo, Board Chair, Christ's College

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