Meet your team

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NZDr is made up of experienced recruitment professionals who join as Partners, not employees. This means they have a long-term perspective when it comes to their service and focus on relationships and results, not KPI's at the detriment of quality.  

Our team are all expereinced professionals, on call whenever we're needed to assist with everything from assisting a Dr to secure their next positon to full relocation assistance from international locations.  

If you would like to understand more about what opportunities could be suitable for you and more about various amazing locations in NZ, contact any of our friendly team below. Together we can make great things happen for the next chapter in your medical career.

Johnny Robinson

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Johnny founded Customise Talent Group in 2008 and built the company to a highly respected nationwide recruitment agency over the following decade.  A timely meeting with NZDr's founding Partner (Kate McKendry) in early 2018 presented a new opportunity to combine their expertise, strengths and passion to launch a specialist Medical Recruitment Agency with a difference... in January 2018, NZDr was born. 

As Managing Director Johnny provides strategic direction, financial & commercial oversight and operational support to a growing number of medical recruitment professionals who are seeking a more fulfilling career path. 

One of Johnny's passions is a driving desire to continue to encourage the growth of a unique culture of empowerment, fulfilment and freedom for professionals who join him.  His vision for NZDr is growing a unique team of empowered medical recruitment specialists who enjoy the freedom and rewards they deserve, whilist making a positive difference to NZ communities.  

Outside of NZDr, Johnny is an active road motorcycle enthusiast, enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends in far-flung locations when he gets the chance.  Naturally good food & wine is also par for the course as is the odd pint of Guinness thanks to his Dublin days in the late 90's.  Known for his approachable personality, contact Johnny to start a conversation about your future today.   

Kate McKendry

Principal Partner & Co-Founder

Kate has been working as a Medical Recruiter since 2003, initially based in the UK, and upon relocation to New Zealand she has been instrumental in the set up and on-going development of NZDr. 

Kate is married to a Kiwi and has 1st had experience relocating between the UK and New Zealand twice. She has had the opportunity to travel around the country and lived and worked in both the North and South Islands. Today Kate lives in Auckland with her husband and 3 children.  

"New Zealand is a great country to live, work and bring up children. The option of a short commute, full day at 'the office' and home for a swim with the family is here. Depending upon the season, weekends can be spent on the beach, camping, skiing, hiking and more." 

Do contact Kate if you would like to know more about the opportunities that we offer, or would like to recommend a colleague that I should make contact with.  With my 1st hand knowledge and local connections it's my pleasure to help with any initial advice, right through the full process of appointments and relocation.

Andrea Harris

Head of Administration

After having her family she wanted to return to the workforce in a role that would not only give her the opportunity to put her excellent PA/administration skills to full use, but she also wanted to be challenged in other areas - working in recruitment has definitely done that!

Andrea assists our team with a wide range of Para-Consulting and support requirements that ensures our Partners are delivering an exceptional service to all; we simply couldn't do it without her.

April Ventilacion


April has assisted with a wide range of support services and is always adapting to ensure the team are receiving the support and key data they require to deliver on their client and candidate needs.