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.  

Our team are all experienced professionals that live and work in New Zealand. We assist with finding the role and location that is right for you, navigating you through the Medical Council registration, linking-in with licensed immigration advisors and providing information for you and your family as you prepare for your New Zealand journey.  

If you would like to understand more about what opportunities could be suitable for you and more about the 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.

Kate McKendry

Principal Partner & Recruitment Consultant

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

Kate is married to a Kiwi and has first-hand experience relocating between the UK and New Zealand. 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, biking or hiking – if you like the outdoors it is a great location to live." 

Kate has a lot of knowledge and local connections to share and is happy to help with initial advice whilst you decide if New Zealand is for you. Once a decision has been made, Kate can support you through the full process of interviews, appointment and relocation.

Johnny Robinson

Managing Director

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. 

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 Principal Partner (Kate McKendry) in early 2018 presented an opportunity to combine their expertise, strengths and passion to launch a specialist Medical Recruitment Agency with a difference.

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, whilst helping medical professionals achieve their career ambitions whilst making a positive difference to NZ communities.  

Outside of NZDr, Johnny is happily married and enjoys spending time visiting family and friends in far-flung locations when he gets the chance.  He is an active motorcycle enthusiast, enjoys good food & wine and the odd pint of Guinness thanks to his Dublin days in the late 90's.  Johnny is known for his approachable personality, contact him to start a conversation about your future today.   

Heidi Urlich

Compliance & Support Coordinator

Heidi plays a critical role in supporting the NZDr team and the doctors they engage with, to ensure all their compliance documentation is in order. 

Heidi has a wealth of experience in Nursing and Midwifery recruitment as both an employee and owning her own company; Heidi is well equipped for this very busy, multi-faceted role.

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.