International Director // UNITEC
Having previously enjoyed a busy operational career as an officer in the British Army, James arrived in NZ just over 8 years ago, seeking a sunnier and safer climate in NZ. Having spent a brief period in agency recruitment and then switching to Learning and OD focussed roles with Fonterra, he then lead the Westpac Recruitment and Sourcing function on a transformative journey to drive operational effectiveness. James now leads the International function for Unitec.
His team is responsible for international revenue growth through recruitment and offshore marketing, whilst ensuring the international student experience is of the highest quality. James brings skills in Lean process improvement and operational excellence into recruitment and prides himself of being at the intersection of technology, innovation and practical delivery. He has a passion for simplification and putting the customer experience first.
In his spare time, James has developed a network of over 250 ex-British military professionals based in NZ, and is involved in assisting them seek commercial roles; something he believes is a huge untapped talent pool for organisations seeking capable leaders.