Clients & Testimonials

We are so lucky to work with wonderful people from interesting organisations both large and small throughout Aotearoa. Here’s what they have to say. 

Tribe Executive Search teams’ expertise, discretion, and genuine interest in my success transformed what could have been a daunting process into an empowering experience. If you’re seeking a partner who combines deep market knowledge with dedication to find the right opportunity for you, look no further than David. Thank you, for your exceptional support!

Eva Kaminski - CFO, Wet & Forget

We have used Tribe for several senior appointments. I have found the team at Tribe to be proactive, detailed and very knowledgeable about the market. They have a personal approach that works well with us and they have consistently delivered top quality candidates.  

Mark Daldorf - Director, People & Capability, Victoria University

David and his team at Tribe did a fantastic job for us on the appointment of a new Board member to Netball New Zealand.  They took the time to understand our context and the skills we were after and produced a great list of potential candidates well aligned to what we were looking for.  They were able to source potential directors from beyond the typical pools and with the commitment required for a purpose-driven organisation.  Strong candidate management throughout and good advice.

Matt Whineray, Chair, Netball New Zealand

CEO appointment is one of the biggest decisions a board can make.  We engaged Tribe Leadership for our CEO search following a referral from an industry colleague and David and his team have exceeded our expectations. Timelines were hit, remuneration expectations were managed well and we were presented with a diverse set of quality candidates. The toughest decision was choosing from the short list of outstanding people they put in front of us. I wouldn't hesitate to use Tribe Leadership again.

Jono Steele, HELL Pizza

Tribe Client Testimonials Kaute Pasifika

Hear from the CEO of K'aute Pasifika on her experience with David and Tribe Leadership. 

Rachel Karalus, CEO K'aute Pasifika

Breast Cancer Cure

"As Chair of Breast Cancer Cure we wanted and needed a strong shortlist to replace our CEO of a number of years on a timely basis. The Tribe team stood alongside us and worked with us. David paved the way presenting us with an excellent shortlist of candidates, garnered through search, advertising and our own contacts supported by excellent media engagement. Insight and support for our panel’s decision making process were important as were the warm greetings, care and energy from Emma, Jenny, Sandra and David collectively."

Fay Sowerby, Chair Breast Cancer Cure

Tribe Client Testimonials Les Mills

"I have worked with a lot of executive search teams both internationally and in NZ, and Tribe stand out. They are redefining what the new breed of executive search is. Their ability to think differently, reach into community groups that others don’t, means that the candidates they find are unique. We worked with them recently on our Global CPO and Global CFO positions, and they did not disappoint. They will push you, challenge you, and are invested in making sure you get the best”.

Clive Ormerod - Chief Executive Officer, Les Mills International

Rockit Apple

"Being a candidate and a future employer/customer can be a challenging situation to be in but Cam, Sandy and Jenny did a fantastic job working with me in both situations.

I was well briefed in as a candidate on the expectations of the role, excellent communication and follow up and then the outcome I was looking for at the end. Then as a client the experience was very similar, great work on the briefing documents, excellent communication during the process and great candidates to choose from. Personalised and professional service at the right level as required, easy to recommend!"

Mark O'Donnell, CEO Rockit Apple

Webjet Limited

"We were recently recruiting to find a CEO for our business in New Zealand and wanted to find someone exceptional.  Through their very thorough analysis of our business, our culture and what we needed to succeed, the team at Tribe quickly and thoroughly nailed what our definition of exceptional was  - and that is exactly what they delivered!  I can’t speak highly enough about the process,  and would say that if you are looking for a recruitment team that “gets you” and your needs – Tribe definitely delivers!"

Shelley Beasley | Global COO, Webjet Limited

Tribe Client Testimonials Mercury

"Why do I chose to partner with Tribe? I have worked with both Emma and James, two of the chiefs, for 10 years plus and appreciate their genuine focus on partnership and understanding of what good talent looks like. Tribe's brand compliments ours and has cut through, attracting a high calibre of people, not to mention their research function which taps into inactive talent in the market. We have used Tribe and their specialist teams across many disciplines, at all levels, and have been impressed with the calibre of people they have in their teams. I continue to value their honest commercial advice and I know that they work in a true partnership model to help us achieve our business goals."

Marlene Strawson - General Manager People & Performance, Mercury

Mix Limited

"The Tribe team are our recruitment partner of choice because their absolute first priority has always been developing a deep understanding of our business model, our strategy, our values and our team. Jenny, Cam & Chelsi know what makes us tick as well as we do and as a result they consistently put forward the best possible candidates for our business and never simply candidates for the sake of filling a short list.  Strategic thinking, clear communication, cohesive teamwork and great outcomes are the hallmarks of any recruitment process with the Tribe team.  Their passion and commitment for our success makes them feel more like a trusted advisor within our team rather than a business partner and we are absolutely better together working with the team at Tribe."

Craig Langley - CEO, Mix Ltd

Victoria University

“David and Tribe were fantastic to work with. Tribe genuinely have an innovative approach to recruitment. David’s energy is contagious. The speed and agility he brought to complete our recruitment process in a short timeframe was very impressive and appreciated. Thank you”

Mark Loveard, Chief Operating Officer Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington

Oriens Capital

"We recently engaged Tribe (Jenny and Cameron) to assist with the recruitment of a CEO for About Health Supplements Ltd. Following a short advertising and search campaign we were presented with three very diverse and highly capable candidates. All fitted the brief.  Working with Cameron who was our main contact, was a great experience. Regular communication and follow-up allowed us to be well informed throughout. I know Tribe is well respected by both client businesses and candidates. Recruitment decisions are some of the most critical and important you face in business. Tribe made the process easy and we trusted their insights along the way. Great follow-up after the candidate was placed was also excellent. 

We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jenny, Cameron and the team at Tribe."

Peter Tinholt - Director, Oriens Capital

Tribe Client Testimonials Bevie

"With regard to our recent CMO appointment, you guys hit it out of the park – so thank you. Cameron is an absolute professional – he understood our needs and took the time to understand our business. The process was great with some really good candidates put forward!

Thanks again to Cam and the team! Great job."

John van Rensburg - CEO, Bevie


"You don't build a reputation on what you plan to do - you build a reputation on your results. Tribe are a pleasure to work with because of their focus on long-term relationships and long-term results. I have worked with Tribe as a client and a candidate. They have the experience to distil the intangible characteristics that make a great fit. And they have the ability to move quickly, without cutting corners, as is needed in this tight market. I recommend Tribe without reservation"

Tim Hogan - Chief Technology Officer, EROAD

Spirit of New Zealand

"I wish to take this opportunity to advise that the response to our recent announcement of the recruitment of CEO Bruce Pilbrow has been both humbling and outstanding. We enjoyed the journey through the briefing, interviews, and selection with you, the Tribe Group, who second-guessed what our Trust was seeking.

As we are a ‘not for profit’ organisation, you were empathetic in your approach for us. We were only presented with persons of high calibre which made for robust, considered, and easy decision making. You remained in constant touch with us and the communication and time frame culminated in a most successful outcome.

As we approach our 50th Anniversary of operations in delivering life changing voyages to the Youth of the Nation, we are highly motivated to enter our next dynamic phase.

Thank you for the part you have played."

Steve Fisher - Chair, Spirit of Adventure

Alison Barrass - Independent Director

Company culture is at the heart of Tribe and it is what stood out to Alison Barrass when working with us. 

Watch: Alison Barrass - Independent Director (Spark, Tom & Luke, Rockit Apple)

Tribe Client Testimonials Online Republic

"I have had the pleasure of working with Tribe both as a client and a candidate. They are a fantastic bunch of humans who are brilliant to work with as they are transparent, straightforward and do what they say."

Darren Linton - CEO Online Republic

Lotto New Zealand

"Chelsi is hands down my favorite recruiter – she really understands Lotto NZ, the culture of our business and who is going to work well in my team – I genuinely feel like she’s always dedicated to finding me the right person for the role – even with a difficult brief, in a challenging recruitment environment, which was definitely the case for this role."

Kathryn Haworth - General Manager, Strategy & Communications, Lotto NZ

ERoad Drive Buddy

"We work with different executive Search firms and recently we chose to partner with Tribe when we were looking for a new Global CTO. We believed Tribe would bring a fresh approach, think differently, and open us to different networks we may not have otherwise accessed. It resulted in an outstanding appointment, and our partnership with Tribe has continued to flourish."

Mike Sweet - Chief People Officer, EROAD


“We recently engaged Tribe to run 2 Executive Search processes for an Operations Director, and a Commercial Director. Both were new roles for the organisation and critical to future growth objectives. The Tribe team invested in understanding our requirements, implemented strong Australasian search initiatives, and partnered strongly with us in terms of commercial outcomes.  We’re delighted with the results and would happily work with them again”.

Richard Lawrence - CEO, Ziwi

Presbytarian Support Northern logo

"As a General Manager for HR I’ve had the opportunity to work with a range of recruitment agents in my time. Recently we used Tribe for the first time and were delighted with the service provided. The team is highly responsive, very attentive to our needs and we found their market search incredibly comprehensive. In a tight market we were able to identify some great candidates and had a very positive recruitment experience."

Shaun Greaves - General Manager, Engagement, Presbyterian Support Northern

Ray Meade CFO at Mondiale VGL

"Please pass on my appreciation to Tribe, finding such great people to work alongside as it makes my busy life as CEO both enjoyable and tenable. The process that Tribe worked to was extremely professional and we very impressed with the quality and experience of the candidates that were put forward" 

Ray Meade, CEO Mondiale VGL

"David and his team made employing our new CEO an amazing experience. Learnt so much and we were supplied with exceptional candidates. Super excited for our new CEO to start in the New Year!"

Jill Edwards

We recently engaged Tribe Leadership to search for our new COO Build. Brad’s ability to quickly gain a deep understanding of our business, culture, and the required technical skills to present an outstanding shortlist of both local and international candidates really impressed me. If you’re looking for an agency that genuinely understands and then meets your needs, Tribe is the perfect choice.

They delivered precisely what we were seeking!

Nick Clarke, CEO Fortysouth

"Sandy is special. I first met her as a candidate and was so impressed with her responsiveness, wisdom & positivity that I didn’t hesitate in partnering with her to create my new People team. A true partner, Sandy listened deeply to understand my vision and long-term goals, ensuring we found people with the right experience and hearts to bring it to fruition. I love Sandy’s energy, her work ethic, commercial wisdom, the fact she sees the best in people and where they will thrive. Together, we’ve secured a winning team for Arvida."

Anna Lyne - General Manager People, Arvida

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